Back to “civilization” for 2013.

Kansas City Skyline

I always hated the way city people indirectly referred to the country as “uncivilized.” You know, you hear someone passing through a small town saying, “I can’t wait to get back to civilization.” I can’t help but laugh at that, … Continue reading

Finding Direction

I’ve heard it said, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I call bull on that. I love what I do, and what I plan to continue doing after graduation. I love the realm of community management with an emphasis on agriculture. But I work hard. I work hard to build relationships, to see connections, to find new and interesting ways to spark conversation. I love it. I love that exhausted feeling of fulfillment after a milestone is reached. I love that even when I feel worn down, I can find satisfaction in seeing the relationships that can truly be built. I may love what I do, but I still consider it work. With that said, I think it’s that realization that lays the foundation for the rest of this post.

I’ve realized I’m not a “settler.” I once thought I could take any situation and make the most of it. While I like to think I can still do that in some ways (see The Leap List), in other ways, I’ve realized that there really are times when striving for happiness is truly called for. Continue reading

So Long, 2011. Howdy, 2012!

I recently wrote a list of “firsts” that social media has brought into my life, all happening during 2011. If I could describe the year in one word, it would be “whirlwind.” It’s been a whirlwind year. I’ve learned so much about myself and about life in general, and have had so many wonderful, eye-opening experiences. I set out to write this post hoping to make some profound statement about everything that can happen in a year, but I keep getting distracted by the need to say “thank you.”

Man, I could list people I owe thanks to for hours. Really. There’s too many to fit into one blog post. Through acts large and small, it’s been the people I know that have made 2011 fantastic. If it weren’t for the kindness, faith, an support of so many people, 2011 would have been “just another year.” It’s been far from that. It’s been my biggest year yet, and 2012 will only be bigger. Continue reading