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Life Detours Can Be Amazing

Life, and the changes that can be associated with it.  Today as I was preparing another wonderful cappuccino, looking out my back window, I just had to marvel and laugh at what was going on outside.  Chickens running about, dust bathing, pecking, playing around.  Our duck Drake taking a nice bath in his little pool, barnyard kitties sunning themselves and looking up at the window to see me and of course our three dogs being lazy at my feet and it inspired me to do a quick blog on how life can completely turn around and you can find yourself actually living it as you’ve always imagined.

First let me just fill ya in about me.  I now live in what my Dad always referred to as Gods Country and now I know why, beautiful Southern Oregon.  I wasn’t born here, I’m actually a Jersey (New Jersey) native, more typically a Jersey shore girl where I lived for most of my life.  However, I was born and raised my first seven years in the country, Hackettstown to be exact, which is north Jersey and at that time very remote and not much around.  Hills, country living, the local general store and a true downtown.  My mom was a stay at home mom and my dad was a well known trapper and fur trader among a few other things he would do, many of you here in Oregon, notably the Klamath Falls area even know him, Ray Driscoll Sr.  So having him as my dad I was obviously exposed to pretty much every wild animal many of which he’d bring home as pets and that’s what I knew, playing with these just as ya would a dog or cat. 

Fast forward over the years and I migrated to more city areas of Jersey (hated them all) and finally to the shore that I absolutely loved.  Always living within Ten to Twenty minutes of the ocean and beaches and also living on a lagoon in a waterfront community.  However, as I mentioned, life can take you in opposite directions.  About Eleven years ago, I was given a paper at a networking function where we were all told by this business coach that each one of us had a paper under our plates and every single one had a message that was unique to each one of us.  (This woman had no idea who were all were or even where we would all be sitting, but these were under each plate and were all different) When we were told to turn over these papers and read it, I was amazed!  **As I read mine, I knew it was absolutely right and it totally pertained to my life at the moment and in the future. I’ve kept that and hung it up in my office and refer to it over and over again and at the same time thank God for this being so true and for all He’s blessed me with.  Including all my life changes, both the good and the bad.

Four years ago I had the biggest life change. I was getting out of a bad marriage and with everything that was going on and Jersey being…well….Jersey, an opportunity was given to me and I decided it was absolutely the time and the right thing to do, just leave the only place I’ve ever lived.  Oh sure, it was filled with a tremendous amount of sadness and mixed feelings, but they were all worked out and while some things are still a little hard to take at times, for the most part moving out west to Oregon was the best move I ever made.

My life has completely done a 360 and has never been better! I went from being what many here refer to me as “high heel and dress wearing fancy schmancy girl” or as some of our friends call me “Jersey” to what is truly my place as a “boots and jeans wearing country livin’ farm gal”.  I have come full circle! Started in the country, raised that way for some time and never lost my roots.

My husband (who I met on  and yes we did a commercial for them) and I live in a big ol’ farm house  way out in farm country on six and a half acres.  Certainly not considered a lot of property by standards here, but plenty for us.  We’re surrounded by farm fields, mountains, sage brush and trees and the peaceful easy living that goes with all of this.  When we look up at the night sky, we can see every star!  We’re adding to our little farm, two little Pygmy goat babies are coming home in March, currently with our local breeder and still nursing off mama until then and of course more chickens!

I run my freelance business along with my health & wellness business, both of which I’ve had for eleven years, from the comforts of my home, coffee shop, or wherever I may be.  Of course most of my time is spent taking care of our home and farm and I’m thankful every single day that my life took that turn, change….whatever you want to call it.  I’ve always been one to love and embrace change and I can will all honesty and sincerity say I’m truly livin’ the dream!!

**That message on my paper was this: Mistakes are the detours in life that take you to places you never thought you’d go, but ultimately get you to where you want to be.

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Fresh Eggs

Farm fresh eggs, ahh nothing else comes close.

After carefully asking questions and doing my research, I finally decided to jump into raising chickens.  Now just like many of those who may be reading this and have done the same thing, you go to the farm/feed store with this thought in your mind, “I’ll only get 4”. Ha, that lasted about all of the ten minutes when I was talking with the sales/chicken pro at the local Coastal farm store and the decision to go with at least six happened.

