We are already 10 days into the new year. How are you doing on your resolutions? Did you make resolutions for 2015? Did you choose a word to focus your year on?
I did non of the above. I have plenty of room to make personal improvement, but didn’t make an official list.
I like to get up early and drink a cup of cappuccino before the Husband arises. This quiet time allows me to wake up without feeling rushed, catch up with my blog friends, and gather my thoughts.
I am a creature of habit; I like a routine. I’m married to a rancher and a spontaneous man by nature. J and I have both learned a lot in the last 2 years and 2 months I ‘ve been home working full-time on the ranch. We have learned to communicate about the general intentions for the day. We have a routine for chores. After that, we are at the mercy of the weather and the occasional unexpected issues that greet us when we step outside.
After we wean calves and get them on feed our schedule revolves around the cattle. We feed calves, roll out hay and/or cake 2 groups of cows and the bulls. When we start calving the routine changes as we add calf tagging and taking out pairs to our daily workload. Also, when the weather warms up there are plenty of projects to do. Knowing what J has for projects helps me plan meals and household tasks. When I’m lucky I can squeeze in my own creative projects.
In her book “The Happiness Project” Gretchen Rubin says “Outer order creates inner peace.” If my house is clean, tighty and picked up I function better. It’s much easier for me to sit down and work on projects without being anxious. I also focus better on tasks that J needs help with outside, as I’m not worried about a mess greeting me when I get in after a long day of ranch work. I don’t consider my house perfectly clean, but have been referred to as a neat freak.
Laundry never seems to be an issue for me. I don’t mind doing laundry and seem to keep caught up on it. Growing up Mom had a laundry day. She picked a day and washed clothes as an all day project. I tend to do a load when I get enough clothes to fill the washer. Some weeks I have lots of laundry do to sheets, towels and rugs. Other weeks I have a load of clothes or two. Every once in a while J will run out of socks and toss in a load of unmentionables before I realize he ran out. But, not very often.
We live 30 miles from the nearest small town grocery store and our primary shopping hub is 125 miles away. We don’t go to the big city very often and when we do it’s a big day, we get up early to do chores than have a 2 hour drive. J has his list, I have a my list and that makes for a lot of stops.
One thing that has made our life better is Amazon.com. I buy most of my bathroom, cleaning and office supplies off Amazon. I also order dry food items and condiments. With a prime membership I can get my order shipped to me in 2 days. Yes, 2 days free shipping. Frequently Amazon is cheaper than shopping in town and the free shipping more than pays for the yearly membership. This also means after a long day in the city I don’t have to unpack the car and put a lot of stuff away when I get home.
I have whittled my list down to cold and frozen foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, milk products and anything that I know is cheaper at the store than what I can order it for. Simple.
Gratitude and a positive attitude is another thing I that keeps me grounded. J and I would not be able to raise cattle without the help of our parents. J’s folks have brought us into their ranching business and helped us “learn the ropes” and get a start.
Due to environment and location my parents operate their Nebraska ranch different than we do. They have been great to bounce ideas off of as they give us a different perspective and are always willing to share their experience and knowledge with us.
A positive attitude is sometimes easier said than done. Weather conditions can be horrible, cattle don’t always cooperate and machinery breaks down. I am an anxious person and an objective thinker; that doesn’t always match J’s tenancy to be very driven and fast-moving. I have found, if I can manage my anxiety and keep my chin up that J and I work good together and life operates pretty smooth.
These are a few practices that help me manage the household, excel at my job and keep my anxiety in check. What are some things that help keep your life balanced?
I saw these beautiful Hereford bulls at the Hoffman Ranch, Thedford, NE.