Music - What I'm Listening To

Friday Jam Session: 90’s Country

I’ve said many times before that my taste in music stretches far and wide. But if I had to listen to only on genre of music for the rest of my life, it would be country music. And if I had to be more specific, I would choose 90’s country music (followed closely by outlaw country and Texas/red dirt country).

I can’t help it. It is what I was raised on, and honestly, I think it played a large part in why I love good storytelling.

This was by far the hardest playlist so far to keep under a certain number. I could have easily created this long of a playlist with just a small handful of my favorite 90’s country artists, but there were also quite a few single hits that I could not overlook. So I limited myself to 1-2 songs per artists and for the most part, kept it to upbeat songs, though there were a few slow songs that snuck in. I also did quite a bit of double checking to make sure that the songs featured really were from albums that came out between 1990 to 1999. I had so much fun picking through these albums, since so many of them we had a home growing up.

And just so no one yells at me… I am well aware that there is no Garth Brooks on this list, but his music is not on Spotify.

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed putting it together! Happy Friday!

What are you listening to lately?

See past Friday Jam Session posts HERE.


So There's That Series

So There’s That Vol. 30

{Sort of like  a “Friday Five”  or a “Life Lately” except it’s probably not Friday, and I gave up on the idea of a catchy alliteration. These are some bits and pieces of my not-so-glam 20-something life. See past posts HERE}


In Case You Missed It On the Blog in February

  1. Friday Jam Session: Favorite Albums in 2017
  2. The Road I Traveled: Meet Tim
  3. So There’s That Vol. 29
  4. The Road I Traveled: Meet Jade
  5. A Day in the Life – February 14, 2018
  6. Friday Jam Session: Motivation
  7. My Office Space + New Standing Desk
  8. Love Letter: Golden Anniversary
  9. Emotional Courage
  10. The Road I Traveled: Meet Anna
  11. Book Review: February 2018

I Wander the World

i wander the world
not because i am lost
but because i know
who i am

a lover of movement
walking, running, spinning
hair to the wind
doesn’t matter where, when

here or there or home
look & see adventure, novel
new flower splitting earth in a yard
or foot in front of boot to 17,000 feet

touched by your hands to forehead
honored by my dust, while your path
teaches my heart to expand the
world is as big as the people I meet

new faces, new smiles greet
me with mother tongues, kisses,
invited to your spaces, tea with graces
& I’m grateful

i wander the world

By, Shannon Boettcher

This was written by my friend Shannon, from my hometown, who is also a wonderful photographer. Check her work out here! I loved her poem so much I just had to share! Thanks Shannon!

Sawyer June

As of March 13, this sassy babe is 8 months old!! Sadly, I won’t be home to see my cousin again until she’s almost a year old… so for now she’s still on my phone background, which recently got an update with one of these. Right now she’s currently trying to crawl. Until she succeeds, I’ll continue to be amused by the videos I get of her frustration and impatience 🙂


This song is one of my current favorites to jam out to in the car, but I am LOVING this version of it with the violin!

3 Years in DC

Last week marked my third year in DC and I wrote this blog post reflecting on my career and 10 things I’ve learned so far.

You’re Going to Be Okay

Photo property of The Girl Who Loved to Write Blog

I’ve shared this blogger before, but if you don’t already follow her, you should! I love her style of writing and so many of her posts ring so true for me, like this one did.

Out and About

A few snippets (and Snapchats) of life lately.

Took a salsa dancing lesson!

At the new Wharf with some small group friends for an Irish festival.

Note: This weather did NOT last very long.

FINALLY replaced a few of my pans and utensils. My old ones were hand-me downs when I received them 7 years ago. #adulting

My Life in Memes

Memes that are speaking to me right now… both thought provoking and just plain funny.


So, There’s That.


Third Work Anniversary and 10 Things I’ve Learned

I moved to the Washington D.C. area three years ago this week and as of today, I have been working for U.S. Wheat Associates for three years.

Woah. I know it’s super cliche to say, but some days it feels like I just arrived and other days I feel like I’ve been here much longer.

