I’m goal-orientated; I can’t help it. It’s how I’m wired. I’m sure some of it has to do with years of leadership training and development as an FFA member in my early years (am I dating myself now!?).
What about New Year’s resolutions? They’re not my thing. But I do like to reset or create goals for myself for the year. I know this may seem like it can be the same thing, but to me, it’s not. I see the new year as a point in time to assess where you’ve been and then set new goals for the following year. I think back to my days as a student and this cycle would usually follow the school year. Now in life, it follows the calendar year.
I’ve already shared some of the work I’m planning to do on the business side. One of my goals for this year takes a bigger picture, a more holistic approach to my life. It’s focused on my wellness in all aspects of my life, both the farm and personal. What can I do to improve how I feel overall? Improve my mobility. Lower stress. Be present in my work and family life. Not let the farm take precedence over everything.
I have an idea of how I’m going to approach this, yet I know it will take some time to work through how it will unfold. It will be a work in progress throughout the year.
This last year I’ve dealt with some health implications, some I’ve shared, with my knee and feet, and some I have chosen not to share. I look at my kids and my work, which requires a lot of me physically, and I want to keep working towards a better me, physically and mentally. I want to make sure my family relationships continue to be strong (including that husband of mine, just saying since I haven’t mentioned him yet).
The phrase balance is often used in this space. With time, I’ve come to learn this isn’t quite the same. It’s more about living a whole life and making the most of that life.
Here’s how I’m going to start to tackle this focus on wellness:
First, it starts with firming up my why, writing it down, and looking at it daily.
Then it’s about firming up routines at home and with work/farm. The beauty of working from home and running your own business is that everything can be very fluid. But sometimes that can also impact how and what gets done. It’s easy to let my own work ebb and flow in a more elongated manner, and my life “out of work” slides more, even as it works alongside the rest of my family’s routine and needs. This includes when I do laundry (if I could outsource it I would!), prepping my daughter’s lunches for the week, and a quick Sunday clean-up of the house
With work/the farm I’ll be setting monthly dates to work on regular tasks such as bookkeeping and marketing projects. As spring approaches I’ll make grazing and other outside farming work more routine as well. I’ll also be actively looking for ways to streamline and be more efficient with my work, whether I’m working at my desk or in the barn. Getting up early has seemed to work well for me this fall to work on special projects.
I also want to be firmer on how much farm work I do in the evening and on the weekends. The reality is that this doesn’t always happen when you farm, you’re working with Mother Nature and an ecosystem that’s living and breathing. But I can control what I do 80-90% of the time.
I’m really looking at an approach to work that helps create a better environment for my own life versus just focusing on the usual “boxes” of wellness.
Finally, with my actual physical health, I’ll be continuing to focus on eating what makes me feel good and fuels me. For the last five months, that’s been predominantly an animal protein-based diet. I’ll continue to focus on regular yoga and physical therapy work to actively increase my strength, flexibility, and mobility.
I know this is a bit more holistic as it looks at my whole life on the farm (see what I did there??), but if you’re interested in updates on how this is progressing let me know below in the comments.