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...