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  • Rita the Hay Rake is the best kind of friend. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says giving names to vehicles and equipment can give great joy.

  • Big candle companies have been missing out for years on the smell of farming. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell encourages people to imagine untraditional scents from a Seasons on the Farm Candle Collection.

  • On hard days, look to find the good, like taking time to pick blackberries to make a homemade cobbler for dessert. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says there is promise in every sunrise, joy in every silly joke-induced laugh, peace in every ride through the pasture, beauty in every flower blooming and delight in every bird singing.

  • In the end, some 2,400 acres of rangeland had burned. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet)

    A simple statement of childlike faith may have broader implications in one's life.

  • Sometimes trying is all we have to give and that is truly enough. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says don't be afraid to admit your life is messy and that you are overwhelmed at times.

  • The porch is the place for the family to slow down and make memories. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard recommends people take the time to enjoy what a place like a porch, or other happy place of any size, offers.

  • This blogger never dreamed how a pandemic could turn into pandemonium. Then she saw a big skunk through her window. (Progressive Farmer image by Getty Images)

    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet shares how the COVID-19 quarantine, kids, conference calls, and a skunk make for a unique combination of events.

  • COVID-19 helped Katie Pratt's family to explore hobbies and start genuinely enjoying each other's company. (Getty Images)

    Blogger Katie Pratt shares how COVID-19 isolation brought her family closer and maybe instilled new habits of togetherness.

  • Cab therapy can help encourage a more productive mind. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell says find your perfect thoughtful spot where you can think and be productive, too.

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    There's a place for all of us in this world, and that sentiment is most evident coming from the eyes and actions of your own child.

  • "Meet Pete" by Jennifer Campbell, illustrated by Victoria Gibson (Progressive Farmer image provided by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell introduces her children's book "Meet Pete" and shares why she wrote it to connect with readers.

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    Bloggier Katie Pratt says as farmers, we live and die by our ability to manage the natural resources put in our care, and that is a good story to share.

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    Blogger Katie Pratt shares how her children learned a big-farm business lesson on a small scale in 2019.

  • Why is it be so hard to believe in past success for fear of future failure, asks blogger Meredith Bernard, as she thinks about some of the decisions she's made and how they turned out. (Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard shares one of the hardest decisions she has made in her life.

  • Here's one resolution this blogger encourages others to also do this year. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell has decided on a New Year's resolution that has a sweet reward when she completes it.

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    Blogger Tiffany Dowell Lashmet tells how a barn can be a sacred, special place away from holiday hustle and bustle.

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    Blogger Katie Pratt shares the importance of continuing to build traditions for the next generations.

  • Gerdie is not the newest or the shiniest. She doesn't have all the bells and whistles. But, she works. (Progressive Farmer photo by Meredith Bernard)

    Blogger Meredith Bernard says sometimes it's not about having the best but making the best with what you have.

  • Step back, close your eyes, pray, meditate, clear your head, take a deep breath -- just stop and pause. (Progressive Farmer photo by Jennifer Campbell)

    Blogger Jennifer Campbell encourages people to take care of themselves by taking a pause every now and then.

  • Sharing the what, why and how of farming with others can be very satisfying. (Getty Images)

    Blogger Katie Pratt shares how volunteering to bring the farmyard to the schoolyard doesn't have to be a daunting task.