No Prom is complete without a few cow pictures.
Not very often you get the OG 7 back together.
Miss Ava even enjoyed seeing her Uncle at Prom
Sorry, everyone! June has been a crazy month with lots of changes and plenty of traveling! Since its already almost the middle of July let me tell you about the crazy June I had. The beginning of June I did the big girl thing and moved out of my parent’s house, moving out also meant moving away from the family dairy (even if I only moved 25 minutes away). Moving off the dairy has been a huge adjustment for me, even though I was not home that often it is still difficult for me to come home from work and not see what has happened on the farm that day. However, I am grateful for the move. 2 of my friends and I decided to rent a house together. It has been a great blessing having great friends to come home to every day. Leaving home also meant more responsibilities, no longer can I come home from work and expect to a have a hot supper or get away with not cleaning. I am a few days in my new age of 23 and moving out was high on my priority list this past month.
That wasn’t the only thing keeping me busy this last month though. Through my job, I had the chance of traveling to St. Louis Missouri for calf and heifer training. It was a great opportunity to meet new people in the industry as well as learn lessons from many people who have been in the industry for many years. One thing about growing up and reaching your goals in life is that you are never too old to learn. It is important to always keep an open mind and be open to new ideas. I also had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin and participate in a calf and heifer roundtable. This roundtable gave the opportunity for calf and heifer specialist within the state of Minnesota to discuss obstacles we are seeing in the industry. It gave us a chance to bounce ideas off of each other and help each other with problems we might be facing in our territories. I know I say this a lot but each time you are able to go to conferences, conventions, expos, and etc. it is a great opportunity to broaden your contact base and meet new people within the agriculture industry. You never know who you might just meet, and that person could possibly change your whole life. Always keep an open mind!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
So remember last week how I was telling you guys about finding a job and how tough and stressful it can be? Well, today marks 6 months at that job! I know that’s not very long but in the past 6 months, a lot has changed! I am very grateful for what I have gotten to experiences the last few months
A few things I’ve learned in the past 6 months:
- Waking up at 6 am EVERY morning kind of sucks, which also means no more naps during the middle of the day.
- To not get frustrated when I am bored. It takes time and effort to gain a customers respect.
- Stay positive no matter what the circumstances! There were days that all I wanted to do was drive home and cuddle up in bed for the rest of the day. The first 6 months are hard; there are so many changes! I will be honest some days I just wanted to cry and some days I did cry!
- Admit your mistakes!
- Stay open minded.
- Adulting is not like college; you can’t climb the corporate ladder in 4 years like you can in college.
- You have to start somewhere.
One the greatest challenges I have had/have is learning to stay content. I am a pusher, I always want to learn and try new things I am always trying to advance myself. However, in a long-term job, there is plenty of time to learn and advance my career. Being great at my job does not happen overnight, it takes time and a lot of hard work. Some of our greatest mentors had to overcome a lot of hurdles and work hard to get where they are.
Whether you have had a job for a while now or searching for a job make sure you are happy with the job you have or choose. Make the most of every lesson you learn, and don’t forget to laugh a little.
“having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” -James 1:12
Until next week
-next GENERATION farmer
There comes a time in every young women’s life that they need to grow up and move on to the next chapter in life. One big step a young woman will face is graduating college and finding a job. Finding a job can be one of the most stressful, scariest decisions we have to make at this time. We want to find the perfect job! A job where we wake up every morning feeling excited about going to work and nervous about what is to come that day! At such a young age we search for an adventure, we love the unknown!
6 months ago I was in that same spot! I was so excited to be graduating college a semester early, I applied for jobs, interviewed for jobs and even got a few job offers. One day sitting in my dorm, yes I lived in a dorm my last semester, it was the cheapest, I got a call from a fairly large dairy genetic company. I spoke with the Human Resources lady for a few minutes and was very interested in the position than she explained the benefits and then the pay. I about fell over in my chair, never did I expect to get offered that large of amount straight out of college! I wanted to accept the job right there, however, the professional thing to do is ask for a few days to think about it and get back to them. Shocked at what this human resource lady told me I quickly called my mom and shared my great news, next on the list was to call my fiancé and share with him! I was on cloud 9 it was a great day! An hour later I received another phone call from a dairy nutritionist who I have looked up to since my family moved to the area. He called to see if I had found a job yet. I respond with no not yet but I did just get an offer. He continues on to tell me that he has been calling companies up to help me find a job for me, and he thinks he found one. That was great and all but I needed to interview and go through the whole application process. We all know that sometimes this can take weeks! I explained ok great but this needs to be done ASAP I have another job offer on the table that I need to respond to. I was told that the manager of the company would get ahold of me to set something up. I will fast forward a few days. Lets just say the whole process was very stressful! The manager and I played phone tag for about a week after the initial interview process and when I finally did speak to him he told me he still wasn’t sure if the job would be accepted by the board of the company. This job I was applying for didn’t even exist at this time. Talk about making a girl nervous! At this time it is mid-November and I had 24 hours to get back to my first job offer! I called the dairy nutritionist and asked him what was the chance that I would get this job? He told me 90%. Okay, that’s great and all but that’s still not a job! I was graduating college in a month and needed a job! I told him, this is a chance I am going to take. I declined my first job offer, you guys are probably thinking that was the dumb decision and you are right I thought it was too. However, this is something I needed to do! For some reason, I felt like God was pushing me to stay positive and that good was going to come out of all this. A few days later I was offered a job with New Vision Coop in Brewster, MN as a Ruminant Feed Technician in simpler terms Calf and Heifer Specialist and if that still confuses you Feed Sales, and 6 months later here I am and loving it.
During my job search, one thing I knew was I wasn’t going to decide a career based off of salary or benefits. To me that didn’t seem right, I wanted a job I was passionate about. I knew that I wanted to find a job in feed and nutrition, through the course of my internships I know my strength wasn’t in genetics or breeding, I had a greater passion for the nutrition side of the dairy industry. Regardless of what kind of job you want make sure to follow your passion! As young adults in agriculture sometimes its hard to find something you are passionate about, but just remember your first job doesn’t need to be your last.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.”
I know you don’t know my life story yet, but I promise I will get there, but for now I need to get a few things off my mind.
So usually I am not a very expressive person over social media/ internet but I figured what do I have to lose! My goals for this blog are to write about myself, agriclture and everything in between! I have a lot of personal goals for this blog and I pray that I can fulfil them! Follow along and see what I have to say. PS I am terrible writer so please dont make fun of me! 😉