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"People change(d) slowly, over time. You didn't take one step, then find yourself in a completely new location. You first took a little step off the path to avoid some rocks. For a while, you walked alongside the path, but then you wandered out a little way to step on softer soil. Then you stopped paying attention as you drifted farther and farther away."
― Brandon Sanderson, The Emperor's Soul
When I stepped off the path, the corporate one, and found walking barefoot in soft soil was just what my soul needed, I knew where I wanted to go. Not necessarily how I was going to get there.
Fifteen years have passed since I made a conscious decision to embrace a back-to-basics approach reminiscent of past generations. Seems the ability to explain where things on the farm come from and how they are grown is lost to some. Moving to a farm and growing edibles and raising chickens was just the medication I was looking for. A simpler life, a more rewarding lifestyle.
Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gone full pioneer and my Instant Pot(s) and KitchenAid mixer get their fair share of work. But, sometimes, I make my own butter, although not with grandma’s churn. I don’t grind my own flour but I do buy from my local mill. My choices involve fresh ingredients but they taste better, take a little more time to prepare but teach my kids more, and make me feel better on a bunch of levels. And I am always thinking about my place in this landscape. My footprint. My impact.
(from front: Caiden 6, Blake 8, Ashton 10, Morgan 12, Heidi and Kevin)
I know for some, the next chapter of the pandemic will have you searching for what you need. I have dedicated 2021 to providing a glimpse of what has soothed me, my soul and my family. Flowers. Vegetables. Recipes. My kids. So simple that you can take part and feel connected.
To make your day a great one, Day 22 of our Twenty Four Days of Giveaways is a $75 Gift Voucher for anything at Stems Flower Farm. You can use it in the seed shop or at the farm stand for any product you wish. You can even come with a friend and spend time in the Cut Your Own Garden, where serenity awaits.
For a chance to win leave a comment below. In your message share what makes you feel connected, or what back-to-basics means to you, anything really, as long as it's meant to pick people up. EASY. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Canadian shipping address. Contest is open December 22nd for 24 hours. Closes December 22nd at midnight PT.
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