An Imperfect Life
The list of things that I do, the roles that I take on are not really who I am. Those are the things that I do. Who I am is a strong woman who has had to overcome obstacles in life to find her dream. I am a lover of coffee, fine whiskey, the sun, moon, and stars. I am both a student and a teacher. There is no single definition of who I am. I am many things to many different people. My occupations include nursing, mom, homesteader, nurse coach, and herbalist.
I am sharing my experiences and education. Information that has been collected over most of my adult life. Tossing in anecdotes from daily life here on the farmstead. My life is far from perfect but really what is a perfect life? When someone figures that out please share with the rest of us. I will also be sharing educational opportunities and farm products here. I am a firm believer that together we can create a better life for ourselves through healthy food choices, learning to work with nature instead of against it, and education.
My first attempt at homesteading was over 20 years ago. Yep, I am old. It started with the fact that my late husband and I were struggling financially. I knew from my parents and grandparents that growing anything we could would help offset the cost of groceries. So a gift of chickens and goats, my dad’s help with setting up a garden and I got started. It is also how I met my best friend and sister by another mister. There have been so many different adventures since that time. I could probably write a book about the first half of my life.
I haven’t loved every adventure but I have learned from them all. When asked for a favorite memory there are so many to choose from but a collective would be watching my children grow up surrounded by nature. Thinking back reminds me to try and look at each day as a new adventure and to try and find a childlike wonder in every little thing.
I have been given the gift of living in the house my parents built back in the 70s. A tiny house on 4.5 acres. Slowly but surely I am transforming it into a regenerative farm. From here I want to offer people in my community to have access to healthy food, health coaching, and a chance to help each other. I have been educated through life and traditional classrooms. It takes all of this to be able to fill the void in this community.
I am a two time Daisy award nominated nurse. Which basically means that my patients/clients have been more than satisfied with the care that I give them. I had also received recognition for customer service back in the day when that was my job. Before becoming jaded and cynical. Sarcasm has just always been a part of me.
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“It seems that perfection is attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away.’ Antoine de Saint Expurey.