Tell me about yourself, I can’t wait for the audience to know you the way I do, what do you like to do in your free time and what is one of your hobbies?
I am 29 years old and have been married to the sweetest man, Cory, for almost 5 years, and a mother to a spunky little girl, Claire Elizabeth, for almost 2 years. In my free time, you can catch me with them out at the property “feeding the deer” as my daughter puts it, or going to the gun club. One thing I love most about the outdoors is how close I feel to God. It is amazing to be right in the middle of His raw creation. It is something I felt deep in my soul at a young age, and have been drawn to it ever since.
What are the three things that are most important to you?
1) Making sure I am where Jesus wants me to be and that I am living out His will for my life.
2) Being a gracious, loving and compassionate wife that reassures my husband every day of how amazing and loved he is.
3) Guiding our daughter to the path that the Lord has for her and raising her to be a light to peoples lives, like she is to ours!
Do you think it’s important to set goals and dream big dream?
Absolutely! That is just like getting in a car and not knowing where you are going. Setting goals and having big dreams is what God wants us to have! He wants us to live out His purpose for our lives
I just started going to the sweetest hairdresser, Heidi Christensen. I feel like God put her in my life for a major purpose, because the first time we met she said something that got her through becoming her own boss – “If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough”. WOW, what a reality check, but isn’t it so true? Praise Jesus for that reminder and a sweet hairdresser!
What is your vision for your future?
Ha! Gosh. Whatever God wants it to be? I struggle with this question in my head a lot because I don’t care if God wanted me to be one place or another, as long as it is what He wants. With that said and God willing – my vision is to see Ladies Night Out Texas grow in ways that far exceed expectations. I see women coming together centered in the outdoors, building lasting friendships and networks all over the great state of Texas!
When did you know you were called to do this?
When I realized how strong my passion was to plan something like Ladies Night Out Texas I knew this was my calling, in this season of life. I have never felt such a strong peace from God.
What were the defining moments in your life that helps you realize you’re calling and potential to change the world for the better?
So often I’ve heard from other women that they were not raised in the outdoors, or they have never shot a gun. That is when a light bulb went off and Jesus created the vision of Ladies Night Out Texas! Instantly, I had this vision of bridging the gap between women who are avid in outdoors and women who have never shot a gun! In addition, I wanted to create a network of women who genuinely support and love each other, who are non-judgmental and accepting, and events women look forward to attending!
Who is your greatest inspiration?
I would have to say my mom. She is one of the hardest working women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was a full time wife, mother, helped run the family business and took care of over 50 foster babies by the time I was 18.
Always having foster babies in the house was so much fun, but when the time came for them to go their permanent family, I saw how crushed my mom was. Those babies became our family, she was their mom, my dad was their dad, my brother was their brother and I was their sister, simple as that!
Even though my mom had to bear the brunt of the heartbreak with every sweet and innocent child, she stayed strong. She trusted Jesus would get her through. She knew if she quit or adopted, she wouldn’t be able to reach as many children. She sacrificed her heart for each baby, and chose to do it over 50 times. Talk about true love and selfishness just as Christ shows us!
Who has influenced you the most and what is the greatest lesson you learned from them?
Someone that has influenced me the most in this season of life would be Jen Mathews. We have a lot in common as far as mom-hood and work ethic that she really helped me bust out of my guilty mom shell and start working again. Just to give you an idea of how awesome she is, Jen left her high-paying corporate job to start her own photography company while being a full-time mom. She is so courageous, talented, raw and honest; I don’t think I could have taken the Ladies Night Out Texas leap of faith without her encouragement! She taught me that being a mom does not mean you can’t work and nothing in life is permanent. If something is not working, change the path you are on!
What does being a beauty queen mean to you?
Having the light of Jesus shine through your personality. Being gracious and kind to others. When you are beautiful on the inside, it radiates!
What inspires you to live with passion every single day?
Coffee… hah! In all seriousness though, my amazing and patient husband. Getting to fall in love all over again, every day just reminds me that God’s love renews the same way every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Praise Jesus for that!
How do you use that passion to make your dreams come true?
I use that passion for as armor and ammunition to stay driven throughout the day. It helps me keep my mind and spirit on the right path without allowing distractions to creep in while pursuing my goals.
What is a quote or saying that you live by?
“Let them see You through me” – JJ Weeks Band
One day I was praying about starting my own company, and this song came on KSBJ. It was perfectly fitting. I wanted the love of Jesus to shine through my events. I prayed they would have a different feel to them that made people’s hearts happy.
Through the ups and downs of your life what is the greatest lesson that you have learned?
Trust that God’s plan is ALWAYS better than mine. Never be too serious, and don’t let the devil steal your joy. Laugh often and eat great food!
What advice would you give the beauty queens reading this interview about following their dreams?
One of our church group leaders, Leigh Ann Burns, said something along the lines of, “when you do big and great things for the glory of God, beware of attacks from the devil. They may seem like little things at the time, but the devil puts them in place to snow ball fast and detour us”. My husband and I just looked at each other and laughed because it was so true, we would let the small things stress us out which derailed us from the vision God had for us.
Always beware of the devil working overtime when you are on God’s path and chasing your dreams. Put the armor of God on each and every day, prepared to fight the battle!