“A year from now you will wish you had started today.” -Karen Lamb
Happy New Year, y’all! Gosh, it feels like it’s been forever since we last connected. I hope you and yours had a very Merry Christmas and that your 2018 is off to a wonderful start. I know mine is!
I wanted to start out the year expressing to you how very grateful I am for the incredible love and support you’ve shown me over the year. 2017 was an incredible year for me, I learned so much about myself! I learned that I can prepare for a CAT 4 hurricane in less than 2 hours, I will have to clean the floors at least once a day in the farmhouse in order to stay sane for the rest of my life, I have an undeniable love for Pygmy goats (that just keeps getting stronger), you can order chickens through the mail and the looks on people’s faces when you pick them up at the post office are priceless. I also learned that baking from scratch is my jam, makeup is a thing of the past for this Cali Girl, I can put up shiplap (with a little help from a friend), and I can grow sweet potatoes like nobody’s business. The biggest thing I learned last year though is that having a farm, although incredibly hard work, is one of the most rewarding experiences and the best life decision we ever made for our family.
With all the knowledge and experience I gained over the last year living on the farm, I’m more excited than ever to see what 2018 has in store for me. I am finally feeling confident in my own skin with this new lifestyle and here on our farm. This year I plan to continue to build off the experience I’ve gained. I plan to build a porch swing bed for our front porch with Mr. A, plant a complete garden (on time this time), paint the barn, cook and bake lots and of course, add a few more animals to the farm too. Which animals you ask!? I don’t know yet, they tend to find us, so I am excited to see what’s in store (I’m sure no one will be surprised if a 5th or 6th goat is added to our tribe).
Already this year, we survived our first time (ever!) being snowed-in. It was a blast! I cannot express how incredible it is took out your front door and off your back porch to see a beautiful sea of white snow covering everything. It was a very rare sight for this Cali Girl, but I loved it! It’s unbelievable how quiet it is when the snow falls too! l Here are a few out-takes from the farm.Finally, I want to thank so many of you who sent me such kind and encouraging emails once I announced I was leaving Instagram last month. One of my new year resolutions was to go into 2018 social media free. Along with all the things I learned last year that I listed above, I also learned something else… There are lots of people that can handle the rigorous lifestyle of social media, but I am not one of them. Last year, I was blessed with incredible success on Instagram and the blog. I am so very grateful for all the love I received. Never in a million years did I expect for my Instagram account to grow to over 57,000 followers in just one year. It was an incredibly humbling experience! However, we moved to NC to follow a dream, make a lifestyle change, slow down, and experience life on a farm with the kids before they’re off to college in a few years. After about 4-6 months of being on Instagram, that lifestyle change had been severely disrupted by trying to make a successful run at increasing my blog exposure through Instagram. Mr. A and the kids were incredibly understanding, encouraging, and patient last year while I tried to figure out how I wanted to share our amazing adventures and new lifestyle. In the end, although my quick success on Instagram was flattering, I soon discovered that the amount of time the app required on a daily basis was not something I was interested in continuing long term; nor was changing my decor out for every season just to follow trends. Instagram was supposed to be a conduit to the blog. I started the blog to share about our life on the farm, including home decor, but limited to only that. While being on Instagram, I was finding less and less time to actually enjoy our truly incredible farm life and share it on the blog. Ironic, isn’t it?! Therefore, I chose to give up Instagram so that I could fully concentrate on the life I love so much, those I share it with, and when time allows, I look forward to sharing it on the blog.
I hope like you, others are encouraged, inspired, and entertained by our story and want to follow along with our day to day antics. The blog will be a little different this year. Although I will still share decor, I will also be sharing more recipes and day to day life on the farm. I hope you will continue to join me. Here’s to a great new year! XO