Think of something that's EXTREMELY important to you. It can be anything! Your spouse, your college degree, your house, your dog, or even your coffee order at your favorite little coffee shop on the corner. Got one in your head? Now, think about how THAT THING has impacted YOU. What has it done for you? The good, the bad, and everything in between. In this example, the "thing" I'm talking about for myself is my business, The Farm Story. Up until recently, I had never been asked, or reflected on, the question of "how has starting this business impacted you?"
I had never thought of this, you guys!! I had never taken a few minutes to think about the fact that yes, I'm pouring my heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, emotions (lots of emotions) into this little baby business...but I had never thought about what it was pouring into ME. The more I reflected on the last year, the more that I realized this whole journey has completely changed EVERYTHING. Everything about how I view the world, the agricultural industry, and most importantly - how I view myself.
Don't get it twisted, it's not all sunshine and rainbows all the time. I absolutely love the work I get to do every day...but I've gotten in more fights with myself (yes, you read that correctly) and God in the past year than I ever have before. When I first started all this, I knew I didn't have the skills I needed (yet) to run a business. I wasn't even sure that it was a good idea in the first place or that people would believe in what I was sharing. I quickly learned that people not only believed and supported what I was doing, but they wanted to do the same thing.
Somewhere along the way, I've realized that fighting with my own brain and with The Big Man himself means I'm on the right track. I still don't really know where this thing will go, or what it ALL really means, but I don't think I'm supposed to know that yet. I don't think any of us are supposed to know. I challenge you today to think of the IMPACT something important to you has had on your life. If you're anything like me, you might be shocked at what you discover.
If you're reading this, thank you for your support of my mission. I wouldn't be here without my friends and family who have convinced me to keep going and keep trying even when I thought to myself "Caroline, this is the dumbest idea you've ever had." Here's to hustling my way out of 2019 and into 2020!
Until next time, my friends!!