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Appreciating the Sights and Sounds of Functional Rustic

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Every morning I wake up, grab some coffee and head out to the barn to let the ducks out and watch the sunrise. It is a truly magical way to start each day. I still can’t believe that I am fortunate enough to be able to experience this beauty every single day.

In the rush of day to day life it is easy to forget to appreciate what is around me. The beauty of nature, the ingenuity of humans and how both intertwine to form the world we live in. There is so much to appreciate.

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Winter Sunrise Over the Functional Rustic Barn.

When I lived in the suburbs I dreamed of living in the country. I wanted a quiet place in the middle of the woods away from the hustle, bustle and noise that accompanies life.

Circumstances presented themselves that I was provided the opportunity to start my Happily Ever After life in my thirties. Only as they were reaching retirement were my parents able to follow their dream to live in the country.

The fact that I get to start my life off in my dream environment instead of working my whole life to earn it is humbling. I feel obligated to earn the privilege of living here. I have everything I could ever ask for laying before me – the possibilities are endless.

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The view of the Functional Rustic Barn from the woods beyond the wetlands.

I pledge to maintain and improve the extensive ecosystem that calls my property home. I will approach each homestead project with enthusiasm because its a privilege I have that others do not. I will do my part to make better the lives of all the creatures I encounter in the magical world that is Functional Rustic.

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A deer visiting Functional Rustic on a cold, snowy day in Dryden, MI.

Most of all, I will share my good fortune with others.

Since I moved out to Dryden, MI in 2017 I am making a concerted effort to live intentionally as the person I want to be. Part of that process is waking up early and spending the morning with my Muscovy Ducks and Bronze Turkey.

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Gladys – The Bronze Turkey of Functional Rustic.
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Amelia Air Duck, Muscovy Hen, looking down at the Muscovy Drakes of Functional Rustic.

A bright perk of being up early is being able to actually watch the sunrise. Living in suburbia, even if I wanted to wake up with the sunrise the view was ‘eh’. Functional Rustic is anything but ‘eh’.

Being in nature is therapeutic. The therapeutic aspect is a key reason I wanted to implement an outside daily routine. I guess going to and working in the barn are outdoorsy but the barn isn’t nature.

I know that I’m a creature of habit. My old habit was laying on the couch to ensure it didn’t run away. My old habit was making sure that cable companies did not go out of business from lack of viewership.

If being in nature is going to be my new goal I need some re-enforcement to maintain the new habit. That is when I started filming the sunrise. I am watching it anyway.

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Stunning sunrise views from the back of the Functional Rustic Barn.

More importantly, on days when I am in a rush to get in and out of the barn for whatever reason, it is really easy to not take a minute to absorb the beauty around me.

To force me to take a moment to smell the flowers, so to speak, I take minute long videos and upload them on social media every day. I made enjoying nature a part of my daily routine and built in accountability by promising to continue sharing the experience with others each day.

Even when I am in a rush, spending 60 seconds every morning to document the wonderous sights around me is now a habit instead of a goal. Recording the video enables me to put an actual time on it. I am guaranteed at least one minute of peace a day.

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One of the Functional Rustic Ponds in the font yard.

Now that I have a  new blog platform on which to share my story I will share those videos here as well. I already upload all my videos to YouTube each week but, daily sunrises deserve to be enjoyed daily not weekly.

I am still working on how best to present the videos and what time of day is most effective to publish them. I have a lot of ideas coming together at the same time (very, very exciting!) and as they are implemented I am learning how best to adjust my time management.

Below you can watch the videos from the past two weeks. Please let me know what you think and if you have any special requests for the kinds of videos you want to see.

Until next time, Enjoy!!

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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3 Tier Wooden Tea Light Holder – Silver

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“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament

“Meow Spoken Here” Wooden Ornament by Functional Rustic is handcrafted from repurposed pallet wood and hand painted with oil paint. Twine is used to hang the ornament. Free Shipping.

$10.00

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.15.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. I can and I will. Watch me.

I can and I will. Watch me.

2. Each day you must choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.


Each day you must choose the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.

3. Be patient with yourself nothing in nature blooms all year.


Be patient with yourself nothing in nature blooms all year.

4. Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.


Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it faith. Feed it truth. Feed it with love.

5. No matter how dark the moment, anything is possible with hope.


No matter how dark the moment, anything is possible with hope.
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6. Focus more on the people who inspire you than the people who annoy you. You’ll get much further in life.


Focus more on the people who inspire you than the people who annoy you. You’ll get much further in life.

7. You are amazing. You are brave. You are strong.


You are amazing. You are brave. You are strong.

8. If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.


If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.

9. The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, its the person we become by finding the discipline, courage and commitment to achieve them.


The real value of setting goals is not the recognition or reward, its the person we become by finding the discipline, courage and commitment to achieve them.

10. Your brilliance awaits you on the edge of your comfort zone.


Your brilliance awaits you on the edge of your comfort zone.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.14.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. It will never be perfect. Make it work. -Life

It will never be perfect. Make it work. -Life

2. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.


Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

3. Some people will always have something to say and nothing to contribute.


Some people will always have something to say and nothing to contribute.

4. Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you’re sad.


Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry and don’t decide when you’re sad.

5. May your vibes shift the whole damn frequency of the room when you walk in.


May your vibes shift the whole damn frequency of the room when you walk in.

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6. Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.


Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.

7. Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress – which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.


Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress – which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.

8. When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.


When the roots are deep, there is no reason to fear the wind.

9. People who do not understand your silence will never understand your words.


People who do not understand your silence will never understand your words.

10. Never judge a person for their mistakes. Judge a person on how they fix them.


Never judge a person for their mistakes. Judge a person on how they fix them.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.13.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Life is short and the world is wide.

Life is short and the world is wide.

2. Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try.


Maybe the hardest part of life is just having the courage to try.

3. Be truthful, gentle & fearless.


Be truthful, gentle & fearless.

4. You are so much stronger than you think.


You are so much stronger than you think.

5. You have to absolutely believe in yourself because in so many of the deepest endeavors, at the end of the day nobody else really will.


You have to absolutely believe in yourself because in so many of the deepest endeavors, at the end of the day nobody else really will.

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6. Behind every successful person, there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.


Behind every successful person, there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.

7. The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.


The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.

8. Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.


Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.

9. With hope, the odds don’t matter.


With hope, the odds don’t matter.

10. Be the light that helps others see.


Be the light that helps others see.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.12.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. You have grown so much since last year.

You have grown so much since last year.

2. Never feel guilty for doing what’s best for you.


Never feel guilty for doing what’s best for you.

3. Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.


Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

4. Hope is like a bird that sense the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.


Hope is like a bird that sense the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.

5. I’m a firm believer that happiness makes people prettier. It’s a noticeable glow.

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6. I smile because I have survived everything the world has thrown at me. I smile because when I was knocked down, I got back up.


I smile because I have survived everything the world has thrown at me. I smile because when I was knocked down, I got back up.

7. Understand that you own nothing; everything that surrounds you is temporary. Only the love in your heart will last forever.


Understand that you own nothing; everything that surrounds you is temporary. Only the love in your heart will last forever.

8. We tend to forget baby steps still move us forward.


We tend to forget baby steps still move us forward.

9. Just like the moon we go through phases.


Just like the moon we go through phases.

10. We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.


We’re stronger in the places that we’ve been broken.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.11.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. And in the end, all I learned was how to be strong alone.

And in the end, all I learned was how to be strong alone.

2. Life tip: do you.


Life tip: do you.

3. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.


I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

4. One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.


One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.

5. Never be afraid to fall apart. It presents an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you’d been all along.


Never be afraid to fall apart. It presents an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you’d been all along.
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6. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you a joy.


When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you a joy.

7. Know who you are and know it’s enough.


Know who you are and know it’s enough.

8. One life. Just one. Why aren’t we running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?


One life. Just one. Why aren’t we running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams?

9. One small positive thought in the morning an change your whole day.


One small positive thought in the morning an change your whole day.

10. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the titanic.


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the titanic.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.8.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Cultivate resilience.

Cultivate resilience.

2. The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was.


The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was.

3. You give life to what you give energy to.


You give life to what you give energy to.

4. The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.


The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it.

