Sneaky Lessons

Anyone relate to this way of thinking…
As I was doing the morning animal chores, I saw some dog poop in the front gardens so I picked it up. Then I saw some weeds growing between the stone steps, so I grabbed those. Then I saw some more and pulled them. 30min later the goats were munching on a big pile of weeds.
That felt good. It felt productive. It was mindless. It felt much better than tackling the computer work waiting for me inside the house.
I eyed the tall grass that had spread and taken over the plants nearby. It had to go.
I knew I should get gloves – grass can get sharp.
I have 498 pairs of work gloves right by my front door, but if I went to get them I could no longer rationalize to myself that I was simply making my way back to the house from the animals to get my work done.
If I went inside to get the gloves, I would have to admit to my procrastination.
So I didn’t do the logical, smart or prudent thing – pick your favorite descriptor.
I used my bare hands and the plant fought back.
Three fingers got sliced open and bled enough for me to have to go inside and face the judgmental look of my laptop – it knew I was avoiding it.
So I pulled out my phone and wrote this post.
Someday I will be better about not procrastinating tax prep and tedious admin work – today is not that day.
So to all who can relate, know you aren’t alone.
Just remember, that the universe has a sneaky way of teaching us the lessons we need to learn each day.

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About Becky

Becky Schmooke (pronounced “Smoke”) is a Mindful Leadership Consultant and Speaker, focused on providing action based mindfulness and leadership training to organizations and businesses who are ready to do things differently.

Becky’s Mindful Kitchen, is located outside of Iowa City, and provides truly unique team building and leadership retreats,  strategic planning workshops, private parties and classes and weekly summer camps for kids. The commercial teaching kitchen, treehouse, archery range, bush craft skills, first aid training, wood fired pizza oven, chickens, baby goats and timber adventure playground provides endless opportunities for hands on activities.


As a mom to three girls, 60 chickens, 4 goats, 2 dogs and a fire fighter’s wife- life is never boring and provides Becky with endless stories which she uses to illustrate her approach to mindfulness in daily posts on social media.  

In all that she does, Becky has one goal, to build confidence in others to take action to live their best life, not just pass time.  

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