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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Daring Greatly.

Recently I won a blog give away over at "And Here We Are." a blog written by a neat lady I met ever so randomly while at work one day and then again randomly I found her blog just by pure chance. I won a book titled "Daring Greatly." which is all about opening up your self to vulnerability-in a nut shell letting your armor down and letting the world see you for who you really are.

The title of the book comes from a speech given by Theodore Roosevelt.Below is a quote from his speech that sums things up nicely-

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

The book has given me plenty to think about regarding myself and where it is I want to go in life.So in the spirit of the book and Theodore Roosevelt I have started something that for me is daring greatly.
As some of you may know I have been working on getting back to school to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.I have the passion,the drive,the dedication and determination to make this happen.My only stumbling block has been where to find the funds for the program.( I say stumbling block because a block keeps you stuck, where a stumbling block is just s hiccup in the road ahead.) Sadly,holistic health education just does not seem to have aid available to hopeful students.Silly system if you ask me.But I am focused on my target so I went out on a personal limb and I am asking for help.

I the ever independent-I -can- do -it-myself-prideful person has started an account over at Gofundme.Gofundme is much like Kickstarter but has more headings you can choose from including one for raising funds for education.

So Dear Readers if you or someone you know may want to help me along on my journey to find my passion with the end result being I can share my passion to help others,here is the link to my fund raiser page.My highest hope is I raise enough to cover all of the fees but even if with the help from others I mange part that will be better than not trying at all.No matter what the outcome of the fund raiser is I will go forward and reach my goal.

I would also like to thank Ariana from "And Here We Are." I am always amazed by how the universe works.Sometimes the connections made seem so random and end with such surprising results.Thank you for needing shoes for your Little Miss,stopping in the shop and reappearing on a blog from the other side of the world. Thank you again for the book, I will pass it on so someone else can dare to be great.

On the homestead front Chance and I made Red Current Jam last week.We used this recipe ,fast easy and tasty.If you are a fan of Lingonberry Jam, Red Current is worth finding the currents for.We had 3 pounds of currents and ended up with 10 half pint jars,plenty (I hope) for the coming year.

Chance and I are also leaving flyers around town about our chicken butchering classes with the hopes we can find enough people interested to hold another class or two.If you live local and would like to be placed on our up coming classes email list let me know in the comments.

Well, I must dash off and get ready for work.If I am not back here before Thanksgiving,I hope every one of you has a great day filled with blessings.



  1. I would be interested in a chicken butchering class. Especially if I could bring one of my own hens. I have been part of one other butchering day, but it has been a while, and it is always nice to see more than one approach.

    1. Jake, we always have our students bring their own chicken,it would be way to hard to find enough for everyone.We like each student to butcher their own bird so it's a real hands on class.
      We do one bird that is ours as a demo and then walk each student through the steps with their chicken.

      Can I add you to our list? Although since you are a regular reader you would read about classes coming here too.your choice,let me know.

  2. I am very excited about your fundraising campaign, and I am eager to help. I can't do it today but I will in the next few days. Hooray for you!

    1. Thanks Margaret, I guess I should add into my post that there is not a firm deadline to raise the sum.I can pay for each term as it comes and the site keeps my posting until my whole amount is reached.And I can pull out money from the fund as I need it.
      I am hoping to start the Spring term.

  3. Rois, I loved this post, and I am excited for you. So glad the book spoke to you, as it did to me and my husband both. And I LOVE that you guys will be doing chicken butchering classes! I butchered my first chicken when I was 9, but it was a traumatic experience because I wasn't able to kill it quickly-- super sad. I had better experiences after that, but it definitely left a big impression on me. I am also really excited about your vision for becoming a Nutritional Therapy Practicioner! I know of one in Portland that I took some bodywork classes with. He was a really nice guy, and I could probably get his info for you, if you come to a place where you need someone to talk to about it. Just let me know. Wishing you well, Rois!

    1. Thank you Ariana,I will let you know if I need the contact info.

  4. Oh, Darn, I still haven't done this! I will! I need a few more days! I have been crazy busy with the wrapping up of the term.