Members of our faith, I challenge each of you to think about how you have had experiences with the Prophet and heeded to his advice over the years. What stands out to you? People outside of our faith, I challenge you to explore our church. There are so many blessings within and I would love for all of you to experience them!
I'm now proudly sober and will never miss an opportunity to speak up and advocate for it.
If you want to determine the nature of anything, entrust it to time: when the sea is stormy, you can see nothing clearly.
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No matter how miserable the trials and suffering we go through in this life, Jesus is right there with us. He manifests himself through the Spirit, but also through the love and support of friends, family members, and community. Jesus is there even in the suffering.
This made me reflect on how I live the Gospel and the state of the world today. Am I swerving my heavy load to appease the opinions and ways of the world... or am I taking the right approach and protecting the heavy load I carry despite going against the ways and opinions of the world.
That's how I know God is real. It's becoming ever more popular to not believe in God. I'll admit, sometimes it seems like a very abstract existence. However, when situations like this happen I cannot deny His existence.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of being on my friend Vance Crowe's podcast. We chatted about mental health, cattle, pharmacy, and raising a herd of kids during the pandemic. However, one topic he brought up really caught me off guard. He wanted to talk about my life as a member of the … Continue reading Latter-Dad Saint Blog: Believe Me, There Are Easier Ways
How I have changed my habits in regards to agreeableness and assertiveness
How important is it to talk faith with those who have different beliefs than us?
The reason this is my favorite Christian holiday
Achieving balance may not be what you would traditionally expect.
I know what you're thinking. That "a wheel fell off my truck" is some metaphorical analogy that I heard on a podcast or in a personal development book. Unfortunately, that is not the case. My wheel literally fell off of my truck this morning. I was on my way to the gym before work. I … Continue reading Latter Dad Saint Blog – So A Wheel Fell off My Truck…
Howdy friends! I’ve decided to shift focus with my blog to my faith as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints. Don’t worry, I still plan to remain active on my Ag State of Mind blog discussing all things mental health in agriculture. However, I also wanted to create a place … Continue reading New: Latter Dad Saint Blog
Howdy Friends A conversation between Keri and I sparked the idea for this blog post. Last night, I had the privilege of speaking to the Missouri State University Cattlemen. What an incredible opportunity to speak to some wonderful young men and women at an immaculate facility. Being that the event was in Springfield, I live … Continue reading Why I Wear A Cowboy Hat
Howdy Friends! Happy Monday!! We had an incredible weekend. We had General Conference, Lamb Weigh In, attended Little House on the Prairie presented by our local actors theatre, rode horses, tilled the garden, and just overall enjoyed our time as a family. General Conference in our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, … Continue reading General Conference
Howdy friends Hope all is well! Just a bit of a forewarning here before you read any further... today's post is a bit personal and political in nature. I pride myself in my ability to reach across the political aisle and befriend even people with whom I disagree... so I know there will be people … Continue reading Why My Family is Cancelling Disney Plus
Howdy! If you've been following along on my social media or subscribed to my email list, you will know that I have immersed myself into the saga of Harry Potter From the first book until the end, one of the themes that sticks out to me is the contrast of the Malfoy family to the … Continue reading In A Society That Urges You To Be a Malfoy, Be a Weasley
Hello all I'm happy to share with you my new email list As you likely already know, social media sites often have tight control on what content you see via their algorithims By signing up for my email list, you are guaranteed not to miss any news from our team/family here at Ag State of … Continue reading Subscribe To My New Email List
The girls and I are stunned about what is going on out in New Mexico For those who haven’t heard, there are several estray cattle roaming the Gila National Forest on the Arizona/New Mexico border . According to the Federal Wildlife Service, these animals are grazing on sensitive forage. Here is where my mouth was … Continue reading A Mess in New Mexico
Greetings I had a bit of a revelation this week. It is in reference to an experience I had deer hunting with my son, Carter This week, we are in the middle of the firearms portion of deer hunting in Missouri. I am not an avid hunter. However, my boys want to hunt and I … Continue reading Our Children Need To See Us Fail
