We all have dreams. Some are small, and easily obtainable. A few are Big Dreams, and takes a bit more time and effort, but we still manage to get them done. And then there are those. The HUGE ones. Dreams that rock our world, but seem virtually impossible to reach. These are the dreams that make us quiver just thinking about the attempt. Are we brave enough to Dream Big? Will we do it? Is it worth it?
Those were the questions I asked myself every time I sat at my computer to write. I had a book in me. Some days it bubbled to the surface and almost wrote itself. Other days, I struggled and fought and despaired of ever getting a coherent sentence on the page. A whole paragraph just wasn’t in the picture.
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How do you Answer?
Still, the answer to my second question is yes. It is worth it. It is worth the effort to try. Would anyone ever read it? I knew at least my Mom would. The Country Boy would. The biggest reason it is worth it though, is because I have a dream to become a writer.
Whether or not a book is published, or if anyone wants to read it is beside the point. A writer writes. By completing my first book, I could then (even it was only to myself) call myself just that. I am a Writer.
The Pay Off
Several years, a farm, and a lot of hard work, my dedication paid off. Not only am I a published newspaper columnist, I am also a published book writer. Although soft and simple, there is a definite glow deep inside that is telling me, ‘You did it!’
The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm is the story of how I became the Farm Wife. If you read between the lines, though, my story goes so much deeper. It is about being brave enough to dream. It is being brave enough, tough enough, and determined enough to see if from the brainstorming beginning to the finished work.
Where To From Here?
My first book is complete, but it doesn’t stop there. Stay tuned for a second, third, and possibly a fourth book which are all waiting to be put on paper. And I am tenacious enough to make it happen.
The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm
Julie’s life journey took her from a typical, suburban life in the city to a rural, 60-acre farm. Once there, she began her journey towards learning how to live as simple a life as possible. She talks about her daily rural ‘by the seat of her pants’ education, and how she holds it together by her faith in God – as well as duct tape, hay string and a gluing agent called ‘rust’.
Along the path, she is learning to garden using heirloom seeds, getting kisses from the cows, collecting eggs from the chickens, getting um…(cough..) gifts from the barn cats, and trying to learn as many of the ‘old’ crafts as possible – canning and preserving food, saving seeds, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and others – and living as frugally as she can.
Her stories include how she got there, the learning curve, and the good, the bad and the Frankenstein rejects you encounter when living on a farm. She offers insight to living in a new community, how to hang on to a baby calf who chose to go swimming in a septic tank, recipes, craft ideas, and a few excerpts from the education she received from the local beauty shop.
Grab a glass of lemonade, pull up a rocker, and sit down with Julie for a good visit. Laugh with her. Cry with her. Pray with (and for) her. Take a walk with her across the pasture and down to the pond. Then if you are brave enough, head in to the kitchen and try your hand at cooking a possum. (She does confess that is one thing she hasn’t done, and probably never will, either.)
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