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“Katie is energy and joy and hope all wrapped up in a huge personality with a big heart. Our Hearts at Home moms loved her.” – Jill Savage, Hearts at Home Founder

The moment Katie Dilse enters a room her passion and encouraging words inspire. Thousands, at national and state associations, draw motivation from her message on the business of life. She’s a keynote speaker spreading a message packed with humor, insights, and empowerment.

Katie’s transparency will pull you close, while weaving in her lifetime of experiences in what she calls the Businesses of the Heart, Mom and Family. Katie combines her Top 40 Under 40 business leadership and the gusto of a Farm and Ranch Guide Country Woman of the Year finalist. Her infectious perspective sparks, inspires, and keeps her audience laughing long after she has left the stage. To visit with Katie, just email katie@katiedilse.com or leave a message on her cell phone at 701.206.0073

When you fill your tank with gas, you expect to cover miles. It's a given.
When you work, you expect to get paid... it's usually contracted. But, production agriculture is not simple. There's no guarantees you'll work and get paid. Just guarantee you will work.

We stay up at night pondering the forecast, penciling our fate. Yet, at the end of 365 days our wrinkled, callused hands don't grasp a pay check. In these tough years, we pay to work. And the gray hair comes free. And we still wait for rain.

We, the drought-affected farmers and ranchers of a very large area, are in a disaster. Our livelihoods devastated. For some, we've been hit a few years in a row. It takes its toll and it's hard to get ahead.

Imagine watching a project you've spent a lifetime perfecting, only to watch it deteriorate with the thermometer climbing and forecasts without hope. The baking of the land.

I pluck another head of wheat. The color is wrong, its shape out of whack. The plant has not produced a single seed. An empty head of wheat. Just because we combine, doesn't mean we get yields.

Glancing at the brown pastures, the cattle are hungry. The hay crop is slim. Yet, the mess needs to be cleaned up. So the tractors still run. Another expense.

Can you imagine showing up to work everyday, and not getting paid? Imagine the desire it takes to just get out of bed every day? Let alone engage your mind? Working to find the best problem-solving skills to make the most economical and environmental decisions? The basic tasks become quite difficult.

Families are burdened. Everyone is cutting back. The entire region, our state, is dramatically affected.

Yet, everyone is looking ahead. Because there's always next year.

Maybe rain will come?
Maybe prices will climb?
But we know, expenses will not drop.

But, we get up, face the day, and find the beauty.

The pride in grilling a homegrown burger. Boiling a huge pot of noodles from our durum. Watching our kids care for their animals, and learn to weld. Appreciating wide open spaces and room to roam. Spaces to think. Chores to teach responsibility and tiny pleasures.

And dang... tractors are sexy. The new beard is pretty saucy too. And it all works out. For falling in love with farming and ranching, is falling in love with nature. With simplicity. With brilliant, unselfish souls. We appreciate the miracles in the muscling of our animals, and the delicate texture of our fields.

For we love farming. We love ranching. Sure, not everyday do we love our job, but we're looking behind with we see a whole lot. Sometimes it's just a fog. But ahead, we look with hope. And we will bond together. Through the tough years, and clinging tighter for a good year.

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  • Amy Wells - Hi Katie! It was fantastic to meet you this weekend in Rochester. It touched my heart to watch you connect with my daughter Katrina Wells at the Melorheostosis Association conference. I believe that you two meet by the divine intervention of God. Thank you for stepping up and asking questions. Your interactions with Katrina was one highlight of my weekend.

    Regards AmyReplyCancel

    • Katie Dilse - Amy!! It was a delight to meet you as well! I love the energy and passion your daughter has to educate us, and allow us to understand each other so much better!!! Your daughter was truly a highlight of my weekend, as well! I admired her brilliance, her intellect, and her ability to connect closely from the education and understanding she has – and put it in terms I can understand and grow from!!!!! She is a delight. And… Mama… you have done so well!!!!! I’m proud of you both for standing tall – taking action – and creating a community to draw others from around the world to unite. That. dear one, is marvelous.ReplyCancel

    • Katie Dilse - Hello Amy!!

      What a delight to meet your daughter Katrina at the Melorheostosis Association conference! She educated and inspired me so much!! I love the network they have in place to support one another, and learn, and grow together. You must be very, very proud of your daughter. I sure would be, too. I’d love to speak at their conference – wouldn’t that be a blast together!!!

      My best to you!!!
      – KatieReplyCancel

  • Amy - Hey, I just listened to you speak on the Most Beautiful You at Hearts at Home. I’m curious if you have any ideas for a stay at home, homeschooling, self employed (family dog boarding business), whos parents live with us who have physical and emotional/mental illnesses. You mentioned the drive to work and putting your feet up before the kids come home. But I’m with my kids and at home almost 24/7. I’m not sure what I’m good at. Taking all the hats off makes me think what would I do? What could I do? I know God has lead my husband and I to do all this but I’m having a hard time surviving/thriving. If I give attention to something that needs it I drop the ball and ferl inadequate about something else. I do go to bed by 9pm. : ) I know I am loved by The King. I just want to feel like I’m soaring. Can I in every area at once or will something always fall. Writing all this makes it sound like my life is hard and I know I hsve so much to be greatful for. And something are easy.
    thanks for any tips. – AmyReplyCancel

    • Katie Dilse - Amy!!

      What a delight to receive a message from you! It was a true honor to be with you at the Heart at Home conference!! It’s so amazing!! I’m truly sorry for not replying to your comment right away! I’ve had website trouble – but am delighted its now figured out, so we can be in touch!!!

      Amy! Thank you for opening your heart! You have every reason to feel overwhelmed! There is so much going on in your mother world!! You are so wise to hit the rack (bed) early, and find a bit of time for yourself! When we take off our hats for a few minutes every day, it just allows us to work on our own self growth. It allows us to open our hearts for growing in mental, physical, and spiritual ways! There was a time in my life where I ignored my personal needs – and only took care of everyone else – but learn from me…. that causes more STRESS!!! Find a bit of me time… for just a few minutes devoted to your own personal growth! Be aware of what you’re doing… exercising to have energy! or… calling a friend to fill her soul! Whatever you do… just try your very best to be present in the moment!!! YOU are made GRAND! You are the daughter of The KING, and you are asked to love yourself before you love others! With all the irons in your fire of life – maybe soaring is getting to have a 10 minute walk by yourself! It’s all a personal journey – and we all are at different stages. Just allow yourself to love, and be loved. You are created marvelous in the Eyes of the Creator. And… that thought alone, can allow you to soar. 🙂 – KatieReplyCancel

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