This was a tough podcast episode for me to publish. I have been dealing with burn out lately and that has lead to depression. I am definitely not the only person to have run a small business and have experienced this. There are high highs and low lows when it comes to small business management and farming is perhaps worse than most.
I wanted to share this story, as vunerable as it makes me feel because:
- This is the stuff you will not find in any text books
- I'm not the only one going through this right now
- If you get into agriculture there is a very good chance you will go through this
- You have my support
Please Do Not Worry
Yes, I have felt lower than I ever have in my life. And no, it's not over yet. I am actively working on changing my mindset and getting myself emotionally back on track. I have already instituted changes that have had a positive effect onmy well being.
The day this publishes is a day off for me. Something that I really haven't let myself have this year. I am sleeping in, the farm is covered, and I am going to take it easy.
As low as I felt it never reached complete rock bottom. I am coming back up for air a little quicker than I imagined. I am definitely able to put on a happy face when I need to and part of the vulnerability I feel is the people close to me finding out. But trust me, I'm going to be fine. I just need a readjustment of my goals, my perspective, and my work load.
This All Ends Positively
Most people would not have known about this if I had not said anything. I am only sharing because I have fully embraced transparency with Farm Marketing Solutions. This is my case study of my journey through agriculture. It would not be complete without the lows as well as the highs.
The beautiful part of all of this is that I have an amazing support system. Thanks especially to Kate.
The next podcast episode will be back on track and all positive, I can already feel it. Scott and I have some great stuff in store for the coming months and we are planning to implement them in a way that does not add to my work load. In fact, the new stuff we're going to roll out actually decreases my workload if you'll believe that.
Both on farm and on Farm Marketing Solutions I am regrouping, getting focused, and spending time working on me.
Quote of the episode:
"Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become." - Jim Rohn
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