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Hard Work + Adequate Planning + a Smidge of Luck…

Do you believe in luck? I do. Well, not in the sense of lucky numbers or 7 years of bad luck. But I do believe we can have some good luck when it comes to our circumstances. For instance, if we get good rain showers through the heat of the summer, I'd say that's good luck - because we certainly could get a drought... and that'd be bad luck. I think luck is just my way of referring to something that was completely out of my control.


That said, I would, of course, never let the idea of "luck" stop me. I'm a Type-A planner, so I try to plan for the worst and hope for the best. When it comes to flower farming, that means planting way more seeds than I need to - because germination failures, drought, insect damage, deer, the list goes on and on. Speaking of drought, everything we grow is on drip irrigation, because a 2 week dry spell will wreak havoc on a flower farm.


Oh and the weeds, the weeds will come. That's why I began using weed barrier on all the rows and walkways. I had a dream of nice grassed walkways, but the weeds grew faster than anything else and it was a complete disaster. The weed barrier covers the soil and keeps the weeds from sprouting.


Now, despite my best efforts, bad luck does occasionally catch up with me. And in those situations it's easy to feel sorry for myself. But at the end of the day, what good does that serve?


Sitting a puddle of self-loathing doesn't result in pretty flowers. Getting up, dusting myself off, taking a deep breath and asking myself, "okay, what CAN I do?" - that's how I end up with pretty flowers.


And honestly, if I end up with fewer flowers than I expected, I can be sad about what could have been... OR be proud of what I did grow. That's perspective.


...maybe it's perspective, not luck, all along.


If you're still reading this, have you figured out that I'm not just talking about flowers anymore? :)


And so with that, I'll wish you Good Luck in your current season of life.


Sincerely,

Megan



This blog post was written in participation in a Blogging Bee-an online gathering reminiscent of the quilting bees and sewing bees of days past when women would bring their work together to create art. If you enjoyed this post about “Luck,” take a look at these posts from other farmers, small business owners, homesteaders, and creatives.

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