Blazin’ The Trail

Hello all!

It’s now time to get back into a rhythm of blogging after the dust has began to settle from moving and starting my new job. And I’ll tell you, it’s an adjustment on many levels. And to get 100% real with you, I can see why some people stay in their comfort zone and make a life there. Moving away from family and significant others or other loved ones is no joke. And yet, there are all of those quotes about the happiness on the outside of your comfort zone plastered on Pinterest boards and in pretty picture frame across the globe.

This being the second go-round for me for moving away from home for a job, I thought I would share some tips on how I cope and move forward in starting in a new town.

 

Make your new place feel like home. Especially if you are going to be living alone. You won’t be comfortable and feel settled unless your new places feels home-y, and not like some hotel room you’ll get to leave in a few days. Maybe you have a favorite set of photos of you and your friends, maybe you have a blanket your grandmother made you, and sometimes, it’s just the feel of the house or apartment itself. Whatever it is, it’s vital for your peace of mind. Bring it all, set up the place how you like, which brings me to my next point.

 

Be excited that a new, empty space means you can FINALLY make use of that “Dream Home” Pinterest board.  I know most people probably won’t have the money to just throw around buying every shiny new glass and home decor item they would like, but scour Pinterest and find some budget-friendly projects and home decor tips to get started on. This will firstly go along with making your new digs feel like home, but it also gives your mind something to look forward to. You can come home from work the first few days and picture the potential on your empty “canvas” of space. Go for the color scheme you love – hell, mine is turquoise, gold, and red! There are so many resources out there now that give you tips on how to organize, decorate, and transform a space – and alot that don’t break the bank. Do keep in mind whatever your budget is, because some of that money could go toward my next tip.

 

Don’t hesitate – start right on getting the lay of the land. Find the local shops, cafes, what restaurants there are to eat at, where the grocery stores are – take it all in. This will keep you busy and get you thinking of some exciting outings you could take. Maybe there’s a restaurant you’ve never been to, or that one store you love that didn’t have a chain too close in your hometown. And while you are at it, don’t be afraid to treat yourself a little. Maybe you find a cute new shirt for work, or you’ve been waiting awhile to get that new pair of shoes. You’ve just made a big change – go for the reward to yourself!

 

Get out and about. Going along with the previous tip – start thinking of groups or activities you like and start finding local chapters. If you like fitness, start looking into what local gyms or yoga studios have to offer. By looking forward to that spin class on Wednesday, you occupy your mind and open up opportunities to meet people! Don’t be afraid, just get out and do it!

 

Be sure you are moving for the right reason. This really comes before everything, but it’s also the biggest tip I have. It will be hard to start a new chapter in your life if you aren’t excited for the chapter to start to begin with. I have an example on each end of the spectrum with the two times I have moved for a job. The first wasn’t the right job for me and it ended in me being miserable and making some big mistakes, and, consequently, moving back home. This new job I have, however, is one I love and I can go far with. The difference in my mindset is astronomical. And sometimes its not a job you are moving for, it’s for a person, or some other reason. Whatever the reason, be sure it’s a good one and the right one FOR YOU. YOU are the one that has to live with this choice, don’t choose misery for yourself.

 

Feel free to tell me about your moving journeys in the comments below!

 

Until next time,

❤ Meg

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Morning Milking Musings: Mixing Family and Business

This is a new “series” I am going to try out called Morning Milking Musings.  It will be short thoughts about a particular subject on agriculture. When I’m milking, I have a few hours to think and ponder things. Enjoy! Let’s start!

 

There’s a quote that says ” The Family Farm: More than a business – the Family Farm is a lifestyle – it is an ideal worth preserving.”

 

It seems most of the general population seems to think there is no longer the “family” aspect to modern farming.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Most, if not all, farms are still owned and run by families.  Even the large ones.  The larger the farm just means that they typically have to have more non-family employees.  But farms are still run by families, and often times, the farm is run by a large percentage of the families.  Often times parents own the farm and eventually one or more of the children will eventually own the farm and carry on the legacy. But many times siblings, aunts, uncles, and spouses are a vital part of the farm as well.  It takes a whole family unit to run a great farm!

