Well hello there, Reader. Welcome to my little corner of the Internet.
I’m Jess, the words and (sometimes) brains behind Run, Farm Girl! Run! As you might have guessed, I’m a runner and a farmer from Southwestern Ontario, Canada. I’m also a freelance writer (kind of obvious by me, blogging. Maybe). Other than running, farming and writing, I also spend my time mothering to Kid 1 and Kid 2, wife-ing to the Huz, plus a multitude of other things I will most likely mention on this blog from time to time.
Here’s a bit of background for you to ponder. First, the Running Me.
Running Me has existed on and off for, oh, at least 10 years, I’d say. I believe now is a great time to mention that I used to HATE running. Hated it with the fire of a thousands suns. This lends to the on and off part, but the hatred of this now-beautiful-to-me sport was mostly because I didn’t know how to breathe while running. I personally think that’s why many people don’t like running – they don’t know how to breathe while doing it. And since running is not easy to begin with and breathing is, well, essential to life, if you can’t put one with the other, why bother? That’s what I figured.
But then I read about staggered breathing in this book. And it changed my life. Who knew that breathing in for three strides and out for two would open up a whole new world of possibilities for me? This girl didn’t know it. But now I do, and I intend to share with you how much I love it (and all other things running) as much as I can.
Now, the Farming Me.
Farming Me is pretty new as far as women in agriculture goes. Even though I was raised in the country and we had a horse and I was in 4-H and I know what a hay mow is, I am not, by nature or nurture, a farm girl. But since meeting and marrying my husband (a.k.a. The Huz), I’m slowly turning into one. And it’s pretty frickin’ cool.
Farming and agriculture in general are like these vast unknowns for me. In the 9 years since knowing my husband and the 4 since we began farming with my in-laws, I feel like I know SO much more but yet have SO much left to learn. Agriculture can be a wonderful topic to discuss or a controversial topic to discuss. I may decide to write about such topics, or I might not. But what I will certainly do, forever and always, is be an agvocate – promote agriculture and farming by writing about what’s happening on our farm and in our industry, and hopefully shedding light on these two enormously important parts of my life (and yours!).
Finally, the Writing Me.
Writing Me is new and old. I have been writing since I knew how. But then again, everyone can say that (except kids in school right now who are not taught cursive writing. Arg! Everyone should have a signature!). I suppose the more accurate way to explain Writing Me is to say that I am in possession of an Overactive Imagination and, if I don’t put those imaginations down on paper every so often, my head will most certainly explode.
The great thing (for me, maybe not for you) is that writing doesn’t come naturally to a lot of people but it seems to come naturally to me. This has helped me land jobs where writing was both the essential and not-so-essential focus (mostly, though, the latter). The mannerisms in which I have made a living have all had their ups and downs, but I do find that they have all taught me one very important lesson: Do What You Love.
And so, here I am, a Writer. A freelance writer, to be exact. This, as of right now, is a rather new-ish career venture for me. But as terrifying as starting one’s own business can be, it’s also overwhelmingly exciting. And humbling. And cool. And tiring. And… exactly what I have always known I should be doing as a career (p.s. hire me!).
So… that’s me.
Enjoy your stay here at RFGR. Thanks for the visit!