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Ranch Living/ Travel Notes

It’s not a September without the Kansas State Fair

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Oh, how I love the Kansas State Fair.

For ten days in September, the little town of Hutchison welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the Sunflower State. The roadways become packed, restaurants overflow, and “No Fair Parking” signs crop up in hastily manicured terraces. A city best known for its Cosmosphere and salt mine evolves into the state hub for pretty much everything for ten epic days of all-things-Kansan.

The Kansas State Fair is an annual festival that’s been going on for over 100 years. Thanks to a multitude of helpful volunteers and supporting organizations, the state fair provides both educational and entertainment opportunities for all ages. Some of the exhibits are predictable, like the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Fisheries mobile aquarium (super cool), while others breathe new life into the annual event, like a surprise visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales (the 2015 fair rocked).

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Tiny House

Honey I Shrunk the House!

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I’m an HGTV addict.

Cold wintry western days, you can find me (and my three 90+lb dogs) snuggled up with a cup of warm tea, binging on the latest International House Hunters, Flip or Flop, and Tiny House, Big Living.

I love learning DIY tips, watching real estate transformation, and getting to know the families behind the buys (and sells) that take place on the station.

Over the past few months, I’ve become quite partial to the tiny house shows – Tiny House, Big Living, Tiny House Hunters, and Tiny House Nation. I’ve watched in awe as families forgo over 2000 sq feet of living space in favor of less than 200, simplified their lives, and realized their dreams of travel, hobbies, and other lifestyle options many of us wish for but put off in lieu of a “normal” rent or mortgage payment + upkeep.

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Entrepreneurship/ Ranch Living

How to Run a Business from the Middle of Nowhere

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Remember Raymond Tusk from House of Cards?

The Koch-inspired billionaire who headquartered his company in Missouri (of all places), lived in a modest house with his wife, and spent his free time roaming the Ozarks bird watching? Despite living thousands of miles away from politic power houses and industry hubs, Tusk’s enterprises extended their reach into international markets from the Show Me State, all the way to China.

While I’m not much like Gerald McCraney’s House of Cards character (we exist in totally different tax brackets), we do have one similarity – running a business from the middle of nowhere.

Throughout business school, I carefully researched up and coming metro areas and startup communities, trying to identify the “perfect” place to headquarter my consulting firm.  Continue Reading…