Work I Enjoy


It has been a long time since I have posted here.  It isn’t because I have done nothing, but because my life has been so very full.

In the last year I have learned to carve spoons, spin wool, and tan hides. I have built barns and started cleaning up my old garden space so I can plant this spring.  I have worked endlessly around the farm.  My house is almost done being remodeled.  But most importantly, I have been loving my life.

I don’t think there is anything more important than loving life. No matter where we are, I think that should be our goal.  When I go to my employment, I work with people I adore.  I run the farm with my partner/daughter who works as well as I do and the jobs become fun.  I square dance with people that are loving and fun to be around.  And life is very satisfying.

Why should it be any other way?

Why work a job we hate, with people we can’t stand?  For the money?  There has to be other ways.  For retirement?  I have heard of many people who die shortly after that…..and never live in the meantime. For status?  I don’t want to stress about impressing people who don’t care a bit for me.   I quit jobs I couldn’t stand to become self-employed.  It was a scary jump, but I only have one life and I will not give that up for something I hate.

Why do we tolerate the unrest and unloving atmosphere in our home?  Why do we sit and stare at a screen for hours to loose ourselves in the life of someone else?  I tried to make relationships work , but it really does take two so I cleaned house and became single while starting to take care of loving myself.  I have a ways to go, but it had to start someplace.

Fear has a way of stopping us.  Keeping us locked in the known world. Sometimes the pain is tolerated only because we are afraid of change.  I decided a few years ago to stop living like that.  And I do not regret it.

What if I fail?  Well…….I will step up and try again.  Fail again?  Oh well……..  It is all a learning curve.  I would want it no other way.

I have one life.  Only one.  I will no longer trade my precious life for things that I despise.  And that is the best decision that I think I have ever made because my life is full of satisfaction and peace.  And work that I enjoy.

About Janolyn

I am a mother of 5 wonderful children, 4 boys and 1 girl. During the years that my children were growing up, we grew most of our own food with a vegetable garden, many fruit trees and berry patches. I grew flowers for joy. We milked goats and raised our own meats and eggs. I learned to make my own cheeses, butter, canned foods, sourdough, and fermented foods. I made our own health products like soap, hand creams, lip balm, and herbal tinctures. We live off the power grid and have learned to do without conveniences that most Americans consider essential. The land clearing and building has been mostly accomplished with hand tools; some of them even the right tool for the job. After a couple of miscarriages between #2 and #3 due to “standard medical procedures”, I consulted a midwife and my last 3 children were born safely at home. That was when I was first alerted to the fact that doctors did not know everything nor would they have the time to share it with their patients if they did. As I learned the basic principles of heath-through-nutrition from my midwife, I learned alternative gardening practices from her husband. That introduction started a lifelong love of learning the practical life of our ancestors. I want to share what I have been learning with you and learn from those who are also living a sustainable life.

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