My hobbies focus on physical fitness and health as well as regularly practicing traditional art and craft. Throughout middle school and high school I participated in track and cross country. The stamina, endurance, and motivation required to participate in these sports helped me develop a strong foundation for developing initiative and discipline. Today, I enjoy weight lifting and long-boarding with my husband. I find that these activities not only keep my health in optimal condition, but also provide a beneficial way for me to manage the daily stresses of life. These activities also allow my husband and I to spend important quality time together, allowing us to motivate, encourage, and take pride in each others personal accomplishments. I have taken several months of horse riding classes. This experience made me realize how much physical effort and discipline is involved in equine sport. I found the activity to be enjoyably challenging, and I hope to have a small herd of horses on our ranch in the future.
My hobbies in traditional art and craft focus on drawing, knitting, and cross-stitching. Taking the time to participate in the practice of art and traditional craft has allowed me to expand my creative thought process, increased my patience, and has given me an eye for detail. I enjoy drawing an array of different subjects including landscapes, portraits, still life, flora and fauna. My artistic style and subject matter is influenced by my Native American heritage. Diving into this creativity allows me to remember to appreciate my cultural heritage, sometimes giving me a new creative perspective in spirituality, culture, and understanding. I believe it is important to maintain the ability to view different situations from different perspectives. This allows me to approach problem solving from different aspects on many topics.
I also have a blog named Aloe Vera Greenhouse. This blog will follow me throughout college as I study horticulture and plant breeding. The blog will document the growth of my plant nursery as I apply what I learn to what I already know. My hopes for this project are to increase my chances of scholarships, to gain dual experience in book work and in the field, and to prepare for an entrepreneurship in cultivation. My nursery is currently made up of mostly pre-mature plants, so I will be able to document the progress of my plants from seedlings to full fledged adults as I prepare plant stock for my greenhouse. I will also be able to document the progress of the greenhouse entrepreneurship my husband and I plan to pursue as it develops.