Quitter

QuIT

Is quitting good or bad?

I think it really depends on what you are quitting.  However in most cases quitting is good.

I was raised that if you quit you failed.  You were weak and it wasn’t a good thing to do.  It didn’t matter how much it was hurting you, mentally, physically or in any way.  I was taught to just deal with it and push on.

In the recent months and weeks I have quit several things and each time it was really really difficult.  This nagging voice in the back of my head telling me that I was weak, that I was giving up too soon, that my family and friends were going to think less of me.  Even that you my readers would stop reading.  But guess what. It has felt great and amazing.

The more time I think about quitting the harder it becomes for me to find something that is negative about quitting.  Don’t get me wrong there are some things that are good to quit. For the most part it is a good thing to quit.

Think of all the benefits of quitting, it usually makes you healthier, happier, maybe even make you a little wealthier.  Yep you read that right, quitting can actually make you wealthier.  Take a minute and think about it.  I will give you two examples of how quitting can make you wealthier.  First example.  I quit drinking alcohol , this one is very easy to see how I can save.  I no longer have to spend money buying the actual drink, I don’t have to pay cover to get into a bar, I don’t have to pay for the taxi ride home, or if I chose to drive the possibility of having to pay for a DUI and if that happened the money coming out of my pocket is going to drastically change.  This example is easy to see the cost and how quitting will actually save you money.  The next one is one that I recently did and not normally thought of as a money saver.  Quitting a job.  This is one that I recently did and I had to spend lots of time actually thinking and planning to see if it will save you money like it saved me.  My amount of pay almost didn’t cover the cost of my fuel to get to work and hiring a sitter for the summer, plus the addition that my business was no longer getting the attention that it needed so my sales began to drop.  With me quitting my job I am able to put the time back into my business and make more then when I was working for someone else part time.

Now please everyone don’t run out and quit your job because it saves me money.  Sit down and actually figure it out.  As with anything you plan on quitting make sure it will better you in some way.  Maybe it makes you a better mom, a happier partner, or even just a better you.

The list of things that one can quit is long and never ending.  If you can do it you can quit it.  It all depends on how it impacts your life.

I could share with you all the things that I have quit in my adult life however that list is long and would bore you to death.  So instead here is a list of the things that I have quit that makes me the best me that I can be today.

I Quit:

Living for other people

Dieting

My out of home job

Hating my body

Being perfect

 

Do you need to quit something and your not sure how, do any of my recent quits sound really interesting to you.  Please reach out to me and I will do my best to help you with your challenges.  Make sure to hit the follow button to get notified of weekly blogs.  or contact me with any questions.

I am proud to be a quitter

farmfitma

Project Me

I will be the first to admit that project me was not my idea.  A friend actually came up with the idea and I asked if I could join/steal her idea.  Thankfully she said yes.

There is no specific plan to this project.  It is just about me fine tuning me.  Finding out what makes me happy, what helps my business and what encourages the most Oola in my life.

I would like to share with you a few of the things that I have done so far in project me.

The first thing I did was decide to get a blood analysis done.  I have always wanted to get one done, just never made the time.  I bought the groupon now I just need to make the appointment.

Then I made the choice to no longer diet.  I cant remember the last time I didn’t diet and well it gets very frustrating to always be trying a new way of eating while always feeling like you are missing out on something.  I now eat what I want and what my body is craving and that is it.

Remove or distance toxic relationships.  This is by far the hardest one.  People who have been a part of my life for a very long time, friends and family members.  Some of them its a simple as a click of the unfollow button, some get unfriend and some get blocked.  It also means that I don’t have conversations or spend much time with people who use to take lots of my time.  The biggest one on this topic has been quitting my job.  I have only been working for a short period of time however it was becoming very toxic.

I joined a summer exercise challenge.  Where I set goals for myself exercise wise and have a entire group to encourage and help me keep to the goals I have set.  It also means that I get to help others too.  Which is something I love to do.

I signed up to be a Young Living Oils distributor.  We use oils lots in our home and this is a great way to use more and share my knowledge and love of them.  Young Living also is partnered with Oola.  Which you all know I LOVE.  A friend and I are in the planning stages of an Oola event.  Contact me if you want to be part of it.

It has only been a few short weeks since I started this and only a couple of days since making some of the biggest changes.  I am already seeing and feeling a difference.  I am sleeping better, I have more energy, I am happier and my family and friends want to spend time around me.  It is awesome.

If you would like some help coming up with your own project me plan, or want info on Oola, Young Living or anything else that I have mentioned please reach out and contact me.

