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Spotted Dog Farm Blog

The Summer of Possibility

This summer was like most - I plan on staying on top of everything, and then I really don't, and then I pick it all up again when school starts.  Fortunately, on my thirteenth year of this, I've gotten pretty familiar with the pattern and have basically surrendered.  

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Summer Like a Wrecking Ball

Yep, it's here.  Every year I think I'm going to miraculously manage to be fully invested in summer and the farm and yoga and my business, and it's all going to go so smoothly and nothing will fall through the cracks, and I'm going to feel incredibly chill about the whole thing. 

And then, you know, reality arrives.

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In the Middle of the Crazy

I read a post by Jen Hatmaker on Facebook yesterday, and I was 100% with her.  Yes!  Tell it! This time of year is kicking my ass!  Too many things come together at once, right? But school will end, and summer baseball will happen, and I will make a plan so that my business doesn't grind to a halt while I'm sitting at baseball fields for 15 of the 30 days of June (not really joking there), and I will not forget how to do yoga, and I will keep journaling and knitting and running, and I will figure out how to find a vegetable or two while we're on the baseball field dining plan.

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Options

This past week I've been reminded why it's good to have a (wide) variety of interests.  That way when one thing isn't quite cooperating, you can put all of your energy into another thing. 

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Keep Going

I love Austin Kleon's books - and in particular recommend them for anyone engaged in a creative field, or wanting to explore their creativity - and his new one was just released last week.  Yay!  I took it with me up to Craggy Gardens last week, and it was exactly the thing to sit and read while looking out at the mountains

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Sometimes, Do Nothing

This weekend I had a rather long to-do list, but not much interest in doing it.  It was full of work stuff and administrative stuff, and was not at all in the spirit of a weekend.  And so... instead of tackling the list, I used a weedeater for many hours, and fooled around with the live loop crochet cabling, and played with my guys, and sat like a slug on our couch, and had a birthday party for the dog.  Totally worth it.

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Look Stupid in Public

Look stupid in public.  Seriously, I highly encourage it.  A friend and I were talking about fun athletic (and other) things, and we came to the conclusion that the more willing you are to look stupid in public, the quicker you figure out how to do interesting things.

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