Monday Inspiration

ONE//Happy Mother’s Day!

 

I’m not usually one to make a big fuss over holidays as I tend to believe in random acts of kindness & ensuring your loved ones feel appreciated year round. However, while browsing at Children’s Place I just couldn’t help myself when I came across these t-shirts! $10 a piece, with a custom one from Danielle on Etsy for the Mama for $30  (apparently I still fit in children’s size XXL, who knew!) Because of the impeding rain we decided to snap the pictures ourselves although I may have to reschedule the photographer because I honestly love them so much!

Two//Silo Art 

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An awesome art initiative has recently sprung up in the local area and has me head over heels for the idea! PopSilos.ca has partnered with local artists to create a agri-tourism art route, where bikers and Sunday drivers can tour the country side to see these amazing pieces of artwork drawn onto the sides of silos. I think this is such an inspired idea, and can’t wait to see the finished product!

THREE//Adhesive Push-Up Bra

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By now you’ve probably seen the ads for these everywhere, especially Facebook and Instagram. With a friend’s wedding coming up, and having bought a strapless evening dress I finally gave in and bought one just to see. The verdict? Worth the money, but not worth the hype. It works well enough but I find you need something with a tight structured top to keep it in place ie. no loose t-shirts or tank tops or else it might just become ‘unstuck’ in the middle of a meeting… But, should you wear it under the bodice of a tailored  evening dress or slip it under your regular bra for extra lift, it works and stays beautifully. and it is rewearable! I’ve worn my several times now and it’s still functional, although not at sticky as the first 1-2 times.

FOUR//Face Off
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Nerd alert! My slightly obsessive fantasy side comes out every time I watch this show, and although I’ve probably mentioned it in the past I’ve recently realized that the seasons are available to buy over iTunes. Can you say binge watching?! I absolutely adore this show and could only ever dream of having these types of skills. I can hardly even paint, let alone sculpt, mold, and apply prosthetics! Although, I might have to try my hand at a mermaid tail or two this summer ;P

FIVE// Chickens!!

Looks like we’re doing chickens again this year & I’m so excited! Due to the limited space we have in the barn & the fact that we will be quadrupling our order this year we’ve come up with a rotation plan to maximize our efficiency. It looks like we’ll be raising chickens either from May 31st-September 6th or June 14th-Oct 11th with two batches of orders throughout the summer. I was hoping to max out at the 300 limit, however it looks like 200 will be our order. This still leaves a bit of growth for next year and gives us an extra year to plan for expansion before we apply for the artisanal chicken program!

 

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Tuesday Inspiration

ONE//Echo Look

I’ve tried a few style & closet organization apps, but nothing that really held my attention. It was more of a hassle trying to remember to take pics, and almost impossible to consistently get a good angle. But I kind of love the idea of the Echo Look, a stationary, voice activated camera that takes the pictures for you. This is definitely being added to the wish list, if only when I’m able to finally renovate the closet to justify the $200.

TWO// Kelly Prescott 

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Based on a casual recommendation I came across some songs from Canadian Country singer Kelly Prescott & I can’t say how much I absolutely adore her work. I’m a huge fan of everything Canadian and Country, especially local artists like Jordan Macintosh, and Brea Lawrenson but I honestly think Kelly takes the cake. Check out her Facebook page & give er a go!

THREE//Wedding Dresses

Last weekend my little sister was about to take one of the biggest risks of her life… ordering her wedding dress online without ever having tried on a single wedding dress. Ultimately I argued that it would be selfish to deny her favourite older sister the opportunity to stuff her in the biggest, puffiest, blingy-est dresses imaginable. Although it’s not ‘the one’ I absolutely adored this Vera Wang dress! It was so much fun encouraging her to find her style & try on as many dresses as possible, and amazing to see how much she’s grown and matured into becoming this amazingly beautiful bride-to-be!

FOUR//Cutest Mudding Jeep ever!

