Give Thanks

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With Thanksgiving this week, I figured it was a good time to think about how blessed we are in this life we get to lead — whether it’s a life in town, a life on the ranch, or a life abroad — we all have things we should be thankful for!

Here’s my barely inclusive “list”:

I’m grateful for art.

I know it sounds petty, but the way I see the world through a camera lens has provided me with more opportunities that I would have ever thought possible. I’ve been published in books, magazines, internationally, nationally, and even made the Huffington Post. I am continually honored that people think what I do has meaning, because really I only do it to share my life with others. That others can take away something positive from what I’m sharing, even better.

Last night was by far, one of the most fulfilling, most amazing nights of my life. I'm so blessed to live where I do and be able to tell my life story through photographs. Hair and makeup by @sarahjackson_mua, jewelry @westernchiccouture, boots by @oldgri

I’m thankful for the ability to see the world in a positive, instead of negative light.

We are constantly bombarded with negativity. People will always let you down and tell you you’re not good enough, smart enough, whatever enough. I’ve learned to ignore the drama of others, and just focus on being me. After all, that is all any of us can do — be the best person we know how to be. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by people who help in that endeavor. And we’re taking on the challenge of helping the rest of the world learn to do that too! Mind you, I’ve had help getting to this place, so when I find myself troubled I am fortunate enough to have someone around to help me find my way back into the positive side of things. We have to remind ourselves that things could always be worse.

The Moreau River on a cool #SouthDakota morning. #fall #love #landscape #nofilter #nature #igers #igdaily #instagood #ig_fv #happy #iphonegraphy #iphone6

Sunsets. And the fact that I can see them.

@dxdesigns and I rode out the very last moments of daylight yesterday, moving cows to fresh pasture. It was a peaceful, warm evening. Strange for November. No worries, a cold front started through last night! This has to be one of the prettiest views on

Our barn sits square with the world and because of how it is designed, you cannot see to the west unless the door on the end is open. I had been riding a colt inside this afternoon, and when I opened the door I saw the most amazing #sunset in my life, to

Good horses that are dependable and fun to ride.

Headed towards Parker Creek. #American_agriculture_ #agrowlife #Ag #ig_equine #cows #ranchlife #ranchhorse #ranchlands #hifromsd #southdakota #love #chachithewildstallion #lifebetweentheears #betweentheirears #horsesofinstagram #cowsofinstagram #ranching

#MyStory last night I was honored to be included in a celebration of women who are breaking stereotypes, breaking gender roles and who are generally kicking ass in their respective fields. I get the chance every day to tell the story of #Ag and #ranchlife

The eternal grace of God.
Second chances.
The love of a good man.

Flagging a colt. #cowboy #thedxranch #theviewfromhere #aqhaproud #ranchlife #horsesofinstagram #horses #horsemanship #blackandwhite #iphoneography

Supportive family.
Good dogs.
Having been born an American.
People who challenge you to be your best.

Whenever I think I have it bad, I think of all the people in the world that have it worse: people in Paris who had their loved ones ripped from their arms and lives, people who have deteriorating health for whatever reason, the fact that I don’t “have” to eat leftovers for supper because food is so plentiful in this country and in my home. Take time to recognize the good in everything and everyday will be thanksgiving!

Issimo doing his best @taylorswift impression of "shake it off"! #ranchhorse #ranchlife #ranching #canon5dmarkiii #love #summer #hifromsd #landscape #ig_equine #igers #instagood #instahorses

What are you thinking about/thankful for/grateful for this week?

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About Jenn Zeller

Jenn Zeller is the creative mind and boss lady behind The South Dakota Cowgirl. She is an aspiring horsewoman, photographer, brilliant social media strategist and lover of all things western. After a brief career in the investment world to support her horse habit (and satisfy her...

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