If you could do what you loved and make a living doing it, what would you be doing?
If you asked me this question two years ago I would have told you that I would go into the family business and take over a legacy that was four generations deep. But the world has a funny way of working. I had my chance to stick it out and work for the family in the hopes of one day taking over. But I chose to follow a different path, and so far it's been one of the biggest adventures of my life and I see absolutely no other life for me. Is it going to be one of the hardest things I've ever done? Well, YEAH!! Is it going to be the most rewarding thing I've ever done? Maybe... Maybe I crash and burn.... But here we are, full steam ahead!
I'm a Teacher Now!
Never ever EVER in my wildest dreams did I see myself becoming an educator, yet here I am with eleven lesson kids that come to learn with me each week. On top of that, I found a place where I think there is a need, so here I am, smack dab in the middle of developing an online course series on horse handling and horsemanship so I can help more kids. I feel truly humbled to be such an intrical part of the development of this many kids. The people that I'm surrounded by now are happy and positive and love what we're doing and accomplishing in their lessons. Over the past year and a half I've gotten to see them grow into different stirrup sizes. grow as riders and grow as little people. I've seen my share of struggles and melt downs too, but we always find a solution and move past our shortcomings and for me that gives me more self satisfaction than working on making any other boss's dreams a reality.
It's my goal to give my lesson kids, not only riding skills, but I want to see them grow in sportsmanship and as positive role models too. For me giving lessons started out as a means to an end. I had bills to pay and kids of my own to feed. But as I've gotten deeper into it. I want to see my kiddos succeed and I feel like I have a vested interest in their growing up.
The Business End.
I'm NOT gonna lie. I am NOT businessy. I am extremely good at practical application and I have many other useful skills, but scheduling and remembering and budgeting and customer follow do not come naturally to me. But regardless, I'm making it work. (Looking for a Personal Secretary if anyone reading this needs a FULL TIME job!!! lol) I have really had to buckle down and get my poo together this past year, because I now have to be a "professional" businessy person. That's so scary for me, but I have welcomed the challenge and am taking steps to educate myself and keep my motivation.
I have a high school diploma.... That is all! So if your reading this and you think you have any limitations because of your level of education, I'm sitting here in front of you as living, breathing, thriving proof that education has very little to do with your success ceiling. Come talk to me and I'll set you straight about work ethic and drive vs. higher education. I firmly believe that you should never stop educating yourself with books, podcasts, seminars etc.. Take what you can from everything out there on the world wide interweb. We are living in the age of instant information, so the only thing limiting you is you!
My Family's Benefit.
I cannot express how much it means to me to be able to be home with and for my kids. School and distance learning has had it's pros and cons this past year, but I didn't mind it and both of my kids thrived during the "adversity". I believe they were taught a small amount of independence and accountability by attending school from home. In our house we treated distance learning like their "jobs" and they were expected to keep themselves on track and free from distractions. We operated with a business as usual strategy. We all got up in the morning and got lined out for school and I was able to head out to the barn as they logged in and I would work until they were out of class and then we would go back up to arena for lessons as a family. They both kept good grades and pulled their weight, and I wasn't tied down to a traditional 9-5 and I was able to be available for them with their odd hours.
The Future Looks BRIGHT!
Am I going to stop at lessons? I ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY percent, THINK NOT!!!!
I have tons coming down the pipeline. I am taking the steps to practice what I preach. I am setting goals with not only my business, but with my social media influence (which is a blip so #followmeoninstagram [wink wink] and YouTube..... Whaaaat!!!), my personal horses, training horses, my breeding program my home as an asset plus, I'm setting myself up for an addition career in pro rodeo. I have whole heartedly adopted the "Throw Pasta at the Wall and See What Sticks" method of productivity and, well, so far so good! lol
All that being said, I may have taken seven years off to start a little family, but I'm back in the horse world and I can't wait to pick up right where I left off.