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With Calabogie’s Spring Fever Offroading event coming up over the May/24 weekend in a next weekend I’m absolutely obsessing over this Facebook video! How cute is this?! Some how I think she pulls it off way better than anyone else ever could! <3

FIVE//Kate Spade Bags

Basset Lane ($528), Full Plume Wicker Peacock ($458), Full Plume Mint Leaf ($298),  Straw Peacock Clutch ($328)

So I miight have saved the best for last! I’m absolutely head over heels for this seasons new bags from Kate Spade. They’re the perfect mix of western, whimsy & class! (As always!) Almost everything I own eventually ends up spending overnights in the car or in the barn at some point so I have a hard time justifying the price; but Kate has a solution for that too!

Make it Mine Candace Purse ($398), Bow Wrap ($148), Reversible Leather Wrap ($98)

Welcome the ‘Candace’; your standard daily use purse that incorporates interchangeable wraps to refresh your look without having to purchase a new bag! Something to keep in mind for a little later this summer?

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Monday Inspiration

ONE// Outlander

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Haven’t been feeling well this past week so i found myself quite often on the couch with the ipad binge watching Outlander. Synopsis, WW2 nurse is thrown back in time and falls in love with a Scottish highlander. It is sooo addictive, I couldn’t put it down, and I think I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite series/movies ever… dare I say, better even than Game of Thrones. You grow so attached to the characters and the uniqueness of the setting, it simply gives me chills every time I hear any of the cast speak Gaelic. Season 3 is set to air this coming September, and I can’t wait!

TWO// Hunt & Polo

Apparently I’m having a UK obsession as a whole, what with my recent addiction to the Scottish series ‘Outlander’ and my secondary obsessions as I look into the traditional British sports of Polo & ‘Hunting’. As the snow melts I find myself back in the saddle more and more often now that I have access to a horse. While it looks like he won’t be a fit for polo as he’s quite stocky & lacks the flexibility in a polo pony, I think I still make look into attending a few games at the very least, one of which being the Polo in the Park fundraiser. Which of course leaves the Ottawa Valley Hunt due to start up soon & see what it’s all about.

THREE//Working Out

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Last winter I managed to make a point of going to hot yoga on a regular basis… this year, mmm not so much. I’ve been sick so often this year, I try not to use it as an excuse and as a matter of fact I think it might actually be due to the fact that I’ve been getting less exercise. While I’ve been looking into polo & ‘hunting’ to spend more time actively in the saddle I’ve also been trying to find more ways to be active at home that don’t include a 40 minute drive & city traffic. As of yet I’ve tried P90X (1-1/2 workouts that require too much time), Country Heat by Beach Body (Semi-ridiculous dance moves that would offend any true country dancer), PIYO dvd’s, and the app, Sweat with Kayla. Now, I haven’t tried those last two and I’ve got my fingers seriously crossed that I can jive with their routines a little bit better, but have noted that while I need an overall routine, have the same routines time after time do challenge my focus and enjoyment. What do you do to keep fit?

FOUR//Bachelorette

This past weekend also happened to offer the perfect opportunity for a getaway, a girlfriend’s Bachelorette! Pinterest quickly provided the inspiration needed for a cake, & a few hours later we were in the car on our way to a cabin in the Gatineau hills. It was an awesome night with great drinks, some amazing girls, and a highly competitive game of ‘Catch Phrase’! ;P

FIVE//Decisions That Are Hurting Your Career

I’ve had a lot of changes over the past couple months & to be honest, I’m not entirely thrilled with how some of those decisions have played out. So when I came across this in my Instagram feed, it resonated with me. Over the next couple weeks I’m hoping to be able to really sit down and identify some of these issues and seeing what small steps I can take to start tweaking things in a positive way. Because I plan on nailing down a solid routine with efficient habits & taking full advantage of this summer!

