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Who Do You Surround Yourself With?

People Matter

Who do you surround yourself with?  The old saying, ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is true.  People who have similar interests, ideas, characteristics, and values tend to associate with one another.  It makes a difference who you ‘hang out’ with.  People that you spend a lot of time with have an influence on you whether you recognize it or not.  Think about the top five people that you spend most of your time with.  Who are they?  What do they do?  How do they impact your life?  How do they challenge you?  How do they encourage you?  Make a list and answer these questions about each of them.  When you are finished have a serious look at your answers and decide if they are someone that you want to continue to have in your life.

How Do You Want Your Life To Be?

When was the last time you seriously considered the kind of life that you want to live?  I think that it is a worthwhile exercise and I suggest that you make it an annual inquiry if not quarterly.  Once you have decided this for yourself, think about who you know that lives like you want to live.  This could be someone from your circle of friends, great authors, artist, speakers, or well-known people in history.  Start spending time with these folks.  Invite them for coffee or a nature walk and ask them what their life strategies are.  Read their books, listen to their talks and podcasts, learn

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By |2019-03-02T12:21:39+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Simplicity

Simplicity

There is something to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, silly).  I don’t know why we humans want to make things more complicated than they are, but we do.  It seems to me that we would benefit significantly if we ‘simply’ got out of our own way…I remember years ago I attended a seminar and one of the presenters said, “life is basically empty and meaningless.”  For a minute, I was taken back by this comment, and then I thought more about the wisdom in those words.

Keep It Simple

It is so true…our lives have and hold only the meaning that we give to them.  And, the amazing thing is, we get to choose the definition that we give to the events in our lives.  So my friends, keep it simple.  Check in with your heart and get out of your head.  Put one foot in front of the other and step through your days with presence and intention and openness and passion and curiosity.  Consider simple over complicated…joy over angst…love over fear.  And no matter what, be grateful. Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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By |2019-02-13T12:42:07+00:00February 13th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Living In The Layers

Living In The Layers

Last week I made the trek to Elko, NV with a few of my pals. We attended the Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival. This was my second year of the experience…it was my friend’s thirteenth year of going. For me, the experience is inspiring, moving, simplistic, raw, and real. The performers and the attendees are as down to earth as people get. Authenticity runs like a river through their veins. The pace and the simplicity of days and the performances at the festival are refreshing and in many ways breathtaking. The best way I can describe the stories that are told through poem and song is that they invite us to live in the layers. To take the moments and the days and the years as they come…appreciating the beautiful markings they create along the way regardless of how painful or ugly the circumstances that created them might have been.

Reflection

On our long drive home I thought a lot about the lives of cowboys and ranchers and their families. I thought about their dedication to the land, their animals, and their lineage. These people truly live in the layers with courage and resolve and faith…they press through hard times and embrace good times. They remind me of where I came from and urged me to go back there even if it is only in memory alone. These five days in Elko tugged at my heartstrings giving rise to pride and honor for the life that I have lived

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By |2019-02-06T14:06:38+00:00February 6th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Information Intake

What You Read and Listen To Matters

One of the most critical areas of tidying up that will help us mentally, physically and spiritually is our information intake. With endless access to digital gadgets, it is easy to fall into the information jungle. The books that we read, the podcasts that we listen to, and the websites we visit have an impact on our lives. If you find yourself trolling Facebook for hours a day or plopping down on the couch each night and mindlessly watching TV until you go to bed, it is most definitely time for some information intake clean-up. I am going to list what I have come to use as my top podcasts and books in 2018 for self-enrichment. The next time you pick up your phone listen to one of these instead of wasting time in the addictive digital jungle.

My Favorite Podcasts for 2018

1. The Mindvalley Podcast
The Mindvalley Podcast is one of the greatest up-and-coming self-help podcasts out there today. With its brilliant host, Vishen Lakhiani, this podcast profoundly pulls together a vast variety of insight and inspiration from the world’s top teachers and thought leaders in personal transformation (such as Tom Chi, Neale Donald Walsch, and John and Missy Butcher).

As perhaps the most well-rounded personal development podcast mentioned here, The Mindvalley Podcast explores juicy ideas throughout a multitude of lifestyle topics — from learning how to learn to access flow states, to running a kick-butt business, to be the best version of yourself possible,

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By |2019-01-09T10:18:59+00:00January 9th, 2019|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Declutter Your Body

Declutter  Your Body

In my first blog about tidying up, I gave you many examples of how to declutter your environment.  Although that was a good start, we aren’t done with this tidying business.  I want to talk to you about your body.  How does one clean-up their body?  Well, just like in your environment, I invited you to get rid of things that don’t make you feel good or bring you joy.  The same goes for your body.  Stop using your body as dumping ground for food that might taste good, but makes you feel bad.

