Yes, it STILL really IS all about chickens!

"What should I do with my life? As existential questions go, this one's a biggie."

Know thyself. That's the key to determining direction... and if you aren't sure, then there are ways to find out (beyond going out on a solo vision quest). 

'Johnson O'Connor : Finding Your Purpose', is podcast at Peak Prosperity. He interviews Steve Green, author of: "Finding Your Way to Your Authentic Career"... a guidebook on how to discover what fulfills you.

He says in this podcast intro, that we should from a place of self understanding and base goals on our hopes, dreams and abilities.  This podcast was about an aptitude test offered by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundationwhich will "show you about your own strengths & weaknesses, plus more, including hours of exercises "designed to empirically score your natural ability across a number of specific skills... Exercises are wide-ranging; some are conceptual, some manual, some visual, some musical…"  
Notice again, the quote I have pasted on the right-hand side of this page:
Apparently it is such a reliable test, that GE has used it, among many other big name corporations. And it's used for determining a college ed. path, and what to do at any life-transition (quarter-life or mid-life or even retirement). Hook yourself up to that resource, if you've a mind to get help finding yourself or your direction.

I sort of enjoy the struggle (though not the transition) of discovering my path. 
It's a personal journey of self-discovery, or perhaps more of a determination along the lines of personal desires, but then comes the big challenge of creating a life along that path. 

Take note of the quote I have pasted up on the right-hand side of this blog:

“The World Exists For You... Build Therefore, Your Own World” 

~by Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

Maybe it isn't true, but I like to see things that way- it gives me the feeling of some measure of control. Sometimes I listen to very powerful music for that same feeling of empowerment. 

LOL, I get that feeling a lot from primal drums (as in Celtic music), but especially music with a powerfully moving emotional quality, both primal and ethereal. You kind of need the ethereal element when painting.

The photo is just to break up the monotony of words! Aren't they cute? Can you tell they're little stinkers who are rewarded for their antics and high expectations?

 I also don't like being told I can't do something (as in not 'able' to). 
In a discussion on this subject years back, I posted pics of the huge wall mural I painted when I really wanted a horse and the finances were saying 'no' to me. You can't really tell me no, because I look for ways around it. If I can't afford it, I'll try to imitate it/make it... things like that.

This time around, I'm in life circumstances that don't allow for having chickens under my own wing. So to speak. Now I know I could figure out a way to manage it, but again the finances say 'no'. Defiance is stoopid for it's own sake - and I'm experienced with life enough to know when to push pride aside. It's just not the right time in my life to indulge in them. 
So much is so iffy these days. Sometimes it feels the world has gone 'round the bend'.

(LOL, remember when I said that was the main reason I got them in the first place? For a sense of security?) 

Yeah, I know. I still feel that way. 

But I found something out: 
chickens are not a means of security - sustainable security - if you have to buy feed. 

So until I can raise their feed (and have room for them to free-range), they are on the back-burner. (But I live for the day they are on the front-burner - and that's exactly what this entire whole blog is about!) 
You see, it really is all about chickens... it really is. 

I just posted about doing a 'mixed-media' piece of artwork. It was actually because I didn't have the patience to see if I have what it takes to paint realistic feathers. I'll try that some day but I really wanted to get this UP ON THE WALL IN FRONT OF MY EYES. You see, I lost my patience with current circumstances.

Hens in nests... but not just any 'ol hens. I printed photos I found online and cut them out. I painted the rest.

These are the colors and breeds I plan to have, when I am able. The gray hen there is a lavender Ameraucana - they lay blue eggs. I want them because the hens are not just gorgeous layers of blue eggs, but gentle. And won't get frostbite on their combs. (That's important here. Putting Vaseline on combs when it's -18°, or -40°, which it gets down to HERE IN MINNESOTA). 

Yikes, right?

And that very out-of-place blue egg... well I should've 'fixed' it before pasting it on (I did change the color of it in the Paint program). 

So here is a kind of a temporary salve for my achy heart... it serves it's purpose.
Meanwhile I continue designing my future life as I envision it. Should I ever get there, I'll be all set, lol. 

If this detour continues I may need to get ahold of that aptitude test offered by the Johnson O'Connor Research Foundation. (*I am not advocating them, just passing on info.)

For now, I can share the New Year's resolutions and goals I'm working with toward that ever, I am determined to bloom where I'm planted!
*Prairie Farmstead  Year 1:   2016

Using better tools to stay focused on our interests in developing sustainable solutions to our needs ...

prairie farmstead:
* binders for separate needs (home, farm, biz), each has a notebook of biz plans, a master list of topics, brainstorming worksheets, info sheets, ideas + seasonal tasks
(I like a change of focus every quarter! And there are shifting priorities to determine seasonally, for streamlining production). 

prairie garden:
* journal and planner covering garden, hydro-/aero-/aqua-ponic systems and greenhouse
(goal is to master a growing & harvesting system that sustains the needs of our family)

prairie farmhouse:
* ‘12 folders’ method - one for each month to schedule daily tasks focused on creative projects & personal goals while staying on task with routine household needs.
Using checklists, info-sheets, and organization boards with visual ideas/examples.
(goal is to define a system of repetitive tasks that can be applied each week, month, and quarter/season of the year.)

challenging goals (it's mostly brainstorming for the year, have yet to determine a scheduled arrangement for meeting them, but I am working on it and will share soon!)

They are "living the dream" at this blog: "Just Another Day on the Farm"... 

What are you thinking of in terms of creating a life you love... or are you already living it?

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