We had the good fortune of connecting with Monrovia Goodlin – Jenkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monrovia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Circle J Ranch is the product of selflessness. I am Houstonian who had no desire to own 73 Acres of land any where for any reason. However when my husband shared his dream of being a cowboy I obliged (Kicking and Screaming) but non the less I entertained the idea. Once he found the place it was hard for me to find my place on the ranch.I began doing photography tours where guests would ride our horses or feed the cattle while I photographed them. People would be so excited to be on the tour. This really humbled me and made me want to make “ranch life” accessible to everyone. The most important factor behind my success is the ability to materialize other peoples wants.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My husband and I moved to San Antonio in 2009 from Houston Tx. From the beginning my husband was determined to find some land to raise cattle. In 2014 My husbands dream became reality and we purchase 73 Acres just 20 minutes outside San Antonio. By 2018 we were all in at 42 Cows 3 horses 1 pony 2 dogs and 2 cats. I began giving tours of the ranch and sharing my love of photography with others on our very scenic piece of Texas. Shortly after we began working on sharing our space on a much bigger scale. That is when the barn at Circle J Ranch was erected.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I had a week to show around my bestie we would start downtown at one of the hot spots in San Antonio 1. The river Walk 2. The Alamo
Then we would be sure to need something to eat so we would go to a local Mexican restaurant family ran called The Fajita Taco Place.
We could then take a short drive to the river and go tubing!
Day 3 we would enjoy the sights from above and go to the Tower of Americas
Day 4 we would need to relax so we could hit the spa (honestly I have to many favs to list)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Their are many people who come to mind when it comes to my story. My father is an African immigrant who will speak to anyone. He taught me to not be afraid to jump, I just might fly! My Friendors in the wedding industry have supported my efforts to stay humanized and not be driven by income but love equity! My Mother and husband also deserve some kudos for supporting all of my efforts!
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