When notified that she was a Duluth Women Model Contest Winner, Lisa reacted with trepidation. Entering the contest at all was as far out of her comfort zone as she expected to go.
But that's how Lisa operates. Sometimes she surprises herself.
She sees something that she would like to try and she does it. Her being a Master Gardener is a perfect example. As a child, she grew up in the garden, cultivating a community veggie plot with her father. When her own kids were growing up, she decided to take gardening even further by going through the Master Gardener program. Through it, Lisa met like-minded people and was able to volunteer in an area that she enjoyed.
Now, Lisa gardens because she loves it.
There's a lot to love. There's the changing seasons and the chance to be a part of each. There's working with her hands, and there's the smell of soil in the spring. By her own admission, her garden is not neat — some things work, others don't — and she's not the best at weeding. But it's the growing and taking care of things that really matter.
Lisa's also got a thing for horses. Like a lot of little girls, she grew up taking riding lessons and wanting a horse of her own. Five years ago, she decided that it wasn't too late to start riding again. She took lessons and quickly bought a horse of her own. Her horse Eddie is a Morgan Show Horse, and Lisa does show him. And despite it being stressful in the ring — it's more about the experience than the ribbon.
Though she admits, it's pretty nice to win!
Kind of like the model contest. For Lisa, it's most important to try and do different things, to put herself in new situations that challenge her both mentally and physically. (That would explain this year's triathlon..!) Lisa sees these challenges as a blessing and feels lucky to live the life that she does.
And all things considered, ribbons and winning or not — that's definitely a victory in itself.