WELCOME TO TRUE SOUL

Hey you,  

 

I am the Mama of Parker's Old Time Farm. I spend most of my days here on the farm with my husband and our three free range children. I light up in the moments I have a chance to connect with like-minded souls like you. Here you’ll find me sharing my unique story toward a simpler, slower, and intentional lifestyle. I consciously choose this route to live a life that is oh so full and I know I need help along the way, we are all in this together aren’t we? I hope it can go both ways.

 

 I made a number of choices that led me down this natural living path without ever really knowing what it was all leading to. I studied abroad and awoke to a spiritual path I didn’t know existed. I took yoga teacher training, stopped using chemicals in my skincare or preservatives in my food. I kept teaching yoga and gained an entrepreneurial spirit. I eventually found a home that spoke to me with lots and lots of land. I built a farm with my husband, I became tied down to my daily tasks here at home. I found the simple pleasures in caring for a garden and making homemade meals solely off the land. I found whole foods we raised and grew to be healing in every aspect. I became comfortable regularly decluttering and purging unnecessary items I know longer needed. I had a baby, then another, and another. I found a new passion to raise them gently and consciously. I decided to raise those babies instead of heading into work each day. I kept my creative pursuits. 

 

Each one of these choices were whispers heard and listened to. Not any one of these decisions were technically the right ones but each one led me to freedom. They were symbols of feeling on the best path suited for me. I craved a life unhurried with advocacy, freedom, presence and healing. I ask for a simple and slow life to fill up my days. 

 

The root of it all stemmed from the event that shook my world, the day my best friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer about eleven years ago. As days and years would pass, Kenz and I often contemplated life and death, what it means to really feel fulfilled within our lives while we are here. I found success in a mainstream sense (money) didn’t mean much beyond the cush and a fleeting feeling that it is. It could never compare to raw moments being made in the moment. I didn’t want to fall vacant to them. To be present was and still is the intention. It is success, a life fulfilled. It is a place of fluidity, lost time, connection, feeling whatever that is, and oh so much love. I believe it shows up most often for us in the mundane or when we show up for it by slowing down. I think I will always be striving to slow down and often feel I can’t keep up, so I try to stick to my roots of what I believe to be true.

 

My husband and I have been together since the ninth grade. Thank goodness that we have grown up and grown together. We have found a home in the forest of the finger lakes, built a farm, taken in more animals than we can count and that includes three wild and free littles. We get to be in this all together. Our lives may be overly chaotic and full but the most essential thing is that we choose what is simple. Don’t get me wrong because farming is far from easy! The ebb and flow of our days, taking care of our animals, the land, brings on the ease of relieving the burdens of this world. I often feel overwhelmed between raising my babies, running the farm, a yoga business and who knows what else added to the list on any given day. My internal compass always steers to  what I spoke to, my roots, what I know to be true. Living slow and simple has become my family's heartbeat. 

 

My Mackenzie now no longer sits beside me in this world. I made sure she knew if there was one thing I could act on to honor her was to live my best life including the waves that follow her passing. It sounds small in writing this but I see it as the key of what makes change for us all, starting within ourselves. My best looks like an ocean of highs and lows, flowing forward only to be thrown back but yet, keep on. I will keep on and live life simply. I share my story to heal. I share it in hopes that it makes you, my friends, ponder the same questions that will fill in the life best suited for you where you.  I wish for you to be able to slow down enough to be present enough to listen in to your own whispers, whatever they may be.

 

It’s all worthwhile and never forget, we are all in this together.

 

Hayley Parker            

                                                                                                                      

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Hayley Parker

Mama. Farmhand. Yoga Instructor.

Time is a funny thing. A food for though