My oldest daughter has now graduated from high school and it has caused me to really reflect on the past years here on the farm and how it has molded all of us. When my daughters were young, I worried that they were missing out on so much because we were tied to the farm. Now after so much time I see things so much clearer. Our horse business has taught them so much about life and that is something you can't find in a book. They have learned what hard work and commitment truly is. They have learned what it means to put a horse first when he has been hurt or sick and that may mean missing something fun that was planned to take care of the animal. They have seen the full circle of life and the joy and sorrow that comes with it and it has helped mold them into compassionate people. They have seen me at my worst when the day was horrible and they have watched me cry...but they have never seen me give up. They have learned that if you want something bad enough, it is going to take hard work but it so worth it if you stick it out.
As a woman, wife and mother we want to do it all. We want to make sure our business is the best it can be and that our children are happy at all times. As a businesswoman we tend to put a ton of pressure on ourselves to achieve success but during that journey, sometimes other things get pushed to the side. I am here to tell you that if you are successful in your business but your family is falling apart than it is not worth it. You are going to learn along the way what works best for your family and you are going to have days when you feel like you are being torn in half. I believe this happens to all working mothers no matter the career.
Today I want to encourage you to take it slow and if you are raising kids while you are raising your horse business...don't be to hard on yourself if you make mistakes along the way. It is a delicate balancing act that many professional horsewomen struggle with. Just remember that your kids grow up so fast and you don't want to one day look back and have regrets because you spent too much time in the barn. The barn and your clients will be just fine for a little while without you.
I don't regret starting our business when our girls were very young. In fact, I wouldn't change a thing. We did it as a family and the life lessons and memories can never be taken away.
Today I want to celebrate the women who have raised horses, barns and businesses while raising their families. You are incredible!
Today's post is a small excerpt from my brand new book, "One Horsewoman to Another." Ladies, this book was written to encourage and inspire you and give you confidence in what you are doing in your personal and business life. You are incredible just for taking a chance and starting your dream career working with horses. Remember that it is a journey and we are all in it together.
Wishing you many blessings in your horse business,