Monday, February 27, 2012

I'm a WINNER!!!

I'm a WINNER!! Not a real long post today!! I just want to give a GREAT BIG shout out to Rural Women Rock! If you don't follow that should & tell us about yourself!! It's VERY inspiring to meet other Movin' & Shakin' RURAL women....that have figured out how to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. PLUS....they have ANOTHER give -away :).

So...They had a give-away.... The 2nd of 3.... AND I WON!! Little excited?! I'd say so. I won this AwEsOmE, AWESOME necklace from Harley & Maudes! Go check out their Facebook Page!!

So...I knew it said "Rural Women Rock," BUT I did not know it had a little quote on the other side that said....."She believed she could, so she did." I KNOW....such simple words, but I've got a FANTASTIC way to look a situation UP, and down, & all around & then back AGAIN. It's good in most cases, but sometimes....YOU JUST GOTTA DO IT and it'll all work itself out :).

Anyways.....SOOOOOO happy! BUCK UP BABY & make it a GREAT week!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Independent Cattlemen's Association Fundraiser

This past weekend I helped Uncle Mele @ the Colorado Valley Independent Cattleman's Association Fundraiser. I'm just tryin' to get a little more practice in. was my Daddy's birthday &  long-time friends birthday AND our good friend that works on pipelines just got back from Turkministan (I think) & is getting to go to his next job in AUSTRALIA!! I'm pretty happy for him b/c he gets to go to a fun, happy place. Anyways...he's home for about a week. SO....we got to see LOTS of friends & family this weekend! Oh how I needed it.
This is a video from an iPhone, so it's a bit grainy. Thank you Mrs. Bonnie Pesch for videoing for me :) & for buyin' & biddin' @ the auction!!

I REALLY appreciate the COMPLIMENTS & ADVICE that I pick up at every, single auction I do. BELIEVE ME.....I'm listenin' to every word. It was also pretty cool b/c one of the buyers that was there actually heard me @ my VERY 1st auction in PLUM, TX! They told me: "I seemed to feel a little more confident than the 1st time, but I was good there too!" Now how sweet is that. Go check'm out if you need work done on your teeth....HATFIELD DENTAL CLINIC in LaGrange, TX.

I also want to give a shout out to all the donors & buyers!! I know I won't list everyone, so forgive me, but KNOW that you are VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!

Round Top State Bank
National Bank & Trust
Hatfield Dental Clinic
Pace Fertilizer Company
Giddings Livestock Commission
Herbrich Brothers
Max Barnowski Fence Building & Dozer Service
Kyle Cordes
Susan & Harvey Pauler
Electric Motors
& NUMEROUS other businesses & supporters of the Texas Independent Cattleman's Association!!

I just want to say how BLESSED I feel. We have some AWESOME, INTERESTING, AMAZING families & FRIENDS....that never leave you with a dull moment. I don't know if everyone has friendships like we do, but I hope least one!! I'm SO glad we got to hang out with a few of them this weekend!! MUCH, MUCH love sent ya'lls way!!

YAY for AWESOME friends!!! P.S. Thanks Jenny for the photos :).

Birthday Boy (Chris) & Trey :).
LOVE HER & Miss her! That's my baby's God Momma!
Daddy & Chance & Kylee Jo in the La Marina parking lot after we had  lunch/dinner  for Pops's Bday!
Kylee (in her SUPER cool rubber boots from Kandon, Aunt Kayla & Uncle Kory), Uncle Chance & 1 of  Aunt Mandy's puppies. I tell you...Kylee will NEVER be short of puppies to play with....
SUPER cool jacket from those RoWdY ladies over @ Rowdy Maui!
Me & the little brother eatin' our lasagna! YUM!
Until next time peeps! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Confusion & Trust


So....I felt the need to post :). Not a whole lot of interesting stuff has been going on lately. may be interesting to you, but it's somewhat FRUSTRATING for me. I thought I'd enlighten you (a little) on just a little bit of what I'm dealing with.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the AUCTION industry, world, realm....whatever you wanna call it. I'm intrigued & really ready to PLUNGE myself into it, more than I already have,'s not like I can just quit working. While A LOT of auctioneers make a GREAT didn't happen over night. I know a lot of you readers don't know me personally, but I'm the kinda gal that WANT'S IT & I WANT IT NOW :). I'm also the kind of gal that's willin' to work. I'm not sayin' that I'm the most FANTABULOUS, EXPERIENCED, FAST-TALKIN' AUCTIONEER.....b/c I'm not; but I know that I put ALL I've GOT to GIVE into whatever I need to LEARN about. So I want to DO MORE than what I'm doin', but I've gotta make it make sense.

