Meet Lindsay, a "20 Under 40" honoree in Breckenridge

by Lindsay Smith, Builder’s First Source Design Specialist

Editor’s Note: We discovered Lindsay’s profile in a special News-Monitor and Daily News newspaper section called “20 Under 40.” The newspaper says they honor “The most driven young professionals in the southern Red River Valley.” Lindsay expressed such love for her town that we asked her to share this with you!

Lindsay’s children keep her busy!

Lindsay’s children keep her busy!

I grew up in Breckenridge. Born and raised. But like so many kids the minute I graduated I started thinking of ways to “get out of this town!”

I attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton for one year and then moved to Grand Forks to start hair school. While there I met some friends and moved to Devils Lake, North Dakota. I worked at a local bank and The Ranch Steakhouse.

I became pregnant with my oldest son and there was a tug on my heart strings to go home and that is exactly what I did. The day I was released from the hospital I packed up my beautiful new bundle and headed home.

I knew Breckenridge was a community where I wanted to raise my kids.  It has so much to offer. The sports, schools, organizations, churches and businesses. A place where everyone knows you.

When I was younger I thought this part was ridiculous. My mom would tell me, “I have eyes everywhere.” As a mom I have come to always appreciate those eyes! I am a firm believer that it takes a village to raise your kids. I wouldn’t trade this “village” for anything.

Working in a small town has proved to be rewarding as well. When I first moved back I was offered a job at one of our local banks. It was there that I met my current boss. He gave me an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, designing kitchens, bathrooms and any other room you can put cabinetry. It was truly a dream come true because he took a chance on me and it has made me step outside a lot of comfort zones and grow as a person.

Working and living in a small town, people support YOU!! How awesome is that?

I was raised in a gym and my love for sports carries on here. I thoroughly enjoy helping out with youth basketball in both Breckenridge and Wahpeton. Watching kids grow in sports is so rewarding. Teaching them about life. How to win and lose graciously and not just on the court.

Being a mom is possibly the hardest, most rewarding thing I have done in my life. Nothing beats being a mom!

We are very fortunate to have many, many passionate parents who volunteer their time to coach and support our youth. People who make sure every kids get an opportunity to be involved.

What does “Live Wide Open” mean to me? The sense of community. When someone in our community struggles they don’t go it alone.

We rally. We support each other.