January, 6th, 2014
Today marks a new venture for me…..my very own blog! I’ve been toying with the idea for some time and finally decided to act on it. I enjoy reading other blogs…..and I love to post comments and pictures on various sites so a blog was my logical choice. I can do it all in one place now!
How did I come up with the name? Well, if you know me then you know why. If you don’t, let me explain. The Native Cowgirl – that pretty much sums me up! I’m an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and I’m a Cowgirl…..in between I’m also a rancher, wife, mother, daughter, and business owner (this list could get long so I’ll stop there). I grew up in southeastern Montana on a working cattle ranch. We now reside on the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota on a working cattle ranch. I have quite a story of what all happened in between these two locations, but I’ll save that for upcoming posts (have to keep you interested).
I plan to blog about my daily life as well as post pictures of it. This includes my daily ranch life as well as my life with Cowgirl Swank. For those of you who don’t know, I’m the owner of Cowgirl Swank. I started my company in March of 2007. We specialize in custom Swarovski crystal headwear and apparel.
I have a passion for everything I do: riding my favorite horse (Doc), feeding cows, baking/cooking, designing caps, being a mom/wife, ranch rodeo, roping, etc. Once again this list could go on and on! I try not to sit still for long. In fact, my New Year’s Resolution is to “talk less and do more”. So, I’m trying to do that, by actually launching this first blog post….”doing more”. I’m not actually talking….I’m typing.
As I write this first post, it’s 15 below zero outside. I’ve seen some forecasts for our winter weather and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I know winter is cold and snowy, but it’s never been too bad here (remember, I’ve lived in Montana so I know what cold is). However, we may be in for a shock this time around. I’m hoping the weather people have it wrong, but I fear they may not. I guess we’ll just have to stay closer to home this season taking care of our cattle and horses. Every day we have lots of feeding to do and chopping ice so everything can drink. I am not out there every single day (that pleasure is my husband, Shane’s). I help as needed, but when it’s this cold I am at home base with the radio on (in case of trouble) and my little boy (Stone) warm and safe in the house.
So today, we are home. I plan to do some cleaning and possibly some baking. We’ll see what I actually get accomplished. I used to be a planner with a touch of OCD. Being married and having a son changed that about me….now I try to go with the flow (as much as it drives me crazy some of the time). I hope each and every one of you have a fabulous Monday full of sunshine. Stay warm out there…..talk to you tomorrow! ~Cheyenne