Brooke’s Reflections

Brooke’s Reflections

We’re only on the second week and I’ve already learned so much. Technically I left home three weeks ago so the letting go process has been longer than our official adventure start date. I wanted to take a minute to write down some things I have learned/observed for a couple reasons. First, to be able to look back and see how far I have come and second, I really want this blog to be a resource for others. If you can see some of the ways I am growing and pushing through hard thoughts or times then maybe it will be encouraging to you as well. So, here we go.

1. Let go.

You know, before this whole trip I was pretty darn comfortable. But, I got to a place where I felt stuck, burnt out, stressed and exhausted every day. Not stretching yourself can lead to those things. I didn’t want to admit most of these things to myself and thought…well I’ll just get a new job or I’ll move somewhere new or explore a new part of town. I had done all those things before and they always brought me to the same place. When we started preparing for this trip I had only one day I was really emotional about it. But, it was also so freeing to let go. Luke and I decided awhile ago that he was “in charge” of this trip. Where we went, when we did things…etc. That freaked the planner side of me out, but I knew it was exactly what I needed. I’ve really enjoyed the flexibility of going wherever we want and only knowing 2-4 days in advance what we’re doing next. That brings me to my next point.

2. Trust

It is super hard for me to trust people, and my dogs for that matter. That’s a humbling thing to admit. I always claimed to have great trust in people, but these past few years I have realized I have some work to do. I love my husband, but I notice myself second-guessing him, wanting to re-plan over his plans, doubting he can really drive down this mud road safely and that his advice to let Sox duke it out with a dog is really the best for his growth. This trip has already started helping me with that and I’m excited to see where I am two months from now.

3. Farming

This one is an observation from the trip and is completely unrelated to the first two, but equally important to me. I don’t really like documentaries. They usually have an agenda, so they only show extreme cases or points to prove their agenda. If I am going to be convicted about something, I want the information on both sides. So as we drove from Phoenix to Kansas, as you can imagine, we passed many farms. One of the farms we passed I described as a “concert stadium for cows” they were PACKED. It was so sad, they could barely move. When we stopped for gas, Luke’s mom explained those are called feed lots and they just pump the cows with corn and they stand in these mud pits and never really move anywhere else. We passed more than one feed lot, but that was by far the worst. We’d also pass farms where the cows were out grazing and had so much room to roam and it felt so freeing and happier. I do believe animals, just like people, have a purpose in life. I don’t think I could be a vegetarian, but I can tell you I am only supporting grass feeding farms from now on. I’d also just love to partner with a local farm to really know where my food is coming from, but we’ll see when we get there.

I will end with this. Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone once a week; you’ll be so much better for it.

4 thoughts on “Brooke’s Reflections

  1. I love your incite on things. It sounds like you both are just finding peace and appreciation for the smaller things in life. We all tend to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and forget to see what the country and the world can really provide to us if we just allow it to. That’s one of the things I have learned by moving to Tennessee and the natural beauty here. Always love to read your opinions and see what the world is teaching you and allowing me to get to know you better as a person. You’ve always been a special one, but I am beginning to know you deeper and it reflects what I have known all along. Keep reaching for your dreams and love one another. Looking forward to the next post.

    1. Thanks Uncle! It’s been great being in much better contact with you the last few years. Sorry we missed you in KC! Come back and see us though.

  2. The purpose of feed lots is to tenderize the meat. I found in Europe the meat was a lot tougher and it was because it was not grain fed. Greetings from KA 💞

  3. Challenging your own insights can be good, but even more of a challenge might be TRUSTING your own God-given insights. The key is the presence of God in your thought process. Caution is as Godly an insight as adventure. Enjoy!

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