There are so many things in life that are important to me, the list never ends! I have selected five things that I believe have been the most influential to me. They are in no order, because they all hold a special place in my heart.
Building relationships is so key in life. To me, relationships help build a foundation to a great life. My family has really helped me learn the importance of relationships. I have two younger siblings; Jasper who is a fifth grader and Kassidy who is a seventh grader. Being older than them has taught me so many things. I love getting to be involved in their school activities and watching them grow up, occasionally throwing out some big sister advice. I have amazing parents who I have never given enough credit to for going above and beyond for me and my siblings.
I think of my friends as family, most of them I have known since elementary school, and I have kept those relationships through high school and even college! Friends are there to support you when no one else is, cry and laugh, making endless memories. Some friends even make late night Walmart trips to dig through the three-dollar movie bin to see what goodies are dug out. Without these friends, life would be boring and empty!
I was raised in a Christian home, going to church as often as we could (ranch life allowing). Even when we weren’t in church, we prayed before meals, read the bible to one another, and occasionally we even have sibling bible verse battles!
God brings joy to the world in so many ways, it is simply just amazing. Whether it be the only flower that bloomed in your garden, the penny you found on the sidewalk, the brand-new baby calf wobbling over to get his first drink of milk, or a nice rain after a many weeks of drought. Every day, there is always something new to discover, as God is always showing me a new way, a new challenge, and providing me with a whole new outlook on life.
My first horse ride was when I was three weeks old. And from that day on, I was hooked, my parents had to practically pry me off my horse! Growing up on a ranch has taught me responsibility, patience, and respect. I always had a list of chores, and they were always to be completed before I could move on to something else. I loved doing some of my chores and some others, not so much. But I knew that I had to get those chores done to show my parents that I could work hard.
Before I was in school, I spent most of my days with my dad on the ranch. I was always learning something new. Whether it be how to handle a heifer and her baby, how to bring cows up the alley in a quiet manner, or how to throw that perfect heel shot in the branding pen. I also learned a few cuss words, and I NEVER told mom! 😉
When I was a junior in high school, I was in journalism and began to take a few pictures here and there. The more I took, the more I loved being behind the camera. Over the years, I have had so many opportunities to capture memories. I have to say one of my favorite things to “shoot” is football.
Photography has taught me perspective. Also, to get more than one look at life. Sometimes it takes different lenses to get closer, or one to view the whole picture.
Last but not least is sports. I am a sports fanatic! But basketball is my favorite. I played sports from the time I was in elementary all through high school, and then once I got to college I played a few intramural sports. I have had the opportunity to do some coaching here in Cody, Nebraska. I worked with junior high and high school girls, as well as the fifth and six grade youth basketball team.
With coaching, I have learned so much from the other coaches, as well as the girls, going back to perspective, everyone sees things differently. Each player has a different way of remembering plays, shooting the ball, and even a different method to running lines at the end of practice. Coaching allows me to share and gain knowledge.