Do you struggle with trying to learn to appreciate the little things in life?
Balancing life can be achieved just by doing what is the most important. And sometimes it’s just changing one thing that helps you make that difference.
Want to hear more? Meet Amy Dingmann.
Amy is super awesome. But don’t take my word for it. In episode 11, Amy is going to discuss:
- How to learn to appreciate the little things in life
- How to find balance in your life
- And how important it is to become an authentic person in your own life.
I hope you enjoy episode 11!
FIRST OF ALL, ABOUT AMY
- Clucky Dicken’s Farm in Minnesota
- Describes herself as “Ma Ingalls with a glass of red wine“.
- Lives on and manages the 5 acre Homestead
- Law Enforcement Husband and two teenage sons
- Gardens & Produce, chickens, quail, etc.
- Homeschools her two boys.
- Two web sites: A Farmish Kind of Life & The Hmmmschooling Mom
- Author and Speaker
AND A PIECE OF ADVICE FROM AMY
Great quote: “When you find center, center moves.” We’re always looking for balance.
Also, be honest about what you can handle in your seasons of life. Try not to overdo it.
NEXT, LOW POINTS THROUGH HER JOURNEY
After she and her husband bought the farm, her parents got divorced. That changed the entire outlook of their farming goals. They had to rework everything.
AS A RESULT, SOME LESSONS LEARNED
She learned that life is always changing. You can plan, but you can’t predict the future. But you’ll survive.
And that’s why you should appreciate the little things. It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
WHAT AMY WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY
There are some things with the original farm plans that she would have done differently. And those have change over time for what has worked well with their family and farm.
THEN, AMY DESCRIBES THE “AHA MOMENT”
- The day she walked out and realized that “this is our farm.”
- She learned that there’s a difference in running a homestead to provide for yourself and a farm to provide for others.
Thus, the importance of goals. Set your goals and stick to them. They will light up your path along the journey.
NEXT, WHAT IS ONE THING THAT AMY STRUGGLES WITH?
Definitely Balance! Balance is the key to life and she constantly wonders if she’s spending too much time on one thing and not enough time in another area.
But she realizes that if you’re consistently running out of time, you should check yourself to see how you’re managing your time.
CONSEQUENTLY, WHAT IS AMY MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
- She’s getting Turkeys
- Experiment: Red Ranger Chickens vs. Cornish Cross Chickens for Meat
- Lots of business plans!
SO, WHAT IS HOLDING AMY BACK FROM REACHING HER GOALS?
For business: She wants to have more ways to educate her readers and listeners. She struggles with taking action with her ideas at times.
Also, she suffers from the “imposter syndrome”…she’s not giving herself enough credit with her knowledge and experiences.
Listen to Elizabeth Shipstead’s episode for more on overcoming this barrier of “imposter syndrome.”
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED
Amy’s best advice came from one of her wedding guests: Leave three things unsaid every day.
We all have things or say things that should be left unsaid. So, this would be a great habit to start each day.
FURTHERMORE, HER BEST PERSONAL HABIT
Amy has learned not to rush the morning into starting work. She has found that it’s really important to start the day with devotion and prayer.
Basically, taking time for herself in the morning. This has became a trend among all Rural Women Inspired podcast guests.
Amy is very much a paper and pen type of person.
But her favorite app is Voxer. It combines texting with talking on the phone. You can:
- Talk/Text to group members
- Leave voice messages for yourself
- Helps keep you organized.
THEN, BEST BOOK SHE WOULD RECOMMEND
- See You in a Hundred Years by Logan Ward. A true story about a family from the city who moved from the country to live like they would have lived 100 years ago.
AND, IF AMY WOKE UP TOMORROW, ACQUIRED 10 ACRES AND $1000, WHAT WOULD SHE DO?
First of all, she would freak out! HAHA!
She would sit down and make a plan with her husband for what the best way would be to use the $1000.
IN CONCLUSION, SOME PARTING WORDS OF WISDOM
“Be Yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Don’t hide yourself from the world. Instead, be real and authentic.
FINALLY, CONTACT AMY
Website: A Farmish Kind Of Life
Website: The Hmmmschooling Mom
Facebook: A Farmish Kind of Life
Facebook: The Hmmmschooling Mom
YouTube: A Farmish Kind of Life
YouTube: The Hmmmschooling Mom
Finally, catch all the past episodes of Rural Women Inspired!
RURALITES, HONE YOUR DREAMS, OWN YOUR LIFE AND I’LL SEE YOU DOWN THE ROAD.
~ MUCH LOVE ~
Challenge: Make the goal to learn to appreciate the little things in life for one day. Then, one week. Finally one month. Please let me know how your mindset changes by shooting me an email or leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.