 

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Monday Inspiration

What a crazy couple of weeks, it’s been sooo busy! I try not to get too hung up if I miss posting for a week but it’s about time we got things back on track!

First off, I’d like to welcome all of the new followers to this site. Social media are my dominant platforms but this past week there has been so many new subscribers. So welcome and thank you for choosing to share this blog with me! Mondays are usually my ‘zen’ days as per my New Years Resolutions, days where I focus on what I love, what’s exciting , and what’s catching my interest this week!

 

ONE//Pop of colour in the Kitchenaid

House renos are coming apace and with the kitchen nearing completion I’m absolutely obsessing over this Pistachio Green Kitchenaid mixer. It matches the room’s accent wall perfectly, and after using my mothers mixer a few times for cakes lately I totally see how useful they are when trying to wrangle fondant, cake batter & whipped cream!

TWO//Make Your Cake & Eat it Too

Speaking of cakes, these past few weeks I’ve been swimming in batter! Between a cake for the Ag society, a friend’s Stag & Doe, and the Carleton Jr. Farmer’s Alumni Dance I think I may have found a new hobby! I’m hoping to do a more detailed post on the decoration process the next opportunity I have to make one of these, but I have to say Amazon was an absolute necessity. Even a few studious trips into town didn’t come up with the things needed to make these cakes. The Buck & Doe were the perfect touch to the ‘log’ layer of the stag & doe cake, made possible only with the use of a silicone Bark Mold and a few amazing YouTube tutorials!

THREE//Boots!

So I know it’s a little early but I’m absolutely crushing on these red cowboy boots for Canada Day! Canada’s big 150 is coming up and I really want to celebrate in style ;P ! Best part, Shepler’s has them on sale right now for $53! The last pair I got like this a while back were pretty good for what you paid for them and lasted a year with the heel wearing down faster than the leather!

FOUR//Mother’s Day Photoshoot

What started off as innocent window shopping turned into a full fledged obsession this past week. Touring around Children’s Place & I found these shirts, ‘I got it…‘ & ‘Style Icon‘, and turns out I somehow magically fit into the largest child’s size (Yusss!!). Instant Mother’s Day inspiration and quickly grabbed two ‘I got it’s’ for my daughter & I, and custom ordered a copy of ‘Style Icon’ for my mother from etsy for a 3-generation photoshoot! How stinkin cute is that?! Make sure to check out my Pinterest Board for more Mother’s Day photoshoot poses and ideas!

FIVE//Remember your goals!

 

April has officially come which means: 1.Quarterly Year Review & 2. I not have exactly 2 months to get a bikini body by summer. So, I’m reviewing my New Years Resolutions & crunching down on one in particular, Fitness!! I’ve started with some P90X workout videos I already had, but to be honest they kind of kill any motivation I had to work out in the first place. They are an hour to an hour and a half long!! Who has that kind of time?! Maybe great for a weekend workout but my attention span doesn’t last that long apparently and half way through I’m pulling out a beer. So, based on a recommendation from a friend I purchased the BeachBody Country Heat kit for $50 which incorporated line dancing into a kick ass workout. Yes Please!! Throw in a $25 PIYO workout dvd set (Pilates & Yoga), & I finally feel confident I’m ready for summer!

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Monday Inspiration

ONE// FMC Young Farmers Successor Development Program

I am such a huge support of Farm Management Canada! They were the ones who encouraged me to apply to a similar program 2 years ago while passing their booth at the Ottawa Valley Farm Show, and it changed my life. Their amazing team inspired me to start sharing my love of farming and helped bring me actively back to the farm. This is an amazing opportunity for young farmers, and I couldn’t recommend it enough! Apply now, DEADLINE March 31st!  

TWO//Agriculture Literacy Month

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What an amazing year for Canadian Agriculture!! Not only did we have our very first Canadian Agriculture Day, but Agriculture in the Classroom has extended Canadian Ag Literacy Week and is encouraging us to celebrate it for a full month! I think this is a fantastic idea, and to help promote Canadian farmers & their stories they are hosting a twitter contest! Winners will receive $250 to go towards a charity or school of their choice, DEADLINE March 31st! Get involved!

