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From the hottest fire comes the strongest steel

A strong foundation for 2019

Alysa and her children

Looking back, it’s hard to figure out where an entire year went. The days go slow, but the years sure do fly! This last year started off innocently enough, but then came history’s longest spring before we were finally able to finish off 2017’s harvest (only hours before 2018’s planting was complete).

We should have known it would be an interesting year. Summer came and brought weekends filled with lake fun, including a lot of wind, and seemed pretty short-lived. Fall seemed to bring the worst ever wildfire season. And this year it hit us, too. Not a wildfire, destroying hundreds of thousands of acres, but a shop fire; destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of a building, tools, parts, and equipment. This fire delivered a sucker punch to our already strained emotions (it was, after all, harvest season).

The saying, from the hottest fire comes the strongest steel, has become my motto. I’m using it to forge a strong foundation for 2019.

It’s easy to romanticize a new year with resolutions, telling yourself you’re going to “finally” (insert long-desired goal here), but the work that is required in accomplishing these goals is not easy. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve resolved to become more organized, to start meal planning, or to finally run that marathon I’ve always wanted to run.

And to be honest, I don’t want to look back and see all of my failed resolutions. How depressing! I don’t know if I’ve ever stuck to a single resolution.

Despite my past attempts, I’ve still made resolutions this year: to be more present and unplug more often, to train for a long-distance run, and to enjoy the little things. I decided to make new year resolutions once again because I don’t want to look back at 2019 and see a year where all I have to look back on is the weather and a horrific event.

I am not saying 2018 didn’t have anything great happen, because all things considered, we still had a pretty good year (except for the last few months, and they can just get lost). I think I’ve become so caught up in the things I can show/give to the world, that I’ve forgotten about the love that I can give to my family and friends.

In 2018 I had no resolutions, but looking back on a year that definitely wasn’t one of my favorites, I knew I wanted to make some changes. I’m more determined than ever before. I’ve already made a few baby steps towards fulfilling all my resolutions, but there’s still almost an entire year left for me to succeed. And this is my year.

Alysa and her husband, Dustin, raise beans, flowers, wheat, corn and cattle on their farm near Minot. She is also a Mary Kay dealer and helps around the farm, driving tractor and combine. The Leiers have two children, Avery and Tilton.

 

Written by Alysa Leier

Alysa Leier

Alysa Leier was elected to the Promotion and Education Committee chairmanship in 2016. As the P&E Chair, she represents that committee on the NDFB Board of Directors.

Alysa and her husband, Dustin, raise beans, flowers, wheat, corn and cattle on their farm near Minot. She holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from Minot State University and helps around the farm, driving tractor and combine. The Leiers have two children

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