It’s been a little over a week since I last posted. I was kind of still processing some family drama and trying to disconnect from some other things that were bothering me. Thanksgiving is tomorrow though and GUESS WHAT?!
I’m watching a farm!🐐
I seriously love my job. I can’t believe I’ve been petsitting fulltime for going on 2 1/2 years. 12 years total if you count the previous years where I was only doing it as a hobby in conjunction with restaurant jobs. I feel like that part of my life was so long ago that another person lived it sometimes!
Anyways, I’ve been waking up at 6:00am and going nonstop throughout the day, mucking stalls, feeding animals several times a day, turning them out in the pasture, cleaning up after them and just loving on them! I am watching 22 animals right now.(Funny, when I said that, it sounded like a band name, kind of like 21 Pilots!😂) There are dogs, cats, burros, goats(one is a fainting goat!), miniature ponies and even a pig named Patty!🐽
I am so grateful for what I GET to do. I think it is so funny how, often times, we are defined by what we do. I mean, in a way, it makes sense, because often times, our jobs shape us into who we are, but I’m glad that with my job, I shape myself, continually, each and every day. I follow my values, my core set of beliefs and I don’t have to compromise on what’s important to me, like spending time with family. 🙌🏻
Even though I’m technically “working” this Thanksgiving, it kind of feels like a vacation to me, except I get paid. 😂🤷🏻♀️
It’s been sort of nice staying here on this farm and working every day, taking care of animals that need and depend on me. I haven’t turned a tv on in the last 48 hours and have been reading in my downtime, watching the animals in the pastures or looking down at the river. It’s so peaceful here, miles away from the family crap and dysfunction I was dealing with of last week. Now, granted, I go to spend Thanksgiving with family tomorrow, but I’m not really dreading it like I was last week.
Last week, it had me all down. This week, I am zen and I will probably just tell people that they would be much more charming if they weren’t constantly speaking ill of other people. 😂 But really though. A little give and a little take. It’s all about balance. Keeping the peace…but also speaking your mind when it needs to be spoken.
I’m not sure what tomorrow has in store…or even next year! But I am so happy that I am no longer defined by my “job”. It is what I do and it makes me so happy! I don’t wake up dreading tomorrow, I just wonder what new animals I will befriend on this crazy, fun, exciting, petsitting journey!
Not gonna lie, I feel like Newt Scamander sometimes, being around more animals than people, but it is cool. I can’t wait to see The Fantastic Beasts movie, maybe I can talk Tim into seeing it this next month!🍿🎥
P.S. When I work on the farm, I don’t always look like this, but you can bet these overalls are vintage!😂 They are Washington Dee Cee brand and I found them at an estate sale for $5!🙌🏻 They retail for $100-$200. They have removable straps and are so cool, comfy and great for working in–I knew I had to have them for working on the farm! The boots are some rooster rain boots from Cracker Barrel from a few years ago.