Greetings. Hope all is well in your world. Today, I am actually taking a step away from my normal world. I slept in a bit, took a day off from exercise and work, and will be heading down to Springfield in a few hours to speak at the Missouri Forage and Grassland Council annual conference. … Continue reading November Gratitude Journal Day 3 – The Enneagram
Good morning all and feliz día de los Muertos Today I am writing about the blessing in my life that is social media. I know that in this day and age, social media is a peculiar thing to be grateful for. Social media can cause such havoc and is to blame for much of the … Continue reading November Gratitude Journal Day 2- Social Media
Sober October has come to a close. I learned a lot about myself and my weaknesses and built upon those. I dad taxed my kids Halloween candy last night as a bit of celebration. I am going to continue my sugar abstinence for the month. However, instead of withholding from something for a month, I'm … Continue reading November Gratitude Day 1
Continue winning the battle. Today was a typical day. Nothing extraordinary. I worked, came home, checked cows, fed, then recorded a podcast while most everyone else was out of the house. My podcast was with my friend Sammi Wangsness. We talked about her journey through ADHD. How she changed her approach in college and how … Continue reading Sober October Day 20
Another day down, another success I'm actually writing this considerably later in the day than normal. Not that it's late... it's actually still before 6 am Keri and I had plans to run together this morning at home. It's the full moon and we try to make it a point to run together each month … Continue reading Sober October Day 19 – Rest
That was a big gap. My bad. We spent the weekend celebrating Keri's birthday. Like I said in my Instagram Post, we will leave her age up to interpretation 😉 . Every year for her birthday, I take Keri to St. Louis to go shopping for clothes. This year was no different. Now I Don't … Continue reading Sober October – Day 18 – Sorry That Was a Big Gap
Early morning. As I type this out it is 424 am. Sleep has actually come quite easier since I have undertaken the sugar fast. I know that this is no coincidence. On last week's podcast, my friend Nicole Rodriguez and I discussed disrupters and how they can affect our sleep. We spoke specifically of alcohol, … Continue reading Sober October Day 14 – Don’t Blame Meat For What Sugar Did
Well I have missed a few days here. I didn't want to allow that to happen but here we are. Sundays I try to reserve only for family and church obligations. Monday, we had a bit of a SNAFU with getting podcast uploaded. Yesterday, I just plain woke up late and had to make the … Continue reading Sober October Day 13
So I can't think this is absolutely a coincidence but i believe the sugar fast is showing tangible results. We are in the middle of our training for the Hot Chocolate 15k in a couple of months. Today our training called for a 5 mile run. Over the past few weeks I have been nursing … Continue reading Sober October Day 9
So today has been a little different for me. I slept in. I needed the rest as I've been going pretty hard in the paint lately. Waking at 0400, write for approximately 20-25 minutes, feed the calves, then head out to work. I've changed it up as I am now parking right at work and … Continue reading Sober October Journal: Day 7
This past week, my friend Gennifer Cape asked me to present to the annual Crawford County 4H Leaders Banquet. I talked about what 4H has meant to me and my family and how it has affected our lives. Here are the words from my talk. If you aren't already, I encourage you to find out … Continue reading What 4H Has Meant To Me
One more day down I don't have a lot of words for today but Im staying on the wagon. I'm pretty bleary eyed as I sit down to type this out this morning. My favorite book over the last few years has been "Atomic Habits" by James Clear. In that book, he talks about how … Continue reading Sober October Day 6
Last night I was asked to speak at a banquet for the Crawford County 4-H leaders. I shared with them my experience in 4-H and how it has helped me and my family over the years. Of course there was dessert there and I thought I was going to have to abstain again. Luckily, someone … Continue reading Sober October Journal Day 5
"Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew." - Cicely Tyson
Boone going wild on some cheese cake seemingly taunting his dad Yesterday was tough. I got it done but it was incredibly tougher than the two days prior. We were surrounded by lots of temptations for me all day long. For those of you who are following along, this weekend was General Conference for our … Continue reading Sober October Journal Day 3
Mama and fresh baby born this morning! Day 2 complete No sugar for 48 hours. I'll be honest... the first day was much tougher than the second. Going on a date night without getting any dessert was extremely tough for me. Eating dinner at one of our favorite BBQ spots last night, the waitress kept … Continue reading Sober October Day 2
