• You've stumbled upon 'The Good Stuff.' Whether you're here to share in my adventures or just passing through, I'm glad you're here!

  • #InstaLife

    #HappyBirthday Jancz 💗 Just remember that "no one likes you when you're 23"... Love, Sissy
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#SpooGirls #sisters #tothemoonandback #sassysisters #theyearof26 #sisteract @janci_lamour #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: There are few things more beautiful than a wheat harvest. There's a reason we sing "...for amber waves of grain."
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #canont5i #photography "Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness." -Thomas Jefferson
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...Happiness, yes, Tom was certainly right about that.
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#wheatharvest17 #wheat #USWheat #ilovemyjob #amberwavesofgrain #mylifebelike #Kansas #homesweethome #agriculture #farm365 #Summer2017 #theyearof26 #OnTheBlog #LinkInBio: Sharing my #TravelJournal from my work trip to #EstesPark a few weeks ago. My sweet mama also got to tag along and we made a mini vacay out it, complete with a great hike!
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#TheGoodStuffBlog #theyearof26 #hiking #Colorado #GemLake #PaulBunyansboot #latergram #canont5i #wanderlust #igotitfrommymama #gooutside The company alone was worth the two blisters I earned #billygoattrail #hiking #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #theyearof26 This is what slow, sweet summertime is made of 🍷☀️👫
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@smvwinery @sugarloafmountain #winery #chardonnay #drinklocal #theyearof26 #weekendvibes #mylifebelike #lazysaturday
  • My Favorite Words.

    'The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still' -Exodus 14:14

    "You've got to know your limitations. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren't too many limitations, if I did it my way." - Johnny Cash

    "Courage is the ladder that all virtues are mounted on." - Mr. R. Crosby Kemper, Jr.

    "It's your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it's one less minuteyou haven't lived." - Gilmore Girls

    "Faith, it does not make things easy, it makes them possible" - Luke 1:37

    "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the lights that I have." -Abraham Lincoln

    "Writing is a struggle against silence." - Carlos Fuentes

    "At the end of the day faith is a funny thing. It turns up when you don't really expect it. It’s like one day you realize that the fairy tale may be slightly different than you dreamed. The castle, well, it may not be a castle. And it’s not so important happy ever after, just that its happy right now. See once in a while, once in a blue moon, people will surprise you, and once in a while people may even take your breath away." - Grey's Anatomy

    "Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. And when it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them." - Marilyn Monroe

    “It’s not that I believe everything happens for a reason. Some things are meant to be broken. Imperfect. Chaotic. It’s the universe’s way of providing contrast. There have to be a few holes in the road. It’s how life is." – Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever

    "Opportunity knocks; that doesn't mean you have to knock the door off the hinges." - Sam Herringshaw

    "Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors." – William P. Young, The Shack

    ‎"You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." - Robin Williams

    "I think I'd miss you even if I'd never met you."-The Wedding Date

    "If you don't even believe in the possibility of magic, you'll never ever find it." - Castle

What’s Happening on April 9th?

2015 has been unexpectedly exciting for me so far.
I definitely did not have any idea when I rung in the New Year in San Antonio, that in two short months I would pack up my stuff in Kansas and move out to Washington D.C.

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But somehow here I am.

I have talked a lot about why I decided to take this risk and make a big move for a new job, but I do not know if I ever mentioned how quickly it all happened. It was not until after I had moved that I realized the ninth day of the month had become significant to me.

I saw the job posting on January 9, and after trying to ignore what I had just seen a dozen times throughout the day, I called my parents that evening to tell them that I needed to try for it.

I was offered the job on February 9 after flying to D.C. the week before for an interview.

And on March 9, I started my new job at U.S. Wheat Associates.

Woah. That still makes my head spin just a little bit.

Last week, one of my colleagues finally said, “So I just want to know what you plan on doing on April 9?” She suggested having a spa day and buying an expensive bottle of wine. I have to say, I am a fan of the way this girl thinks.

So I’ve now made it to April 9, and so far it looks like it’s going to be a pretty ordinary day. And I’m ok with that. This is the life that I came here to live. An ordinary day here is busy, has purpose and there is always something new to experience.

It is a rainy day here, and a bit colder than the refreshing spring days that we have had recently. I slept in a bit later than I meant to and had to hustle on my 10-minute walk to work. My morning consisted of two cups of coffee and making final edits to a bi-weekly “Wheat Letter” e-newsletter that I will send out later today. After I finish writing this post and eating my lunch, I have a fairly straightforward afternoon. I have an overseas trade team media kit to prepare, new projects to get started and a meeting with some of the new hires in the office. Of course, I wouldn’t get through the day without my headphones and a good playlist. My current favorite is Spotify’s “Totally Stress Free.” If the rain lets up this evening I will probably go on a run to the Iwo Jima memorial that overlooks the District. That is becoming my favorite new view. My evening will probably be pretty laid back, spent catching up on last night’s episode of Criminal Minds over a glass of a new Malbec I bought last weekend.

 So this is my April 9 — pretty “ordinary,” and full of the opportunity that I came here for.

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Have a wonderful rest of your own April 9 my friends!

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