Monday, September 14, 2009

The Fabulous SJ Kiosk

Soooooo.........there is so much to catch up on since my last post that I do not even know where to begin. Let me start with recent SJ news: WE OPENED A KIOSK!!! It is located in the Post Oak Mall in College Station, TX and is open everyday of the week. Due to the face that it is open 72 hours a week and I am working much more on building up SJ, there will now be time put aside just for the blog updates, and I am so excited about that.

Now to backtrack a little......I recently graduated from Cum Laude from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal Science as well as a business minor. As you can tell from my previous posts, it was my plan to pursue an MBA starting this fall. However, with the encouragement of some special friends and family in my life (thank you to those of you who are reading), I decided to try to pursue Southern Jewlz full time. So far (fingers crossed), all is going FABULOUS!

So, this summer, SJ hit the road. We attended the National Junior Brahman All-American in Bryan, TX, the Junior National Hereford Exposition in Tulsa, OK, the National Junior Brangus Show in West Monroe, LA and finally the National Junior Angus Show in Perry, GA. And yes, we (me and my 2 side kicks Miss Amy Hughes and Ashleigh Hayes) lived out of the living quarters of a horse trailer the ENTIRE time. Needless to say, the 3 of us love to listen to Casey Donahew's "White Trash Story" to remind us of this trip.

This past summer was my last summer to be young enough to show as a Brangus Junior (yes, for those of you who don't know, I do raise and show AMERICAN cattle!). I showed at the State Brangus Show in Brenham, TX and ended up meeting someone very intriguing. Needless to say, shortly thereafter, I have a birthday present that is a toy Australian Shepherd named Paisley and a 17-year old boyfriend.......WHOAH! I know, I know, it is kind of a big deal. But for those of you who have not met him, hopefully you will soon, and you will understand why I proceeded with dating a guy who is so much younger than me.

I also showed at my last ever Brangus Junior Nationals. With a 1st and 2nd in the bred and owned show, a Reserve division, 1st and 3rd in the owned show (all will heifers I raised) and being the Reserve Champion Senior Showman, I would say it was a very successful trip. Plus, it was great as always to catch up with great friends from the Southeast!

Anyways, that is a brief overview of my past few months. Now I am just hard at work building up the business as well as inventory, training my 2 employees Ashleigh Sowell and Megan Murray (who have both been amazing thus far), and trying to still fit in some social life time since I am still living in my college town!

So, stay tuned for updates from SJ and all of the lives associated within its inner circle. Believe me, we are all pretty entertaining peeps!

Monday, January 5, 2009

My Official Return to the BLOG!

First off, my apologies for ignoring my Blog for so long! Due to the fact that I was traveling so much being on the TAMU Livestock Judging Team, my blog and even my jewelry business got put on hold for a little while, but now we are back up and running!

So, since it has been SOOOO long, I will just give a brief overview of mine and SJ's fall! As I mentioned, I was on the Livestock Judging Team here at Texas A&M and we had a few big wins that I am proud of. We were champion team at the Mid South Fair, The State Fair of Texas, and the American Royal. Although, we did not win the big one: Louisville, we still had a good run and won more contests than any other team. Needless to say, it was an experience of a lifetime for me and I am really enjoying getting to judge shows now. Since the end of November, I have judged 3 and I love working with the kiddos!

As for SJ, we were extremely busy with the Christmas Holidays! We shipped out over 60 necklaces and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of my clientel! I greatly appreciate you all for helping me move forward with my business.

The latest in my life is trying to figure out my plans for graduate school. I will graduate in May and then would like to pursue an MBA. I have visited the programs here, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. I will also apply to K State. But anyways, my entrane exam is scheduled for this Thursday, so I should really be studying instead of typing.

So, with that said, I will get back to my studying and will be sure to give an update of the test and my applying process, until then, Stay Fabulous!