As much as it feels like life has ground to a halt, life on the farm is flourishing. The grass is growing, the dogs need walking, the herd needs feeding, the llama babies (cria) need training, and the spring projects have begun. The routines and the normalcy have really helped me to maintain my sanity and I am thankful for the busy-ness of the farm, and for these animals that bring me a special kind of therapy every day.
Without the farm tours, birthday parties, yoga sessions, photo shoots, paint classes, and group llama walks, I would have thought that I would have been left with a gaping hole and a lot of time on my hands. Granted, Kevin and I are still working our full time 'day jobs', but to my surprise, my time on the farm is still joyfully full and abundantly productive.
As much as I truly miss meeting new friends and sharing this peaceful place and these magical creatures with all of you, I have to admit that this 'pause' in activity has really helped me to evaluate the balance in my life. What is so hard, is that I truly enjoy doing it ALL! I love a full social schedule! I love farm events! I love taking care of the animals!
I love photography, and learning to garden, learning to spin yarn, weaving scarves, I love visiting other llama farms, taking Conswala to schools, sprucing up the gift shop, planning new events, and I even love mowing grass and scooping poop! But the problem is, that sadly there just aren't enough hours in the day to do it all. Boo! And the things that are really important, like spending quality time with Kevin, visiting my parents and sister, sending care packages to my kids, nurturing old friendships (and the not so fun but necessary things like grocery shopping and cleaning my house) were getting pushed to the side.