Part of the Abundance Cubed Program is to focus on our own Happiness Project. I outlined goals in January and here is a summary of how I am doing.
January: Create! My creations now, are words and photos. Soon our summer crops will be ready and COOKING will be in full force creating tasty food with many raw crops. Summer is a great time for me to just snack in the fields then chop and eat later. There is always a rainbow of color and flavors to choose from. I know I am living in organic food heaven and I cherish every bite! Here are some photos I took yesterday.
February: Clarify what I want from the farm. I finally have my answer – Security. It’s not money, power, or prestige. I just want to know that I can stay here long term and use this as my home base. I love farming and feel like I am in my infancy of mastering the art of farming. I have SO MUCH more to learn and do. My focus now is to secure experienced and committed employees to help me accomplish larger goals and not have to be the only one able to do daily training for new employees and volunteers. So far my request to the universe to be surrounded by wonderful and joyful people has been working, so I know this will happen. The fun thing is I get to have conversations with my staff to figure out agreements rather than expectations about what their employment looks like. I have asked them to bring ideas to me and we can figure it out. I am excited to see what they want to do.
March: Clarify what my business partners want from the farm. These conversations have started and will be finalized soon.
April: Work on my core. OK a structured exercise program has not started and I had to be realistic – I won’t do this. Part of my reluctance is there is so much work I can do on the farm to build my core in my daily activities. Also I need time to rest my body and relax when I am inside. That is just as crucial. I spend 6-10 hours a day on my feet. Working in the summer in the hoop houses is HOT (usually between 80-110 degrees) so I don’t need to get a good sweat on, I have no choice – it just happens!
May: Define a BIG adventure!! My husband and I are enjoying weekly adventures away from the farm. It has been lovely to spend time with him! In July we will be doing a LONG road trip to Wyoming and Colorado and will spend time with both our sons. First family vacation in 7 years!!! We have agreed that we will NOT wait this long again. We will be visiting Tumbleweed Houses in Colorado Springs to check out their tiny homes. It could be a great way to travel and live all over the country.
June: Learn how to quiet my mind. I am still doing my daily 15 minutes of meditation. It’s been 6 whole months, pretty amazing for me. I am feeling calmer and more comfortable. The crazy summer season is starting, but for the first time I am not worried that we won’t be able to keep up. I decided to grow on a lot less acreage and do it much better than we have in the past. It feels right. I am confident that we will produce more crops than we ever have before. So maybe downsizing the farm was rightsizing my life?
July: Delegate! I am actively working on more delegation, more training of my staff and figuring out more ways to take time off and play. It’s looking pretty exciting!!
I hadn’t defined a goal for any month past July. So here’s my new goals to get me through the end of September.
August: Sing and Dance! I love music I love to dance yet I don’t have a single song on my iPhone. My August goal is to use the iTunes card I got for Christmas and download at least 50 songs on my phone. I want a full range of divas so I can sing at the top of my lungs, boogie woogie so my feet HAVE to dance, and anything else that makes my heart sing.
September: Figure out my next big adventure. I travel less than 25 miles a week and often don’t leave the farm for days. I know this is a repeat, but I want to keep it on my mind ALWAYS. SO many places to see and experience!!!
Recommended Viewing: I love Rhubarb and it loves me. Here’s our latest YouTube video where I show you how to harvest Rhubarb and share some of my favorite ways to eat it.
Did You Know that most farmers don’t have to report what types of chemicals they use on their crops?