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FarmHer: You Can Change Your Story

Five years ago this month, I became a quitter. Up until then, I had navigated a successful 11-year-long career in corporate agriculture. I had climbed that ladder as fast and furiously as I could.  

Despite the success of being a young woman in that role, I felt like I had to work harder, faster, and smarter just to prove myself. I felt that doubly after coming back to work from having my children. The promise of a higher salary, more stability, and respect from my peers was always in my sights – until the day it wasn’t. 

I came to realize that no matter how hard I tried, I was just never going to break through that grass ceiling. To be honest, I didn’t really want to anymore.  

So, I quit. I gave up. At times I have wondered if that was the right decision. Where would I be if I had fought through? My days would surely be a little calmer, my travel schedule not quite so crazy, and my bank account fuller. I also knew that my heart wouldn’t be nearly as complete. 

Over the past five years, I have come to realize that I didn’t quit. I simply took a break and changed paths. I altered the way the story was written in my head. After I left, I kept going, found my passion in FarmHer, and since then, I have pushed, climbed, scraped, and stumbled my way into something so much more rewarding.

So, if today you are struggling with a decision about changing the way your story is written, remember that the person most hung up on which path you take might be the person in the mirror. There is a difference between quitting and knowing when you’ve had enough. Quitting today doesn’t mean you have to quit forever.

Use that change to propel yourself forward to the next big thing or little joy in your life. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Quitting is leading, too.” 

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