HI, MY NAME IS… Jessicca Butorac.
I’VE LIVED IN DESERT HILLS FOR EIGHT YEARS AND I LOVE IT BECAUSE… of the small town atmosphere. Everyone goes above and beyond to help their neighbors no matter what the situation is – whether someone needs a ride to the airport, is missing a beloved pet, or is searching the local social media pages for other like-minded people to do activities with.
A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE INCLUDES… working from home and spending the first part of my day in my home office. In the afternoons I am with my family and always outside doing something and usually riding my horses.
MY FAMILY IS… my motivation. Growing up I watched my parents work hard to give my sister and me opportunities to learn and grow. We traveled and competed with our horses and were encouraged to follow our dreams, whatever they were. My grandparents taught me how to ski, swim, pitch a tent, and be young at heart. Now, having a blended family of eight with my husband, we are always busy trying to provide the same for our kids. I did not realize the sacrifices my parents made to give me the opportunities that I had, until I started to do that for my kids, and how fulfilling it is – from watching our daughter jump her horse for the first time, to watching our sons play football, or driving two and a half hours for a soccer game to see our other daughter play her heart out.
ONE THING I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT IS… horses.
MY FAVORITE MOVIE I COULD NEVER GET TIRED OF WATCHING AND WHY IS… “It’s a Wonderful Life.” George is such an amazing character and while he has his own dreams and aspirations, he always puts others before himself and sacrifices so much. My favorite part is the end when he gets to witness what Bedford Falls would be like if he never existed and then comes to realize how important he is to so many people.
WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE… a veterinarian, but once I figured out that I could not handle certain aspects of that occupation I decided on finance.
THE SONG I WOULD SING AT KARAOKE NIGHT IS… I am not a karaoke fan in the traditional sense, and I would not sing in front of other people. But, on a 12-hour road trip by myself I’m singing everything to my dog in the car! My favorite road trip karaoke song is “Bohemian Rhapsody” (yeah, I know…).
THE ONE PERSON WHO MOTIVATES ME IS… my family is my motivation, so that’s more than one person. However, my husband Matt motivates me by giving me the courage and support to go out and accomplish my goals! From making huge messes in the kitchen trying to bake the perfect loaf of sourdough bread to driving halfway across the country to compete with my horses, he supports me with my career and all my wacky ideas!
THE LAST THING THAT MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD WAS… anything my Australian shepherd does, because is the craziest and happiest dog.
THE PERFECT DAY IS… every day! Life is a blessing and I try to truly enjoy every minute of every day, even when I am working. Some of my ‘more perfect’ days are spent outside, boating, biking, riding my horse with friends, or going for a drive in our Jeep.
MY FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFIT IS… Rusty’s Angels.
THE BEST GIFT I’VE EVER RECEIVED WAS… my children.
MY DREAM VACATION WOULD BE… at an all-inclusive resort with my husband on the beach, with no cell phones.
THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED IS… my mother used to always say, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth leaves the whole world blind and toothless,” which reminded me always that retaliation and hatred is never the answer.