I feel like I’m back in college.


Except, not at all. Because, in college, I felt like so much of what ate up my time was superficial “busy work” required to get a degree. Classes that some dean years ago dictated I “had” to take to achieve the well-roundedness that was the “liberal arts degree”; floor meetings, because, apparently higher education thinks we need togetherness in student housing, when really most of us just wanted sleep and beer; projects that proved proficiency, yet didn’t actually push us too awful hard.

Don’t get me wrong — I enjoyed college a heck of a lot more than I ever gave it credit for when I was there. But, I’m diggin’ the post graduation life. The only real similarity is the fact that I’m in “go” mode quite constantly. Rather than this being a product of “have to’s” this time, though, a lot of it is “get to’s” and “want to’s” instead. 

The blog has been dormant. Why?

I’ve been busy. I’ve been busy at meetings for volunteer organizations that I am incredibly honored to be a part of, like Relay For Life. (By the way, fundraising has started for that! If you’re interested in supporting my ag-themed team, Cultivating Hope, please let me know! We’re looking for fundraising sponsors, people to participate on the team itself, and monetary donations. And I’d love to figure out how to raffle off a half of hog or quarter of beef.)

I’ve been busy at work. It’s my “implementation” season. All of these fantastic plans we’ve spent the last several months getting ready, they’re coming to fruition now. It’s amazing to see some of these wonderful projects that I’ve had the honor of being a party of. I’m pretty sure some of my undergrad friends have read or heard things about my job and think I’m making things up. That is NOT the case.

Life Without Bacon Grumpy Cat

How many people can say that creating bacon-themed Grumpy Cat memes has been a part of their job? I’m lucky.

I’ve been busy with church. Having never been motivated to be involved in a church previously (aside from familial obligations), this is new to me. While I can’t always make Sunday service because of travel and busy weekend schedules, I have tried to stay involved in the community of the church, and have taken some opportunities to explore faith and discuss it more in-depth with them (and others). I even read the Bible, out loud, at my church’s community group. I think the last time I read a Biblical passage out loud in front of people, I was a pre-teen. This felt like a pretty huge milestone for me.

I’ve been busy trying to get my foot in the door on some great agricultural groups. Namely, Farm Bureau. I’m now a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau and I’m SO excited to be attending the Missouri Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in February with the Jackson County Farm Bureau! It’ll be a great way to launch my involvement and learn more about my role in Farm Bureau.

I’ve been busy with a social life. I feel like I spent the first few months in Kansas City feeling sorry for myself because I never had free time. Now I feel like I occasionally feel sorry for myself because I never have time to sleep! (This is a lie. I don’t feel sorry for myself. I think most people know I like to stay busy, as long as I have an escape route for some “me” time every now and then.)

One of the biggest differences in my life between college and now is that, in undergrad, I feel like I had to hunt up obscure ways to keep agriculture a part of my life. Volunteer opportunities, Twitter chats, road trips. Now, I have the distinct pleasure of working in agriculture each and every day, helping to advocate on behalf of North America’s farmers and ranchers while also getting to partake in some pretty fun advertising campaigns.

I kind of have my dream job. And by “kind of” I mean “TOTALLY” — there’s no “kind of” about how fantastic my job is. Memes, Facebook, and farmers? Yeah, I won the job lottery.

So, I’ve been a little MIA. I have some (what I think are) really great posts in the works, waiting for me to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and hammer them out into real, cohesive, flowing thoughts. Right now, though, real life is a little more attention-grabbing.

In the mean-time, peace out! Catch y’all again when I have some uninterrupted time to ramble.

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