With SUSIE WRAY
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an accountant. I like crunching numbers, but not sitting in an office all day.
What would you rather be doing right now? Spending a sunny day at the lake with family and friends.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I won a soup cook-off with my special recipe tater-tot casserole.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Instilling farm values in my kids. That moment when they realize honest sweat, dedication and hard work can earn not only profit, but respect. Recognizing these principles are the building blocks of character.
It really stinks when ... people feel entitled. Go out and work for it, and have pride in ownership. Status quo is exactly just that.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Ambitious.
I always laugh when ... I look at pictures and reflect on the memories made. Obviously partial, but I have some of the best family and friends. I know they would do anything for anyone. They are the best!
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kid Rock. Two quick-witted, sharp and fearless ladies who never back down nor are intimidated. Kid Rock for his patriotism and entertainment. It will be the Greatest Show on Earth.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a tour of the countryside, admiring God's beauty and hopefully a productive, flourishing and profitable crop.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... per my best friend (Kim) from high school: "Goal-oriented and could talk your way out of anything."
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... flying to Atlanta on the same plane as Ozzie Smith! No autograph, but I was a few rows behind him.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go anywhere! Especially if the company's good. But a sandy beach and an umbrella drink would rank up there.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... become vegan. But more importantly, alter my values. My word is as good as a handshake. Nobody can take your integrity away.
America should be more concerned about ... folks who read an article on the internet and are automatically an expert. Agree or disagree, educate yourself with the facts. Not something you read from Facebook or heard from your friends, cousins, uncles, neighbor.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... pork. We are pig farmers, and my parents raise cattle. Our freezers are full, and our bellies, too.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... check the grain and livestock markets, Facebook and Amazon.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? From Grandpa: Get up early, and don't sleep your life away. Make your day impactful. Make your bed, and start each day with a smile. From Dad: If there is ever a question, there is not a question. Your gut feeling isn't just a feeling. It's your intuition ... and follow it.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Kid Rock, Hair Nation, Prime Country, WCOY with Denise.
I always get sentimental when ... I reminisce about my cattle-showing days. The lessons learned, friends gained and experiences learned. My parents taught me values -- that makes life rich in ways money cannot buy. Dirt's not just in my blood, it's genetic. I was blessed with supportive family and pray for all who need it. Especially during COVID.
The older I get, the more I realize ... stop living life in the rearview mirror. Keep looking forward, and learn from the past. Not only cherish, but relish in each moment. You are in control of the wheel, and smile while doing it.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... have sold more $10 beans and $4.25 corn, bought stock in Apple and Bitcoin. But hey! If we all had that crystal ball... .
My favorite item of clothing is ... Before: My dad's old Busch Gardens T-shirt from circa 1991. I washed quite a few cattle at the racks in that shirt. Now: Lewis Hybrids T-shirt.
If I've learned anything at all ... If the glass is half empty, you need to re-evaluate your glass. It is all about perspective. Every action has a reaction. And a friend base isn't about quantity, it's about quality. Good friends are plentiful, but great friends are hard to find.
Susie Wray, 38, lives in Ursa, Ill., and while growing up, she was active in 4-H, FFA and showing cattle. Wray, her husband, Scott (married 15 years), and children, Cole, 12, and Emily, 10, are grain and livestock farmers. She works at Ursa Farmers Coop with grain marketing/crop insurance. Wray enjoys promoting agriculture and spending time in the Ozarks with family and friends.