See you next week

Farmfitma

Ramble

It’s been a happy go lucky, look how great my life is 8 plus weeks here on the blog.  Now it’s time to get real and get raw. 

We all know the saying the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. So many of us believe it, spend countless hours dreaming about what life would be like if   

I am not an exception from the rule. I have lost many a day day dreaming of looking a certain way, of having a huge perfectly decorated clean house. Name brand clothes, fully loaded vehicles and on and on. 

It wasn’t until today when talking with another mother that I realized how we all want what we don’t have. 

I don’t want to live a life of I wishes. 

I want to live a life if I am so blessed. 

It’s tough to do though. 

I have struggled with being a stay at home mom ever since I became on. Wishing and dreaming of working again.  Now that I am working again, I miss so much about being home. 

I am a plus size woman. I have always been plus size. Well that’s what I have always thought.  Looking back at old pictures I often think wow I wasn’t fat I was really pretty.  A couple weeks ago I left the house on cloud nine feeling like a million dollars. Later seeing a picture of myself I went wow do I ever look like a fat cow.  I go through these emotions a million times a day. The thought of summer and shorts and bathing suits and people seeing me scares me and brings tears to my eyes. 

I can ride my horse well, I want to ride exceptionally, I want to take clinics, I want to be coached. Yet I seem to butt heads with every one I try. Why why why ?  I want and need to learn more.  This is one I still struggle with and I hope to one day find a coach that I really click with.  

Money. The root of all evil. The one thing that controls all. Well truth be told it is only those things if we let it.  For many years farmpa and I let it control us.  One year ago we put our foot down and are taking control of our money. Right now we are living like no other so we can live and give like no other.  

Every once in a while stop and take note of your life.  Over the last 6 months I have really been focusing on being a better wife, mother, friend and now I have to spend a little bit of time being better to me.  It’s time to count my blessings and thank God for each one.  

This post is all over the place, that’s ok because my brain is all over the place right now.  This is a point where I would quit and give up and I tell you that is exactly what I want to do right now.  Guess what not this time. I will not back down. I want to see where this will go if I keep on pushing myself. I am designed for greatness. 

Farmfitma 

Birdies

Oh how I love my birds. 

When I was a young teenager the neighbors rooster came chasing after me and since then I have been terrified of birds. Yet some how I have become the crazy chicken lady. Now expanding in guiena fowl and ducks.  

About 5 years ago I went over to a friends house for lunch and came home with 5 hens and so the addiction began. I now hove about 50 hens, a couple roosters, 8 guiena fowl and 8 ducks. Well let’s be honest about the ducks for a moment they are being boarded here, however they kinda feel like they are mine. Please don’t tell banker lady and wood man ok. 

I want to spend some time telling you what I love about all these feathered friends at our house. 

 Let’s start first with the ducks as they are the newest addition. These guys really aren’t to friendly this picture is from my phone all full zoom as hey were waddling away from me.  They are so peaceful, the little quacks they make waddling around the yard. The way they zip across the yard when one sees the perfect bug. They are just really zen for me. 
Next up guiena fowl. Aka the clown bird. 

They are odd looking, they are loud and make the worlds most horrible noises. They are flighty and they are mean to my chickens. So you may be asking why on earth I keep them.  Well that is super easy. They love to eat ticks. The number of ticks that we have this year compared to last has gone down drastically. I will take the noise and craziness. 

My hens. We raise laying hens here and have kinda a mish mash of a bunch of different breeds.  Our eggs are green, blue, brown and various shades within.  No white eggs here.  We have some favourite hens and they have names, not everyone gets a name.  Both farmgirl and farmboy have picked a breed to start raising. Farm girl has picked the Polish. 

Yep the crazy puff head bird that is hers. She has three hens and one roo so far. 

As for farboy well he has picked a turken. Or a naked neck. 

That would be the ones with no neck feathers.  Yep my kids are weird.  Oddly enough the naked necks are a very winter hardy bird and make the oddest chicken/ turkey sound.  In the above picture you will see some naked neck chicks, polish chicks and guiena keets. 

As for farmpa and I we just have some good old barnyard mixes.  I would love to get some cream legbar.  We have an incubator to hatch our own birds. However shipping eggs is risky business and cream legbar eggs are expensive.  So for now we will just stick with what we have. 

I sell our extra eggs for $4 a dozen and do lots of baking and egg eating.  Farm fresh eggs are the best tasting eggs ever.  

Thanks for stopping by and see you next week. 

Balance

What an amazing 7 weeks its been.  Sharing with you all the seven key areas of life and what my goals are in them has been life changing.  When you have one thing on your mind so much it is amazing what you can do.

