Comfort zone

Back when I was in elementary school, and even throughout my college career, I can always remember times when teachers and professors would have us do stuff that not only challenged our minds, but our social skills as well. I often remember thinking to myself when I am all done with school, I will no longer have to step out of my comfort zone. I was wrong, and I have come to learn that is ok. Even as an adult, there are many times when I have to step outside of my comfort zone, but more often than not it is by my own choice that I am now challenging myself.

I have grown up in the dairy industry my entire life. I started showing dairy cows in the open show with the help of an adult when I was 4, and at almost 30, I am still showing dairy cattle. But, until last month, I never judged a dairy cattle show. I have stepped into the ring in front of numerous judges, have attended judging events, and was even on my county 4-H judging team, but I never really gave judging a second thought. That was until I was approached and asked if I had any recommendations of judges for a county fair. That’s when I thought to myself, why don’t you do it? I have just as much experience as several others, work with dairy cattle of all types daily, and have been showing my entire life. Yes, I am qualified; yes, I can do it. Does stepping into the ring in front of a crowd when I’m the one placing the classes and giving my reasons why make me a little more nervous than stepping into the ring to show? Absolutely, it does, but taking that chance and doing something new is something that I am very glad that I did.

Recently, I showed up to my first ever judging job, and what an experience it was. I had the privilege of placing some really good quality animals, and even more rewarding was having the chance to work with youth in the 4-H program on showmanship. Showmanship was always an area that I really enjoyed, and I often competed in showmanship contests at the state and national level. Having a good quality animal is great, and you will often do well, but having someone experienced and paying attention to detail on the halter can do wonders for an animal as well.

Overall, my challenge to you is that no matter what stage of life you are in, find something that you truly enjoy and are passionate about and take it to the next level. Challenging yourself and finding your own strengths and weaknesses is something that really is rewarding. Not only may you find joy and appreciation in something that you never really expected to, but you also may open up doors for many new opportunities, friendships and life lessons.

Submitted by Julie Holler, a member of the Trumbull County Farm Bureau currently serving on the Board of Trustees.


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Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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