This experience has become a dream and a goal that I didn’t realize I had until the moment I saw the job announcement in a Facebook group (hey Julia!) But as I’ve shared many times before, a few hours later I was on the phone with parents telling them about this job and big move that I suddenly felt so strongly needed to be mine. And, EXACTLY two months later I was walking into the office for my first day on the job.

I laugh now, because I quickly realized that I didn’t quite understand what my job all entailed and what the organization did.  The phrase “fake it till you make it” became my real motto. Those first couple of months were harder than any class I ever took but that feeling I had when I first learned about the job continued to stay with me, and remains with me today. I know that my place in the work force and in the agriculture industry is working on behalf of farmers, and using my words and skills to help them do their job.

In three years, this job has taken me to three countries (and Guam) and on many, many domestic trips. I’ve learned about how complex wheat is and met people from around the world who depend on and prefer the high quality wheat that U.S. wheat farmers grow. I’ve learned about crop production, wheat breeding, international markets, transportation, the immense variety of end products that are made from wheat, export market promotion and how it all affects each other. And I’ve learned about the many areas of trade policy that affect wheat exports, including negotiations and barriers. All that said, there is still so much more to learn, but that part excites me. Most important to me though, is the farmers I’ve met over the past three years. I know these people, I’ve visited their farms and met their families. I respect their hard work and seen how they strive to improve their business and their product. They are humble — both when they make mistakes and when they should be proud of their progress. They care about their communities and the world around them. Personally, its important to me to feel like I have a sense of purpose when I am going to and work each day. And these farmers give me that purpose.

As a young professional, there are certainly ups and downs to figuring out what works for you and what doesn’t, what you want your career to look like and how to get there. Trust me, I am far from having it all together, but I have been lucky to have so many mentors and others who support my career. If we were having coffee together, there is a lot more that I could share about what I’ve learned so far, but since we’re not, here are 10 general pieces of advice I’d like to share:

  1. Ask questions. Sure, some questions are indeed, dumb. But what’s worse is not asking the question at all. Not only does it prevent you from learning, but it prevents others from improving as bosses and leaders, and sets a bad precedent for effective communication.
  2. Don’t work through lunch. Sometimes it is inevitable, but it is important to step away, give your brain a break and your legs a stretch. Make it a habit. (This one is really tough for me!)
  3.  Practice grace. You will make mistakes. Big embarrassing mistakes. And others will disappoint you with their mistakes. I think the only way to get past mistakes is to take a deep breath, own it and determine how to not make the mistake again. In others, identify why you respect them and consider what factors may have led to the mistake. Then give yourself and them, a dose of grace. Life will go on, I promise.
  4. Invest in good shoes. Nobody has time for sore feet, but at 5’2″ I can attest that there is such a thing as comfy heels. But I also know that I shouldn’t wear them if I need to hike it a longer distance. Figure out what works for your style and invest in it. You’ll save your wallet and your feet in the long run. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way.
  5. Learn how to write professional emails. Even if you don’t like to write or consider yourself a poor writer, there is no excuse for poorly written emails, no matter what your job is. Yes, people do notice. Luckily, there are many resources out there and asking your boss or superiors for help improving those skills will show them initiative, which is always a good thing.
  6. Don’t shy away from what makes you uncomfortable. No, I am not suggesting anything that is unsafe or negative. What I mean is that pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone helps us grow our skills and our minds. So listen to the argument that you don’t agree with, don’t pass on a task because you don’t know how to do it and don’t back down if you feel strongly about an idea or decision. Staying where you are comfortable does no favors to your career or those you represent or work for.
  7. Find people who will go to bat for you. When I hear from others complaining about their superiors or something in their work place, I am reminded of how thankful I am to know that I have people in my corner. Good bosses and colleagues alike, understand that in order to see productivity and results in the work place, they need to respect your values and support your goals and needs. They will go to bat for you if necessary.
  8. Become a life-long learner. Read, discuss, participate. Seek out opportunities to learn something new or improve your skills. Everyone is replaceable and most industries are constantly changing at a quick pace, so if your job doesn’t spark curiosity and a desire to become better, you might want to fix that or move on, because otherwise you’ll get left behind.
  9. Create a space that fuels your creativity and work flow. I am a strong believer in the importance of having and maintaining a work space that is positive, and aligns with your style, responsibilities, comfort and needs. I think this is crucial for productivity, focus and overall health. If you are spending 40+ hours a week in this space, why should it be anything less?
  10. Not every season is exciting, and that’s OK. I know there are a lot of studies and facts out there about how young professionals today are not staying in one place nearly as long as the generations who came before them. Sometimes the latter will call it lazy or having no sense of loyalty, while many of the young professionals themselves either grow bored or eager to see what else is out there. I think from time to time, both views are wrong and right. However, I think the root is that my generation is used to having more options, has been pushed to “exceed expectations” and like I mentioned for myself above, need to feel like their work has a sense of purpose. So, when a job rolls into a season that is lacking in someway, it is easy to think that it is time to jump ship. I’m not saying that you should completely ignore that feeling, but just sit on it a while and maybe spend that time determining if this season is just cyclical or if there is something you can do to improve it. Yes, I love my job overall, but its not realistic for someone to say that they love it every single day.