Seven weeks later and I have completed so many of my goals that it is time to change up my goal board.  Yep I have a goal board actually I have two. One board states the seven areas of my life and a huge goal (dream) in each area.  15876944_769549906532530_4482280268706611200_n(1)

The second board has a goal and three steps to achieve that goal in each of the 7 areas.

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By the end of the summer I will have one dream done and 4 goals completed.  For me that is huge.  In a short time to have done so much and really not make that big of a change in my life.

Now comes for the big challenge.  Maintaining the balance and finding new balance with my new goals.  In order to reach some of my goals I have had to take on a outside the home job. This is helping lots and also hindering lots.  Time blocking has helped me so much to get what I needed to done and now with being out of the house so much my time blocking has been shot.  I need to sit down and redo it.

Having my husband and kids help out more has helped me lots to find balance.  It means the things we do together are a little different however we are still spending time together.

I have been at this new job for just about a month now and I am starting to find a routine a few  teaks here and there and I will be set.

Life is a series of hills, up and down over and over.  Always changing and always new challenges.  It is what makes life exciting. I use to tread change and now I welcome it as it shows me how strong I am in all areas of life.

I challenge you to start setting goals in your life and teaching your children (if you have them) to also set goals.  They don’t have to be big they just need to be improvements. On that not both my kids have reached goals that I helped them set and they are already working on their next set.

Enjoy your week.  Next week we are moving onto something completely different and new.  Well not super new but not something we have covered. Ready for your hint.  It has feathers.

Leeanne

Faith

This week I am going to talk about faith. This topic is a tough one and usually sparks lots of debate. Please remember that this blog is my point view and my beliefs. 

I am a Christian and have been for as long as I can remember. I was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church as an infant. As a child I attended church on Sundays, as I grew older I began to be an alter child and then teach children’s church. After moving away from home I fell away from church. When farmfitpa and I got married we decided that we wanted God present in our family and this meant finding a church. We started going to an Alliance church. I was baptized in the Alliance church about 6 years ago. We are sporadic in how often we attend. 

This is what I have learned about my faith. When I spend the time in my bible and go to church regularly. I am happier, more calm and we function better as a family.  

We teach our children about Gods love and we share our love of God with all our friends. 

Now I would normally tell you my goals and dreams. This is really tough for me as I have just reached one of my faith goals. That goal was to find a home church. We have decided to return and stay with Avalon Alliance in Saskatoon.  With reaching a goal it is time to set some new ones. 

Here you go faith goals are:

  • Read the bible everyday
  • Attend church 3 times a month
  • Do a devotional with my daughter and son each once a week 

Faith dreams are :

  • Speak at events sharing my story
  • Lead a bible study

Enjoy your week. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need support. 

Leeanne 

Fun

Yesterday was a complete state of Oola for me.  

So many positive and wonderful things.  

However we are just going to focus on the Fun aspect of the day. 

Fun is one of the easiest of the seven values to knowledge, it is also one of the most difficult ones to prioritize. Well at least for me.  

Riding my horse, camping,sleeping in and reading  these are some of the things I find the most fun things. That I try and do.  If you are like me. Everything gets put infront of fun and fun only comes when I finished looking after my family, working, and spending time with my friends.  

Learning how to have fun more often has been difficult for me. I am trying to read a little everyday and riding my horses more and more. I was taught that as a mom that you were the least important person. That you just meet everyone else’s needs before you can begin to meet yours.   I try to at least once a week put myself first. It doesn’t have to be something big and outrageous. It can be something small like the entire family having a reading night or my daughter and I taking the horses out or even just sleeping in. 

How do you fit more fun into your life. Well set aside 5- however many minutes a day or week aside and do something that makes your heart sing.  That puts a smile on your face. Do something that just gets you so excited. It sounds lots easier then it is. It’s tough to find five minutes. For example I really want a nap right now. I am very tired so I have told myself that as soon as I finish this blog post I can have a nap.  I can feel it. It’s almost done. 

Yesterday I reached one of my Oola fun goals. I went fast on my horse. This may seem a little silly to some of you and even sillier to more of you as I have always really and I mean really enjoyed running my horse. It is one of the things I haven’t been able to do since my accident.  It felt amazing a free and wow the power underneath him was amazing. It was just so very Oola.  

Now onto my goals and dreams. 

This week I am going to start with my dreams. 

  • I would love to go on a camping/biking trip with my husband
  • Compete in SBRA (Saskatchewan Barrel Racing Association) not just ride my horse in one, but place in a jackpot. 
  • Read 24 books in a year 

Goals. 

