Dusting Myself Off After Being Knocked Down

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Freedom. What a magnificent word. 

I’m Bobbi Jeen Olson, a proud American woman who appreciates the sacrifices of those who came before me, which allow me to live in a country that is free, and enabled me to overcome adversity and make my dreams a reality. As an ambassador of the Western way of life, freedom, bravery, and courage are things I honor daily and never lose sight of, even in the most challenging of times. It is the freedom that we all possess that gave me the potential to live a life I have dreamed of, and more importantly, help others to do the same. 

Growing up was challenging for me, because we had very little. It was normal to hear I wasn’t good enough, smart enough, tall enough, pretty enough, or talented enough to chase the very BIG dreams I held so vividly in my heart. The doubt and obstacles were difficult to overcome, but in my heart, I knew that achieving my dreams would be possible with hard work and belief in myself, so that’s just what I did. Self-doubt and negativity handed to me by others were like chains holding me back. What made the difference to me was when I realized that it was freedom that I needed to grant myself. The freedom to believe in myself and to work hard to create the life I had envisioned. Each day was welcomed as another opportunity to show gratitude and to get one step closer to my childhood aspirations, which oftentimes meant getting back up and dusting myself off after being knocked down. 

"Each day was welcomed as another opportunity to show gratitude and to get one step closer to my childhood aspirations, which oftentimes meant getting back up and dusting myself off after being knocked down."

It is because of the freedoms of each and every American, given to us by those who came before us, that my dedication and perseverance have paid off and blessed me with a loving husband of 21 years, a son who has grown up learning the value of hard work, and a family business that allows me to work with my loved ones, all while being an actress, model, stunt double, and mentor. Having opportunities to represent my Western culture, help others, and create a positive influence for younger generations are humbling achievements, for which I’ll forever be grateful and always embrace. 

Freedom, to me, is that state of living that is created by the realization that we are already enough, and that we have the power to change negativity into positivity to create the lives we want and deserve. 

By leaning into my freedom as a woman business owner, I find the strength to believe in myself, continue to work hard, and help others along the path whenever possible, expressing gratitude often for the dreams I have seen become reality.

This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs in the United States.

Bobbi Jeen Olson is co-owner of Western Trading Post in Casa Grande, Arizona. She is also an actress, a TV host, a model, a stunt double, a coach, and a U.S. Ambassador for the American Cowboy.

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