Life is a journey... a crazy, wonderful journey!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

But I Want It Now

Who am I?

The surface level says wife, beef promoter, crazy (I'll admit it) horse lady, crazy dog lady, motivated, and it's pretty obvious I can't hold still.

Below the surface tells a deeper story. I'm a naturally anxious person who worries too much. I tend to hold back just in case something could go wrong, but I want to be the carefree person so bad.

Life isn't easy for anyone, and we all handle it just a bit differently. Growing up I learned that taking a step back and watching others actions and the reactions they received offered many great pieces of advice.

One such observation was those who needed or wanted something right now, ranging from something as important to paying the electricity bill to the opposite end of the spectrum to someone who wanted that horse right now. These folks would ask others to front them the money or set up a payment plan. They swore on their good name they would pay off the loan as soon as they possibly could. Needless to say things never ended well for any of the parties involved.

What was the lesson? Don't live outside of your means. Even when you are most tempted and everything seems like it will work out fine.

Friday, June 27, 2014


I've actually started enjoying running. What did I just say? Yea... running, I sort of like it now. Crazy right? How did this happen?
This is simply a decoy. In reality, he's closely related to the
Tasmanian Devil. 
Getting a big, wild puppy who is totally obnoxious unless he goes out for a run helped my motivation factor a LOT.

I like the way my body is changing. I've always been a slim girl, but my muscles are tightening and toning in ways that I honestly didn't think was possible. I've always had big thighs and a round booty. Even as a young kid. Infact, I have a childhood scar from a family friend who used to call me "Tiff-fany." But those thunder thighs are becoming muscular thighs. And that big 'ol booty? It's still big, just a little more bubbly.
I enjoy it so much I've WILLINGLY done three,
you read it, three, half marathons in the
past year and a half.

It clears my head. I might be fretting over an issue I had with a friend, or stressed about an upcoming work event but after I complete a run all is well in my head again. I can think clearly about the issue and can actually reach a reasonable conclusion instead of a melodramatic "The world is coming to an end" solution.

So I might actually crave a run now. Yea. Like my body politely taps me on the shoulder and says, "How about hitting the pavement today?"

And as a woman, I don't have to worry about issues like this
one. Sports bras, who knew what wonderful multitaskers
they are!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A True Cliché: Love is Hard

Well some scary/ interesting/ random things have happened to my lovely fiance recently with an end result that really could have changed our lives. Not necessary for the worst, but it definitely would have caused things to be a lot harder. But through all of it, I've learned a lot about myself and how to really love him.

I've learned that even through the rough times, I need to be there. I need to listen to him and give him my honest opinion. At the end of the day he needs to know that I'm there to support him, no matter what the outcome. And that's hard. I want to yell and scream and tell him how stupid this all is and how I don't want to deal with it, but then, that's not love.

No ones perfect. And we all make mistakes. What's important is what you learn from the mistake. And love is hard. But if someone is important enough in your life you'll work through the hard times because of the love you share.

Monday, August 5, 2013

50 Things Abby Needs to Know

My best friend in most likely the entire world, Heidi, recently popped out a beautiful baby girl who I haven't meant as of yet (Update: I've now meant Abby and I of course love her to bits, but I'm just now finishing this up), but I know that I already love her. I was recently inspired by a Pinterest find to make a list of the 50 most important life lessons that I want to teach little Abby before she has to learn them for herself.

1. Stand up for what you believe in.
2. When dealing with difficult people don't be a doormat, but don't be a brick wall. Compromise is the easiest way to deal with those who give you a headache.
3. Always own a nice pair of heels.
4. Always own several pairs of nice boots.
5. Eye contact is very important. Always use it when talking to others.
6. You have two ears and one mouth. Listen twice as much as you talk.
7. Unless you can add something intelligent to the conversation it's better to just keep you mouth shut.
8. Say less than what you know.
9. Show less than what you have.
10. Never end a sentence in a preposition.
12. Do as I say, not as I do.
13. Work hard.
14. Rules were meant to be broken. Think of them more like guidelines.
15. Well behaved women rarely make history.
16. Play harder.
17. Laugh. A lot.
18. When it comes to most things, quality over quantity. Friends included.
19. Kiss lots of boys (or girls if that's what you like), but don't sleep around. Save that for someone special.
20. Cowgirls don't cry.
18. Never never happens.
19. When life gets tough you just keep going.
20. Life is a bitch. So slap that ass! (Something your mother used to tell me all the time!)
21. You are always responsible for how you act.
22. No one can make you feel badly, that is a choice you make for yourself.
23. You can do anything you set your mind too.
24. Be willing to work hard, and I mean really hard, for what you want.
25. Lack of passion is fatal.
26. Always have a passion for something and do that something often.
27. Be classy, sassy, and a little bit smart assy.
28. Logic is lovely.
29. Family is so important. But so are those friends who become family.
30. The world belongs to those who are willing to get their hands dirty.
31. What doesn't kill you will make you stronger.
32. Everything happens for a reason.
33. Have fun in college, but get good grades. You'll regret it later if you don't do both.
34. Be nice to everyone. You never know who they really are.
35. Keep "no" out of your vocabulary when it comes to adventures.
36. Don't make excuses. Either do it or don't.
37. You will be beautiful, there is no doubt, but always remember looks fad.
38. Always be more than just a pretty face.
39. Know when to say no. Times to say no: you are already over booked, you need some alone time, or you really just don't want too.
40. You will do stupid things in your life. That's how you learn. Don't worry about that part. Just make sure you learn a lesson from those stupid things, otherwise you've wasted your stupid moment.
41. Your elders really do know more then you. Talk to us. We've been through those stupid, frustrating, annoying moments in life already.
42. I know it's hard (I rarely did it), but try to listen to your elders advice. It'll save you some frustration in the long run.
43. Watch others and learn from their mistakes so you don't have to make the same ones.
44. Force yourself out of your comfort zone. Don't stay in the box. You'll miss out on a LOT!
45. Life is to short to listen to boring music.
46. Go dancing. A lot.
47. Don't let yourself get old. Go out on a work night every now and then. The next day will suck, but you'll live. And it'll be worth it.
48. No ones perfect. Don't expect it from anyone, yourself included.
49. Communication is key. To everything in life.
50. We (me, your mom, your dad, and Uncle Jordy) love you and always will.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Accountability and Ballet

I have a few small personal goals of which I need to be held accountable for, so my solution is posting them on my blog.

