Rarely do I think that I cannot manage what I have taken on. I will make statements that God has placed this in front of me. Maybe I am wrong! Maybe I am the one that is running ahead of my God! Sometimes we think we are doing his work and really we are just doing our work. As I take on projects in my life I sometimes realize that I am doing things in complete vain. I have been in a rut for quite sometime. As I say this, people around me would be shocked to here this. But when you work non stop without time off it creates all kind of life issues. No time to work on our family. No time to clean or to enjoy what I am working for. No time to enjoy leisurely time off because I really do not have any! Now with this said do not cry for me.
I am sure that other people manage this well! Maybe because they have managers, housekeepers and personal assistance. I do not have these luxuries. “I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”- Philippians 4:13
It is so easy to not see what I have accomplished. However my accomplishments are not mine alone. The remodel at the Market would not have happened without the amazing artist David Petersen who did the mural walls, My amazing husband Bryan who hung barn doors- The art that I choose and the theme of the sugar beet industry that helped build the valley in 1920 Great Western Sugar Company opened in Mitchell, Nebraska with the help of “Beeters” German Russian laborers who were recruited to help educate the farmers here on how to plant, grow and harvest the crops. My fathers family raised beets and helped harvest the beets. My husband’s father worked and retired out of the factory and my husband has been a Mechanic in the factory all of his life.
in 1996 The Mitchell Great Western Sugar closed and Bryan did not take a buy out. He chose to transfer to the Scottsbluff, Nebraska factory. Mitchell, Nebraska just gave up after the factory left and saw people sell their homes for half of what they were worth. They stopped see what they could be. Their downtown has lost businesses and the city has not established policies to over come.
I opened my business in a small town knowing the risks. but the history
Smart growth strategies can help rural communities achieve their goals for growth and development while maintaining their distinctive rural character.
- Planning where development should or should not go can help a rural community encourage growth in town, where businesses can thrive on a walkable main street and families can live close to their daily destinations.
- Policies that protect the rural landscape help preserve open space, protect air and water quality, provide places for recreation, and create tourist attractions that bring investments into the local economy.
- Policies that support walking, biking, and public transit help reduce air pollution from vehicles while saving people money.
No one buys a home to see the value drop. My goal with building a company in a small town is to be proud of the community and what it offers. I love Mitchell! It has been a place that I find to be special. I know our visitors that visit feel it as well. We put on special events that bring people to the Market to celebrate special moments in their lives. The photo is of our grandson Jayson who was so excited to see Santa that he could not resist kissing Santa! Out two year old has been part of the tradition at the Breakfast with Santa. I work hard to promote Mitchell, Nebraska because it is where my heart is!
At the end of the day it is about the love of people! Growing in a rural community to create love your neighbors and work hard to create a future that is more than myself.