Sometimes, I’m a bit embarrassed by the length of time between blog posts here. So, I think I’ll do a random rundown of what I consider the important aspects of my life recently:
1) The holidays, nothing real traumatic really. Weston (our three year old) expanded his growing farming operation rather significantly. I do wonder what will happen when his expansion dreams exceed the confines of the basement walls. My two youngest daughters took a road trip with Grandpa and Grandma to Ohio and spent a week with my sister’s family. The quieter house was a nice gift for mom and dad.
2) AgChat Foundation hired Emily Zweber as our executive director. I couldn’t be more happy about this bit of news. It was a long search process, but in the end I think we hired someone with an excellent skill set to match our needs. I’ve immensely enjoyed my involvement in AgChat Foundation since the beginning, and having someone of Emily’s caliber committed every day to moving the Foundation forward is exciting!
3) I am now officially a school teacher!!! Yes, that is not a typo. Let me explain a bit. Our kids attend a small private school, about fifty students total. After Christmas break we made some changes and there was a need for some part time teachers. So, every other day, I’m going in to school to teach 7th and 8th grade science and reading. I am thoroughly enjoying it, I have only been at it for a couple of weeks though, so this may change! Also, the students, or more importantly the students parents, may feel a bit differently!
4) Which brings me to the last, and maybe most important change. One that’s been brewing for a fairly long time, but is becoming increasingly obvious to me. When I started social media, I was known as the “data dude”, it’s even part of my blog headline. I have spent years where my free time, my passion, my interest was all data, all because I truly believed that the right data, crunching the numbers the right way, would really matter. That belief is currently undergoing a fundamental shift. I still enjoy data and numbers, I still think they are important. But if I’ve learned one thing in the last two years it’s this: People are what matter, period. That’s true with my family (obviously) it’s true regarding the mission of AgChat Foundation, it’s true in making our farm successful, it’s true at our private school. Not data, but people… Those that have known me the longest will appreciate the monumental shift of that simple sentence.