A Sneak Peak at My Work.

Selling homes. Driving Tractors. Herding Cattle.

Filming. Speaking. Writing.

Picture-taking, goal-smashing….

exploring, inspiring, executing.

A few of my favorite things.

Please take a look at the work I have done, highlighting ‘a few of my favorite things.’

Videography

Walter Lasley & Sons Auction Promotional Video, Legacy Land Auctions

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Clift Land Brokers, Promotional Video, Clift Land Brokers

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Websites

Dickey Family Farms

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Land for Sale Web Page, Triangle Realty

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Written Work

Welcome Carla Morgan, Press Release, Triangle Realty

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Spring into Spring, blog, Triangle Realtyscreen-shot-2017-01-19-at-1-57-44-pm

Cindy Sherrod, Agent Spotlight, Triangle Realtyscreen-shot-2017-01-19-at-2-00-08-pm

A personal bio, Triangle Realty

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Graphic Designs

Testimonial, Social Media Ad

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Life At The Lake, Magazine Ad

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Amarillo Style, Magazine Ad

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Amarillo Country Club, Magazine Ad

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The First Time I Heard Him Say the “F” Word

“WHAT THE (insert four letter word that doesn’t start with H) are you doing? Get in the damn pickup.”

…that was the first time I’d ever heard the “f” word come out of my Dad’s mouth.

He threw his gloves down, ran to the pickup, and had it in gear before I placed my right boot on the footstep.

The pickup halted and he said, “Get out and do not let him past you, do you hear me?”

My lip started to quiver.

It was a cold winter day. We were working cattle.

So here I am, a seven-year-old gal in a pasture full of testosterone; hat strapped on, glittery coat buttoned to my nose, rockin’ the pink cowboy(girl) boots.

It was early, we were cold, and the cattle were uneasy. I could tell my dad was irritated, but what was I to do?

…stand on the panels and throw my arms up, singing, “Hey! Hip! Go boys, move on!”

Right?

Wrong.

There was about a five foot gap between the panels and the trailer. That was my position.

On that particular day, I was hesitant to take stance. I’m still not sure why. It surely wasn’t the first time I’d worked cattle, and certainly not my first encounter with hormonal bulls.

But, on that day, I was intimidated, ok?

For goodness sake, imagine 2,000 lb. angus males plowing straight towards little pink boots! My ferocious 52 pounds was not about to get in the middle of them and wherever they wanted to go…

Yet I knew I was supposed to have been standing there.

…he came storming towards the trailer, the last bull to be loaded.

He was huge.

…I may have stepped aside.

…he may have plowed over the panel and into an open pasture…

(Cue Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces)

“Get in the damn pickup!”

At this point, it was fight or flight. As my lip quivered and my big brown eyes flooded, I stood my ground.

We got him back to the corrals, no big deal.

(Side note: This literally took a whapping five minutes, guys. My dad totally overreacted).

Moral of the story:

It was one day. One instance. One ass chewing.

One ass chewing and I became a ‘suck up your pride, take responsibilities for your actions and get the job done’ girl (no matter how embarrassed or intimidated I might’ve been).

The other day at work, we were discussing how it seems as though kids who were raised around agriculture have a unique work ethic and knack for using common sense.

I am not measuring anyone’s work ethic on influences of being raised or not being raised on a farm, because I understand there are infinite factors, and that not all of us have the luxury of such a lifestyle. But from observation and experience, I can attest that my upbringing of handling livestock, heavy equipment, and early mornings typically contributed to my successful actions as an adult.

Were there days I threw a fit because I didn’t want to go out and break ice in the stock tank at 5:30 AM? You bet.

Were there days I rolled my eyes when my Dad told me to road a tractor from Wildhorse alllllll the way to Cheyenne Wells? You bet.

Were there days I “faked” sick so I didn’t have to go drive a sprayer on a Saturday? You bet. (That trick never worked).

The first time I heard my dad say the “f” word is the day I am forever indebted to.

Had it not been for the way my Dad raised a corn-fed, God-fearing, tomboy in glittery boots, I would most assuredly not be where I stand today.

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Dad: Thank you for the ass-chewings, thank you for forcing me out of my comfort zone, thank you for encouraging me to “man up,” thank you for showing me how to budget and plan and persevere.

