Greetings from Minnesota. It was rainy this morning and sunny in the afternoon. The old adage, “If you don’t like the weather in Minnesota, just wait 10 minutes” seems to be true today!
Last week I alluded to the fact that I would be making a change soon. Soon is coming quick. If you know me “in real life” you’ve probably already heard that I am soon to be a full-time farmer!
Even though I spend a lot of hours at the farm, it’s currently not my full-time job. I have a day job (which I love) that keeps me busy during normal business hours. My job is related to agriculture, and I so appreciate all the great people I’ve met and all the things I’ve learned during the years I’ve been here.
Now the time has come for me to make a change. We are currently short a person at the farm, and JR and I have been talking a lot about how the farm is really our biggest long term goal. It needs to come first, and it seems to be the right time for me to transition to full-time farm responsibilities.
It’s bittersweet for me to say goodbye to my co-workers, but I do know I’m making a good choice. The farm will hopefully be our lifelong work, and I need to become more involved in both the day-to-day tasks and the bigger decisions and plans we will need to make for the future.
Another perk is that I’ll get to spend more time outside in this beautiful spring weather. I will say that once it’s 90 degrees in July, I’m sure I will miss the comforts of an air-conditioned office. 😉
So after next week, I’ll be working on sorting out a new schedule and routine. I would be lying if I didn’t admit I was nervous for such a big change. I need to make sure I’m doing my best at the farm, and I know there will be things to learn.
I also hope to carve out enough of a routine that I have a standard time for running, for keeping up on household necessities, and for sitting down once in a while. The scary thing about any family business is that it really can consume all of your free time if you let it.
Somewhere, there lies a delicate balance between working hard to do your best and simply working too much. I hope to enjoy the journey while I get it figured out (because figuring out the balance may be a lifelong journey!)
Wish me luck. I definitely plan to keep blogging as much as I can. I may even have more and better photos and stories from the farm to share because I’ll be spending more time there.
Last night though, I did get what I thought to be a good photo:
P.S. On a whim last night, I decided to enter the world of twitter. I haven’t said much yet, but feel free to follow along during this new chapter as I learn to tweet @ dairycowgal.
Have a great night all!