State Officer Blog

Pocketful of Sunshine

Driving home from our first District Leadership Camp as a team, I find myself stuck in my head. Instead of thinking about all of the amazing members I had met, the campfire swing dances, or even the infamous Dutch Oven Cook-Off- all I could think about was what I...

Full Speed Ahead!

Finally, summer vacation! For many, this means road-trips, new adventures, and all things sunshine. But for our FFA members, advisors, and state office team, our summer looks a little different. While we all get our fun-in-the-sun, many of us are full speed ahead! The...

Be in the Moment

Today is going to be a good day. You know why? Today is going to be a good day because you are here. In this post I am going to be talking about today. Today is what we can control. We can’t change anything that happened yesterday because that is in the past. I am not...

Times change, moments don’t

It finally came down to this. As I walked into that holding room, all the memories of the good and bad days of studying, practicing, reciting speeches over and over until that was all I knew, I finally realized that it wasn’t about just trying to get elected but also...

Signing off

As the year wraps up, I can’t help but count my blessings. The list of blessings, which goes miles long, includes every single second spent with members, every second spent with my teammates and every moment of thanking our supporters and sponsors! Put simply this...

Say YES to everything!

I remember the first time I ever put on my FFA jacket, my ag teacher Ms. Frank handed it to me in class, and I stuck it in my backpack to bring home. At lunch that day, sitting at the table with all of my non-FFA friends, I couldn’t wait another second to show off my...

Don’t Blink

When I was a little kid, I had a love-hate with road trips. I loved the destinations, but I hated the driving. I always brought my portable DVD player and would hunch over it with a blanket thrown over the top of me. Instead of staring out the window, my portable...

I 4C this being Awkward

Zoning out in a large group of people, someone looks at you, and thinks you are staring at them.  Scrolling through someone’s social media, liking a post, then realizing it’s from 2017.  Meeting dozens of people in a day and a middle school FFA member asks, “Do you...

That’s a Wrap

Somehow we are already two weeks into December, the year 2021 is nearly over, and our State Office year is beginning to transition yet again. It seems like just last week we were at Oregon District Officer Training in Corvallis, chicken fighting with District Officers...

Find Your Viewpoint

The team and I kicked off the first of many Leadership Camps in June starting in Southern Oregon. Since then, we have been attending leadership camps throughout the state for each of the 11 districts in Oregon FFA. Some have been one-day camps and some have been...

While in Franny

As I drive in my first car, named Franny, on the backroads of my hometown playing “Wide Open Spaces” by the Dixie Chicks I can’t help with tears in my eyes, smile. My day was full of journaling from the past 14 days of State Fair, creating flipcharts for the next 11...

The Lenses of Gratitude

A couple of weeks ago, the girls and I were on a car ride headed to Eastern Oregon. I had my hands on the wheel, Bel was in the passenger seat, while Katie and Jonwyn were passed out in the back. I remember wearing a new pair of sunglasses that I had picked up to take...