I exited the business (Taylor Studios, Inc.) I owned, ran and loved for over 30 years last October. Since, I've been trying different things. I took a digital writing course, continued writing my book, planted lots of grasses/trees and horsed around. I'm paying attention to where I find excitement or joy.
I noticed I did not want to sit behind a desk. I've done that for over 30 years. I don't think it's healthy. Therefore, I did not find joy in finishing my business memoir. I'm not the type to not finish what I've started, but this is a whole new phase of life and I'm letting myself not do it.
I'd rather be moving than sitting.
I've joined a steering committee/board for the Champaign County History Museum. We have hopes of creating a bigger and better museum.
I planted my first garden. I'm amazed at how productive it has been. I've been feeding lots of people with my squash. I know next year to plant less squash, more onions and a bit more variety.
I've ordered some fruit trees that I will plant soon.
I'm scraping and painting a horse fence and upgrading other fences around the property.
I visited friends in Door County, WI. Our dogs enjoyed the many hikes around the area. It was great fun visiting the farmer's market, the museum, a farm and enjoying the company.
Now I'm digging in deep to a new approach on the farm. Can I farm in a better way? I continue to learn about regenerative farming. I'm networking with farmers and organizations like the Savannah Institute, The Land Connection and the IL Grazing Lands Coalition to further my education.
After lots of research I plan to start with sheep. I'm in the process of modifying a horse pasture and lean to, so it will keep sheep in and predators out. I hope to get my first few sheep in the next couple months.
I ride almost everyday. This is the first time since I was a kid I've been able to ride this much. It is glorious.