It has been an incredibly long time since I have written here. I realize many of you who follow along keep up on social media as well, so you know that things have been incredibly busy for me. As I have stated on my Facebook/Instagram today, I am going to participate in my own version … Continue reading Sober October Journal Day 1
Thanks to Chelsie Hubbs for some great pics of our family Greetings, It's been too long since I have been able to share a full length blog with you all. We always talk about how busy we are... but I do think this is the busiest season of my entire life. Right now we have … Continue reading We Get To Choose
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/beef-tips-ep-4-intentional-relationship-with-money Today's episode is not necessarily related to my farm or cattle operation but my relationship with money. I watched stories from Megan Teerlink this week and she expounded on an experience she had at Costco this week. We are always chasing money just to spend it as fast as it comes to us. What … Continue reading Changing The Energy Around Our Money
Keri and I during my recording for Illinois Farm Bureau Women in Ag https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-75-internal-vs-external-validation Greetings and welcome to the Diamond episode of the Ag State of Mind Podcast. Thanks to everyone for an incredible run of episodes. Going Solo today to chat about Internal Vs. External validation. We worry so much about the validation from … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Episode 75- Internal Vs External Validation
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-73-brian-alexander-ranching-reboot Happy Valentines today. I've made it no secret how I am interested and trying to be involved in regenerative ranching. I've found that it is the most enjoyable and economical way for me to raise my cattle and for me to be kind to the Earth. My guest today is a huge influence in … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Ep 73 – Brian Alexander
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-72-whitney-kinne In our lives and our businesses, we often find ourselves making decisions based on emotion when we should be making those decisions based on hard evidence. What if there was someone out there who could help you work through those emotions to help you make the best decision. Whitney Kinne is a leadership and … Continue reading ASOM EP 72 – Whitney Kinne
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-71-sami-bolen Extreme focus on fitness and being involved in agriculture have not always gone hand in hand. I find that odd. However, there are several in the agriculture world who are doing their best to break that. Sami Bolen is a wife, mother, rancher, MU extension agent, among other things living in Southwest Missouri. She … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Episode 71 – Sami Bolen
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-70-leah-mcgrath Leah McGrath is a Registered Dietitian currently employed in retail (supermarket) dietetics. We chat today about her journey and the interesting role she plays as a supermarket dietitian. This is something I didn’t really know existed until Leah and I chatted on the podcast. We then shift to talk about the important role advocacy … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Episode 70 – Leah McGrath
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-68-whitney-larson-cultivating-courage We are going to pause our month on nutrition today to chat with my friend Whitney La. rson. Whitney is from Western Kansas where she farms with her husband Bart and is an incredible advocate for farmers and in particular farmers wives everywhere. If you have been a long time listener of the podcast, … Continue reading ASOM Ep 68 – Whitney Larson – Cultivating Courage
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-65-ramblings Solo episode today that was recorded on a whim. I chat for a bit about my son Levi's integral part in this podcast through his editing and feedback. I then chat about what's to be expected for this podcast and the mission of ASOM going forward. Lastly, I talk about the Christmas season and … Continue reading ASOM Ep 65 – Ramblings
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-62-being-a-man Thanks to you all for tuning in this month to our series where we dive into talking about men's health. I want to thank all of the guests this past month... Henry Roberts, Allan Kehler, Matt Niswander, and Bryan Moes for their contributions to this mission of ours. It was so refreshing to hear … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Episode 62 – Being a Man
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-61-bryan-moes-moes-feedlot Happy Thanksgiving week folks! Today is Part 4 and our final installment of our November series talking about men's mental health. Today, we speak with long time supporter of the show and friend Bryan Moes. Bryan is a farmer/feeder from Northeast South Dakota. We talk to Bryan about what it's like being a father … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Ep 61 – Bryan Moes
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-59-allan-kehler-born-resilient Part Two of our November series focusing on men's mental health. Today, we speak to Allan Kehler of Saskatchewan, Canada. Allan was introduced to me by previous guest and friend Lesley Kelly. Allan has an incredible story of perseverance and resilience through adversity. We talk about his journey to sobriety, the struggles with maintaining … Continue reading ASOM – Ep 59 – Allan Kehler
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-58-henry-roberts-hank-wade Greetings and welcome to our November theme focusing on Men's Health. Really excited for this month. Today, we speak to long time friend of the show Henry Roberts. Henry is retired Air Force as well as a retired firefighter. He has now focused his passion on mental health and being an advocate in that … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Ep 58 – Henry Roberts
Greetings everyone! It's been a long time since I've composed an actual blog entry. I've been utilizing this space to write show notes and provide links for the guests of my podcasts, but not actually taking my thoughts and putting them into words as was the original intention of this blog. We all have to … Continue reading Take A Rest
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-57-chelsea-hanson-sass-lake-farms As some of you are aware, November is Men's Health Awareness month. Often times, this month is focused on physical health issues such as prostate cancer. I want to take it a step further and shift the focus of this month to men's mental health. I plan to speak to several men throughout this … Continue reading ASOM Ep 57 Chelsea Hanson – Sasse Lake Farms
Source: Getting Mindful with Megan on Soundcloud https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-56-megan-teerlink-getting-mindful-with-megan Today is a unique episode of the podcast...and if I'm being honest, it's a tad bit selfish. Megan Teerlink hosts my new favorite podcast, Getting Mindful with Megan. She takes an unique approach to mindfulness, intentionality, and self improvement by drawing from her life as a yoga … Continue reading ASOM Ep 56 – Megan Teerlink Getting Mindful with Megan
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-55-emma-rose-ploch-found-in-the-field It is my belief that the mental health of students during the COVID-19 pandemic has not gotten the proper attention. We are trying to do our part here at ASOM to remedy that. Emma Rose Ploch is a student at the University of Missouri and is founder of the Ag Advocacy page Found in … Continue reading ASOM Ep 55 – Emma Rose Ploch
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-54-austin-black-freedom-financial-coaching For lots of us, money is a point of great stress. We are always seeming to chase the dollar thinking that more money equals a better life. Our guest today challenges that a bit. Austin Black is a financial coach with a passion for helping those invovled in agriculture. Today, we chat with Austin … Continue reading ASOM Ep 54 – Austin Black – Freedom Financial Coaching
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-52-amanda-stone-mississippi-state-extension <iframe src="https://open.spotify.com/embed-podcast/show/5Plj8flKyHPeusQaYF3q2T" width="100%" height="232" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe> It's Episode No. 53 and Happy 1 year anniversary to the Ag State of Mind Podcast. We are so thankful to everyone who has joined along in this journey over the past year. It is our goal over the next year to continue to bring the best … Continue reading ASOM Ep 53 is now Live
https://globalagnetwork.com/ag-state-of-mind-with-jason-medows/podcast/asom-ep-52-monica-kramer-mcconkey I always love when a farm kid goes to school, pursues a career, then uses that career to help out farmers. Monica Kramer McCojkey is a farm kid turned counselor who has returned to her roots helping out farmers in times of need. We talk about her upbringing and her journey to wanting to … Continue reading ASOM Monica Kramer McKonkey
Greetings Everyone! I know, I suck! I just looked and the last time I wrote a full length blog was in June. I broke a major promise to myself saying that I was going to write a blog per week in 2020. Chalk another thing up to not going as expected in 2020. With that … Continue reading Livestock Show Complete: A Reflection
Last month, I was asked to write a guest blog for Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri. You can find the original post here As Mental Health Awareness Month winds down, I wanted to share this post again with our audience. Anne Shaw-Heinrich is the VP of Development for MHA-EM as well as a fellow … Continue reading Real Men Talk About Mental Health
Join us for our upcoming webinar for a real life discussion about mental health with farmers and mental health professionals alike. A continued reminder. This coming Wednesday May 20 we will be holding the “Breaking Ground” webinar where we are unearthing mental health in agriculture. Session will be taped so be sure to register at … Continue reading Breaking Ground: Unearthing Mental Health in Agriculture
Getting your morning off to a good start can set the mood for the entire day.
