Maya Angelou said “You are only free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.” Brené Brown expanded on the quote to explain, “We confuse belonging with fitting in, but the truth is that belonging is just in our heart, and when we belong to ourselves and believe in ourselves above all else, we belong everywhere and nowhere.”

When I scour the internet to learn about emotional intelligence, leadership, high sensitivity, or well-being, the blogs are all the same: a soothing color scheme with professional photos of a bubbly and outgoing woman who is well put together. You probably won’t find that here. At least, in the foreseeable future. To me, it feels intimidating. And un-relatable. I don’t see myself in any of those people or websites.

I’m a hunter, recovering farmer, hobby roper, and aspiring writer. My fashion sense is nearly non-existent. My idea of healthy eating is a plate of loaded nachos. Exercise is walking my horse to the arena. I may have high emotional intelligence and a master’s in leadership, but I’m still human. I make mistakes. And I’m just trying to figure it out like the rest. Life is not polished and neatly presented. So this is what you will find here: honesty, vulnerability, authenticity, and a little country.

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