Speaking with Confidence

So, I’ve been a bit quiet on here of late.  I have been flat out in life working on learning more about myself and learning about the things that are stopping me being the best version of me. 

Right now I am sitting in my motel room in Perth Western Australia. I’m down here for the week partaking in a conference called Speaking with Confidence run by Marnie LeFevre.   

You see, something that I discovered very recently is that I want to speak to farmers wives about their importance in life.  In my very new personal learning journey I have accepted that I play a very important role in the running of our farm. When I have introduced myself to people in the past I have usually said hi I’m Tanya Kitto. I’m just a farmers wife, and just a mum.  I didn’t understand the importance of my role as a farmers wife and mum in the bigger picture. I didn’t value the work that I did. So I want women in agriculture to see how important they are and accept that.  Accept that they are more than “just” anything.  They are wonderful, accomplished, incredible, beautiful, powerful and many many more things.   This is something that is very close to my heart because I have lived this and I am still accepting and working on it, but I have seen how much impact I have on many parts of our business. 
So I’m in Perth learning more about myself and learning how to put my story together to be able to take it out there to the wider community, to share my story with people.  In hopes that they will see how important they are (& not just to feed people, or clean the house, be the taxi driver or payt he bills), they are oh so much more than that.


Chat soon

T x

A trip to the city

Howdy Doody,  how are going today?  My husband and I are in the city (Perth, around 450kms away) today.  I have a seminar I’m helping out with & he is running some chores, picking up much needed parts…..as it goes with trips to the city, making sure we make the most of the time we have down there.

Earlier this year I went to a free seminar run by a lady named Marnie LeFevre.  It was advertised as Women’s Secret Business Academy learning how to make more money, making a bigger difference all while doing something that I loved.   I loved what Marnie had to say I couldn’t not sign up to the next course she was offering – the                 Femme-Trepreneur course.  This one was held in Perth over 3 days in May.  As it worked out I wasn’t doing what I loved, so I rang hubby & told him that I couldn’t continue on the road I was traveling because I wasn’t be true to myself.   He was so understanding & accepting, it blew me away 🙂

Anyway,  I decided I’d love to work with Marnie for 12 months & have signed up to a wonderful course she has offered for this to happen.  I’m really excited to be on this journey with someone as passionate as Marnie is about letting women shine in business.

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Receiving my certificate of completion of the Femme-Trepreneur course in Perth

So where I’m leading to with this, is that signing up with Marnie for 12 months I have the opportunity to help Marnie & her team run her next free event in Perth.  This is one of the reasons we are here.  I’m really looking forward to having this opportunity, it’s going to be great to see how to run an event like this.  To see all the little things that get done & you as a participant don’t see because things are all run so professionally.

I’ll be sharing more of what I learn not only at this event, but also in my up coming courses over the next year.

In the meantime, take care & we’ll chat soon

T x

 

You get what you focus on, so focus on what you want

Good morning.  Wherever you are in the world, I hope you are having a great day.

It’s Sunday here, so that means a day spent together as a family.  I think there’s going to be some much needed work done in the garden, which will be great.  But the best thing about it is that all 6 of us are going to be doing it together.  There will be some laughter, jokes, and just lots of good light hearted fun.

So I was on the good old FB this morning having a scroll through what everyone is sharing & something became clear to me.  Alot of farmers in Western Australia are feeling the pinch right now because of how dry it is.  It’s not a nice feeling being dry especially with crop in the ground or animals to feed.  But we need to be aware of what it is we are thinking.

In my very young life discovery journey, something that has come through oh so clear to me is that you attract what you think, you create your own reality & if you focus on it, it will happen.  So, we as farmers (& people in general) need to concentrate on what we do have, not what we don’t.

I know it’s hard to see sand blowing & the sky being dirty with our topsoils, or hearing the sheep or cows calling & unhappy with the conditions, but there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING we can do about the lack of rain.  All we can do is look at what we do have & make decisions based on that.

I know it sounds very cut & dry (no pun intended) & I know it seems harder than that in reality.  But the reality is that it isn’t harder than that.  We know as farmers what we need to do to keep those animals in good condition so you can sell them and cover costs & make a profit to keep going.  We know we need to wait a little longer for the plants to get strong before we can spray the next lot of weed control.  We just have to hold on  through this dry spell and have faith.

Have faith in knowing it will rain after this current dry spell.  Have faith & believe in the fact that we will grow food to feed people, not as many this year as past years, but we will still feed many.    If we concentrate on what we don’t have we will keep attracting what we don’t have.  We need to concentrate on what we do have, be grateful for that & work out how we can move forward with what we have.

