I’d like to introduce Ainsley Beeman. She’ll be guest blogging on The RealBlog from time to time. Ainsley is not only the 2009 Miss LSU, but she’s also a hunter. Ainsley is fairly new to the outdoor industry, although she’s hunted since childhood. She’ll be sharing with you her experiences as a woman in the outdoor industry and on the hunt. -- Stephanie
“Be yourself.” This is perhaps the best piece of advice my parents have ever given me. I am proud to say that over the past 25 years, I have taken that message and owned it. Another piece of advice they gave me at an early age is, "Don’t judge a book by its cover." I’m a classic example of this. You see, the truth is that behind the big smile, lip gloss and high heels, is a deer hunting, duck shooting, spinnerbait chunking, 4X4 pickup truck driving, young woman who first and foremost loves the Lord, her family, and all things outdoors. I feel just as comfortable in a duck blind, deer stand, bass boat or LSU’s Tiger Stadium as I do in any shopping mall or boutique. My parents raised me to live life to the fullest, follow my dreams and glorify God in everything I do.
Somehow, at this point in my life the good Lord has led me to the hunting industry. Perhaps it all started when I was selected to represent my alma mater as Miss LSU-USA in 2009. Little did I know that through this leap of faith I would discover a love for speaking, writing and varied communications. I currently work full time for Countryside Trade Solutions as their marketing/public relations/communications specialist. It’s incredible for me to look back over the past year and see how the Lord has blessed me as I have been given numerous opportunities to pursue my passions while working in the outdoor/hunting industry.
Many people ask me, “What’s your goal?" I have a lot of dreams, but at the end of the day my ultimate goal is simple: I want to use the talents and gifts that God has given me to glorify Him. Whatever I am doing, I want to be able to say that I stood firm on the values I hold dear and I did my best to be a positive influence in the lives of others. I'd like to encourage you – whether you are hunting, fishing or throwing a football – to spend time with a child and get them outdoors. It can make all the difference in their life!
As always, God bless and good hunting!
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Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.