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50

How did this happen? Fifty years have already gone, and there is nothing I regret. It has been a learning process. Some lessons have been harder than others, but what a beautiful journey. For the most part, it has been a great life so far. I am looking forward to the next 53 years of my life.

In all honesty, I do need to whip my body back into shape. The last 17 years I have been enjoying too many cookies, cakes, brownies, but not having a workout plan and following through with it. I am going to get it together, and get healthy.

I’m pretty proud of where I am in life. I have been living out my dream, and showing my children that with hard work they can achieve their dreams too.

So, now I have to plan out new goals, and achieve those! I’m not too worried, I got this…IMG_7113

 

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How Blogging Changed My Life

I know, I know, it sounds a little dramatic, but it is true. I have to be honest. I am not the best writer. I do love doing it though, and it is the act of doing it that is so cathartic. I have been to blog conferences, and met so many people making lots of money. I am not doing this to become a millionaire. I am doing this because it is a joy for me. I love going to the conferences to meet people I have followed, and tweeted.

I started blogging in 07, when we first began our journey of discovering the Central Coast of California. What started as our family sitting around the table talking about our dreams of the future. My husband wanted at least fifty acres with nothing around him, my son wanted a hotel and a vineyard, my daughter wanted a farm, and I wanted a ag tour museum. When we would gather around the table we would share fantasies out loud about our personal dreams. The kids has some pretty funny stories. My daughter would tell scenarios of how she would protect her little pigs from my husband by enclosing the pig area by surrounding it with bulls. Then my husband wouldn’t be able to get her pigs to make proscuitto.

My son would talk about how his hotel would look, and the vineyards surrounding the hotel. The smells of the wine wafting through the air, and the guest having a grand time. The kids would then talk about how they would team up, she would deliver food to his hotel. They would even argue about contracts with one another about food costs, and how the food would be delivered.

One night I said to the family…”Why don’t we just sell all of our property here, and go for our dream?” ¬†We started looking in Napa, Sonoma, and Petaluma. Every realtor told us the same thing…”You are not going to be able to get zoning you would need to fulfill your dream.” We then started reseaching other areas, and found that San Luis Obispo loves Ag-Tours.

As soon as we started on this quest I thought about a blog. I started one, and then our escrow fell out. It was nine long months of being in escrow. My blog name was changed, and there went my 400+ followers. Lesson learned, find a name that you are going to love and stick with it! I was very frustrated about my failed blogging attempt, but I soon revitalized myself…it wasn’t that I wanted to be rich and famous as a blogger. I just wanted to share my experience. I just wanted to be able to find a little niche, and write.

Blogging is fun for me, and having a little platform is just FUN. I am living my dream! I have a great husband, wonderful children, Yorkie, Cane Corso’s, 95 chickens, 11 ducks, 2 geese, 6 goats, an orchard, beehives, worm bins, residential property, commercial property, and 500 acres. Soon I will have my winery, and my museum. I have always wanted to make the world a better place, and I am! Having my little empire sustainable, and helping others is another part of the dream that is working too. I am a modern farmer!