Thanks for the adventure so far wheat family.

Music - What I'm Listening To

Friday Jam Session: Post Break Up

Just keeping it real over here on all accounts.

First, it’s not Friday. But last Friday, my Wi-fi was down all day due to a crazy wind storm we had and this Friday I have a different post that I want to specifically post on that date. But hey, I definitely jam out other days of the week, so really, it works. #rebelyell

Second, I’m fully aware that it is a bit dramatic to create and share a playlist titled “Post Break Up,” but hey, unfortunately most of us need a playlist like this at point or another. You are welcome.

I’ve been adding songs to this list over the past couple of weeks and it was MUCH harder to keep it under a reasonable number than I thought it would be, which was silly to think because all artists have at least a handful of break up songs to their name. And really, I could have just made the list with only country songs… or only Taylor Swift songs.

So is this list a bit cheesy? Yes, because there was no way I was leaving Dolly out of it. And it is definitely full of angst (my teenage self would be so proud). But it is pretty well-rounded — meaning it covers every stage of a break up and quite a few different situations. So please note, I obviously don’t personally relate to every single song, quite a few are just songs that I enjoy and love to jam out to regardless of what they are about. Enjoy!

p.s. There are a few songs that are explicit, just FYI, if that’s not your thing. #sorrymom

What are you listening to lately?

See past Friday Jam Session posts HERE.

Favorite Things I Need to Tell You about Right Now

Favorite Things I Need to Tell You About Right Now – Vol. 2

Hey friends! To start the year, I did a post on “Favorite Things in 2017 That I Need to Tell You About Right Now,” and decided that it needed to become a semi-regular series. So I’m back today to share a new list on random finds and new favorite things and trends I’m obsessed with lately. And since my friend Brandi and I are always swapping these kind of ideas back and forth, I’ve asked her to contribute! And like before, this post in not sponsored in any way — I just genuinely recommend it all.

Skecher Go Step Boat Shoes

Amanda: My mom recommended Go Walks to me last summer and while the overall brand has a lot of styles that I don’t like, I am in LOVE with the Go Step style that look like Sperry’s since I bought my first pair on sale last fall. They are seriously one of the comfiest shoes I have ever owned, have never given me blisters and I’ve been able to walk in them long distances without it affecting my plantar fasciitis. I’m currently trying to figure out what pair I want next.


Amanda: Ebates is a service that you download as a plugin on your internet browser (there is also an app) and then as you shop online it offers a percentage cash back on your purchases. Then you get a check every quarter with what you’ve made. I heard about Ebates a long time ago, but I always thought that there was a catch of some sort or that it would take too much effort to work. But I was wrong, its literally just one extra click of a button to activate each time. Now, I could see how it would drive someone to spend more money than really necessary, because the site advertises all of the different deals going on with various brands. But I have just used it for purchases that I already otherwise was going to make. When I was planning on buying new running shoes and knew exactly which pair and size I wanted, I went to Ebates to see what retailer had the best cash back offer and made my purchase there. Since July, I’ve made almost $60 back, and my next check will be a bigger one because I just I was able to use Ebates for a plane ticket I recently bought.