Sometimes some big decisions need to be made to move forward & they are decisions we don’t like to have to make, but we have options and opportunities, we need to make the most of those. So, instead of focusing on the lack of rain lets focus on the fact that we have family we can spend time with, or we have the ability to make decisions,  we have a roof over our head, clothes for our back & food for our tummies.  Let’s focus on getting organised in the workshop, house, backyard etc, so when the rains do come, we can revel in the relief that simple act will create.

We need to keep moving forward because as soon as we stop moving forward, we start going backwards.  Today is a day for focusing on what we have,  family, love, clouds in the sky, happiness, optimism & opportunity.  Today we are moving forward in our garden, making a lovely little spot for us to sit around our firepit to tell some much needed stories to create memories for our kids to share with their kids to share with their kids & so on.

So have a great day, look forward & towards the positive.  Look at what you want so you can achieve it.

Chat soon

T x

What’s for dinner

Hey. How are you going today?

The weather here has been absolutely glorious. Now as a farmers wife I really shouldn’t say that because we really do need rain, but between you me and the front gate it’s been glorious. The suns been shining and the breeze has been gentle. You couldn’t wish for much more. Then the evenings have been cool, oh so cool it’s just beautiful. 

So today I’ve been changing around my craft come meditation room to get my yoga mat and chair closer to the window so I can look outside easily. 

I was fortunate enough to go outside for a little bit to collect the eggs my lovely chickens laid for me. Then I went for a drive with hubby to have a squizzy at the crops. Gee the colours in the sky tonight were beautiful. 

So, consequently going for a drive means that I wasn’t ready with dinner before it was time to eat. Which leads to thoughts of…..um…….maybe eggs on toast, or oh there’s butter chicken in the freezer that I can warm up or….um oh I don’t know.   When looking in the fridge I noticed I still had some cold roast vegetables and some cold roast chicken.  So out came the frypan, with some sliced onion and tomatoes to cook through them in went all the chopped veggies and chicken and I added some greens (asparagus, broccoli and peas) a splash of water and voila bubble and squeak for dinner. To add a little extra flavour I popped in some salt and pepper then some homemade chicken stock.

Dinner time doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated.  I love using leftovers either for breakfast, lunch or dinner the next night.  It’s a great way of using up food in the fridge and it’s being economical with your time.  I’d love to hear if you use leftovers to make another meal and what you use.

Chat soon

T x

Seeding 2017

It’s seeding (planting) time for us here on the farm. We have just spent,, well actually I can’t tell you off the top of my head how longs it’s taken to get seeding finished. It’s been going for what seems like forever. But it’s now all over.

My hubby doesn’t drive a tractor, he is on the ground making sure everything goes as it should & fixing the things that need fixing. But last night he had the chance to drive a tractor for a couple of hours & he asked me if I wanted to join him. This is a really rare occasion, so I was on board totally.

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Watching the sun go down on another beautiful day

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This is what’s behind the tractor. The white tanks have liquid fertiliser in them.

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This is what is behind the bins that are behind the tractor. The seeds come out here & this is what actually plants them into the ground. (the white truck is just filling up the tank with more seed and fertiliser)
There’s something special about sitting in the tractor cab & watching everything tick along, knowing that this is the beginning of another year.  Another year of planting, nurturing, decision making, worrying, not worrying, planning for the next year, driving around the farm to see what’s going on, then watching it ripen ready for harvest.

Knowing that this is the beginning of a process we can’t stop or change our mind about.  We commit to planting the crop & once that is done, we have to follow through.  There is absolutely nothing we can do about the rain or lack of it.  The frost or hopefully lack of it 🙂  We’ve started the ball rolling & we need to keep it moving for this year until it comes to fruition at harvest, then follow that through & see how we come out the other side.

Farming is a life of commitment, dedication & faith.  Faith in the fact that once we plant the seeds, the rains will come, the weather will fine up, more rain will come & then it will warm up for it to ripen so we can harvest without too many if any fires & reap the rewards of the uncertainty, enjoyment & satisfaction in knowing that what we have grown will feed around 10,000 people for a year.  That’s a pretty special feat, to grow the food for 10,000 people for a year & we do that year in, year out.

So on Friday we finished seeding.

Now it is time for cleaning down machinery, packing away & starting to closely watch the beautiful seeds emerge from the ground so we can see what they need & help them to survive.  Spraying herbicides to kill the competition weeds, spreading the fertiliser to help and encourage it to grow…….all timed as perfectly as we can.  It’s all out of our hands, but we just take what is given to us & make the most of it as best we can & in all honesty I don’t think either of us would change it for the world.

He loves being a farmer & I love being a farmers wife.

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Robby & I went for a drive to have a look at some soil that has been treated a little differently & seeing where the seeds are located, so we can have an idea of how long it might be before they’ll start to emerge

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Perfect furrows to be able to harvest the water when it rains. Giving the seeds a much needed drink. The valleys need the rain, the little hills don’t.

