We had the good fortune of connecting with Stacy Hampel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stacy, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am a Michigan Native – and I will always claim it as home. Being born and raised in a town that contained less than 2,500 people; hard work, the willingness to help others and problem solving was my version of the foundation of success.
I was raised around farmers who would work. sun up to sun down just to put food on the table. It wasn’t seen as a hobby, it was a second job. Still to this day, my brother continues the family tradition of farming. I know first hand how demanding it is, how many ups and downs you’re faced with and how it takes a toll. With that being said, I admire their work ethic; stopping at nothing, even when it’s something they cannot control.
As a small town girl, I witnessed so many members of my family help other people. Whether it was fixing an impromptu flat tire, making meals to take to a family member in need, or helping an animal that needed a home – everyone was willing to help, at any length. I was involved with a lot of philanthropy work growing up; the youngest Team Leader at the March of Dimes, helping families in need shop for Winter clothing at “Warm the Children” and participating in the Relay for Life. I had a compassion for people, and for animals.
Problem solving was a fundamental key to success. I was actively involved with several teams – dance, twirling and cheerleading, both competitively and with my school. My brother was actively involved with racing. There were many days where money was tight, and we had to strategically face and get through that. School wasn’t always easy, it contained many problems within itself.
I’d like to say that through observation and participation, I’ve gained my definition of success. I work hard as a full-time Director of Marketing, while pursuing one of my dreams as a real estate agent with no plans on choosing one over the other. I accomplish this while also balancing my family-life, my fur-mom life and recreation. I’ve been instilled with hard work, dedication and drive – and without my family, it wouldn’t have been possible.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Twelve years ago, upon graduating Michigan State University, I crossed the state line into Texas with all I could possibly pack into my Mustang and with my mom in the middle of an ice storm. I just left my family and everything I knew behind.
There are no words to explain how excited I was to be somewhere new, chasing my dreams – but internally, I was terrified; I was terrified that GPS was just introduced on phones and I had NO idea how to get around, terrified that I couldn’t afford to furnish my apartment, terrified for my mom to leave and how I would handle that, and terrified that I wouldn’t make it.
It’s always emotional as I reflect on that day and where I am now. When trying to decide why it makes me so emotional, I land on how proud I am that I overcame every obstacle this world has thrown at me the last 12 years.
I’ve had to face the loss of family members by myself and I’ve had to work multiple jobs just to make ends meet. The road was never easy, but it was worth it.
I now have a career as a Director of Marketing with some amazing people who never stop believing in me. I married my best friend and have two wonderful furbabies. I am now pursuing an additional career in real estate and I couldn’t be more excited to see where it takes me!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend come visit me for a week, who had never been to the area, I would absolutely take them all around Fort Worth and show them my journey in Texas.
Day One – We’d start off by driving to Roanoke to show them Texas Motor Speedway, it is where I started in Texas and ultimately what got me started. Roanoke is the coined The Unique Dining Capital of Texas, so we’d definitely pop in for something to eat. Unfortunately, my favorite, Tacos and Avocados no longer exists. We’d then go stroll the boutiques and cute shops in Grapevine before heading over to Trufire in Southlake for a Strawberry Balsamic martini.
Day Two – Stockyards, hands down. We’d go to my favorite bar, White Elephant, for some cocktails and to listen to some music. I could easily spend the whole day there. Can’t forget to stop at Coopers for some barbeque.
Day Three – Breweries! There are tons of them. My husband and I’s favorite brewery is Cowtown. They have phenomenal cold beer, brisket nachos and the ambiance is perfect.
Day Four – We’d head down to my absolute favorite town, Waxahachie. There’s plenty of shops to walk around and we’d stop at Cork and Keg for the BEST food. I’m a little biased, as my husband and I’s rehearsal dinner was hosted there.
Day Five – Kayaking on Eagle Mountain Lake, right around the corner from our home. I’d also add in a nice hike at the Fort Worth Refuge Center – some of the best views.
Day Six – Time to liven it up with heading to Texas Live then heading over to see a game, most likely the Rangers. At least one sporting event is a must and you can’t have a sporting event without stopping at Texas Live.
Day Seven – Find some Texas Country and enjoy the melodies!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister-in-law, Lacey. She and I both were enrolled at Michigan State University and I always strived to be more like her. She was hard-working, dedicated and passionate about what she was studying. Not all days she was faced with were cake, she struggled. In fact, we both struggled from time to time. Now, as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I’ve watched her come full circle as a student, to a practicing doctor. I watch her raise my nieces with grace and I will forever be grateful to her for giving me the courage and drive to follow my passion.
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