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The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
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Nov 16, 2010

really liked it
Read in November, 2010

"The farm we were working toward was only a figment, and it was a long shot, but we were both falling in love with it, in the way that parents love a baby before it's born. I was the newcomer, the know-nothing, but I had never cared so much about anything in my life.

I was in love with the work, too, despite its overabundance. The world had always seemed disturbingly chaotic to me, my choices too bewildering. I was fundamentally happier, I found, with my focus on the ground. For the first time, I could clearly see the connection between my actions and their consequences. I knew why I was doing what I was doing, and I believed in it. I felt the gap between who I thought I was and how I behaved begin to close, growing slowly closer to authentic...I had always been attracted to the empty, sparkly grab bag of instant gratification, and I was beginning to learn something about the peace you can find inside an infinite challenge." ~Kristin Kimball

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