Lea Penick of “American Hoggers” Talks Family, Music, Bling and More!
Accomplished horsewoman, competitive barrel racer, dedicated mom and expert hunter; there’s not much Lea Penick of “American Hoggers” can’t do! We caught up with Lea to learn about how she juggles her hectic schedule, how she likes to unwind…and her passion for bling!
Q: How do you manage to balance family plus career?
A: I take things day by day! It’s hard, because I travel Monday through Friday, so I really rely on my family to help out. I call my son every night and we try to catch up then, plus my son loves to see his momma on television! When I am home, I try to make the time as special as I can by going fishing with him and cooking special things – but I also have tons of laundry to catch up on, and I need to take care of my animals.
Q: How do you stay in shape?
A: Oh man, I don’t eat healthy OR work out! I just don’t have time. But keep in mind that during the day, I’m chasing the hogs around and riding horses, so that’s when I get my exercise. My job requires a ton of physical labor too. While I’m on set, there is a steady supply of healthy snacks so I don’t eat horribly.
Q: Do you ever experience “mom guilt” because of your schedule?
A: I do feel bad sometimes because I miss some school programs, but my son knows I’m there for him if he really needs me. We talk every night, but it makes me feel better that my family lives close by and they are very helpful and supportive. When I’m on the job, there’s no Internet access, so we can’t webcam, but he sees videos and pictures that I send.
Q: How do you unwind after a long day?
A: Being outdoors and around my animals brings me great joy. At the end of the day, I’ll take a hot shower and call my family. I love to listen to music, so I’ll do that instead of watching television. I’m a big fan of country music and alternative music – I like to mix things up! I listen to Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band. For alternative music, I’ll listen to whatever is on the radio.
Q: Is it tough to work in a very male-dominated industry?
A: I grew up in a family with all boys, so I’m comfortable around them. The men that Krystal and I work with recognize that we aren’t your “average girls,” so they don’t really try to walk all over us. The trick is to stay firm! It can be challenging at times, but it helps that Krystal and I have each other. I watch her back and she watches mine, and knowing we have each other to fall back on is reassuring.
Q: What are some things that people would be surprised to find out about you?
A: Well, for the most part, I’m a simple person, and I’m not into fame and fortune. BUT…I do have a girlie side and I LOVE bling! I may be a tomboy at heart, but I still want to look cute! I like to splurge on boots, belts and jewelry.
Q: What else is on the horizon for you?
A: When I have some downtime, I’m going to work on having some of the shirts and the hog pendant necklace that I designed available for purchase.
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