Nathan and Brooke! Aren't they adorable?

Lesson No. 4 – The First Day of the Rest of Your Life.

In our community, May is filled with many events, prom, family birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations and confirmations. Proud parents and grandparents share these Hallmark moments through Facebook. Two weekends ago, I took prom pictures of our friend’s daughter and her boyfriend. It’s so much fun to see all of the kids in the community spiffed up and ready for a night out on the town. It also reminds me how old I am as I attended my first prom nine years ago – crazy how time flies! Seems like only yesterday…

Nathan and Brooke! Aren't they adorable?

Nathan and Brooke! Aren’t they adorable?

May is such a tease when it comes to weather, with sunny days that reach the high 80s to those cloudy days where the temperatures hover in the low 60s. And weather permitting, farmers are finishing up the planting season and starting to scout fields and run irrigations.  We finally got a nice, much needed rain this week. Of course, it came with strong straight line winds that knocked our power out for 6 hours Tuesday morning which was wonderful.

We are in the homestretch! Braden switched to beans!

We are in the homestretch! Braden switched to beans just before the rain!

Let me tell you, I would have made a horrible pioneer. There are days when I think I would have loved to live in that era, you know, like Laura Ingalls Wilder. But, the truth of the matter is at 5:30 in the morning when you need to take a shower and get to work and you don’t have electricity or running water, Little House on the Prairie is hard to channel. Sorry, Laura, a girl’s gotta have standards.

It also happened that on this wonderful Tuesday morning, I turned 26. Yikes! Mom, are you sure I’m that old? Yeesh! One of the highlights to celebrating a birthday is Facebook. Most write the common, “Happy Birthday,” which is great, don’t get me wrong – I appreciate each and every person who took the time to acknowledge my birthday.  But one post from my great friend, Julia, caught my eye. She wrote, “Happy first day of the rest of your life.”  Well, when you think about it that way, my unfortunate start to Tuesday morning doesn’t seem all that bad.

Julia’s post reminded me of a piece of advice I received not so long ago from Orion Samuelson, the King of farm broadcasting. When I started in Peoria he told me, “Every day before you sign on the air, you must tell yourself you are the best. No one can farm broadcast better than you. But, the moment you sign-off, as you walk out, tell yourself, tomorrow, I will do better. I CAN do better.” Amen.


He also signed my copy of his book!

Orion's Book

Although I’m not a farm broadcaster anymore, that piece of advice has served me well and it is something I will never forget. I have learned it is alarmingly easy to lose sight of the big picture and become discontent or disillusioned. We get caught up in the day-to-day drama called life and we forget to make each day count. If there are parts of your life you want to change, make them better. Only you have the power to decide to be content with the life you are living. I know, easier said than done. But, if you work at it little bit every day, over time things do get better.

Farm Progress Show 2012!

Farm Progress Show 2012!

Orion, thank you for the advice and Julia, thank you for the reminder. Friends, tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life, make it count. Life should be filled with love, fun and laughter. You are worthy of the best life you can possibly make!

Who me?!? I accept! Being silly at the 2013 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant! — with Rita Frazer at Crowne Plaza Bar.

Who me?!? I accept! Being silly with Rita Frazer at the 2013 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Pageant!

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