• See the Good, #FarmHer

March 17, 2020 4 Comments

I know that right now, you are thinking about how to keep your family from harm’s way.  You are concerned about your ability to continue to bring in the income you need to make ends meet.  You are worried about your neighbors - how are they holding up?  I know you are thinking about and praying for all of the medical workers, first responders, police, and others who are on the front lines of keeping us all safe. You are worried about having enough food.  You are taking action to make sure the world keeps turning in small towns and big ones, alike.  You might be dealing with anxious kids who, just like their parents, aren’t quite sure what to do right now.  I know this because just like you, I am worried too.  

I find myself obsessively absorbing all the news in my feed, even though it is bringing a steady stream of scary.  I find myself at a loss for words, then talking just to hear myself for some type of reassurance.  Also just like you I don’t know what this virus means for tomorrow, next week, next month or beyond that but here is what I do know.  There’s a lot of good out there and that is where I am choosing to focus my attention.  And, just like you, I’m going to do that from my seat right here at home.  

You see, I have been working from home for a while so work, other than the traveling part, is not disrupted for now…but in just staying put I have more time on my hands.  With no meetings to run to or soccer practice at night or even flights to catch I have a lot more time on my hands in between the working hours.  For me that means more reading the books I haven’t had time for until now.  That means watching a carefully curated collection of the shows and movies I have been missing out on in all of my busy-ness…and by curated I mean ones that fill up my cup.  That means thinking about ways I can be creative like drawing, chasing down a new idea, or even moving the furniture around in my house.  That means trying out some new recipes and taking the time to make some old favorites.  That means lots of walks and time outside for fresh air.  Maybe, despite all of the despair and scary that comes with this virus, we can see the good in ourselves.  We can remember the value of slowing down.  We can reconnect with our loved ones who live under the same roof.  That's the way I'm choosing to proceed...seeing the good.

Here at FarmHer, our whole world is about telling the stories of people who are THE good.

It’s the story of Wanda, the senior Olympics basketball champion who raises cattle.

It’s the story of Anya, a Russian orphan who found her home on a farm a world away, in Illinois. 

It’s the story of Carey who survived a life-changing wreck and found her way back through the farm. 

It’s the story of Casey who is stepping up to preserve and conserve. 

These stories and all of the others like them are about the people, the women who are THE good.  These women are just like you and me and I guarantee they are worrying about the same things we are right now, but in watching their stories, I think you will be reminded that all of that good is still there despite the worry and unknown. 

So, in this new normal, I want to give you a few ways you can see the good and turn down despair.

WATCH

  • Tune in to FarmHer the TV show on RFD-TV every Friday and Sunday at 9:30 PM EST.  Not sure if you have RFD-TV? Check that out here. 
  • If you are like me, you like to binge-watch via streaming.  I’ve got the perfect answer for that too and all of the girls are there…Wanda, Carey, Anya, Casey…all of them!  Check out the brand new RFD-TV Now platform.  You can download the app onto any mobile device or head over to their website to stream from a computer. You can also download the app on connected devices like AppleTV or Roku.  It has every episode of FarmHer from the last four seasons at your fingertips.  And not just FarmHer, but all of the good that RFD-TV has to offer including live streaming of their daily rural-focused news.  Here is a link to download the app.  

    LISTEN

    • Check out our Shining Bright FarmHer podcast!  It’s free and easily accessible wherever you subscribe to podcasts.  If you haven’t listened in before, these are the stories of everyday women who are doing amazing things.  They are just like you and me, and their stories are going to fill up your cup!  You can start here or just search for Shining Bright on your podcasting app!  To get started here are a few I think you’ll really like…

      Overcoming - Listen in to licensed mental health therapist Sara Coen about ways that we can all work to recenter and bring some peace and stability into our lives.

      The Mental Health Discussion - This one's a few years old but still oh-so-relevant! Dig into what farmers are facing and how we can change the discussion with nurse Linda Emmanuel

      Gracefully Pivoting - Hear the story of how one FarmHer adjusted her business to make way for growth and change. 

      Dancing into 2020 like, I got this!  - We cover a few things that in this unique time you just might find a need to focus on.  First off we talk to Katie Crow about easy ways to adjust our health and fitness and then to a professional organizer…hello, if you’re stuck at home you might as well organize a closet or two!

      Mompreneurs - Speaking of things you can do from home, we’re talking not just entrepreneurs, but mompreneurs! First, we’ll talk to Camilla-Jean, a business coach helping women build profitable businesses and then we’ll take it to North Carolina FarmHer Meredith Bernard, also known as This Farm Wife to hear her business and brand story.

      Putting the pieces back together - As a reminder of our resiliency, we are going to dive deep into the historic Nebraska flooding of 2019 with FarmHer and nurse Linda Emanuel. We’ll hear how a community came together and how their resiliency and the culture of Agriculture is helping them shine again.

      What’s your opportunity?  - In a time where it feels like nothing is guaranteed, how about we flip the conversation and think about our opportunities versus the difficulties in our path?  

      Let's hang in there together.  Be kind and remember that everyone else is living this right along with you, despite our physical separation.  Do what you can to support local businesses and our medical professionals through these tough times.  Choose to see the good.  Take a quick walk and listen to the birds happily sing.  Stop what you are doing and color with the kids.  Take a deep breath because that will always help.  Enjoy these little things and choose to see the good today because before we know it, we'll be back at it running fast down the road to the next meeting or catching that flight.  Stay safe and healthy my friends!




      4 Responses

      Arlene Stephens
      Arlene Stephens

      March 19, 2020

      Thank you for that inspiring outlook of this scary situation we are all in together. What a great way to look at it!

      Jamie Harden
      Jamie Harden

      March 18, 2020

      Marji, Thank you for sharing this today!! We need positive in our lives now especially!

      Brenda Smith
      Brenda Smith

      March 18, 2020

      Thank you so much for this. We all need this right now. I will be watching.

      Maria Tracy
      Maria Tracy

      March 18, 2020

      Hi, I recently saw a show on a lady in California I believe that is now raising olive trees. I live in central Florida and have a small devirsified farm where I raise meat sheep, grapes, blueberries and also have a olive grove. Is there a way that you can share her contact info with me so that I might chat with her about some of her growing techniques. I believe her name is Margery Wheaton. Thanks so much Maria ( Heather Oaks Farm)😀

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