 

The important thing to remember is that whether these farms have dairy cattle, beef cattle, hogs, crops, or any other type of agriculture, this is how the family makes a living – this is their income. So, of  course there is a business aspect to caring for the animals on the farm – just like any other business, the family needs to bring in more money then they spend.  But, that brings up another point – this is all the more reason for the animals to receive the utmost care.  Do you work as productively and efficiently when you aren’t feeling well? No, so why would animals be different? Thus, I wish more people would realize that it is in the farmers best interest to take the best care of their animals, and that is exactly what they do.  Any abuse you see is NOT normal.

 

That’s my morning musings for the day!

Meg

Dear Consumer

Hey All!

I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween with your families! And now that fall is approaching, I hope you all are enjoying your favorite fall time activities – feel free to share in the comments what yours is!

My dad is an avid Farm and Dairy reader.  The Farm and Dairy is a family-owned company that puts out newspaper publications both in print and online to rural communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  The Farm and Dairy is published every week.  Last week, Dad told me that I absolutely had to read one of the articles.  I found out rather quickly why he said that.

The article was written by Kate Lambert, a Missouri farmer that also works in the agrifinancial field.  She has a blog for her farm, Uptown Farms – http://www.uptownsheep.com.  Her article was entitled “Dear Consumer: They tell me not to get angry.  But sometimes I do. ” It was reprinted in the Farm and Dairy (with permission) from her blog.  The full article can be read here. Dear Consumer: They tell me not to get angry. But sometimes I do

The content of the article, I think, 1000% nailed why agriculturalists and farmers get so passionate and sometimes quite verbal when we see animal rights activists and certain restaurant  chains putting out their propaganda and animal welfare policies based on improper, incorrect information.  It’s been a hot topic of conversation, among especially the animal agriculture sector, that farmers need to get their stories out and properly educate consumers.

I just want to highlight and comment on some of the things she said in her article.

  • The marketing research tells me that I should focus on the positive when I address you….they tell me to only speak about things that directly impact you…the tell me not to talk about the science, because the emotional registers more.  They tell me not to talk too long or write too much, don’t have time.”

  • I get angry that marketing hides that all types of farming – from organic to conventional – use chemicals.  They do it SAFELY and minimally, but they use them.

  • I get angry that you do not understand that farmers only provide raw product and that once it leaves our farm, we are not responsible for what the food processors do to it.

  • I get angry that you try to compare the decisions you make about your garden, to the management decisions my family has to make for our farm.

  • If your garden has a bad crop, you go to the store.  If we have a bad crop, we stand to lose our farm, our house, our source of income.

  • I get angry when you talk to a guy at the farmers market, who grows 40 organic tomato plants in his backyard where his eight free range chickens live, and decide his opinion on agriculture policy is more trustworthy than mine.

  • I get angry that you think my cattle herd needs the same treatment as your toy poodle

  • I get angry that you want the latest and greatest gadgets in every aspect of your life, and then expect me to put on overalls and grab a pitchfork, and farm the way someone told you that your great-grandfather did in the 1940s.

And then she goes on to say that she knows that modern agriculture has failed to tell our story, that there is an overwhelming amount of information to digest and process fact from fiction, that nothing sells in the media more than fear, and, lastly, she calls on agriculture once more to continue the movement to share our stories in a positive way.

I wish I could have been the one to write that so eloquently.  I actually cut this article out of the Farm and Dairy, and, I’m not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I wanted to save it.  It not only nails what brews inside our hearts as agriculturalists, but it also serves as a gentle  call to action to shape up as farmers and producers and fix how the world views agriculture.  I wish everyone could read this article, both farmers and consumers, and it might cause a few to stop and think.  It might cause some consumers to ask more questions, connect with more farmers.  It might cause some farmers to finally boot up that laptop computer and type up what their day is like. Just one small change at a time.

Throughout history, we have seen what the power of word can do to the masses, let’s not make agriculture an exception.  Speak up, get out, tell all.

See ya next time,

❤ Meg