“Hi, I’m Malorie, and I am a cattlewoman with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).”
“Hiiiiii, Malorie.”

However, the American National CattleWomen help me fix my FOMO. I’m beyond excited to serve the American National CattleWomen as one of two of their first interns ever for the summer conference next week! CattleWomen rock my socks!

603035_653392071342214_312051460_nToday I’m writing to share with you the consequences of suffering from FOMO in correlation with the 2013 American National CattleWomen (ANCW) Summer Conference next week. The bottom line:  if you are a cattlewoman attending the meetings in Denver next week, there are a few things you won’t want to miss out on. To be sure your FOMO symptoms are squelched for the week, I’ll outline several can’t-miss activities here for you!

But first, choose which category you best fall into:

1. I’m an American National CattleWomen member attending the summer conference, and I don’t want to miss a thing!

2. I’m a member of my state cattlewoman organization, but I fear I’m missing out on what the American National CattleWomen have to offer me, and I want to learn more!

3. I’m a woman interested in learning about what cattlewomen are and what they do, and I fear I’m missing out on all the fun they have while doing great things for the beef cattle community, and I want to be a part of it!

Do you know your FOMO? Read on to squash it like a bug!

Dealing with your FOMO:

First thing’s first– Can’t wait to see you in Denver next week! Have you already chosen what meetings you’re going to attend? If not, check out the conference schedule to see what we cattlewomen have on the agenda!

Second– here are some items on the schedule that jumped out at me. Here’s hoping they jump out at you too!

Tuesday, August 6 at 1:30 p.m. join your fellow cattlewomen in the Agate room to kick off the conference with the Welcome/Kickoff session! Then, at 2:30 p.m. get up, stretch your legs, and meet back in the same place at 2:45 p.m. for the Beef Promotion Focus Session. As cattlewomen, our main goal is to educate consumers about the delicious and nutritious product that we raise, so let’s engage in conversation about it during this session. See? Getting more and more excited, aren’t you? We’re pushing back your FOMO little by little! Deep breath, and charge on, ladies!

Later that afternoon, committee meetings start at 4:30 p.m. There are lots to choose from and more throughout the week’s meetings too! If you’re on a committee, be sure to find your appropriate location, but if you’re interested in learning, it’s important to note, that all meetings are of an open forum style. That means you can join in if you’d like. There’s usually a place for listeners who aren’t serving as committee members set up in the room. They are a prime spot for lots of note taking! Get your pens and pencils, or iPads, ready, set, go!

Wednesday, August 7, you’re in for a treat! Did you know CattleWomen do yoga? It’s more like Bendable Bovine style, rather than Downward Dog positions, but seriously. How cool! Be sure to pack your best yoga outfits (I’ll be bringing my I Heart Beef T-shirt) for this peaceful time to help us find our centers and keep eliminating our FOMO. Meet at 7 a.m. in the Granite room to bust out your best beef yoga moves! You’ll have a short break to change into your real clothes for the day (too bad we can’t utilize the whole day to find our inner peace) and then it’s back to another focus session and then more committee meetings. I told you you’d have lots to choose from. I hope your FOMO is shrinkin’! You can find me helping with the National Beef Ambassador Program committee meeting in Capital Ballroom 3 at 9:15 a.m. Are you familiar with the NBAP? It’s where Mal the Beef Gal was born, so naturally I follow by saying:  Don’t miss out!

Next comes Thursday, August 8, and it starts at 7 a.m. with the CattleWomen Fun Run! Have you noticed a pattern yet? Not only are cattlewomen great at what they do, but we also have a lot of fun doing it! Energize your full day of meetings with the fun run. Of course, you don’t have to run the whole time, but it’s our way of waking our brains up for the exciting day ahead! Meet in the hotel lobby for this fun activity. This is the day the silent auction starts, as well. You’ll have twelve hours, and four more on Friday, to scope out the awesome items and make your bids. A little birdie told you that I’m making an I Heart Beef jewelry set on behalf of the Nebraska CattleWomen for this auction, too. Mal the Beef Gal makes jewelry too as Dream Big Designs by Malorie. Did you know? Well now you won’t miss out on that either! Our FOMO is nearly gone! Thursday gets more fun though, because it’s also workshop day! The Advocacy/Beef Story Workshop is going to be one of my favorite items on the schedule, because I get to emcee it! If you attend this workshop you’ll get to hear from Dr. Jude Capper. Trust me when I say, you won’t want to miss it! But, have no fear (of missing out), you can choose two workshops to attend out of the three (Farm and Ranch Financial Management, Embracing the Woman Within, and Advocacy/Beef Story), because there are two time slots:  9:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m.

Friday, August 9, you’ll have more time to make sure you have the final bid on the items you want in the silent auction, but then it’s time to mosey on home. If you do end up winning the bid on your item(s), it’s highly encouraged you pick them up by 3 p.m.

And just like that, it seems like the week will just fly by. Oh wait. It will. This, my friends, is why you won’t want to miss out on the exciting activities at summer conference!

In conclusion, did we solve your FOMO? Do you have a better plan for next week? If you’re not attending, does this review make you want to attend next time? Does it make you want to become a member if you aren’t? I hope so!

Last but not least, I forgot to include another category in my “which category do you fall into” section.

4. I’m a man with a wife/girlfriend who a. is an ANCW member and is going to the summer conference without me. b. is an ANCW member and is bringing me along for the fun at summer conference. c. is not an ANCW member, but is a state cattlewomen member and I will now tell her about the fun she could be having while getting the job done. d. is not a cattlewomen member, but should be, because she is missing out!

If you fall into category 4, please visit www.beefUSA.org for more information about how you can become involved in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, because the cattlemen rock too!

I would apologize for the long winded-ness of this blog, but I’m not going to, because there’s so much good stuff to share! And that’s the name of the game:  Sharing our beef story. If you’ve read this far, chances are you’re probably attending the ANCW Summer Conference, so I’ll see you there! And if you’re not, I appreciate you reading along ’til the end!

Check back for more beefy fun as I share with you my intern experience for the best people on the planet- the men and women of the cattle community!

See you in the Mile High City,

Mal the Beef Gal