THREE//Alltech, My Farm, My Future

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This one blows my mind! Alltech is sponsoring one amazing young farmer & a guest to attend the Alltech Ideas Conference, based on farm video submissions where entrants will say how they are ensuring the future of their farm. $1,500 will be given towards travel and accommodation expenses, and entrants videos will be selected by public voting on their Facebook page.  Apply now, DEADLINE April 3rd!

FOUR//Breakfast on the Farm

Another great way to get involved in agvocacy efforts is to attend or host a ‘Breakfast on the Farm’! This year it will be hosted on the Donker’s Family Farm in Shedden, 30 minutes outside of London, Ontario. It’s perfect for farmers & townies alike, so get your tickets, invite your friends, spread the word, volunteer, or maybe even host your own!

FIVE//4-H Global Summit

July 11-14th Ottawa will be hosting the Global 4-H Network Summit! I think events like this are such an important piece of the puzzle in encouraging and supporting young farmers, offering an amazing experience and learning opportunity! If you’re located in the Ottawa area, help support this initiative & volunteer! I’ll see you there!

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Monday Inspiration

ONE// Ottawa Valley Farm Show

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This show will probably be my life next week, between the show itself, helping out at the Junior Farmers booth & the After-Party it is going to be such a great time! They did such an amazing job with their re-branding, and I love to see how many young people have been attending! Don’t forget to stop by the Junior Farmer booth on Tuesday morning, March 14th to hang out! We’ll also be holding a draw to win tickets to the Ottawa Valley Farm Show After-Party where all profits will be benefiting the Carleton Junior Farmers!

TWO//Ottawa Valley Farm Show After-Party

I am so excited! This Thursday I will be hosting my first ever fundraiser, & all profits will be going in support of the Carleton Junior Farmers. (Yes, I’m also stressing out like crazy, but how cool is this?!) There will be everything from free food & signature drinks, to free line dancing lessons and a stack cup competition to win a John Deere model tractor! But that’s not even the best part, country singer Brea Lawrenson will not only be performing but also doing a meet & greet as we welcome our first guests to the event! Whaaaat!! So quick quick quick, head over Fundly.com and get your tickets! Don’t forget to spread the word & #OVFSAfterParty!

THREE// Mermaid Obsessed

If you know me you know at least 3 things; 1. I have a horrible memory 2. I love farming & 3. I go through sporadic periods of mermaid obsession! Last night was one such time & I couldn’t help it, I went a little overboard. I ordered the swimsuit and all the accessories from SammyDress & it came to a complete total of $34 (Swimsuit $15), including shipping ! I can’t wait for it to get here, but while the night progressed I found myself making a couple other purchases!

  1. Baby Mermaid Swimsuit $5, 2. Kids 10-14 Mermaid Swimsuit $12

Naturally the little one needed a mer-suit of her own, & while I was at it I threw in another one for a girlfriend’s 2-year old. SO cute! Now, babies apparently are the easiest things possible to find themed swimsuits for, however I had a heck of a time finding anything from size 8-14. Ebay proved to be an amazing resource though & I bought both with shipping included for only $25!! I even convinced the girlfriend to buy her own to match with us, & not going to lie… custom beach towels, drink tumblers, and flounder/sea shell beach totes are totally on the list of things to buy next!

FOUR//Pool Inflatables

  1. Shell $38, 2. Shell $70/$104, 3. Starfish Beer Float $15, 4. Unicorn/Pegasus $50, 5. Cow $35

The mermaid swimsuit obsession was quickly followed with a hunt for accessories. From shells, to unicorns; from inflatable cows to the cutest little starfish floating beer holders! The only bummer is I’m pretty sure these toys are disallowed at public pools & water parks, but they’re just the thing for the backyard or at the beach!