5. I’m not impressed by money, social status or job title. I’m impressed by the way someone treats other human beings.


I’m not impressed by money, social status or job title. I’m impressed by the way someone treats other human beings.

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6. New year. Same me. Bigger goals.


New year. Same me. Bigger goals.

7. Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.


Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying I will try again tomorrow.

8. So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.


So far, you’ve survived 100% of your worst days. This too shall pass.

9. Enjoy the little things.


Enjoy the little things.

10. Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”


Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.7.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen everyday.

Never stop believing in hope because miracles happen everyday.

2. When the roots are deep there is no reason to fear the wind.


When the roots are deep there is no reason to fear the wind.

3. Do small things with great love.


Do small things with great love.

4. Most people don’t want to be art of the process. They just want to be part of the outcome. But the process is where you figure out who’s worth being part of the outcome.


Most people don’t want to be art of the process. They just want to be part of the outcome. But the process is where you figure out who’s worth being part of the outcome.

5. Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.


Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.

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6. The only constant in life is change.


The only constant in life is change.

7. Set goals that excite you and scare at the same time.


Set goals that excite you and scare at the same time.

8. Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.


Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage.

9. If you have something you can’t stop thinking about that’s the universe telling you to chase it.


If you have something you can’t stop thinking about that’s the universe telling you to chase it.

10. No matter how dark the moment, anything is possible with hope.


No matter how dark the moment, anything is possible with hope.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.6.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Proceed as if success is inevitable.

Proceed as if success is inevitable.

2. Impossible is just an opinion.


Impossible is just an opinion.

3. Sometimes, just carrying on is the superhuman achievement.


Sometimes, just carrying on is the superhuman achievement.

4. Life begins where fear ends.


Life begins where fear ends.

5. We tend to forget baby steps still move us forward.


We tend to forget baby steps still move us forward.
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6. And in the end, all I learned was how to be strong alone.


And in the end, all I learned was how to be strong alone.

7. If you ignore it you cannot heal it.


If you ignore it you cannot heal it.

8. Be picky about vibes. Be picky about the energy you surround yourself with. You owe yourself that much.


Be picky about vibes. Be picky about the energy you surround yourself with. You owe yourself that much.

9. It’s important for your spiritual development that you honor who you are and act accordingly.


It’s important for your spiritual development that you honor who you are and act accordingly.

10. Be with people who know you worth. You don’t need too many people to be happy, just a few real ones who appreciates you for who you are.


Be with people who know you worth. You don’t need too many people to be happy, just a few real ones who appreciates you for who you are.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.5.19

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.

  1. Comparison will kill you. Be you.

Comparison will kill you. Be you.

2. Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.


Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.

3. She believed she could so she did.


She believed she could so she did.

4. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you a joy.


When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you a joy.

5. The best part about life? Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself.


The best part about life? Every morning you have a new opportunity to become a happier version of yourself.

6. Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.


Every morning you have two choices: Continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.

7. Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.


Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

8. People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

9. I smile because I have survived everything the world has thrown at me. I smile because when I was knocked down, I got back up.


I smile because I have survived everything the world has thrown at me. I smile because when I was knocked down, I got back up.

10. She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.


She leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic 2.4.19

  1. Never put the key to your happiness in somebody else’s pocket.

10 Inspirational Quotes from Functional Rustic. Follow Functional Rustic and see all that Functional Rustic has to offer. Handcrafted Décor, Quotations, Tutorials and so much more.


Never put the key to your happiness in somebody else’s pocket.

2. Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering.


Never stop wondering. Never stop wandering.

3. Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.


Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.

4. Never judge a person for their mistakes. Judge a person on how they fix them.


Never judge a person for their mistakes. Judge a person on how they fix them.

5. Never feel guilty for doing what’s best for you.


Never feel guilty for doing what’s best for you.

6. Never be afraid to fall apart. It presents an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you’d been all along.


Never be afraid to fall apart. It presents an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you’d been all along.

7. Never trust your fears, they don’t know your strength.


Never trust your fears, they don’t know your strength.

8. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the titanic.


Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the titanic.

9. The days that break you are the days that make you.


The days that break you are the days that make you.

10. Never give up.


Never give up.

Written by Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic

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