Don’t Forget to Nurture Yourself, Ranch Women

Welcome to the "Women in Ranching" Series In November, Kathy and Rachel went to Albuquerque for the Quivira Coalition Conference, and met a group of women who are a force of nature. In a captivating panel discussion, the women gave insight into the dynamics of ranch life for them. The conversation wove in family, gender, culture, and obstacles to ranch life. Addressing these issues head on, we saw them help each other through challenges. We thought you'd like to hear from them too, so we asked them to share their stories.  Here is the first story from this powerful group, from rancher and author Julie Morris. When I told my parents that I was going to marry a cowboy and move to his family’s working cattle ranch the first thing they did was try to talk me out of it. My mother sat me down and asked if I had considered what it would be like to live isolated and away from all that I knew: bustling cities, social groups, plenty of entertainment and job opportunities. I listened, politely, and replied that I had indeed considered all these things and was still going to marry him. I’ll admit, it was an adjustment to move from cities where I had lived – San Francisco, San Diego, Florence, Italy and Washington, D.C. to a town of 1,800 one hundred miles from San Francisco.  What they didn’t realize was that life on a ranch offers an entirely new set of opportunities that I would have never experienced had I not said “Yes!” to Joe’s proposal. My first victor

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