It’s been just over a year now that I have been back at the farm. It’s been a great ride. The year has been filled with our share ups and downs, but thankfully we had more ups than downs.
I’ve learned to break down my goals into teeny tiny pieces. There are so many jobs to be done on the farm that it is easy to be overwhelmed. My mantra is that if I can make the farm a small bit better every week, that it is a win. I’m happy to report that most weeks, I accomplish this task.
I’ve learned that I have so very much to learn. I have a lifetime to learn and my goodness, I will need it. Despite being an agriculture professional and a farm kid, there is a world of information to learn: pedigrees, machinery, cropping strategies and oh the paperwork…the list is endless.
I couldn’t be happier where I am. Farming is an amazingly complex and rewarding business AND it is a wonderful lifestyle/culture for my family. I feel connected to the land, the seasons, the cattle. I love the challenge of analyzing our business and making calculated decisions to work toward improving our operation. Whether it is bull buying decisions or analyzing machinery purchases, the immense pride gained from owning a business is hard to describe.
My family is where we need to be. My husband is happy, I’m happy, the kids are happy. Happy, happy, happy. My kids are learning great life lessons and are surrounded by our extended family. They are learning so many life lessons about teamwork, responsibility, biology, science, the list is endless. In my soul in know this was my calling.
So, I look forward the next year of seasons, challenges and lessons to be learned. I have a long way to go, but I am rejoicing in a year well done.