Have you ever considered the quality of your life? I’m the kind of woman who’s always looking for the next feel good moment. To me, life is all about what makes us feel good. Over the years I’ve been constantly redefining my interpretation of how I want to live. I’m not interested in quantum leaps so much anymore as I am in consistency in feeling aligned in life. Alignment gives life a certain priceless quality like you’re part of stream of wellness.
Michael and I realized not too long ago that without too much conscious awareness, we always seem to end up living in beautiful places. The last 20 years our environment has included an aesthetic quality that has been undeniable. Mountains and water have become a priority. I appreciate horizons.
Now the question is how does this line up with managing a farm? Polyface decided to rent Buxton Farm five years ago. It’s a farm that’s off the beaten path. That aspect is both a delicious blessing and and a curse.( If you believe in curses!) It takes a certain spirit to feel at home in the hills of rural Virginia. It was just what we wanted. A superb setting with nature constantly taunting our view, animals, quiet setting, gardening, outdoor work, and physical stamina. (What were we thinking?) Work that makes you strong without needing a gym! And of course a visceral connection to raising poultry and beef.
What’s wonderful about this farm is that we have privacy and we’re undisturbed by chemical companies or confinement growers. How nice. Recently I’ve been introduced to frustrated farmers who are trying to raise food and animals pesticide free only to be surrounded by large chemical corporations growing and spraying monoculture crops adjacent to all their good intentions. I would wither in that kind of environment. Fortunately, Buxton is surrounded by National Forest. As our neighbors say, “it’s pretty pure out here”! Now that is optimal living. Fresh air is abundant.
I went through a period in my life when my immune system was compromised. Surviving that challenging time created an intense drive to live well. That’s why I started eating grass fed protein and cultivating a kitchen garden. It’s taken sometime to get downstream with my diet! I used to have so many restrictions. Now I eat what I love and I love what I eat. Why should we have it any other way?
Are you in resonance with what makes you feel good? It’s not always so easy so define. I bet you will find little things you didn’t even realize, can lift your spirits. These days I’m becoming intimately aware of how our emotions can make or break us. A harmonious day means everything to me.
Living on land is calling forth internal qualities that have been dormant like the ability to be comfortable with so few distractions. We’re off the beaten path so everyday distractions hardly exist. Sometimes it can feel like a sense of freedom. We like that!