When I started getting involved with the #agchat community on Twitter, it was – for the most part – a way to talk with other people involved in agriculture. I started in with the chat every Tuesday night at 8 pm EST (shameless plug!), but it quickly grew into friendships and professional connections that I never would have thought possible.
1. I can’t swallow big kid vitamins.
I don’t know what it is, but every time I see an adult vitamin I’m reminded of a horse pill. They’re huge. My poor little tonsil-obstructed throat can’t handle them without gagging. I’m a pansy, I know. Thankfully, in the past few years, some geniuses somewhere combined a gummy bear with a vitamin and BAM! The adult gummy vitamin was born and I can receive my valuable daily dose of vitamins.
In the words of Paul Harvey….now you know.
My friend Janice has been using her blog to keep us up-to-date on the flooding of the Mississippi River over the past couple of weeks as its been affecting Memphis, where she lives. Thankfully, all of her family is alright and none of her possessions have been damaged. She’s been one of the lucky ones, though, and I’m keeping in my thoughts all of those people who have no home to go to now and are trying to figure out where to go next. I can’t even fathom what it’s like to be in that situation and hope everything turns out alright in the end.
I was catching up on posts from The Pioneer Woman just now when I ran across a recent post about Sarah, from Spruce Hill Farm. I had never realized that Ree (aka The Pioneer Woman) and Sarah were friends, but I have been following Sarah on Twitter for some time. She has been battling cancer, but still finds ways to connect with others via social media while she’s waiting for treatment or recovering from a trip to the hospital. I enjoy Sarah’s tweets and think I’ve even gotten a chance to chat back and forth with her before. She’s extremely brave and someone to look up to.
This week I’m taking a quick trip to Chicago to visit a friend and get some business done. I must say, I really like Chicago as far as big cities go. I love that there’s a lot to do and see and you don’t necessarily need a big budget to do it.
So, looking back on my last post, I realize how scared I was just a week ago looking forward at what my future might look like without student teaching the picture. “Dark twisty path” I think is how I phrased it. Well, now I can confidently say a week later, there is definitely a light up ahead!
I cannot adequately describe how thankful I am for my great friends and network, in person and online. When I said I was switching gears, every single person around me was supportive and willing to lend a helping hand. Professionals in the industry who have only ever met me through the #agchat community were willing to read over my resume and cover letter to offer their advice. My friends in East Lansing helped me set up job shadow visits to get a feel for what working in agricultural marketing and public relations might be like. Everyone was there at exactly the moment I needed them the most. How amazing is that?
For those who are curious, I’ve started applying for positions and have even heard back from one to learn more about me. I’m excited to see where the next few months will take me and I finally understand that things happen the way they should, even if it’s scary when that shift first happens.
BONUS: I was so glad to read this post and know that I’m not the only person who crazily changes gears at the last minute!