The lifestyle of a gypsy has been planted in my blood, and my past experiences of moving have taught me to be flexible with new places. Therefore, the place I call home is a hard subject to explain. Nebraska is where I was born and raised until the age of 12. My family and I lived in multiple locations in Nebraska before moving to Colorado in 2004. Colorado was my home until I graduated high school. My parents are originally from northwest Missouri; so, if I had to pick a place that most feels like home, it would be our family farm just north of Kansas City. My dad is now running his cow-calf operation off of this farm, and our home address is Smithville, Mo.
Agriculture has been a part of my life since I was born. Most of my agricultural involvement has been through my participation in 4-H. Horses were my main project in 4-H, but I have experience working with cattle and sheep as well. I was involved in horse competitions from the time I was age 7 until age 18. I was also involved in horse judging, and was a member of the 2011 American Junior Paint Horse Association world champion judging team.
After I graduated high school, I moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a pastry chef. In December 2011, I graduated with a certificate in L’Art de la Pâtisserie from the French Pastry School. After working in a pastry shop in downtown Chicago, I realized working in a commercial kitchen would no longer be a lifetime goal of mine. I moved to Kansas City to live with my family, and started working on a new plan for my life.
The route of majoring in science and agriculture journalism was not my original plan; but, through what I have already experienced, life brings us twists and turns we do not expect and that is what makes life so interesting. Moving from place-to-place has developed my strongest passions of travel and experiencing new culture. My goal is to work as a social media strategist, using content marketing through social media platforms. I am excited to see what the future holds for the new path I have chosen.