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“Sometimes blessings come in ugly wrapping paper.”
—Robbie Norton

This quote pretty much sums up how I feel right now. COVID-19 is some of the ugliest wrapping paper I have ever laid my eyes on.

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Editor’s note: This blog is reprinted with permission from eat Farm Love.

For the past few months, I have been feeling overwhelmed. Maybe you would say unbalanced.

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If you were to look the word “happy” up in the dictionary, you would find a few different definitions. They include:

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If you follow along with any of my social media profiles, or you have read my past HERd management columns, you might know 2019 was a difficult year for me. I have been battling mild anxiety and depression while managing our farm with my husband.

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“My husband came in at lunch and told me the statistics on farmer suicide. He told me how hopeless he felt. I was scared to let him go back to the field.”

“I am always so angry. I yell at the kids and throw things in the milkhouse. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

“He asked for help. The nurses laughed at him. He cried and asked if I thought he was crazy.”

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Last year, a U.S. National Public Radio broadcast inspired me to write about women’s leadership roles and what I consider the virtues of being an unsafe woman.

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