It is something that so many of us struggle with.
This morning I was scrolling through Facebook (something I find myself doing less and less lately) and saw a fellow farmer friend of mine share a post on the different stages of burnout. From ‘Pushing yourself of work harder and harder’ to ‘Withdrawal from social situations’ to ‘Depression setting in’. For the last two years this is something I have been struggling with each and every day. For those you that have been following me for a while, you know the story. And as soon as things look like they are doing better, life seems to just laugh and knock you back down.
To be honest, I am very fortunate in many ways. Sometimes it is easy to forget that when looking at Social Media looking at everyone else’s lives scrolling by. Comparison is the thief of joy, but it hard to resist that urge.
And all that brings me back to why I am writing this post.
For those that do not know, I not only manage a dahlia farm, but I am also now managing the outdoor work for my family’s Christmas Tree Farm. A couple weeks ago, we went directly from digging dahlias to working on getting ready for Christmas. Since my dad passed last year (November 10th was one year since it happened), I have had to step up more and more on the farm.
I have been inundated by requests from many of our loyal customers about the tuber sale. Voice mail. Email. Direct messages. Honestly, I cannot blame people with how much joy these flowers bring. The sale is coming, but I don’t have a date. I am working on the tree farm for the time being and the tasks outside that cannot wait. When it comes to website updates, answering email, and replying to messages, it is only me behind the wheel and I am stretched thin.
Thank you all for your support. It still blows me away to see the community that has formed around the farm and these flowers. Without that community and support, there is no way that I would continue to operate the farm. -Michael
Today’s #dahlia is Mystique.