My Ah Ha Moment-Why Not Me?
This morning when I was heading off to work and thinking to myself, dang I wish I could just stay home, it struck me! Why can’t I have that dream? Why can’t I have that dream of teaching people how to farm, cook, provide for their families in a healthy sustainable way?
Have you ever had one of those ideas that you never ran with because you didn’t think it would ever happen or that people would laugh at you and think you are nuts? Well, I did about 4 years when I started thinking about changing a job I had been at for 17 years. It was a comfortable job, I really didn’t have to think to hard to do it. It had become a routine thing for me. But then things changed, dynamics changed and I started to change. I started to realize that the world was bigger than my little comfy job and I had better start exploring what else was out there before it passed me by.
After reading books like Go Pro, You Can You Will, PUSH, You are a BadAss I realized that I was worth more than what I was given credit for and that I had a bigger purpose that God was designing for me.
Fast forward to 2015 when I made that decision to step away from a job that I thought I would be at forever to working a job that was going to test my mind again and teach me some new skills. I thought, wow, can this old dog really learn new tricks? It was fun and challenging all at the same time and I had never been happier with my job than I was at this time. In the meantime, in the back of my head I was dreaming of a life of gardening, teaching sustainable living and cooking and working side by side with my son and husband on a vision we had.
It’s the old saying “build it and they will come” Well we built it alright. A huge garden area where we would all learn to work together and share ideas and passions that we had on creating a oasis of farming right in our backyard. And farming not only fruits and vegetables but medicinal and culinary herbs. We have had trial and error including losing a whole crop of tomatoes last year to blight. I can now feel for farmers that lose their whole crop. Instead of giving up and throwing in the towel we researched and have learned how to prevent this in the future. That’s how you grow.
Now we have decided to take on the hobby of Bee Keeping. We have almost caused our bees into extinction because of the use of pesticides so we decided to take matters into our own hands and bring a hive into our family. We have no idea how this is all going to work but it’s going to be a pleasure learning about it and working together as a family to have a profitable and sustainable mini-farm.
This takes me back to my Ah-Ha moment today. Instead of wishing this all could happen, or saying someday this might happen, I am taking matters into my own hands and I’m hustling to make it happen. I say that you are never too old or too young to have a dream. Make it a reality and PUSH (push until something happens.) Sit down tomorrow and write down on paper the things that you have always wanted to do and reverse engineer how you can get there. Create a Dream Board and look at it every day and say to yourself “I WILL BE THERE” Not someday but soon. Break it into 12 week chunks and little by little chip away at what it’s going to take to get you there. I know that I’m not giving up on my dreams. How about you?