Some days farm life feels like it’s landed in the pooper. But farmers know how to use poop.

I really love road trips.

Every farm along the roads I travel gets their own story. In thirty seconds I can make up some story about how their house is perfectly decorated in French farmhouse style, their animals come up to be fed at the same time everyday and they always look fat and sassy.

The story I don’t tell myself about these farms is the real one. The heartbreaking, gut wrenching, blood curdling true stories often are not brought to mind. They are however, a common occurrence on every farm. Whether a farmer has one cow or one thousand, they would be counted pretty lucky if they have never had a bad situation occur on their watch. If you miss these seemingly unattractive parts of the stories, you miss what makes it different from any thing else in the world.

Picture this: The cows are out (someone left the gate open) and you and your spouse along with two young children are trying to herd them back onto your property. Finally, after hours of negotiations the cows finally all return to their rightful paddocks. By this time not only have you made a few misread but you may have made a few sentences under your breath or out loud about how worthless and clueless your spouse is. This was not met with a joyous reaction from your spouse (even though they were the one who left the gate open).

In the corporate world not only would you have fired your spouse but you would have told them to pack their things right there on the spot. But not on the farm. Let’s face it, even though they are the source of many headaches, you literally can not survive without them. There is no time for grudges or avoiding the boss. Things have to be done and the farm cannot thrive with out the help of all of the family.

Speaking of family, those pesky kids that dove right when they should have known to step left to cut that cow off? Yeah you are going to need that “free” labor too.

The good news is that all of these less than ideal situations aren’ t going to be the things you, as a farmer, remember most. What you will remember at family dinners years later, is the time dad was so mad that he wasn’t watching where he was going and ran into the light pole. And that time your daughter, after months of you keeping her in line, won showmanship at the county fair.

You see, those situations that are less than ideal, create an attitude of perseverance. They draw the family together to hold each other up. So in the happy moments, they are far higher than they would be alone.

The bad news is, life really sucks some days.

The really awesome news is, somedays are really, really happy. Because of the lessons learned on the farm, farm families will be there to support each other, and they know how to make fertilizer out of crap.

With Love,

Blair

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11 Millennials who created success at NEO A&M College

 

Welcome back! 

If you are wondering where you can get this fabulous crossbody and coffee mug, that would be at the Western Women Co booth on April 29th, in Marshfield, Mo on the square. There are going to be over 80 vendors to shop with, and let’s face it you shouldn’t need to go anywhere else, unless you need a corn dog, I won’t be selling those. 

For more sneak peeks at what will be available, go to my Facebook Here or Insta page Here.

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. 

Millennials, the word that leaves a nasty taste in my mouth. When spat out by a Baby Boomer, or a Latch Key Kid, the underlying tone can be derogatory and spiteful.

So, today I am going to give my peers a cookie and highlight some of the good ones for you. 

Not only is our generation full of mountain movers and stigma shakers, but we do A LOT of stuff. We make things. We sell services. We are scrappers and antiquers. Many say the word Millennials with a look of distaste on their face. To that I say, look around.  

Look at the junior college I attended in Miami, Oklahoma. If you want to see some young people with some serious work ethic, the graduates of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) will show you just that. Anything you need we can provide, from; retail leather shops to leather carving, lipstick to eyelashes, healthy eating to culinary concoctions, and photography to capture it all. Maybe it was the lead in the water, but when I look at my peers I see a network of young entrepreneurs. Those who are working nose to the grindstone to pursue the same dream that Americans have been pursuing for years. Success.

The best part about these young entrepreneurs is that they are willing to help one another. They promote and educate one another in a way that you are not likely to see between associates of older generations. 

Let’s support small business owners and operators, instead of “squashing their blossoms,” let us lift them to the light.

If you need an example of some Millennials who are killing it everyday, visit the links below and see some amazing work done by those lazy kids I always hear being referred to. 

Millennials Making a Mark:


Comment below a link to YOUR favorite small business owned or operated by a Millennial.