I have decided to take International Women’s Day a step further and celebrate the amazing women who have come in and out of my life all month. These talented and driven ladies have all given me encouragement as I reach for my goals, and I want to honor them and hopefully through their stories touch other women and girls who are trying to follow their own dreams. I present today’s Women of Inspiration featuring Alyssa Griffith.
Alyssa and her husband Ben are on a mission to do the impossible, create a winery in Montana. Our state usually inspires visions of snowy mountains and grizzlies bear, wineries are the last thing most people would expect to see. This couple, along with a handful of hearty and tenacious growers, are making it a reality. They will be planting in June and I can’t wait to see their passion in a real, tangible form. Watch out for Watchdog Winery.
My name is Alyssa Griffith. I grew up in Missoula, Montana and always loved being a nurse. Now, I am making wine and planting a vineyard in June.
My husband and I took an extended holiday and traveled around the world in 2014. We were WOOFING on a vineyard in New Zealand when the dream was born of starting our own winery and planting our own vineyard. Years later, this dream is becoming a reality as we continue to make wine and move forward with our vineyard this spring.
The scariest or most difficult part has been also been the most rewarding. Not having any knowledge of growing grape vines or making wine felt intimidating, but it empowered me to dive in headfirst and ask as many questions as possible. It energized my love of learning new things and reminded me why being passionate is so important in life.
The best part about what I’m doing is that everyday I wake up excited.
To women out there questioning themselves, I would say whatever you are thinking about doing, do it! Tomorrow is never promised and you are stronger than you know.
Many women have inspired me in my life, but the one who continually amazes me is Andi Brown. She may be afraid sometimes but still takes risks and puts herself out there and faces the fear head on. She works hard and is an amazing mom. She reminds me that if you want something bad enough, it is obtainable with the right amount of hard work, passion and love.
Your words were a surprise and an honor to read. I got your back Alyssa, let’s do this!
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