  • Check out camping parks as a family to find the one that Ian and I want to go to 
  • Continue learning about horses 
  • Take riding lessons. 
  • Read every day. 

There you have it. Value 6 Fun.  Hope everyone has an amazing week. Please feel free to follow me, and as always reach out if you have any questions 

Leeanne

Fitness

New week, new topic. This week is kinda a two part topic. What do I exactly mean by that?  Well fitness has a physical health aspect to it as well so this week I am going to cover fitness and physical health. 

In the last four years I have found that my physical health has been greatly impacted on what I put into my body.  I completely change the way I thought about eating. I use to just eat and eat whatever I wanted and whenever I wanted. If I was happy, sad, mad or any other feeling you can think of it meant putting food into my mouth. This made me overweight, tired and unhappy. I thought it was just the way I was made to be.  Then I learned to fuel my body, giving my body the nutrition it needed to repair itself and to power myself through exercise. I personal do best when I follow a paleo diet. Do I fall off the wagon? Of course I do. Then I jump back on and feel amazing.  I sleep better, my emotions are more balanced and overall I have more energy. 

Fitness 

This is a big one for me. As a preteen I was very active playing soccer, running in track and field and playing any sport I could in school.  As a teenager my family moved to a rural community and I became somewhat more sedentary. By the time I was 16 I started riding horses and riding my bike more and more however that was it for exercise. From my early 20’s until just a few years ago the only thing keeping me moving was riding my horse and that didn’t happen very often.  

Now I realize how much I love to exercise and how much my body loves to move.  Running, biking, lifting weights, swimming and riding my horse. These are the things my body thrives off of. 

This is actually a really tough week for me as I was suppose to be running a half marathon on the weekend and I had to drop out.  It was causing me more damage then good. Joints were starting to break down and I was starting to hate running.   A week after I stopped running my body feels brand new. I have energy like I haven’t had in months. I was running about 45km a week, riding my horse twice a week and then normal farm chores.  Now that I am not running I am riding twice a week, walking several times a week, body weight exercises daily and lifting heavy  with sprints once a week. I feel great. I will be doing some adjusting as time goes on. This works for now and theough the summer I will be adding more bike riding and horse riding. In the winter it will be more indoor activities. 

I do plan to run again, just not really long distances 5km-10km that will be it for me.  

Onto my goals and dreams. 

In the pst his has always been about a number on the scale or a number on my clothes now however it is about being able to do things. 

Goals 

  • Be able to do a pull-up 
  • Over head press 100 pounds 
  • 90% of the time eat paleo

Dreams

  • Complete a spartan sprint race
  • Speak to teenage girls about how to be truly healthy 

Thanks for stopping by. As always if you have any questions please contact me. Enjoy your week 

FARMFITMA 

Field 

Good evening WordPress family and friends. A new week a new topic. I felt it necessary to speak on field or vocation this week. 

Why? You may ask.  Well I added another vocational hat to my head this week  and started working outside the home, a little more on that later.  

Vocation or field. This is what you get up and do every day. Many people these days have more then one field or vocation. I for example have many, I am a homemaker, a quilter, a homesteader, a mother and now an employee for a company.   

I can’t really speak on everyone else’s behalf however your vocation can be anything you want it to be.  

When I started this journey of balance back in January this was one of the hardest places for me to look at. All I saw myself as was a stay at home mom. How can that be any different then what it sounds like.  It took lots of thinking and talking with friends, and professionals to see how many different ways a stay at home mom can look.  I decided that stay at home mom and homemaker were now combined. I was going to be the best at both that I possible could. Contrary to what some might believe this didn’t mean doing everything for all the members of my household, it meant teaching my children how to do different household chores, scheduling time for cleaning, budgeting, yard work and outdoor chores so that my husband didn’t have as much to do when he got home so we could spend the time he was home together as a family.  Oddly enough when this all fell into place it freed up more time for me to do other things that bring me joy. I had time to promote and Market my custom quilting and sewing and get this blog going more regularly. Now I even have time to fit in working 30 hours a week outside the home. It’s a bit of a struggle at the moment, however we haven’t even finished week one.  

Finding what you love and finding a way to make a profit at it can be difficult and frustrating. You just have to keep plugging away. Sometimes it also means accepting that the pay may not be what you expected. I have never thought being a mom or a wife as a job and it has always bothered me that I was not bringing in any money to our household. I now realize watching my children and seeing what they can do and the kind words they and my husband give me that’s all the pay I need.  I do realize that is not good enough for everyone and most people need a paycheck.  The best advice I can give is find something you enjoy doing, if you pick a job you hate you won’t do well at it. However if you do enjoy it, you will continue to grow in the company and make more and more.  