If you are interested in using Ebates, use my referral link:

…and we’ll BOTH get a little extra back 🙂

Mine Design Noted Candle

Amanda: Since the past year or so I’ve been regularly burning candles in my home and my favorite has been this one that I snatched up as on add-on item with one of my FabFitFun boxes. The scent itself is just a light floral scent, but the best part about it is that you can write messages on it with pencil and erase and rewrite as many times as you’d like. It’s perfect for my style and been a fun addition to my home. After I am done burning the original candle, I’ll put votives in it so I can continue to use it. Right now it says “Surviving Not Thriving.”


Amanda: I don’t drink as much pop as I used to (but I’ll never give it up completely), but I’ve always crave the fizz. Kombucha has become increasingly popular recently and after one my friends suggested I try it a number of times, I finally gave it try and now I’m hooked. Kombucha is essentially fermented tea, is really refreshing and is a good source of probiotics. It still has sugar so I don’t drink it everyday, but its become a tasty treat about twice a week or so. I usually buy it at Trader Joe’s and really like the Trader Joe’s brand Pomegranate Hibiscus, Health-Ade’s Pink Lady Apple and GT”s Synergy Trilogy.

JERGENS® Wet Skin® Moisturizers

Amanda: I’m usually pretty skeptical of these kind of products but one of my friends let me try some of her JERGENS® Wet Skin® Moisturizers when I was visiting last fall, and seriously, its so good! It’s official description says it “works with water to instantly lock in moisture from your shower. Skin stays soft and luminous all day, without a heavy, sticky feel.” I’d say that description is pretty accurate. I have really dry skin and now use this about twice a week or so when I’d get out of the shower. It has really made a difference, especially throughout the harsh winter months. I tried the Refreshing Coconut Oil version and am looking forward to trying some of the others.

Erin Condren

Amanda: I talked about choosing a new planner and my new love for Erin Condren in a blog post in January. What I didn’t share is that I first fell in love with these planners when I bought one for my Mom for Christmas in 2016, and then again in 2017. When Brandi was looking for something new last year, I knew these would be a good fit for her too. My Mom and I both have the “Life Planner,” which best fits our needs.

Brandi: Toward the end of 2017, the search for a new planner began. I had tried a bullet journal in 2017 and it was evident I really just needed full monthly views spare pages to put down notes and to-do lists. After lots of researching and asking around, I found Erin Condren and felt like I had hit the planner mother lode. If you saw or talked to me at the end of 2017, I likely tried to sell you on this planner brand because of how low-key obsessed I was am with it. There are 3 main planner layouts and tons of covers, colors and customizations to choose. Truthfully, it took me longer to pick out a favorite cover design and color combination than it did to research a planner type. I finally settled with the Monthly Deluxe and paid for extra notebook pages in the back. Since I ordered my planner, I’ve ordered an academic planner for my sister, a wedding planner for a friend, a plain notebook for work and tons of accessories. In addition to all the planner options, they also have lunch bags, personalized notepads, blankets, throw pillows, wine totes, and so much more. Luckily they’ve started a rewards program so I can earn points on my purchases to put toward MORE PURCHASES!!

This post is not sponsored, but I do have a referral code if you are interested in getting something from Erin Condren yourself.


Brandi: I learned pretty early on that being in a shared work space with lots of other people talking on the phone, I’d need something to help block out the extra sound. Listening to music works sometimes, but at certain times the jamming out and lip-syncing is not conducive to working. That’s when I started looking into podcasts. There are so many options for subjects ranging from things you can learn, talk radio recorded for podcast listening, people recapping television shows, and lots of humor. I started listening mostly to see if I could passively learn anything, but now a lot of my podcasts are light-hearted and meant more for comic relief than anything. They help keep the work day or a car ride lively when music isn’t cutting it.

Here’s my current Top 5:

  1. The Dave Ramsey Show
  2. An Acquired Taste Podcast
  3. The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
  4. TED Talks Daily by TED
  5. The Brooklyn Boys Podcast

Bonus: Game of Thrones The Podcast by Bald Move (when the show is live & new)


What are some of your favorite things lately?

Books and Reading

Book Review: February 2018

Well friends, I lied.

