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Organizing Like Rome (In Wisconsin)


“With you by my side we’re organizing like Rome”

-Brush Strokes

This song lyric reminds me of my life here in Albuquerque so far. I moved here when I was 8 years old. Now I’m 25 and, never having thought I’d leave, I have plans to move away.

And as always, I am mostly writing about my twin sister, Meredith. She sings the organizing like Rome lyric and every time I hear it I think…. yeah, we do that. Maybe Rome fell. Maybe it wasn’t built in a day. Maybe it isn’t exactly the same, but the line makes me think those inspiring thoughts: we can do anything, difficult things are possible, we’ve built a really strong life with each other, always side by side. 

ready for anything

ready for anything

For the first time in all of my life, I’ll be by myself. I can hardly even FIND a picture of my life that Meredith isn’t in. (At least until after high school.)

BUT!!!! This isn’t a sad blog post. I think that because I’ve had such a strong foundation (my entire family, my good friends, etc), I am able to move on in such a way. I’m excited for the future and I’m excited to do something on my own, no matter how unknown that might be.

A while ago I was into writing blogs about dreams coming true. I wrote about plan A’s in life, and making your biggest dream a plan A rather than a plan B. I said a lot of things about not giving up, dropping everything and following your dreams…… you get the drift. (lots of talk about dreams)

For a second there, I forgot, just a little, where those blogs were coming from. I really wondered and pondered where I was headed in life. Things felt as if they were in a sort of standstill. Well…. things change every day. I’ve been surprised more in the last 6 months of my life than maybe ever before. Most of the surprises have been good. Most have led me toward something completely different than I thought.

Two years ago I figured out that I had a passion I never would have guessed: ORGANIC FARMING.

And now, in 2015, at the perfect time in my life, when all the stars have aligned… I have a real job lined up. To work at a farm.

This farm is in Wisconsin. (never, would I have ever told you I’d live there)

This farm is in a town of less than 5,000 people. (so says Wikipedia)

This farm is already a place I can picture myself, totally confident in what I’m doing. (dream job)

If you want to check out what this place is all about, go to the Borner Farm Project website. They have bees (those who know me know I love bees and invite them into my home) and chickens (ummm …. anyone who knows me ALSO knows that I’d rather have chickens around than any other animal, including cats and dogs) and lots of organic produce. And from what I can tell, this place has kind, hard working and compassionate people.

Could I ask for anything more?

I’ll be leaving a lot, which is scary. But I’ll be heading toward an entirely different future.

Who knows? I could be organizing like Rome in a completely different way.



Author: Melinda Haas

Melinda is a writer, blogger, artist and teacher. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

2 thoughts on “Organizing Like Rome (In Wisconsin)

  1. This makes me sappy ( sad/ happy )

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