Cherry, and Don’t Squash my Millennial Blossoms.

Welcome back! 

If you are wondering where you can get this fabulous crossbody and coffee mug, that would be at the Western Women Co booth on April 29th, in Marshfield, Mo on the square. There are going to be over 80 vendors to shop with, and let’s face it you shouldn’t need to go anywhere else, unless you need a corn dog, I won’t be selling those. 

For more sneak peeks at what will be available, go to my Facebook Here or Insta page Here.

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. 

Millennials, the word that leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. When spat out by a Baby Boomer, or a Latch Key Kid, the underlying tone can be derogatory and spiteful.

So, today I am going to give my peers a cookie and highlight some of the good ones for you. 

Not only is our generation full of mountain movers and stigma shakers, but we do A LOT of stuff. We make things. We sell services. We are scrappers and antiquers. Many say the word Millennials with a look of distaste on their face. To that I say, look around.  

Look at the junior college I attended in Miami, Oklahoma. If you want to see some young people with some serious work ethic, the graduates of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) will show you just that. Anything you need we can provide from; retail leather shops to leather carving, lipstick to eyelashes, healthy eating to culinary concoctions, and photography to capture it all. Maybe it was the lead in the water, but when I look at my peers I see a network of young entrepreneurs. Those who are working nose to the grindstone to pursue the same dream that Americans have been pursuing for years. Success.

The best part about these young entrepreneurs is that they are willing to help one another. They promote and educate one another in a way that you are not likely to see between associates of older generations. 

Let’s support small business owners and operators, instead of “squashing their blossoms,” let us lift them to the light.

If you need an example of some Millennials who are killing it everyday, visit the links below and see some amazing work done by those lazy kids I always hear being referred to. 

Millennials Making a Mark:

Comment below a link to YOUR favorite small business owned or operated by a Millennial.


Why do you call yourself a cactus?

Definition of Cacti: a succulent plant with a thick, fleshy stem that typically bears spines, lacks leaves, and has brilliantly colored flowers.

Let me start off by saying this: I am writing this post only because when I am reading a blog I always wonder what kind of a person is really behind it all and what kind of mind set they have. I am not writing this to say I am the most perfect person, in fact much of this is a letter to ME from ME. I am growing and growing brings pain, strain and scars.  If you like my ideas, great! If you don’t, simply move on and don’t visit again, I promise you will forget about me in a few days. All views reflected on any of these pages are reflections of MY views on life and mine alone. Like it or leave it. 

In a sea of millennial egg shells, I am more likely to identify with a cactus. 

In a world of safe spaces and participation ribbons, I am more likely to end up in an open field chasing show cattle (who caught a wild hair, drug me and then trampled me on it’s way out of the trailer). 

So what does any of this have to do with a cactus anyway?

Recently, an immense amount of articles I have come across have been, for lack of a better term, whiney. Following the election there has been an uprising of people who feel it is acceptable, and even admirable, to portray themselves as a victim. Girls complaining about how other women have been mean to them; Men complaining that women are treated differently at work; Women grumbling that men treat them unfairly. I cant stand to see another girl crying on social media about how someone did them wrong. It pains me to see women using their time to wear rediculous hats while walking down the street. 

Bears spines, lacks leaves. My dad would call this “thick-skinned.” Where are your “spines” ladies? Cacti lack leaves because they are easy targets for animals to get ahold of and they are prime locations for evaporation of the water that every plant counts on to thrive.  Most of the women I hang around, agree that they do not want to parade their weakness around so that people can latch onto it and steal their joy. Why are we allowing animals to rip our dignity from us? It’s time to lose those leaves and get some spines. Instead of crying about how we are mistreated it’s time to strengthen our defense. Athought some may not agree, I am not empowered by weakness. I am liberated by strength. You want more pay for your work? Be the best, chase that promotion, put in the extra time and effort. You want women to treat you with more respect? Be an example, extend kindness to someone you may have overlooked before. It’s time to make attacking you an action that in turn injures the one who is attacking. Make them wish they had treated you differently because of the beautiful human you have come to be.  If there is one thing I know, it is that writing on Facebook everyday about how someone has mistreated you will not change your situation. In fact it may make you a bigger target to people who will view you as weak. Instead, get out and learn something, try harder and dream bigger. Your blessings are your defense. 

Succulent; tender. Do not misinterpret this article as an encouragement to be cold. Women were created to be tender hearted.  God made us in such a way that we would be caretakers and empathizers. Hard hearted women will rarely make a positive difference in the world.  It may be difficult for us to reveal our soft spots to people who may leave a scar, but scars build character and I have never seen a Saguaro that didn’t have a few. I once cherished a quote that said “What is bad for your heart is good for your art.” Looking back I realize now that nothing is “Bad for your heart,” every situation we are put in makes our hearts stronger and that is what is truly good for art.

Finally, brilliantly colored flowers: This is the art, the passion, the talents. Every year all parts of a cactus work together to produce a flower. If the flower fails to bloom what is the purpose of the survival of that cactus? What are we without our passions, our hobbies, our callings? Every person has their thing that they are meant to contribute to the work of the Lord. Whether you sing, talk pictures, make things or are outgoing, use that talent! Nothing is more disheartening than seeing a lone cactus fail to bloom in a sea of flowering cacti. 

Your cactus trying to bloom. 

Turquoise Slab Buckles

To start out my first post in my new format I wanted to start with something trending yet simple. To get started I do need to point out that I did not start this trend nor come up with the idea. I simply took an existing idea, tweaked it to be more affordable and remade it into my own just like most trends begin. If you come to my etsy page looking for a Redford Ranch buckle replica for the Western Women price you won’t find it. These buckles are made from turquoise colored Howlite stones which are affixed to a metal buckle which can be snapped onto any belt of your choosing.

For those of you hunting for Valentine’s Day presents for your sweetie these make a great one! Pair it with a turquoise howlite slab bolo and your girl will be ready to hit the town on the Day of Love!


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