Monday, February 10, 2014

Another Confession and a Farm Tour

I have another confession to make. 

I’ve fallen in love again. 

And he’s even younger than Jon ;-)

He’s one of the sweetest guys I’ve met in a long time. He’s just like I like them...big and gentle. His name is Alibi and if I could, I’d bring him home with me.

Alibi

Jon and I have been tossing the idea of farming around for a long time now and with that in mind friends of Jon’s (and new friends of mine) invited me over to see their farm and their new calves. I spent the most amazing time at Spring Valley Farm yesterday afternoon. The James family was gracious and patient with me and all my questions. What fun I had exploring the barns and taking pictures of the cutest wee animals ever. Who would have thought that calves would be snugly?

This wee guy was not quite 24 hours old!

Momma looking out for her new guy.

When I was a tiny girl I went to a farm with my grandfather and tried to bring home a new calf. Although I remember the day I didn’t remember why I wanted a calf so badly until yesterday. They really are the sweetest little things.

I can only assume they were all curious about me at the same time, lol!

Seriously...don't you just want to snuggle? 

I left there feeling as though I had made a few new friends (animal and human alike), and with enough information to keep me thinking for days about whether or not farming is right for me.



Thank you Mrs. James, Glen and Sheila...and faithful farm dog Ozzy.

Ozzy looking for some attention.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

An Occasional Feature - A Book Review

Many of you know how obsessed I am with reading and books. I'm not sure what's taken me so long to get to this but I've decided to review the occasional book. I read so many of them that I thought I'd share some that I love and some that I don't.

I read a lot of different books in a lot of different genres but I'll likely stick with self-help and books that may help us lead deeper, fuller and healthier lives. 

If you have any suggestions of books you'd like to see reviewed or books you think I might be interested in please leave me comment.

My first book is The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown, Ph.d., L.M.S.W.




I was introduced to Brene Brown a few years ago when one of her TED talks went viral. I was immediately drawn to her work and bought this book. I read it then and honestly I didn’t get very much out of it. It was recommended to me by one of my fellow coaching students again a few weeks before Christmas and I thought I’d give it another go.

I really like the way the author writes; it’s clear and concise, but I find it lacking in one way. I feel as though while she writes personally about herself the book would benefit from a few more personal stories of the people she interviewed.

On the whole I liked it and I’d recommend it to someone who’s new to Brene’s work. If you’re interested but not enough to read the book then I’d suggest watching her Ted talks; she’s a warm and engaging speaker and her talks will leave you feeling good about being yourself.

Here’s my favourite quote from the book:

“Caution: If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment and inexplicable grief.”


I’m giving this book 3.5 stars out of 5 (and her talks 5 out of 5).

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I'd also love to hear your opinions on the books I've reviewed (if you've read them and you have something positive to add to the conversation). You don't have to agree with me, but you do have to be nice. 
J