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Perspective

Walking into a situation where you know you are most likely the outsider, the one with the differing opinion, is not easy. It is something I am not very good at. But in all honesty, these situations can often times be the most rewarding. Putting yourself out there is vulnerable. Something that is not comfortable. There is a reason it is called stepping outside your comfort zone, because it is not comfy. That comfort zone can often times hold you back. Can keep you from experiencing some pretty awesome things.

As an agriculture advocate and 4th generation California farmer, I find myself at conferences and workshops quite frequently. Most of the time, they are sponsored or put on by agriculture organizations or support businesses. I attend with the objective to learn more about my industry and ways to better our business or my leadership skills.

But what perspective is that giving us? I am learning more about my industry but through the lens of like minded people. What if we started to…

The calm before the storm

I've been quiet in the social media and blogging world over the last couple months. I do have a good excuse though. Our family has taken some much needed vacations! We call it the calm before the storm. Our chance to unwind, relax and take in the views. All before the storm of harvest is about to begin this week! Every one needs a little time to calm yourself and regroup. This is just what our little family has been doing, and man did we enjoy ourselves!
Earlier in June, we were lucky enough to go to Kauai with my parents, sister and her family. It was great that we were blessed to have the chance to go. Living 5 hours from my family, we don't see them too often. So, I was looking very forward to spending a week with them all. I was a little nervous to fly with our then 6 month old baby. But he was a trooper and did a great job! I was so proud of him and the 6 hour flight.
I originally thought a week in Kauai would be so long and we wouldn't have enough to keep us busy. But, man was I mistaken. We didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to. We enjoyed a Luau, sunset dinner cruise, drove up the Waimea Canyon,  relaxed on Poipu Beach, went shopping, toured the Kauai Coffee Plantation, road the train about Kilohana Plantation followed by rum tasting of Koloa Rum. We were busy all right, and not to mention the house we stayed at had great views and pool all while being ocean front! Ocean front homes are the way to enjoy a Hawaii vacation while traveling with a large group. Having 6 adults, 2 kids and a baby I would highly recommend staying in a house. The house gave us the opportunity to all be together and have private space in the same residence.
Kauai was a beautiful island to explore. It was lush and green everywhere without being too rainy or humid. There were great hiking trails for the adventure type, shopping for the laid back and a great view for everyone. It was my first time in Kauai and I will definitely go back.

While it was our first time in Kauai, we are no strangers to Pismo Beach.  Pismo Beach, Ca is right in our backyard about 2 hours west from our farm and home. My almond farmer and I actually went to college and met about 15 miles north of Pismo Beach at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. We love it there and always have a nice relaxing time. Every year though, my husband's family and three other families sync our schedules and enjoy 10 days together at the beach. That's right, about 40 people together for 10 days. We are spread out over 4 houses, but manage to join forces for dinners and beach time. Pismo was about 30 degrees cooler than our nice warm Central Valley, so needless to say it was a great escape from the heat. Since we are so familiar with the area we didn't need to go exploring. We made sure to stop at our favorite restaurants, shop our favorite locations and even enjoyed a concert night out! Relaxing by the ocean was a great calm before the storm.

Coming home yesterday, we were greeted by 97 degree weather, trees that needed to be harvested and a pile of laundry that exploded from our suitcases. We were blessed this summer with some great vacations to help us relax before the storm of harvest starts this week!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl




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