I am very fortunate to live on a farm…it is enabling me to work part-time for a little while and it just feels like home. One of my goals this year is to have more daily reminders of how thankful I am for where I live. When I’m there every day it’s sometimes easy to not notice the little things. Whenever people come and visit they usually comment about how peaceful it is. And I’m usually thinking to (and reminding) myself “Oh yeah it is peaceful out here!”. This entry is an overview of my big farm thankfuls.
Part of my ‘job’ on the farm is to take care of the horses. Job is a very loose term, because it’s not something I consider work. Horses have always brought me a strong sense of peace. If I need to settle, all it usually takes is some quiet time around them. They have always been a big part of my life…growing up I pretty much lived at the local barn and worked to pay off my riding lessons. A major focus of my college career was being on Skidmore’s equestrian team, and my resume besides teaching all has to do with barns. Horses have led me to Florida (working the show circuit), Lexington (helping off the track thoroughbreds at the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center), and finally Knoxville (Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding). It’s always been a dream of mine to live on a farm and I’m so happy to say I’ve crossed that off my list. We call the horses a gang of bohemians because they are all pretty much retired and just get to hang out all day. I don’t ride as much as I used to when I was younger, but right now I don’t miss it. Just being around horses is enough for me. They’re still bringing me peace.
2. Feeling of Home
I’ve moved around a bunch and I think part of that was a pursuit to find “home”. I always told myself I would find somewhere and just know it was meant to be, where everything felt right. It’s kind of like when you are growing up and are convinced when you hit a certain age or milestone in your life everything will somehow be different or easier. Then with every birthday you realize there is always growth to be done and movement to pursue. I think the ‘peace’ feeling is what brings the ‘home’ feeling. That’s why the farm feels like home. But, a place isn’t usually enough. There are days where being at home by myself doesn’t work. I may need to spend some time around people who bring me rest. People bring a sense of home, too. Probably more so than a place.
3. Daily Thankfuls
I’m thankful to be able to walk out my door and have so many things available that naturally make me happy. I can throw my headphones in and go for a walk in the fields. Horses are present. There is a hilltop where I can watch the sunset every night. For a good portion of the year I can sit and watch the sunrise while sitting on my couch. I’m thankful to every day be living a dream that’s been in my mind since I was a kid. I also get quiet time every day. Now that I’m working part-time I have a LOT of quiet time compared to the last two years. I went from grinding forward with my head down to all of a sudden stopping and looking around. It’s more of an adjustment than I thought it would be. But being still and quiet provides a lot of space for moving forward as well, so there is definitely gratitude to be had.
That’s farm life in a nutshell! I’m sure each of the horses will make a feature appearance at some point on this blog 🙂
Always Move Forward.