FIVE//Canada’s Agriculture Day Numbers

There were so many events and initiatives surrounding Canada’s first ever national Agriculture Day, and it was great to see other young farmers getting involved! A quick follow-up according to Farm & Food Care on the impact made over social media. (this is seriously amazing!):

  • #CdnAgDay had 31,800,000 total impressions and #JourAgCan had 4,000,000 for a combined total of 35,800,000 impressions!  #CdnAgDay was the number one trend in Canada on Twitter for 6.5 hour
  • 1,800+ photos shared on Instagram using #CdnAgDay/#JourAgCan with over 12,000 impressions
  • 160,000+ people reached in English and 23,000 in French with 5600+ engagements on Facebook

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Monday Inspiration

ONE//Covet Fashion Update

Adoring the new update for Covet Fashion that highlights natural body shapes. It was a controversial move judging by the comments on Facebook, but I love not only the statement it makes supporting all women body types and encouraging confidence and fashion for all, but also how it changes the game play. It provides a challenge unique to realistic styling, not just barbie dolls. I do miss the old dolls and hope that eventually they’ll make more of a recurrence for regular challenges but that being my only qualm I’m thrilled with the new update!

TWO//The Making of Sound Effects

Foley is the art of creating sound effects which help tell the stories in motion pictures and television. Check out this behind the scenes footage at the Warner Brothers lot, as foley artists partnered with Great Big Story, create the Sounds Of Weather. Don't miss some of your favorite stories from "That's Amazing," Sunday at 9:00pET.

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Having put quality photography and video as one of my New Years Resolutions and areas of focus for this year I found this video really cool! I didn’t realize how much work actually went into the sound quality of a film and what a difference this actually makes for the viewers enjoyment. Definitely something to keep in mind!

THREE//New Chick Hatchery in Ontario

My family has been ordering our chicks from the same producer, Frey’s Hatchery, for the past 15 years. Now, whether that’s going to change or not I can’t say but I am super excited to hear that there is going to be a new hatchery in Ontario!

FOUR//Food Freedom Day

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Kind of dropped the ball on this one, but February 8th was Food Freedom Day. I find this initiative really interesting, and did some calculating myself. They say the avg. Canadian spends 10.7% of their income on food. But coming from a single parent family, who also has a non-supporting partner over quite often (say 1/2 the time) I actually ended up spending about 20% of my take home income on food. This means I would have to work until mid-march to earn what I spent on food, and we’re not even there yet! I find this program interesting because is it accurate to the average Canadian? or is it actually a bench mark of where we should be? Is this a sustainable rate of spending for Canadians? Does it represent access to fresh, healthy, local foods?

FIVE//Farm & Food Care Conference

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The Farm & Food Care Conference will be taking place in Burlington this year on Thursday, April 13th! Really excited about this because it provides that link between farmers and food, which in my opinion is a critical piece in educating and engaging our consumers. Not everyone farms, but everyone eats and that’s a common ground we have to emphasis and focus on.
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My 2017 New Years Resolutions- Finally!

Now this might seem a little silly due to the fact that it’s nearly mid-February, but I wanted to nail down my New Years Resolutions. I read so many great posts from friends, family and fellow bloggers but trying to juggle my new job with the local Agricultural Society while still working at the barn, I was too busy to really sit down and find that Zen mind frame I feel is really needed when trying to plan your future goals. You have to really know what you want and how to get there, and that’s not easy!

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1. Organization & Planning

As you might be able to guess, #1 on my list was organization & planning. There are so many things I want to do this year, before I could even think of what I wanted to do I had to make sure I had a way to make sure I could do it. By creating my own planner I was able to ensure I wasn’t double booking, I could plan ahead for events and projects, post everyday, and most importantly that I didn’t forget! (My singularly most annoying and worst personal trait, a BAD memory!) Although I made sure to put the planner together as soon as I could, remembering to use it has been another issue altogether. Appointments are fine but finances have been a challenge, particularly small daily purchases like coffee.

2. 36,000 Facebook Followers

I feel like this could be a bit of controversial goal as it’s so hard to really put value on numbers in social media. You might have lots of followers but little engagement, and if I’m not engaging my followers then I feel I’m not really doing my job as an agvocate in helping grow and create a community atmosphere. However, my first year working with Facebook as my primary platform I managed to reach 12, 000 followers. I was beyond stoked at all the positive feedback and support from the community (you guys are amazing! Totally my favourites!) & I want to stay ambitious. I’d love to double that first year progress as the more people who follow, the more who are likely to share and help inspire others to see the opportunity in agriculture!

3. Engage & Support

Building off of Resolution #2, I want to put more emphasis on engaging people! Whether this means local events *hint hint*, focusing on more sharable posts,  and supporting young, new, and female farmers! In particular I want this resolution to include a specific project I’ve had in mind for a while, a video supporting the various women who are connected to the agriculture industry. I want it to be fun, sassy, and really speak to the women who feel like they’re not ‘man enough’ to be a farmer. (Because we all know that’s poop!) Second project this entails in increasing my outreach to schools and doing presentations with my day old chicks. I’d love to grow this not only in the number of schools served but in the services offered, so not only will I be doing presentations, but I’ll be able to leave classes with eggs & incubators, garden kits, or aquaponics kits to prolong their engagement and learning!

4. Improve Photography Skills

Last year I bought a relatively decent camera, used it a couple times but fell back into the habit of predominantly using my phone due to portability and convenience. So while the tools are important I also think fine-tuning my mind set to recognize and frame great shots will go a long way as well. Last year I signed up for a yearly membership with Skill Share and hope to schedule in weekly ‘classes’.

5. Start Youtube

Part of me really wanted to make this resolution ‘Get a professional laptop & start youtube’. Mainly because while Snapchat & Instagram have been my go-to for quick, in-the-moment videos I would really like to be able to product quality videos that are longer than 10 seconds, and learn how to edit them myself. However, with today’s technology and the number of apps available I’m sure this can still be managed with a run-off-the-mill desktop. (yes, I am THAT old school!!)

6. Do more style posts.

The main focus of this blog has always been as a bridge between the two main interest in my life, farm & design/fashion. I’d love to incorporate more original content, style oriented posts to help inspire and connect with other country enthusiasts! because let’s face it, cowboy boots will never go out of style!

7. Read More.

Up until now all of my resolutions and goals for this year have been career/blog based. Which is great except it doesn’t leave a lot of room for the soul. You are what you eat… or in this case read, learn, and share.  The best way to learn, to find things worth sharing with others is to simply read. So this year I want to read more; more blogs, more news, more Ag-Magazines, more books!

8. Learn French.

I’ve had this app, Duolingo for forever! But I could never seem to keep up with the training schedule  I gave myself for more than a week at a time. I really want need to get back into the habit of practicing a little bit everyday and gradually getting better. It’s incredibly humbling when my daughter is in a completely French school & I can barely read the teacher hand-outs!

9. Exercise More, Ride More.

I’m putting these two together because, although some might disagree, I think or rather, like to think riding counts as exercise. Quite often I’ll end up jogging beside as the horse warms up for the first 2km, then riding the rest of the way. Two issues… I hate the cold so riding and exercising outdoors in the winter is unequivocally out. Second, I was sick for pretty much the month of January so I kept putting off creating a workout schedule (a task for this weekend maybe?). Those P90X DVD’s are accumulating dust and that bikini body won’t be ready for summer if I don’t start soon!

10. Find Zen

I guess all of these goals, dreams and resolutions ultimately come together into one ultimate idea for this year; to find Zen. Through all the chaos and stress of life it’s so easy to loose touch with one’s ‘self’. I know, I know, “Anna, you’re getting all hippy dippy again” but it’s so true! A lot has happened and I want to have such confidence in who I am as a person and my decisions  that I can maintain calm in my day to day. Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually! Farming will always be full of surprises, some welcome and some not so much, but finding that quiet strength inside yourself is invaluable in getting through life’s challenges.

 

So there they are, my goals, dreams & aspirations for 2017! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me, and to see what I can do! Life is what you make if it, what will you create?

 

 

Monday Inspiration

ONE//’The Farmer’ Superbowl Commercial

From the 2013 hit ‘So God Made a Farmer’ to this year’s 2017 ‘The Farmer’, I love when agriculture not only finds its way into big advertisements, but knocks all other competition out of the park! This commercial literally gives me chills! <3

TWO//Traceability

A touchy subject within agriculture, this in the very least is an intriguing article looking into traceability and where it is headed. I, myself, am in favour of traceability efforts as a means of marketing and expanding customer education & knowledge. One ingenious ice cream shop has taken advantage of these traceability techniques to optimally market their products, here! Somewhat related, another interesting article on transport regulations being integrated in Canada to better compliment those of our trading partners. Comparing the two and seeing how they compliment/contrast is pretty neat & I’m interested to see how both end up evolving.

THREE//Bill Nye on Netflix

Geeking out!! My dad was a huge fan often referencing the all knowing ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ while helping on numerous school projects when I was a kid. I absolutely love how he’s always brought science into mainstream media and think the agvocacy industry might learn a thing or two! ;P

FOUR//Harry Potter Festival

From left to right: Keara Flood, Alice Wilson, Maya Wilson, Anik Watson and Megan Furlong at the festival in Goderich last October. They came to Goderich from Stratford dressed as their favourite Harry Potter characters to experience what it’d be like to live in the world of the famous books for a day. (Darryl Coote/Postmedia Network)

I grew up reading the Harry Potter books, and as a matter of fact just finished re-watching all the movies with the family. So not only do I love the theme of the festival but I love how unique the idea is and how much support and engagement they are receiving from their community!

FIVE//John Deere Battery Powered Tractor

Highlighted on Farms.com, John Deere has revealed a battery powered tractor capable of generating 402 hp! This says a lot not only about where vehicles and technology is going, but farming and agriculture as a whole. Advancements like this get me really excited, and I can’t wait to see how the model is innovated and improved upon to meet farming demands. What do you think, will this ever become mainstream?!

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DIY Yearly Planner

Between working on a dairy farm, raising my own chicks, helping out with my local Ag Society + all of the extra projects I always seem to have on the go (including helping out with house renos!) I finally came to the realization that I need to become more organized! I’ve always managed to make things work, but sometimes with more stress than would be needed should I have had a proper planner appropriate for the type of work that I do.

New Years Resolution #1: Create a Planner.

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Now, seeing as how it’s already the New Year (ok, maybe a little bit past!) I really didn’t have time, or want, to wait around for shipping. My local Chapters is normally a pretty good bet, but nothing really spoke to me. I’ve NEVER found a planner that ticks all of the boxes but with a little work I was able to piece one together myself. I found a relatively good planner template available to print for free from Designer Blogs Studio.

Pro Tip: Highlighters can be your best friend while organizing different types of appointments!

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It includes yearly and monthly finance trackers, Month by Month personal and blog calendars, a page for your yearly goals, and a great page for daily to do lists. I love this last one in particular because I love being able too have separate pages for appointments & to do’s, and the weekly and monthly calendars are great for a quick glance vs detailed time allotment. Although they do have a weekly planner included in the package I didn’t find it detailed enough for me so instead I created my own custom format from WorkSheetWorks.com.

Side Projects?

No problem! Side projects (such as upcoming fundraisers *hint) get their own calendars, post planners, and to do lists tucked into the inside binder pockets. This helps keep everything categorized while still ensuring its organized, together, and that all schedules are cohesive.

How do you stay organized?