My quilting and sewing has been a love of mine for a decade now and my husband has always been supportive of my hobby.  In the pst I have tried to make it into a business and failed. This year I am putting my heart and soul into my work and making sure to pay myself with each job. Low and behold even though my prices are higher I am getting more jobs then I ever have before. 

Because we are on a debt free plan here I have been looking for a part time job that I will enjoy however not take all my time away from home. It’s a lot harder then it sounds. I wasn’t going to just do any job. It had to be a job at a cononay I believed in, it had to pay well enough to cover my expenses to get to work plus some for the debt.  I had about given up, then came the phone call. Working for an online health food store, shipping out orders for them, working only when my kids are at school. Yay. A little extra money, still home with the kids and I believe in what the store is selling. 

Now onto my goals and dreams. 

Maintain a profitable business from home for one year. 

Continue to add value to each of my children’s lives   

Provide a healthy, happy home for my family. 

My dream is a big one. It’s way out there and I have lots of work todo to get there. 

Earn $100,000 in one year from the homestead and my quilting and sewing. 

So there you have it.  My field/vocation in a nutshell. As always if you want to talk more about this topic shoot me a message. Make sure to click the follow button to keep up with me. You can also find more about the homestead and quilting/sewing at the following places. 

Our website 

www.liranch.weebly.com
Or on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/LiRanchandHeirloomGifts/
I will leave you with a few photos that sum up my field. 

Finance

Welcome to week three.

Each week I struggle with deciding which topic to discuss.  Something always comes you to make the choice very clear. Yesterday I was having a visit with a close friend and we were discussing my kids and money.  She looked me straight in the eye and said “You should write a blog about that”.  So is born today’s blog.

Money the root of all evil.  The number one cause of fights in relationships.  The one thing we all want more of.

Last year in August my husband and I became tired of living paycheck to paycheck.  We are a single income family and he makes good money, however we were living above our means.

We all learn about money from our parents.  They may not sit down and have a discussion about how they handle their money, we do watch them and learn from example.  This is the exact same thing our kids do.

My husband and I were living a life of if we could afford the payment then we could afford whatever we were looking for.  It was becoming over whelming keeping track of all the payments.  It got to the point we were taking from one credit to pay another card and the cycle looked like it was never going to end.  We were sitting on the deck enjoying a cold drink when he mentioned a book that his wife and he had read and they had been following for sometime and they could now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  That week I went out and bought the book.  The Total Money Makeover, by Dave Ramsey.  Both Farmfitpa and I read the book and in August we started the program.

We have a date when the only payment that we have will be our mortgage.  October 21, 2021.  It seems so far away yet so close at the very same time.

How are we doing it? Well I recommend you buy the book or listen to Dave Ramsey’s podcast.  Our short version is that we have a budget that we are sticking to, we are paying extra onto our debt every check, we are clearing out the house, garage, barn and selling anything that no longer in use or has value to us.  Farmfitpa is picking ot when possible and doing the odd side job.  I have found some part-time work that I will be starting next week.  We are only buying things that we need not the things we want. Both of us are shoppers and this is really tough.  We talk once or more a week about where our money is going.  This is the biggest part that is helping us the most.  We both can see that the other is working hard at learning new habits and talking about it makes it so much easier.

We are also taking this time to teach money smarts to our kids.  Some of the things that we have instill in them are as follows:

  • 1/2 of your pay goes into savings
  • give money to charity/church each check
  • know what you want to purchase and save for it
  • you don’t do your work you don’t get paid

You may be thinking how can an 8 and 10-year-old understand having a job well.  We raise chickens and each of the kids is responsible for an aspect of keeping chickens.  At the end of the month we take all the money from selling eggs and split it.  That is where they get most of their money.  My 10 year old also started her own saddle cleaning business and has done well with that.

We are hoping that teaching them young they wont run into the same mountain of debt that we have.

As with other weeks here are the short and long-term goals that Farmfitpa and I have in the finance category:

Short term

  • pay off next debt by October 2017
  • post at least one item a week for sale
  • a minimum of $100 a month extra onto debt

Long term

  • Be debt free
  • have a net worth of a million dollars

One of the quotes that I am living by right now to help me get through these tight times is ; Live like no one else today, so that I can live and give like no one else.  Dave Ramsey.

Have more questions for me about Finance please feel to contact me and ask away

 

Leeanne