1- Clean out car. Including vacuuming and armorall.
2- Run three mornings this week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
3- Organize room.
4- Restring broken necklaces.
5- Go grocery shopping.

I'll check back in and see how it goes!

Oh yea. Ballet.

Have I mentioned I took a ballet class last week? It was a blast... and I'm pretty sure I looked very similar to this poor child. Try to not laugh out loud. I don't think you can.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Misc. Monday's

Some of my fave bloggers (Anna at Life Be Delicious and Carissa at lowercase letters, the creator) always do Miscellany Monday's. Well, I have a ton of pictures I want to share so I'm jumping in! 

1. Haven't ridden in way too long and there were three colts in need of some rides out at Nelson Farms (basically where I grew up). So after a busy day of branding on Saturday (Warning: Photos not in order) the boy and I went out to the barn. Jordan hopped on Rehab, an old show horse. She is perfect and puts up with his roper like tendencies ;)

2. All of these colts are great to work with, but this filly is probably my fave. She is a smart cookie!

3. This colt is my challenge. He is super sensitive, so I really have to think about every movement and make sure I'm patient and slow with him. Riding horses, both physical and mental!

4. And last but not least, Dewd. This guy has two older brothers, they might as well be triplets, that have already made an impression in the show ring and he will follow right in their footsteps. Please don't mind my silly face. I tend to make them when riding.

5. Saturday was a blast. Helped gather and brand with family friends of Jordan's down in southern Arizona.  I ran the tagging gun. Want to know how I know I've been behind a computer for too long? My tagging hand was sore the day after. Tagging doesn't take much muscle, so this is just plain sad! It was a great day thanks to the Krentz/ Kimble family!

6. Here is where is starts to get Misc. The other pictures just happened to be at the top of the list in my phone! This is a picture from a week back when I was driving to Globe, AZ to meet the boy to finish the drive to Pinetop, AZ. I was in Superior, AZ and was just taken back by the beautiful backdrop of this town. This picture is straight off the phone, no editing needed.

7. Funny story here. We we behind the herd and heading into a funnel up to a gate. Two young bulls were playing "King of the Hill" with no regard to what everyone else around them was up too. The "element of surprise" by another four wheeler broke up the rough housing. I guess males across all species have tunnel vision tendencies. 

8. Save the most random for last. This is my mom in the early '70s showing an Arabian stallion that she rode and worked while she was in high school. I worked in trade for lessons, just like she did. It teaches you some serious skills, like you don't quit until the job is done. And if you cut corners to finish early, you're not only cutting other people short, but also yourself. 

9. I <3 Pictures!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bargain Shopper in Training

I love a good bargain, and I love to brag about it! If someone compliments an outfit or accessory and I paid a good price you better believe I share the gonga deal. One gets different reactions, but I get so excited it's hard to control myself. I was so excited yesterday when I realized my whole outfit was a deal, and I got a twinkling of an idea. Why not have a blog about fashionable deal finds? Here's my first attempt! 

Love the story on the shirt. I was looking through my wardrobe one rushed morning, and realized I didn't have much in the way of nice, fashionable shirts to wear to work. I vowed to set out that evening and purchase a nice shirt for a good price. I started at my all time favorite store, Target (where the pants are from, I think I paid $25 which makes them the most expensive item in the outfit), but didn't have any luck. Right next door is Rue 21, somewhere I hadn't shopped since I was about 16. But I thought, what the heck I'll give it a whirl. Cute stuff, at reasonable prices overall, but this pink shirt was a steal. Tried it on, liked it and noticed it had a clearance tag marked $18.99. Not bad, and it's on sale so I made the decision to purchase. Took it to the register and was astonished when it rang up for $5.00! Yup, you read that right, five bucks!
Whole outfit comes out in the range of $55. 

Next up are the shoes! I'm a huge turquoise freak and found these gems at a second hand store called Buffalo Exchange. I love this shop because they only take designer and fresh style pieces so there is always something new and current. It does take some sorting, so you have to go in with some time and an open mind. I think the bank-breaking total on these heels was $18 bucks.

Already mentioned the turquoise obsession, but seeing as I am a recent college graduate with quite a few bills left from the experience to pay off (most expensive piece of paper I've ever received) I don't have the extra cash on hand for the real stuff. So I make do! Found this long, oval turquoise necklace at Wal-Mart. On clearance. For $9. Love it! 

Total, this outfit comes to about $57! 

Fashion Deal Tip #1:
Since starting in the grown up world, I've learned to build outfits, piece by piece. You don't have to purchase all in one swift draining of the check book. And that is exactly what I did here. I've had the pants for about a year, the heels for about 6 months, the necklace for a couple weeks, and the shirt for about three days. 
Every pay check set aside twenty bucks and buy one article of clothing or accessory that can build on something in your closet. You'll be surprised by the number of outfits and combinations you have after a couple of months.