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Ruminations

And so it begins…


By Jen Korz, Executive Director

Welcome to 2018, Heartland Community! It’s the beginning of a new year and I’ll be authoring the blog from this point forward. I’m hoping to share sneak peeks, stories, and musings from life here at our sanctuary.

When I was trying to come up with a theme for this first entry, I waffled back and forth on various ideas. In the middle of overthinking, the perfect topic fell into my lap. I happened upon this simple doodle image (thank you @doodlesforchange) paired with these poignant words from author Elizabeth Gilbert.

“Today, we begin. Either for the first time, or all over again. Only begin. That’s good enough.” So … Begin. This was not only a good reminder for me personally (such a simple, yet elusive concept), but it’s also a timely topic for January.

I started thinking about beginnings …

The 275 new beginnings our many rescued animals have enjoyed once they arrive here at our beloved sanctuary.

All the beneficial relationships between children and animals (and adults and animals!) which begin at our barn.

And, our spring and summer programs are beginning again. We just posted the schedule for public tours. And, camp registration begins soon!  Children at our sanctuary will once again be reminded of the importance of being compassionate to all.

And, of course, I’m still at the beginning of my tenure at Heartland, having just completed 5 months. While I’ve met many of you, this is the beginning of my relationship with the large majority.

But, most importantly, I also starting to think about Heartland Farm Sanctuary and its beginning as an organization.  So much love, labor and passion were invested during those early years. I mentioned in my ‘end of year’ letter that some of the earliest lifting is the heaviest. There is no doubt that hard work and dedication got us to where we are today.

And, yet, after this particular beginning, we find ourselves at a new point in the organization. A time to plant some new seeds, as it were. Here are a few we’ll be nurturing this year:

Professionalizing, Organizing and Improving our Programs—In order to best meet our mission, we need to address our systems, organization and improve our programming which is, besides our rescued animals, some of our most profound impact.

Refining our identity—I read a quote attributed to David Bowie recently: “One of the things about aging is that you find out who you were meant to be all along.” Our mission is to provide care for farm animals in need, nurture people through the human-animal bond, and foster respect and kindness toward animals and each other. Compassion towards all beings has always been a core part of who we are. We can use our unique position in the community to advocate for compassion.

Making what we do, more visible—Our Humane Education curriculum is superb—we want you to hear about it. Animal care by our 100+ volunteers and staff 365 days of the year is nothing short of amazing—we want you to see it. Our animal assisted therapy programs are helping kids heal in profound ways—we want you to be inspired by it. We will be enhancing our efforts to share more of these engaging stories.

In 2018, in many ways, we’re starting again. A brand new year. A clear vision. Hard work to be done, together.

Shall we begin?

2 Comments for Ruminations

Introducing Heartland’s new blog, Ruminations - Heartland Farm Sanctuary | January 30, 2018 at 5:49 pm

[…] Welcome to 2018, Heartland Community! It’s the beginning of a new year and I’ll be authoring the blog from this point forward. I’m hoping to share sneak peaks, stories, and musings from life here at our sanctuary. When I was trying to come up with a theme for this first entry, I waffled back and forth on various ideas. In the middle of overthinking, the perfect topic fell into my lap. Read more… […]

Barbara | January 31, 2018 at 7:01 am

Thanks Jen; great beginning!

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