No matter what the calendar may say, it still feels like winter here in this little ole West Michigan town…
Now, I don’t hate winter. In fact, I rather enjoy how beautiful a white snowfall looks when it blankets the landscape + there’s something truly special about celebrating all the winter holidays.
BUT if I’m being completely honest, this past winter season has been rather difficult to endure.
And I’m quite literally dreaming of the day that I can swap my heavy snow boots, winter jacket + thermal pants for some summer attire.
Now, if you’re new around here + a bit confused about why the weather has me down in the dumps, let me explain…
You see, as my blog name alludes- I am a true Michigan Farm Girl. I’ve worked on my neighbor’s dairy farm for over 15 years now. And while I love my job + everything that it entails, dressing in layers so that I can spend my day outside tending to our animals in the freezing cold- well, that’s just not my favorite part.
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Especially with this last winter seasons, where mother nature refuses to give us a break with her relentless storms + record snowfall- the whole experience has a tendency to wear on a person…
Still as the saying goes there are hidden blessings in every struggle – and for me, the blessing was that I gained an unexpected lesson on happiness that I didn’t even know I needed. I’m sharing that simple, yet powerful lesson in this blog post, so keep reading, my friends!
I recently spent some time with our farm’s veterinarian during one of our bi-weekly herd checks. The conversation was light + casual when he turned to me and asked me how my day was?
Now, I could have responded a thousand different ways- ‘good’, ‘fine’, ‘alright’… but instead I chose to say ‘not bad considering we’re only twenty-four days away from the start of spring’.
He chuckled and nodded in agreement. And then much to my surprise his face was overcome by a rather serious expression. In a stern + non-scolding tone he warned me, “Don’t get in the habit of wishing away your days”.
He didn’t elaborate any further, and our conversation turned back to the business at hand. In reality, this mid-afternoon conversation wasn’t meant to be a life lesson, but I would be lying if I said that it didn’t make a lasting impression on me.
Truth be told, I knew that he understood where I was coming from.
After months of fighting the bitter cold: trying to keep diesel tractors warm enough so that they could still run; working late hours to ensure animals had both warm + dry bedding; pulling my hair out over maintaining non-frozen water pipes; and just fighting mother nature tooth + nail with the amount of snow she seemed to drop on our doorstep every week…
It’s safe to say that this farm girl had truly had enough!
Still, as an older gentleman with plenty of life experience, I trust that my veterinarian knows exactly what he is talking about. So, you can bet that I took that bit of advice, which he offered, seriously.
It’s a good reminder to not put too much trust in the future (I mean, really.. time is never guaranteed) and to not waste ‘good’ days like today by hoping for better days ahead.
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I see this a lot with weight loss clients. I think we’re all just a tad bit guilty of doing it.
We embark on these fitness journeys because we believe that they are going to make us happier. And to some extent I agree- You will feel amazing in twelve weeks once you shed that extra bit of stubborn fat + gain the confidence to wear that bikini that’s been hiding in the back of your dresser drawer.
You, most likely, will feel ecstatic once those skinny jeans of yours, the ones you’ve been holding on to for the past two years, finally fit like they used to.
And I bet, you’ll be smiling ear to ear once you reach that new deadlift PR you’ve been chasing for weeks now.
But just because you’re not where you want to be, doesn’t give you any less reason to celebrate + cherish this very moment…
Today you’re here, you’re breathing, you’ve succeeded in handling every obstacle that has stood in your way so far, and you’re working on improving yourself for a better tomorrow.
If you ask me, getting this far in life is an amazing accomplishment in itself. There’s no need to delay happiness. Today is as good as moment as any to cherish what you have, while you work towards what you want.
I think we get it mixed up in our heads that happiness is a destination- something we find only after we become successful. In reality, happiness is found in the journey: because we choose to be happy, we find success in our opportunities.
So I challenge you, no matter where you are on your journey, to keep choosing happiness over anything else. Don’t wish your days away because too often it’s when they are gone that we realize how truly special they were in the first place!
I’d love it if you’d share with me in the comments below some of the ‘little things’ that you choose to cherish today!
Here to support YOU! XO- Britney (ms.fit.farmer)
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