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It’s not a very good pic, but this is our eldest daughter in another tractor rig up like we are in
Chat soon

T x

I don’t know what to title this post

I’m a middle child of 3 girls.  Growing up I was always the odd one out and felt as though I didn’t belong.   I can remember being young and thinking about why I was so different to both of my sisters and mum and dad.  I never really questioned it out loud because life was just life and we just did what we did and we didn’t ask those questions.

I hung onto that thought of just going with the flow and not questioning things through my teenage years and into my adult life.  I think through that time I noticed that I was different and eventually came to accept it but I never really understood or celebrated it.  I wouldn’t say that I now do understand it, but what I am starting to do it celebrate my difference.

My difference is what makes me “me”.  No one else has ever been me, lived a day in my life or walked a step in my shoes.  There is no one else in the world like me and I am like no one else in the world either.  And this realisation and full acceptance of the statement has given me peace.  Peace in the knowledge that it is ok to be the person I feel I am meant to be.  Peace in the knowledge that it really doesn’t matter what people think of what I do or think or feel, that’s what makes me “me”.  Peace in reminding myself every day that what someone else thinks of me is none of my business.  Peace in knowing that I am here for a purpose, one which I’m still trying to find out, it will come 😁

I have juse started to do some personal development.  This is something I have not really put any value on in the past as I’ve just gone along with how life is and accepted things.  I was never taught (because the people I was around were never taught) that what I bring is what I bring.  I create my own reality and I can make my life whatever it is I want it to be.  This has been a HUGE discovery for me.

Now don’t get me wrong, my life has been a great one, if I hadn’t done the things I have in my past, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I am now grateful for all of those experiences.  But to be 42 years old and realise I can do whatever it is that I want to do and make my life whatever it is I want to make it is something I am loving but also struggling with.  I mean, I’ve gone along with living life and now I am trying to learn how to love life and it’s a big change.  To notice the things around me, truly notice them and wonder about them, question them.

Recently I went to a retreat with the lovely Katie & Wendy .  It’s called a sheDance retreat.  I had some of the biggest discoveries in my life over this weekend.  I don’t really know where to start or what to say because it is so profound.

I can look at the sky now and see the blue that it is and know that is the colour it is meant to be, it is there for everyone to see and appreciate.  It is there for me to enjoy and marvel at.

I can see my 2 puppies and know that they come up to me for a pat because they love me and I can feel the love they give and it’s not just about what I can give them.

I can sit here on my verandah and know that because I love the person I am and I can accept the differences I have others will love me and accept those differences as well.  I am there person I was meant to be.

If I take the time to stop, listen and receive the messages my inner self is sending me I will follow through and do the things I am meant to do, because I have all the answers inside of me.  No one can fill the holes I feel I have on the inside. I can hold myself.  I have everything I need.  I am the person I have been waiting for.

I am oh so grateful to Katie and Wendy for holding the safe, sacred, beautiful space they did for myself and other women to go through and experience and discover for ourselves who we really are.  They are such loving, caring and giving women.  Sacred Women’s Work is something we have lost contact with in this world of busy and it’s women like these two that are bringing it back and the world will be forever grateful for this as they spread their words, knowledge and love far and wide.  🙏

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The beautiful Katie and Wendy doing what they are called to do, share the knowledge and love of Sacred Women’s Work

Chat soon

T x

Today is a day for being Grateful

As I sit here on the verandah contemplating all the things I haven’t done today, one thing does stick out in my mind that I have done and that is to be grateful. I sat at my table in my craft room and wrote a few lines of the things I am grateful for.

I have so many things to be grateful for I am overflowing with it all.  I feel oh so blessed to have the life I have and for having the opportunities and choices I do.

I married the man of my dreams. He honours me, respects me and lets me be the person I want to be. He gives me the space to learn the person he knows I can become and together we have been able to have 4 absolutely beautiful children. All this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my mum and dad and my husbands parents. So here’s a couple of pictures of some of  the people and things that I am oh so grateful for today.

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My awesome husband – Robby

 

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Robby & I on our way to America in January this year (2017)
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All of us – our awesome kids in the car on our way to Perth for our BIG holiday to America January this year (2017)

 

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Love this bunch – the kids making their life size Christmas Tree
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Henry & Banjo our puppies

 

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One of my chickens that lay the eggs we eat every day

There’s so much more I am grateful for. I can’t list them all here right now, but I think the next couple of posts are going to be “grateful related”.  I have been very lucky to have come into contact with some very special women lately & they have had a huge impact in my life, so I’ll share about what they do & how they inspire people.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Chat soon

T x