When I think of resourcefulness the first image or scenario that comes to mind is using baling twine to fix/hold something together!
But, some where between the roles of wife, chef, peace keeper, bill keeper, manager, go-fer, house keeper, baby maker, dreamer, fill-in to part-time equipment operator, work in town-er, etc, I realized that being a farmwife is to be resourceful!
One of the areas that I have grown to be resourceful in is carving out time and energy to "refill my cup".
I know I am "speaking to the choir" when I say that as farmwives, we often place ourselves last and don't often take time for ourselves. We are just as much "workaholics" as our farmers.
But the truth of the matter is, that if we don't carve out a little bit of time for ourselves we won't fulfill our menagerie of roles well at all.
So, how do you actually do it? How do you overcome the distance between family and friends, the time constraints of balancing animals, farming and family, and exhaustion?
I don't have all the answers, but I'd love to share what's working for me!
Here's how I've been "re-filling my cup"!
⭐️Audible-I don't have time to read. I'd love to sit down on my couch, curl up with a blanket, something warm to drink, and a good book but that only happens in my dreams. Thanks to the audible app I can download any type of book I want. One that I'm reading right now is called "Cold Tangerines" by Shauna Niequist. I love the way she writes. It brings joy to my soul.
⭐️"She reads Truth" App-this app has several different versions of the Bible on it, as well as Bible study guides to help you read through the Bible or study certain passages. It's all on my phone, so i can read while waiting on the phone with the insurance company, waiting at the stop sign in town, or anytime that I want. I do make it a priority to read a chapter as soon as I get up, but sometimes that doesn't happen.
⭐️Podcasts-Podcasts sound so forward-thinking or city-fied, but in truth I've found it so grounding in my daily life. I love turning on a podcast and listening as I drive, wash dishes, etc. There are such vast array of topics and hosts. Anything from "how to blog" to topics addressing personal development and plain old fun!
⭐️Finding Community-Not only is family scattered because of the ease at which we can now move across miles, but if you live in a rural area, even your neighbors aren't that close. Facebook can be a great place to find community.
The Rural Sisters' Community (Facebook Group) has been such a blessing. It is filled with rural women in Ag just like you and I. We come together in this group to offer support and encouragement as each one of us understands the struggles we all face of overwhelm, loneliness and finding time to care for ourselves. It is "secret" for extra confidentiality so that we can share things that weigh heavy on our hearts. If this sounds like the group for you, you can find out more here! I'd love to have you join us!
Much love to you and yours!