Many Americans are fried.
And by fried, I mean threadbare and exhausted.
You’re not alone; 50% of Americans feel overworked and overwhelmed by their lives. The typical American work week has stretched to 47 hours on average, and 50% of American’s work more than 8 hours a day. The advent of smart phones and devices has stretched society’s capacity to unplug, refresh and recharge.
I grew up in Oregon, in a house that sat on an acre of land. We had a large garden, which was lovingly tended, organically before organic was a “thing”. We spent long hours collecting turkey manure, tilling it into the ground, weeding, harvesting and preserving for the wet winter months. We hung squash from the rafters of our garage in an old hammock, stored barrels of onions in our pantry, and sat under an enormous blackberry bush eating ripe berries right off the vine. Sounds like Mayberry? It kind of was, and I took all of that peace and quiet for granted.
Then I grew up, got busy, shopped in markets where food was shipped thousands of miles so we could have citrus in August, spent days on freeways commuting my life away, buried my face in my phone, clicked incessantly on a keyboard 18 hours a day, scrambled from thing to thing like a deranged vole running across a rock pile.
I was burned out.
If you’re wondering what that looks like, trust me, you’ll know.
Some tell-tale signs include:
You look like you’ve been drug backwards through a hedge
You’re so tired your hair is even exhausted
Your care factor, about everything, is absolute zero (that’s -459.76 degrees Fahrenheit for you Humanities majors)
And then, I quit.
All of it.
And started creating a more connected life. Because I believe we can put down our phones, step away from our computers, and share the good things in life with people we cherish.
Welcome to Gilmer Farms.
I’m glad you’re here.