I’m not a Montana native. I love it here, though. It has been my home for years and will always be. What I love about Montanans is their heart and their drive. Throw a summer fire at them, and they band together and help one another out, all across the state. Now, throw a winter blizzard at them, and the same thing happens. People come together to show love and be neighbors. Forgetting about the drama, forgetting about differing opinions and opposing feelings, people remember humanity and step up to be human, to be disciplined to show fellow feeling.
Gillian is a beautiful example of the kind of discipline and determination all of that stems from. If any of you remember back in the summer, Gillian was the winner of one of our Stampede Portrait Session Giveaways and we photographed her first senior session in her Fancy Shawl regalia, and we absolutely loved getting to know her and work with her. Two weeks ago, we had a winter session with her and had just as much of a great time! This time, we got to work in another big part of her life, and that is basketball. Gillian plays for the Poplar Lady Indians, who as of two days ago, advanced to the semi finals at the Northern B Divisional with a 64-45 win over the Cut Bank Wolves. Poplar’s defense also caused Cut Bank to commit 38 turnovers. Go, Gillian! She is also currently being scouted by Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana and United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The dedication, focus and drive that is required to maintain your culture, your family and your athleticism are something that sometimes can seem to be in short supply. Keep it up. Keep going, and don’t let that lack in the world, or any other negativity, drag you down or cause you to stop. Those qualities, along with your beautiful smile and your easy laugh will get you through some of the hardest times and to the other side, victorious over life’s anxieties. We hope that you get to achieve what is set out before you, and we know that you will do great! Stay true to who you are and what you love, we are cheering for you!