I said in my January post that I was almost done with “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, and I was, but then I got distracted and started another two books. Which is unfortunate, because I don’t want that to indicate that the book isn’t good… these other two books were just easier to fly through and I am still working at making more time for reading.

So with that said, in February I finished two books that were drastically different from each other, which was a good mix.

Read past reviews here.


My Story
By Elizabeth Smart
with Chris Stewart


“For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime.

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In 2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.” (via GoodReads)

My Review

This case is probably one of the first major news events that I can remember happening as a kid. I was only a few years younger than Elizabeth and I remember following the news as things were happening and then again in college when her abductors finally stood trial. I think it is hard to write a review though, when the book is non-fiction and about a particularly heavy topic. I read a few other reviews on this book and couldn’t believe some of the criticism people gave it. Many thought it was too child-like and didn’t have any depth… umm hello, Smart was abducted when she was a young teenager, so of course even as an adult she still is going to process it and tell the story from that point of view. Others have questioned the fact that she never did formal therapy afterward or the impact her family’s religion had on the whole event during and after.

Personally, I was interested in hearing the story in her own, honest words as an adult and appreciated the approach she took to telling it. Overall, there were obviously parts that it were really hard to digest, but the resiliency and faith she had through that horrific experience is nothing short of amazing. I also really appreciated that she addressed quite a bit of questions and the criticism head on, and shared how she been able to focus on and live for the good things in her life, and not let this experience define her.

Favorite Quote(s)

“Life is a journey for us all. We all face trials. We all have ups and downs. All of us are human. But we are also the masters of our fate. We are the ones who decide how we are going to react to life.” 


3 out of 5 stars. I don’t know if its a book I’d recommend to everyone, but if it is a story that interests you, or you like reading non-fiction about resilience and things in the news such as this, then I’d recommend it. It’s a pretty quick read.


Silver Girl
By Elin Hilderbrand


“Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing – because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie’s had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can’t offer complete escape, and they’re plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie’s brother Toby – Meredith’s high school boyfriend – arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.” (via GoodReads)

My Review

In some ways, this book was another Hilderbrand-standard formula for a good chick lit/vacation read. But it also took a bit of a different turn into a crime mystery that channeled reality. The husband of the book’s main character was caught for orchestrating a Ponzi-scheme, much like the real-life Bernie Madoff case. The story is told from the wife’s point of view, and really made me think about how the news and public views and treats the family and loved ones of those who commit crimes, and how they become another kind victim in the whole process.

The story jumps back and forth between the present day and the main character’s past, addressing the rise and fall of many of her relationships, including a falling out with her best friend who later becomes her only ally when her husband is arrested. While I enjoyed the story and its interesting perspectives on crime and friendship, I never fell in love with or felt like I could related with any of the characters (which is usually what I love about Hilderbrand’s books) and that made me like the book just a little bit less.

Favorite Quote(s)

“Meredith immersed herself in the novels. For some reason, fiction hit on the meaning of life so much more concisely than real life itself did.” 


3 out of 5 stars. It was a good combo of chick-lit and crime mystery.


What books do you recommend?

The Road I Traveled Series

The Road I Traveled: Meet Anna

“Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

This series highlights young professionals and their stories, because no matter our path we all have a little to share and a lot to learn. Read and learn from past feature posts HERE.


I have a love-hate relationship social media (can I say that if social media is a part of my job?). But one of the reasons I love it is that it allows me to keep up with people that I otherwise would completely lose contact with. My next guest is a great example of that. I met Anna in high school through FFA, because we competed against each other in almost everything and by our senior year we became friends. We both ended up going to out of state schools for college, and over the years we’ve kept up with each others lives and transitions into careers. Anna is such a kind person, hard working and so incredibly talented. In high school, she definitely pushed me to be better and now as young professionals, I am happy to see her dedication and love for the agriculture industry.

I hope you enjoy hearing her story as much as I enjoyed catching up on it!

