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If I Can Do It, So Can You

If I Can Do It, So Can You

When I first started this account two years ago, I used to log in and see badass women doing badass things.

They were behind the wheels of semis, driving tractors with their babies in tow, combining grain like it was nothing.

I found it inspiring and disheartening at the same time.

I used to think to myself, “Man, I could never do that. Why am I even on this app?”

I didn’t know the difference between a cow and a heifer, a bull and a steer. I couldn’t drive stick let alone get behind the wheel of a semi. Heavy equipment TERRIFIED me.

I’ve received a few messages and comments over the last couple months that have made me realize that some of you think I’ve been doing this my whole life. That I’ve some how made it look easy.

My stomach did a little flip this weekend when I got a message that said, “I wish I could do that. I could never do that.” She was referring to me driving the tractor.

It made me smile because those words used to cross my mind almost daily when we moved to the ranch.

Nothing about my journey to “rancher” has been easy. You can go back and watch my Instagram story highlights “Year 1” and “Year 2” for proof, but what you can’t see is the huge shift in mentality that I’ve gone through over the last two years.

I’ve gone from “I could never do that,” to “I guess I’ll give it a try,” to “Yeah, I can do it,” to “Get out of my way, I’m doing it.”

It wasn’t easy, but I can tell you, I does get EASIER.

My advice? Start small. Start now. Be patient with yourself. Know that you’re absolutely going to break something. Go for it anyways. If I can do it, so can you. 🧡
Mar 02, 2022

You have to start somewhere and figure it out along the way. Friends, family members, your community and strong work ethics help. We should help one another be successful, lift each other up with a helping hand.

Rana
Jan 18, 2022

So encouraging. I’m going to save this:)

Julia McNelly

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