2018: Velcro or Teflon?

Happy New Year to all of the Farm Table family. We are rushing and ready to dig deep, work hard and provide an excellent service in 2019.

But, first, we would like to reflect on 2018 — a year of incredible up’s and down’s in the Farm Table business, personally and on the farm.

When looking back at the year just gone, it is so easy to give weight to what didn’t happen, what didn’t work, what goals were not reached … all the negatives:

Your brain is continually looking for bad news. As soon as it finds some, it fixates on it with tunnel vision, fast-tracks it into memory storage, and then reactivates it at the least hint of anything even vaguely similar. But good news gets a kind of neural shrug: “uh, whatever.”

 The brain is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones.

The Awkward Yeti


Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, notes that two thirds of our emotions and motivation regulator is designed to focus primarily on the negative. Eva Berkovic explains:

Instinctively, our brain’s negative bias can have us urgently wanting to put 2018 in a locked cupboard behind us, shutting it away as those velcro’ed front of mind disappointments are front and centre of our memory.

So today, we are adding some stickiness to our Teflon pan – scrubbing it with a metal scourer pad – and bringing to light the positive achievements of 2018, big and small, to overcome this negative bias we put on ourselves. We can all learn so much from our challenges and failures, but resetting the scales to focus as much on, or more, on the good bits is so important. I urge others to take two minutes out of their day to do the same before setting those goals and charging into 2019.

Statistics and a list of achievements don’t capture the range of emotions, feelings and highlights experienced throughout 2018, but it is nice for us to have a list of ‘done’s’ rather than a list of ‘to-do’s’ to occupy the mind and be proud of.

2018 Farm Table Achievements

2018 in Stats

Writing this list 2018 and I have made peace and I am happy to close the door on the year, with a smile on my face and a spring in my step.

Here’s to a 2019 full of rain, learning, growth and a non-stick pan of positivity.