Everyday when I look in the mirror and see tired eyes looking back at me, I’m tempted to say “What’s the Point?” ….What’s the point of me launching a new business and taking the time and energy it takes to launch a blog, curate content, seek out new experiences and now launch my own events to further my mission. My mission, that on dark days feels like the loneliest place I could ever be.
Well the point is Restoration.
Restoration by definition is:
- the action of returning something to a former place, or condition.
- the process of repairing or renovating a building, work of art, etc., so as to restore it to its original condition.
- the reinstatement of a previous practice, right, custom, or situation.
- the return of a hereditary monarch to a throne, a head of state to government, or a regime to power.
My personal favourite: Unlike the dictionary meaning of “restoration” the biblical meaning of the word “restoration” is to receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition. The main point is that someone or something is improved beyond measure.
Beyond measure. Those two words in this context gives me goosebumps because it’s my desire for the community, to not only restore to their original position but to go beyond. Personally, my calling is:
- To inspire others to restore themselves to the person they were prior to hurt, trauma or loss. (If I can do it, You can do it.)
- To inspire others to restore their connection to the land, where we come from, and understanding a source of life comes from the water and food grown from the soil right under our feet. (“You don’t know where you’re going, until you know where you’ve been”)
- To inspire restoration of culture and the foods that tell the story of our individual heritages. (Processed foods & Microwaves is not culture, it’s convenience. What’s your National Dish and do you know why?)
I know I can ‘Geek Out’ on some of these topics but sometimes I think with technology and desiring the “modern ways” of doing everything, we have disconnected from the essence of who we are as humans and how we connect to the earth in terms of culture, food and life.
Restoration Farms is a brand I founded that will eventually have a physical landscape for guests to experience restoration of many areas, but in the meantime it lives as a blog. The blogs’ intention is to highlight things my readers may have disconnected from without realizing and to inspire a lifestyle that restores the love of farm fresh foods, natural landscapes and personal restoration through creative expression. I promise to highlight new foods, gardening techniques, local farms we should be supporting and events that are focused on food and/or farming in some way. I want to be a source of value for you, so be sure to comment or reach out with any specific questions or interests.
So, what’s the point anyways?
The point is to make a difference in the world and to live true to my authentic self. Before my hurts, losses and indifference I was a lover of the outdoors as a child and a pioneer of the “kiddie tea party” using fresh fruit my mother got from the market.
As a teenager I loved trees, ravines and hanging out in groups, which really was “community building” and as a young adult I was a constant participant in “Come over for dinner” because I loved the conversation, the jokes and the food as we pot luck’d our little hearts out. But like many of you, as life hit, I got busier and disconnected from some of the simpler ways of life that brought me joy. So when I said “Enough” 2.5 years ago and made the uncomfortable changes that would lead us here together, I began my journey of restoration and hope to inspire others to do the same.
I thank and appreciate you for tuning into this journey and if you want to work alongside me on anything please let me know! As I mentioned before, breaking out of the ordinary can be a lonely place sometimes, so if you love what you’re reading/learning about to the point where you want in, just let me know…..cause I’m here for it!
And really that’s the The Point.