In my spark journey, the beach was my inspiration to reach the first step in my weight and fitness goals. I wanted to be able to walk around Disney for 4 days without getting tired and miserable. We weren’t going to the beach, but we WERE going to a waterpark, so I was going to wear a swimsuit, and yes, looking better in a swimsuit was part of my motivation. That’s why my first profile pic was the beach.
Once the trip was over, I became inspired by Walt Disney himself (See “Why Walt?” blog). I had a vision of what I wanted to look like and how fit and healthy I wanted to be. I also had a number of pounds I could count down and cross off my visual inspiration. Now that I’ve reached maintenance and turned my sights to other goals, getting organized and keeping my house in better shape, I’ve realized I STILL need to get a vision of what I want ME to look like, rather than my house. My house isn’t going to keep itself in order; that is MY responsibility.
In thinking about this new phase, I was reminded of “Farmgirl.” My husband and I both have farming (at least genetically) in our backgrounds. I never lived (or worked) on a farm, but my mom grew up on a farm and I spent some time at my uncles’ farms over the years. My husband worked for a local hog farmer in high school and spent summers at his uncle’s farm, too. I tend to be on the low energy side. (Some would say lazy…my dad reminded me last night he used to say, “Amy, if I told you there was a $50 bill at the end of the driveway but to get it you’d have to run, you probably wouldn’t go get it.” He didn’t say it out of meanness, just observation of what I was like.) On occasion, I will get going and do something big, like dismantle a 200 pound desk and drag the pieces, including the 80 pound top up the basement steps. When that happens, we say, “Farmgirl showed up.”
Why? Because farmers are some of the most hardworking people around. They don’t have a choice but to get up and take care of things, especially if there are animals. If farmers don’t work, they don’t eat, and neither will the rest of us. They can’t procrastinate. They prepare the soil and plant in the spring. If it’s nice weather, they get out in the fields, knowing that another day may be rainy. They harvest in the fall. If they decide they don’t feel like planting until July, they won’t have anything to harvest in September. Dairy farmers milk several times a day, getting up early every day. Even taking vacations is difficult for them because the cows don’t milk themselves. There’s always some work that needs to be done on a farm, and it takes diligence, persistence and a strong back to do it.
So, rather than creating a visual of neat, clean rooms, I decided I needed to create a visual of hardworking farm women. In looking at these women and the farms, I’ll be inspired to stay focused and work hard on my own “40 acres” myself. I’ll think about how these women, even in their “free” time found useful things to do. This will help me make better, more useful decisions for my own “free” time. One of these women is my grandmother. I have memories of her with corn “milk” splattered all over her glasses from cutting corn off the cob for freezing, of her frying enough chicken for an army, and of her showing my mom and me around her beautiful flower gardens. This was after she and my granddad moved off the farm, but she is still inspirational to me as a hardworking woman.
So, Farmgirl, where are you? I’m HERE, and I am SHE!
If you want to see my Farmgirl Visual, you'll find it on my photo page.