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!

 

Who Will Your Inspire?

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!

Who will you inspire?


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!

Who will you inspire?

 

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

Who will you inspire?

 

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.
Who will you inspire?

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?!

Who will you inspire?

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?

 

 

 

Tuesday Inspiration

Running a little late this week so maybe some Tuesday Inspiration?

ONE//Canada’s Agriculture Day Feb 16th

“Every link in the food production chain – from the farm to the grocery store and restaurant – plays a vital role in bringing food to your table every day,” said Mackay, whose group organized the summit. “Canada’s Agriculture Day is an opportunity to get involved, celebrate and be a part of the conversation about food and farming.” Agriculture More Than Ever

TWO//Bringing the Farm into the Classroom

Christa Wright and Maureen Foley of Agriculture in the Classroom NL run the program Little Green Thumbs, that connects kids with farmers.

A program out in Newfoundland and Labrador is helping bring farming into the classroom by providing various kits, such as indoor gardens and vermicomposting! I’m absolutely in love with this program as a way of expanding my own services as I tour local schools with my day-old chicks. What a great idea and an awesome way to leave something behind for the students to continue learning with! For another very neat way one school has incorporated farming into its structure, check out the video here!

THREE//Turning the Farm into a Classroom

Turns out bringing the farm into the classroom isn’t the only option trending at the moment. Another option includes turning the farm itself into a classroom. Alberta’s government have created a program enabling Gr 10-12 students to earn up to 16 credits working, and learning, on farms as part of their Green Certificate Program.

FOUR//Last Chance for Growing Forward 2

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If you’re a producer with an upcoming farm project this is for you! This intensive program offers workshops and guides to help farmers improve the many different aspects of their business and operation. Deadlines are Feb 3-23rd. April 4-18th, and May 12-June 1st!

FIVE//PoultryPonics

The FCC came out with a great little article with the term ‘Poultryponics’ as they delved into a new project created by Agri-Arctic & Polar Egg Inc. This project aims to created a circular system in which chicken waste is used to as nutrition for their vertical hydroponics system. Love this coined term and it reminded me of a Youtube video I came across a couple years ago, as shown above. Love the ingenuity!  One step further, bringing aquaponics into the classroom, here!

Who will you inspire?

Monday Inspiration

ONE//Office Planning

My biggest obsession this week is planning a new upstairs office space. The challenges: 1)Slopped ceilings 3) Must serve as an office, library AND a spare bedroom 3)No closet. Loving the idea of diy cubbies for the lower walls to increase storage, white and pastels to keep it airy and open but add in colour, and a sectional sofa bed that can act as both a seating area as well as guest sleeping when needed! For more office inspired pictures check out my ‘House’ board on Pinterest!

TWO//DIY Inspiration

This was a fun little side street I let myself get carried away on while exploring Pinterest for office inspiration. Challenge #4 of the upstairs office room, there is no light fixture! This means that any light in the room is currently limited to plug-in lamps, and the window isn’t all that big either with no space to enlarge it due to the roof.  Brainstorming, I came up with what I think is an awesome idea for a boho/gypsy styled dream catcher chandelier. With antlers, and touches of pearl, crystal, and flowers, this chandelier would also have battery-powered led string or ‘fairy’ lights intertwined in it. It might be a few more months until I actually get started on it, but I’m absolutely obsessed with this idea!

THREE// Ottawa Hosting the Global 4-H Summit

If you’re in Ottawa and looking for something to do this summer, why not attend or even volunteer at the Global 4-H Summit?! Finally something a little closer to home, I can’t wait. This comes at exactly the same time as I start looking at registering my daughter with a few of the local clubs, and as the FCC increases its support for young farmers by doubling the amount of credit available from $500,000 to $1 million, and lowering the possible minimum down payment to 20 per cent of the value of the loan which supports the purchase or improvement of farmland and buildings.

FOUR//Canadian Young Farmer Forum

Another conference close to home and being hosted in Ottawa, the Canadian Young Farmers Forum!

FIVE//An Article on Blairs.Ag Cattle Company

You have to care for other people more than yourself,” Kevin Blair says. “You have to live that, and have high expectations for people and not hold them back.”

An awesome, well articulated article interviewing owner of Blairs.Ag Cattle Company, Kevin Blair. Overall a great read but some of my absolute favourite snippets:

  1. “Learning from your own mistakes is one thing, but learning from tough times and traumatic events beyond your control … is just as important.”
  2. “You only have to make seven out of 10 decisions right. The challenge is how you deal with that on a day-to-day basis…It’s okay to be wrong, but you want to make sure that you control your misses.”
  3. “Aspire to make a difference, Be a better me and Create an environment for others to succeed.”

How will you inspire others today?