I've had a bit of a hard time just tryin' to understand what is the "RIGHT" thing to do. I've been VERY BLESSED to have met some just AWESOME auctioneers that have AMAZING credentials & experience & ARE WILLING TO HELP ME. Sometimes.....they all want you to go in a different direction than the other, BUT you RESPECT ALL of them. Rightfully so....They've all gotten where they've gotten from hard work & payin' their dues. There are LOTS of avenues an AUCTIONEER can take. More than I EVER had thought about before I started this journey. One AUCTIONEER that I am ever so grateful for told me....."Your way too early in the game to know what "direction" you want to go in." It's weird....I knew that, but I had gotten all wound up b/c I didn't want other auctioneers I know to think that I didn't VALUE what they said & listen to them. I have been advised by a couple of people, to focus on a certain type of auction & not others. They aren't trying to slow me down. They just want me to make sure I align myself with the "right" people in the "right" fields & help me as much as possible. Here's the thing. I AM A PEOPLE PLEASER. I don't want to disappoint anyone. Some of these fellas don't KNOW me. They KNOW they see DRIVE & SMARTS & GRIT & all that jazz in me, but they've JUST recently met me. SO....with that in mind. If I just use my HEAD & ask their advice if I don't know if something is good or bad for me, make MY OWN decision, based on what is BEST for me - then I've shown that I VALUE their opinion & have made the BEST decision for me. I'm not sayin' get involved with an auctioneer that has a crummy reputation or anything. I still need to use my BEST JUDGEMENT & prioritize things the way they ought to be prioritized.

I've been a PROFESSIONAL for quite a while now, maybe not an AUCTION professional, but a professional. It's time I BUCK UP &  start actin' like one. It is no different. You take what you can from EVERYONE. Boy....I learned that lesson years ago when I was learnin' to ride cutting horses. I will digress....briefly.... We were at our cutting horse trainers & another Novice rider was trying to tell me how to "tune" my horse. Well....I thought I only needed to listen to the trainer. BOY....Did I get a butt-chewin' from my DADDY. I mean...I was respectful & listened to the novice rider, but was a cocky little SCHEISTER later on the way home. I'll just say.... NEVER AGAIN... will I discredit ANYTHING from ANYONE.

Anyways....I grew up thinkin' that the MORE EXPERIENCE you get...the BETTER you'll be & that you can LEARN a little somethin' from EVERYONE. RIGHT NOW... I want to be a GREAT Auctioneer & OPERATE with the VALUES & MORALS that I have. It'll take some time to be a GREAT one. But let me tell you....when you get that HONOR.... you'll have helped businesses, organizations, individuals, and numerous up & coming auctioneers and will have well-earned the MASSIVE amounts of RESPECT you'll have from other people & auctioneers. I can tell you one thing....I sure wish MR. WALTER BRITTEN was still alive. That fella has been dead & gone, quite some time (God rest his soul), but he's such a BIG DEAL people are STILL talkin' about him!
Here's the cover of Mr. Britten's Book.
I've heard Auctioneers from all over Texas talk, good talk, about Mr. Britten: from Abilene to Corpus Christi ,  Houston to El Paso. ALL I have to say is WHAT A LEGACY!!
Back to me figurin' out what's the "right" thing to do...To me, it seems that if somethin' seems "fishy" probably is. Stay away from it, ask advice, & use your head. If I want to learn more about cattle auctions & car auctions & antique auctions & energy auctions  & real estate auctions & equipment auctions & you get the point...then I'll take the steps I need to, to do that. Learnin' never hurt anybody. I just have to be sure that whateverI decide to do makes sense. If I'm NOT gonna make any $$ doing it - is the experience worth it? The answer will vary. I know how to make those kind of decisions. Momma & Daddy didn't raise no dummy :).

Like I said....I ENJOY it! I'm NO SUPERSTAR,  but I have talent & ENOUGH SENSE to know that I don't need to WORRY about doin' the right thing. I just need to DO it. I need to be cautious & do what makes sense & I feel comfortable doing. MAN! I can be pretty darn good at OVERthinking things.

Anyways....I'm not sure that this post has helped anybody, but ME. I hope I at least ENTERTAINED you with my CrAzY, OVER-thinkin' self. Go be with your SWEETIE, or your BABIES, or your AMAZING FRIENDS! SHARE the LOVE today!!! BUCK on UP & Keep on readin'! More tales to come. Believe me....DULL moments don't tend to travel with me.