I've recently reflected with another farmer friend that we've reached a turning point in our farming careers: instead of farming around our non-farming jobs, we are now fitting in non-farming jobs around our farming. It's a satisfying milestone. We're still working 60+ hour weeks on a regular basis, but we are able to make better and better strategic choices about our time. We are no longer apologetic about the price of our products: you get what you pay for, and we know what our work, and our environmental and social stewardship is worth. We've learned that bigger does not equal better or more money (necessarily). We know what we're good at, and what we should really leave to others. We relish our time on our land, in nature, and our ability to nurture plants and animals. We value being able to make our communities more resilient.
You may be at a turning point yourself in your career or your life. Being a permaculturist, I reflect better when I can see patterns. I've been using an online tool, called Liberating Structures, for the last couple of months as I assess the next steps for my farm. Check it out here. You can access the patterns for free. Maybe you'll find it useful too!