Taking away the less productive tasks from our operation has left time for things like running to fill my cup Greetings folks!!! Spring is finally here in Missouri. We have spread fertilizer, turned our cows to green pasture, I'm already behind on cutting my grass, Keri and the boys are planning our garden, and we've … Continue reading I Have To Be Busy!!
Greetings!! Its been a wild week for my family and I. As is the case with many of you, our 4 boys are all out of school and are at home with Keri. However, that doesn't mean that they are bored. The have been working with show animals, feeding the commercial herd, checking on heifers … Continue reading Find ASOM on Other Podcasts
Keeping with our normal routine during these times has been a challenge. But we are refusing to live our lives in fear. Greetings!!! It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for the Medows family. I talked previously about how crazy February was for us. Right now, I'm almost wishing we could return to February. … Continue reading Short Thought On COVID-19
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7AoQo1oJ_c#action=share Recording of our panel on Succession Planning from 2020 Commodity Classic. Greetings all. I'm not going to beat around here today. I just wanted to give a quick run down of my time at Commodity Classic last week. For those who may not be familiar with this event, Commodity Classic is the annual convention … Continue reading Post Classic Wrap-Up
So I broke a promise to myself last week. I said at the beginning of the year I was going to write a blog post every week for the year 2020. One of my big goals is to eventually write a book, so composing a blog post every week is how I am working my … Continue reading Diversify Your Identity
This Ol’ Son getting to meet Dale Brisby was a pretty cool deal Greetings one and all!! This has been one of the more stressful weeks of my adult life. I can't remember the last time that I was so ready for a week to be over. Levi and i returned home after a wonderful … Continue reading My Thoughts Post CattleCon
I had totally forgotten about this feature from a few years ago. I participated in ArrowQuip's #eatbeef campaign telling the story of our family's cattle operation. I wanted to link it here for everyone who may be interested in how our cattle operation came to be. https://eatbeef.farm/jason-medows
2019 has been a year of awakenings. How my health changed along my journey Getting Runs in can be tough at our house. Getting date nights can be even tougher. So often times, we combine the two!! As 2018 closed, we did what we do at the end of every year. We sat down as … Continue reading 2019: The Year I Changed My Health
https://videopress.com/v/RUXzHf3W?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true In mental health circles, mindfulness is becoming a very popular approach to tackling acute issues. I know in my life, practicing mindfulness has been so important to me being my best self This past Independence Day weekend I had the fortune to set down with Debby DeSpain and chat about mindfulness. We talked about … Continue reading Ag State of Mind Episode 142 – Debby Despain – Mindfulness
Keri and the boys bought me a Blackstone for Father's Day. What an incredible present. I've been wanting one for some time now and they graciously obliged. They gave it to me about two weeks early and we have been putting it to use ever since. But that isn't my true Father's Day gift. My … Continue reading My Father’s Day Present
I referenced a quote that my friend Clay Conry mentioned on one of his recent podcasts. His wife, Miranda, likes to say “It’s ok, we have all day!” I kept repeating that mantra all day on Saturday to keep me pushing through all the turmoil that was thrown my way. And guess what, it took all day… which was fine because “I had all day!”