A Fine-Tuned Machine

I image my body to be a high performing machine.  Something that I need and want to handle with the best of care. Consider this.  If you owned a Ferrari would you put cheap gas in it?  Would you add sugar to the tank to help it perform better?  I am guessing not, because the result would be disastrous.  The same goes for your body.  I think of food as fuel.  I know what foods make me feel and look good and I know which ones don’t.  I only consume ‘fuel’ that allows my body to operate and feel it’s best.

It Is Simple But Challenging

Taking excellent care of your body is simple.  It comes down to making good choices.  Is it easy?  No, and therein lies the challenge.  There is no magic pill.  It takes commitment and discipline.  You have to decide how important your body is to you.  The trouble is, we

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Are You Ready To Clean Up Your Act?

It’s Time to Get Tidy

Well, is the confetti from ushering in the New Year out of your hair and carpet yet?  If not, this might be a great time to consider doing a little cleaning up in all domains of your life.  On New Year’s day, a friend of mine texted me as asked if I had seen the Netflix series one of Marie Kondo’s “Tidying Up.”  I hadn’t for two reasons, one, I don’t have Netflix and two, the first day of the launch of the series was that day.  Coincidentally, I was making notes to share a series of posts with you, so I did some research on Marie’s series.  By the way, she is also the author of the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  I don’t think that Marie’s series will make for riveting reality TV, but I do appreciate her concept of letting go of anything in your life that does not bring you joy.  I invite you to do your research on tidying up, and in the process, I hope you find a shit-load of joy and happiness.

Here, I offer you my first in a series and brief suggestions on areas of your life that will likely benefit from some clean-up.

Environment

1)  Desktop on your computer:

A cluttered desktop can be stressful.  Each time you look at it, you can launch yourself straight into overwhelm which is no way to start your day.  There are many apps and lifehacks to assist you in managing

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The Badass Soul-Seeking Warrior Podcast Series, Episode 8 : Marji Guyler-Alaniz

Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of Farmher

It all started with a dream and a camera.

In 2013, Marji Guyler-Alaniz had just left her job in corporate agriculture and started a photo project titled FarmHer, capturing women working on the farm. She wasn’t the only one interested in updating the image of agriculture and others began to follow the movement.

FarmHer quickly grew into a place where stories are shared, and women are not only recognized but feel a sense of inspiration and community. Today the business consists of various entities, all shining a light on women in agriculture.

In this podcast, you will hear Marji talk about:

This is Marji

It was time to change my story

The Super Bowl commercial that changed everything

Family life changed dramatically

I had to be an example to my children

RFD-TV Farmher TV Series

Cynopsis Award

Focus on women in agriculture

Barbara Mazurek

My biggest gift

Managing fear

Book & Blog suggestions

Advice about Creating A Life You Love

Final Thoughts

Show Notes:
Website: www.farmher.com
Super Bowl Commercial: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMpZ0TGjbWE
Book Suggestion: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Blog Suggestion: The Lost Peacock Creamery www.lostpeacock.com
RFD-TV Stream link: RFDCC.com/farmherfan
Barbara Mazurek Season 1: farmher.com/blogs/farmhers-ranchhers/barbara-mazurek-episode-3-life-and-loss-in-utopia-texas Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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Habit 11: We Prioritize Time

Prioritize Time

Do you prioritize your time?  I had an excellent opportunity to absorb the importance of using our time wisely and for a useful purpose.  A dear friend recently passed away and here is what I learned at his funeral.

Stay true and be you —

Annie Create a Life You Love
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By |2019-01-03T12:03:14+00:00December 9th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Habit 10: We Are Thankful

We Are Thankful

Gratitude and being thankful is talked about a lot, but I wonder how many people spend focused time each day in gratitude?  It can be easy to get caught up in the dynamics of a day.  One can get sucked into the chaos so quickly and then if we are not careful we can spiral into overwhelm and stress.  Think about it.  The mere fact that we wake up each morning with a beating heart, breathing in and out without thinking, with a roof over our head, and electricity and running water.  That’s just a start.  There is so much.  Be present enough to notice and then be thankful.  Allow your brief time on this planet to be filled with goodness, share that goodness, and no matter what, be thankful. Stay true and be you —

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By |2019-01-03T11:03:34+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Habit 9: We Talk To God

Talk To God

Habit 8: We Talk To God. Yes, this is one of the habits of highly joyful, successful, and content people. This requires you to spend some quiet time each day. And, appreciate instead of expecting. Say thank you. Ask God what His will is for you. Don’t pray only when you ‘need’ something. Talk to God for guidance, and support, and knowledge. Ask how you can serve. Be willing to be your best self. Stay true and be you —

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By |2018-12-15T14:38:36+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Thoughts from the Barn, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments