The land at Soulful Prairies was previously an apple orchard and petting farm, with some areas in nursery stock. The first few years we spent most of our time knocking things down, mowing weeds, and bringing electricity down the quarter-mile road. It was a steep learning curve. Those were the years of building - building my confidence, building buildings, and building a business. I mastered climbing on a tractor and clearing land. I created systems for caring for horses and other animals in the rain, snow, and sub-zero temperatures. I became part of the herd. I learned to work with contractors, created a website, handled invoicing, navigated the maze of insurance, scheduled clients, and hired employees.
I learned to trust that things will be hard and then easy and then hard again; that I won't always be able to see where I'm going and what I'm doing; that being stubbornly independent doesn't always work and there is much joy in partnering with other amazing and talented people. I watched my kids grow in ways I didn't even know were available to them. They learned the exhaustion and pride that comes from a day of physical labor.
They've seen the stress that comes from owning and running your own business while also observing the exhilaration that fills you up. Unknowingly, they gave me the security to keep going when I was sure I couldn't do it alone. They have been the wind beneath those beautiful wings my husband gifted me.
Their keen sense of knowingness and ability to heal on many occasions has left me breathless. As the property took physical shape, I really had to own my purpose. That part of the story continues to unfold, but I can tell you that I find the most joy in seeing people reshape themselves. We are here on this planet to experiment, seek, fall and get back up again, all the while becoming more and more of who we are really meant to be. If I can be a stepping stone to helping someone along their travels of exploration I am grateful and honored.