That was in April of this year (2018) and once I got these littles home and started enjoying them as they grew I knew I was hooked…um well many of us chicken people refer to being addicted. Once our coop and run was all built and our little ones were now out in their new wide open world, more enjoyment came. When I was working outside, I was amused by what is known as chicken TV.  All of our chickens have names and are very lovingly cared for. Around June as I was in the back of the house, I heard this strange sound come from the coop.  A sound that to me made my eyes bug out! That was the sound of a young bird attempting his first crow…We’ve Got a Roo!  So in an attempt to not confuse the little fella, I changed the name from Chrissy to Ricky after all, it’s close right?  And we already have a Lucy 🙂 

As summer went on into late August our first egg appeared!!! I was so excited to find that first egg nestled into the nesting box. It was like a little gift. Everyday I enjoyed going out with my egg basket and gathering up my one and only egg.  Knowing the rest would be coming into laying, I started keeping track on a daily basis of how many we get and gradually it started to increase.

By now they were big chickens and way more fun to watch. Hubby started to enjoy watching and talking to them and sometimes we would just sit out back and laugh over the antics.  Heck just watching them run gave us a laugh, especially the Light Brahmas, these have heavily feathered feet and between their heavy butt feathers and those feet it looks like their running with their pants falling down!  They were now free ranging during the day and having a blast. Gradually they would venture into new territory and just devour little goodies.  Only once did I look behind some boards propped up behind our pump house and find a next of two eggs. No, ladies…you have nice nesting boxes for this! Guess they got the point since I always find their eggs in the coops.

Since our first little batch of chicks, I added eight more chicks and we adopted 7 more older gals of different breeds from a friend who was relocating and along with them came our duck, a beautiful Rouen male who I apply named Drake.  Drake protects his ladies AND ME. If Ricky the roo decides to get outta line, all I have to do is say “Drake help me” and here he comes quickly waddling over to chase Ricky 🙂 We love him and intend to get him one or two duck ladies…well maybe…he’s pretty content with his haram right now ha.  I also wound up getting two more little chicks in late August just cause of their breed and cuteness and 4 weeks later they were out with the big girls and lovin life! 

I’m always looking for chicken “hacks”, local finds to use in and around our coops and runs along with making most of my own feed (fermented and dry) scratch, treats and  just keeping them happy in healthy in natural ways.

More chicks are coming in the spring and I do hope at some point someone goes broody and we have our own batch hatched here at Frisendahl Homestead. In the meantime, we enjoy and love each and every one of our “fowl” and enjoy the wonderful gifts they provide us with every single day! Even now that the days are shorter (ah but soon they shall start getting longer) every day I go out and find their colorful array of gifts and I can honestly say that I will never get tired of finding eggs. It’s like an Easter egg hunt in chicken coops every single day 🙂

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It’s Too Late to Procrastinate

Procrastination, oh boy how many have done this or still do this?

I’ve had a saying for many years which I really cannot fully share here, but lets just say it goes along the lines that procrastination is literally hurting yourself in the long run.  Oh sure we all have those things we know we need to do and should do but we don’t really feel like doing them at the time and well we procrastinate… And then what happens, yep we’re screwed! Either we don’t get that time later, something comes up tomorrow and now we haven’t gotten it done.

It’s the frog! That’s what I call the thing I know I really have to get done but deep down really don’t want to…its my frog. So I’ve gotten myself in the habit (and trust me it has taken a while to do that too) of saying “time to eat the frog”.  Note: I guess it’s called eating the frog since well, I don’t think frogs really taste all that good ha. 

Eating the frog first is probably the best to do, make it the priority task and just take a big gulp and get it done. Maybe it’s exercising, doing that project in or around the house, on the job it could be that task written on the post it that keeps getting moved around to avoid it.  Whatever the case may be its that “something” that makes you procrastinate.

Well here’s some simple things you can do to help get over procrastination.  First, tell yourself let me just start this as you go about the task tell yourself just a little bit more, it could even be just little significant steps or actions but if you go along in this way saying five more minutes or a few more sit ups or I’ll just work on this til I finish this part whatever it is, just saying these little words along with doing the task will make a huge impact.  It’s the compound effect the slight edge that will make all the difference. Before you know it you’ll say wow I’ve gotten this far, I may as well just finish this up and low and behold you’re done with whatever it was you were putting off….procrastinating.  The sense of accomplishment will be huge and the feeling it will give will only propel you into keeping the habit.

So after doing all this will procrastination be a thing of the past? Could be, but every so often something may come around and you just may feel like putting it on the back burner, but don’t, remind yourself how well just applying those little words, those little steps all helped conquer…or eat the frog. May not have been the tastiest, but at least it got done

Remember, it’s TOO LATE to procrastinate.

**Resources: The Compound Effect

                         The Slight Edge

Can Journaling Change Your Life

Can journaling change your life? In my honest opinion I say Yes!

Journaling/planning is your map, it’s setting the direction of where you want to go and the route you take to get there. It’s a place to set goals, visions and schedules.

I’ve been a journaler for I don’t know how long, interesting enough (well it was to us anyway) my brother and I were not raised together, we were bi-coastal living and later on found out that we both keep daily journals! I do have to admit that there are days my personal journal does not come out, but, my Best Self Member/Affiliate journal/planner is constantly with me, in my sight and used every day.  I’ve made it a point, (which by the way has been a habit I’ve written in my journal weekly to get me to stick to it) on Sunday evenings to plan the week out. Whether it’s business or personal related, it’s written down. From my largest task to the smallest, it’s written out. Goals are written down on a daily basis and looked at, the top three things I’m grateful for are listed in the morning and at night.

In keeping this habit going, I found out, especially this year that every single goal I’ve written down on the daily basis has been reached!

Journaling just ten minutes each day prior to going to sleep is a common practice that many of the most successful people do. Why? Because what you write goes into your subconscious while you sleep. Journaling keeps you on track, makes you accountable to yourself.  It accelerates your ability to reach your goals. Goals must be written down! They must be made audible and declared otherwise they’re just pipe dreams or thoughts. Write them down…daily and look at them. Say them out loud. Trust me, this stuff really works!  Journaling creates clarity and habit, allows you to write down emotions and thoughts and increases your gratitude. And we all know you must have an attitude of gratitude to succeed in anything in life, no matter if it’s business or personal.

Journaling is your own history book. I save my journals and sometimes will sit and just read my entries. Sometimes it can be rough, other times be funny, but it’s my history book and pretty cool to read and reflect on just how far I’ve come. With my Best Self Journal, Member/Affiliate these are Twelve week journals, I date them and keep them and later sit down and go through the past Twelve weeks and see just how I did. Sometimes I’ve not accomplished all I planned to, sometimes I’ve pushed back a goal (which is ok too) and most times I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished and reached over those Twelve weeks 🙂

I found an interesting article from Success and have provided the link for the entire article. I encourage everyone to start a journal(s) if you haven’t already, and if you have started, keep going it only gets better and you’ll be so glad you did!

Success magazine:

Sometimes ya just gotta Eat that Frog

Just recently I was reading an interesting article on putting off a project. As I was reading, I thought this would be a great one to promote as so many of us find ourselves doing this same thing, well I’m glad there’s actually a name for it and it’s not just me!

So many of us in business will have that one project that really isn’t that difficult to do, it just may be more time consuming and well we tend to put it off. Not good.  It’s referred to as “the frog” and don’t ask me why they call it that. Ever heard the term “eat the frog” well there ya go.  I myself am not a procrastinator, in fact many who know me have heard the phrase I use about it which I prefer not to repeat in this posting haha. HOWEVER, having said that, yes even I can admit that there will be something that isn’t that hard, its just I look at it and think “oh this is gonna take awhile” and I tend to put it off and yes, it can come back to bite me. Yep, this frog can bite!

Over the years, I’ve learned to just eat the frog, get it done, it may taste yucky but at least I can say “I did it” and then feel really good about it!  I think for most of us the thing is time management, planning etc.  Again, this too is something I’ve learned and gotten much better at over the years. Am I always so focused? Yeah not always, but I’d say that 90% of the time I am.  I use a fabulous planner/journal which this year especially has helped me immensely to stay focused, on track and be much better  at frog edibles!!

If that frog is just something you don’t wanna tackle, perhaps look into a virtual assistant/service that could really be a huge help in digesting that frog off your plate! If that’s not feasible, the best advice I can give is to just put the frog at the very top of your list, do it first thing while the energy and enthusiasm (yes enthusiasm) is there and just conquer it. Dig in! Eat that frog and Git R Done. You’ll feel much better when its all over with and can look back and say “wow what a relief”.

Here’s the article I’m referring to through Success

As for the planner/journal I mentioned: Best Self Journal