For me, the holidays are time to reminisce on the past year and the experiences, both good and bad, that have occurred.

I have to be honest, several times this year it felt like bad times were the only thing on the horizon for me and my family and the best possible solution was to lock myself in a closet and scream. But I also have a lot to be thankful for in 2013.

One of the biggest blessings I am grateful for is having a job that I love and that allows me to help those involved in the agriculture industry.

Each field day, FFA convention, Soil and Water Conservation field day and Indiana State Department of Agriculture function I covered showed me how many dedicated individuals there are to helping farmers, producers and the agriculture industry, in general, throughout the state.

I have been blessed to also learn valuable lessons while on the job, and one of the most important came when I had the opportunity to help out in the newsroom during the Indiana FFA State Convention this past summer.

There is no greater blessing than being told by a teenager that my help made an impact on their life, as well as their future FFA career, especially when I wasn’t even sure if the FFA students I was helping understood the camera and writing tips I was sharing.

The nights of no sleep and the endless to-do list that kept growing paled in comparison to knowing that giving up a bit of my time helped guide the path of future agriculture leaders.