Shine On- Terryn Drieling.
Shine On Series #9
Shine On, Shine On was the subject of a blog that I did a couple weeks ago. Did you see it? If not, here is the link Shine On, Shine On! I have decided that there are a lot of people that help me “Shine” and I am going to feature them on my Shine On, Shine On series.
Meet Terryn Drieling.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in northeast Nebraska on a feed yard where my family has been raising beef cattle for more than 40 years. After high-school, I had every intention of becoming a veterinarian, but somewhere around the middle of my freshman year of college I realized my true passion was in feed yard management. So, I changed my major and after finishing college moved to western Nebraska where pursued my passion on the same feed yard for 7 years, started a family, and met Naomi.
In 2013, we made a huge change – that of moving to the Sandhills for my husband’s dream job. I ended up resigning my post at the feed yard to become a stay-at-home-mom and ranch wife. It was a change that quite honestly took quite a little getting used to. But, it has resulted in happiness like our little family has never known and me finding a new passion in blogging/agvocating for beef.
What does your daily routines look like?
I try to be up around 4:30 or 5:00 a.m. every day, giving me some quiet time before everyone else gets up to have a cup (or 3) of coffee and get some writing done. Beyond that, our days look a little different depending on the time of year and what’s happening on the ranch – calving, breeding, weaning, preg checking, etc. On any given day, I might be working on the ranch with my husband and our kids, cooking lunch for a crew on big processing/vaccination days, or working in at Double A.
This type of ever changing day-to-day works really well for me, as I am not much of a planner. It’s not that I dislike having a plan. I actually love having a plan. It’s just that I get far too disappointed when my heart is set on my plan and then it changes, which is slightly strange considering the biggest plan change of my life thus far has ended up being the best thing for our family… hehe!
What inspires you to be you?
My hardworking husband, my beautiful kids, the unconditional love of my friends and family, the beauty of God’s creation… Seriously, there is just so much that inspires me. A few years ago, when I was going through a tough time in my life, I made the decision to focus on the good in each day because – every day may not be good, but there is good in every day. Focusing on the good, and a whole lotta prayer, is most definitely what got me through that tough time. And, it is what has continued to inspire me every single day since.
What do we all need more of?
Love. It is my perception that this day in age there is way more finger pointing, blame, and judgement being passed around than love. It seems as though we are all at the ready with our broad brushes to paint whole groups of people based on the actions of a select few bad actors.
Don’t get me wrong, I am by no means without fault in this area. However when I feel those less than loving feelings creeping up, I refer back to Romans 13:9 – “…and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore it is the fulfillment of the law.”
We need more love.
What do we all need less of?
Hate. Plain and simple – we need less hate. I saw this quote on a meme recently that pretty much sums up how I feel about our current love-hate ratio. It said, “Imagine how powerful we would be as a society if we loved as hard as we hated.” – Matt Rush
Seriously, I think we should all just ponder that for a while.
Do you have any advice for ranch wives or any women?
Be confident. If I could offer only one piece of advice to women, confidence would be it. Recognize that you are beautiful, that you are talented, and just own it.
How do you stay so motivated?
Doubters have always been my best motivation – you know, the people who tell me that I can’t do something. I get a kick out of proving those folks wrong, so I work hard and do what it takes to do just that. Recently, though, I have been finding my motivation in the success of others. I cannot tell you how much joy it brings me to hear good news, to hear the wins of my friends, family, and quite frankly, anyone who wants to share a win with me. And joy for me is invigorating.
My Shine On message to Terryn:
Terryn~ I am thankful for your friendship. I appreciate you. I love that you are unique. You are like a sister to me. I appreciate that you support me.
Here are a few more reasons that you help me Shine On:
My message to you, dear friend is Shine On!!
Thank you for being an important piece of my life.
Thank you for just being YOU!
Friends~ Please visit Terryn and tell her I sent you: