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I'm learning to listen to my body, and that's a really hard thing for me. Why?

I'm a Type A go-getter, list maker, list checker, goal setter, achiever-type person. 

Moreover, as a farmer, I have fortified myself through hard times by repeating to myself "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right?"

And that attitude has worked out pretty well for me, generally speaking. I'm a survivor. But truthfully? It's not really sustainable. And since sustainability is one of the pillars of our farm, how do I walk the talk personally?

Our culture embraces the hustle, the go-go-go and if you're not growing, you're falling behind. One doesn't want to fall into the land of the lazy, after all!

But, what if it is OK to stay in my comfort zone for awhile?  What if I could be content with things just as they are for awhile? Is that OK?

This summer my body told me she needed a break. She needed rest. Time to play. Time to just be.

Contentedness is an undervalued quality. It's ok to take a break. To be at peace.

I know that August is the time when families and households start to wind up for a busy school and extra curricular year. I can feel the energy buzz building, but Kevin and I are resisting it for a few more weeks!.

We're trying to live slowly for just a little longer. That's my goal for the next few weeks. (See my goal setting, Type A, creeps in every time!)

Let's soak up these last hot summer days into our bones, so that months from now, in the cold of winter, you'll feel the warm memories of green grass under your feet, evenings around the campfire and long, slow sunsets.

 

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