– Amanda

Name: Anna Smith
Age: 26
Hometown: Willamina, Oregon
College: Cornell University
Degree(s): BS Applied Economics & Management, Animal Science, 2013 // working towards MS/MBA at Purdue University
Current Location: Batavia, New York
Current Job: Loan Officer at Farm Credit East, ACA

Background Story:
I grew up on a small ranch outside of Willamina, OR. Like most farm kids, I grew up working on the farm and showing livestock in 4-H and FFA. During high school, I was heavily involved in FFA, which afforded me the opportunity to travel to the National FFA Convention several times. It was at the convention my senior year of high school when I happened to stop at the Cornell booth in the college fair. Had it not been for that chance encounter I would have never considered going to college on the other side of the country. That set me on the path I’m on today, now working as a farm loan officer in rural western New York.


How did you choose your college and your major?
I never considered anything outside of agriculture, but I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to be in the industry. So I applied at several of the big ag schools and ended up choosing Cornell. Previous to my aforementioned stop at the Cornell booth at a college fair, I had barely even heard of the school. Cornell’s Dyson business school is in the College of Ag, but I found that only a handful of my classmates had similar interests to me. After a semester I started taking dairy classes and really became engaged in that. I ended up doing both the business and animal science majors which combined really nicely.

What were you involved with outside of class? Organizations? Internships?
Cornell has an amazing Greek life. I was a member of Alpha Zeta, which at Cornell is an actual co-ed fraternity that is primarily ag students. I also was active in Collegiate FFA and the Dairy Fellows program. My senior year I was on the National Dairy Challenge team and spent a lot of time training for that. I interned at Farm Credit East one summer, which is how I ended up in my current role.

What were your biggest challenges or obstacles in college? Anything you would change?
Sometimes the distance would get to me. My parents were amazing and would send me care packages (and still do) but that’s never quite the same. But at the same time, being away from home in a completely different environment is one of the best growth experiences you can have. And if I could do it over again, I would have spent time even further away and studied abroad!

What one piece of advice would you give a student during their senior year?
Do more than the minimum. Take all the cool/fun/challenging classes that you can, not because you need them but because when else in your life can you do that? Travel if you can and get to know the area around where you are going to school.

Post Grad

Tell us about your career so far?
I started at Farm Credit five days after graduation and had a portfolio of loans on the first day. That was pretty intimidating, being 22 and having responsibility to make loan decisions and manage those relationships. But farmers are incredible people and immediately I felt welcomed into my new role and new environment. Today I have a $120 million loan portfolio of mainly row crops, fruit and agribusiness. It’s not easy, especially when times are tough in ag, but it’s an incredibly rewarding job. You get to see businesses start, grow and transform and see into the inner workings of very successful farms.

How have your experiences and involvement in college set you up for success in your career and life post grad?
Learning to network was huge. I won’t claim to be great at it, but I genuinely enjoy a good cocktail hour.

Work-life balance? How do you stay afloat and refreshed?
I am lucky to have two close friends nearby, so they are my work-life balance. One has a flock of sheep and when I need to get out of an office rut I go over there and just help with whatever needs to be done. I work a lot, but I try to never let that get in the way of people.

What does life look like right now? Hobbies and interests? What outside of work are you passionate about?
I didn’t know many people in the area when I moved to WNY so I started right away getting involved. I’m on the county Farm Bureau board and also volunteer at one of the FFA chapters helping students prepare for their speaking contests and such.

I working toward my MS and MBA through Purdue’s Center for Food and Agribusiness. That program is primarily online and I’m about 25% through. I have a fantastic group of classmates that make you forget that the program is almost all online whenever we get together.

Just for Fun

What is essential to your morning routine to start the day off right?
I love my half hour drive to the office. It gives me time to drink my coffee and mentally prepare for the day.

Do you have a must-have vice like caffeine or item you can’t live without in your workspace?
I’m counting my car as a second workspace. I spend about half my time meeting with clients at their farms, so I drive around the countryside a ton. Some weeks I live on coffee and sausage egg McMuffins. Its gotten to the point where my friends and coworkers save coupons for them to give to me.

Moment of truth, what do you really miss about college?


Thanks for taking the time to be a guest on my blog Anna! I could have sworn that I had a picture of us saved somewhere from state convention our senior year, but instead I found this from National FFA Convention in college (2010 I think?). I’ve loved keeping up with you and your success over the years!