Thank you for being the epitome of everything I look for in a husband. Thank you for teaching me how to deal with people, how to “suck it up,” and how to love others unconditionally. Thank you for accepting that you didn’t have any sons, but that your oldest daughter would be the closest you could get. Thank you for appreciating the way I enjoy hip hop and small tattoos and art and dressing like a total “hippie,” even though you’re not crazy about any of those things. Thank you for sitting in my combine with me and singing Vince Gill and George Strait at the top of your lungs. Thank you for honking at “monkeys in the road,” and teaching me (or at least trying to) how to drive an 18-wheeler.

Thank you for being there, always, thank you for constantly reminding me of my roots, and thank you for doing your part in serving this world with the fruits of your labor.

*PS-I didn’t hear him say the “f” word for about four years after that day. And that’s a whole ‘nother story, ya’ll!

15 Things All Badass, Fearless Alpha-Women Do Differently From Other Types Of Women

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There’s a quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich that states: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” It’s a often posted on Pinterest boards and slapped onto cards with women in 1920s-fashion kicking up their heels in unison. But for me, this sentiment is more than encouragement to go on a girls trip and go wild; it’s a celebration of women who choose to be defined by their courage, bravery and decisions to go after the life they want to live instead of being confined by “appropriateness.” Call them bold, fearless, or powerful, these are women who light up a room with their magnetic energy. They intimidate the close-minded and inspire those who have long hungered for tangible proof that they, too, will serve themselves well by igniting their passions and relishing in their independence. I know a few of them very well and they have changed my…

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13 Ways To Travel When You Have No Money

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I recently asked subscribers of my newsletter about the number one thing that holds them back from traveling. The near universal answer?

Money

This is something I hear from everyone I talk to.

“Matt, I simply don’t have enough money to travel.”

This problem and how to overcome it probably my most asked question. Since this question comes up so often, I like to constantly remind people of this fact:

You do not need to be rich to travel.

Let’s repeat that.

You do not need to be rich to travel.

I sure wasn’t. I had an administrative job making $30,000 a year before I left for my first trip. That’s a pretty below average entry wage for Boston. (This guy even saved $14k in six months on a minimum wage job!)

Yet I managed to save enough to travel the world. How? I made it a priority…

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25 Things You Have To Try In Your 20s At Least Once

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1. Call that person you’ve been thinking about for longer than you can remember, but whose rejection you have always feared. Just pick up the phone, hold your breath, and accept the fact that knowing how they feel is better than living in limbo.

2. Go on a camping trip with a solid group of your friends, a cooler of drinks, and enough grillable meats to last you for at least twice as long as you actually need. Get really scared when you think you hear a bear, and then realize it’s just your friend coming back from peeing.

3. Learn how to make your favorite restaurant dishes, even if they don’t taste as good as the original. Learn what actually goes into the food you love so much.

4. Apply to a job that you really want, but which you know you have next to zero chance of actually…

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This Is How We Date Now

the devastating reality.

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We don’t commit now. We don’t see the point. They’ve always said there are so many fish in the sea, but never before has that sea of fish been right at our fingertips on OkCupid, Tinder, Grindr, Dattch, take your pick. We can order up a human being in the same way we can order up pad thai on Seamless. We think intimacy lies in a perfectly-executed string of emoji. We think effort is a “good morning” text. We say romance is dead, because maybe it is, but maybe we just need to reinvent it. Maybe romance in our modern age is putting the phone down long enough to look in each other’s eyes at dinner. Maybe romance is deleting Tinder off your phone after an incredible first date with someone. Maybe romance is still there, we just don’t know what it looks like now.

When we choose—if…

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25 Signs You Are The Kind Of Woman The World Is Scared Of

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  1. You have a lot of opinions about a lot of things, and you just can’t keep them to yourself.
  2. You mean what you say and say what you mean – none of that Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus nonsense.
  3. You never back-down from an argument. You’re not always starting them but you sure as hell finish them when necessary.
  4. You have really high standards for the people you choose to be around and you’re not afraid to leave behind those who cannot meet it.
  5. You’ve got even higher standards for any person who wants to be with you, romantically.
  6. You’d much rather fail at doing things your way than succeed while being a people-pleaser.
  7. You do not tolerate drama but you also will stand up for yourself if the situation calls for it.
  8. You love being in charge, taking control, and anything and everything that makes you…

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