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Equestrian Job Going Great

February 3rd, 2014 at 02:30 am

I have had one shift at my equestrian job so far. It went great! Physically demanding as expected but I know I'll get faster and stronger in no time. Getting physically fit has been a low priority goal of mine so the job has an added benefit.

After my shift finished I talked with my employer. She was happy with me and told me she has a small budget to invest in the riding progression for her employees. So she asked if I would be interested in riding and clinics later on! She told me she wants to get me at my peak riding level soon (since I took 11 months off to have a baby) so I am to bring my riding clothes on my next shift! That was unexpected and awesome.

Husband had no problems with the baby while I was away for 9 hours. She took her bottle and slept for most of the time I was gone. I "facetimed" with her (where the phone camera allows me to see & talk to her- and she can see & talk to me). She was making all sorts of excited noises during our facetime. Husband told me she had a mini-fit after the camera turned off when we ended the session. She never has that reaction after facetimes with her grandparents- so it is endearing that she recognizes and loves me. Though husband said he's not sure he wants to do facetime with me very often given how upset she is afterward. (heart melt)

And I went out to my old barn to get in a ride yesterday to try and get in shape before my employer watches me ride. I met up with a casual riding friend. She is an older woman who is very successful. She has a high paying corporate job- beach house, horse farm, several horses. She said she was jealous of my horse job and has been running numbers for a few months trying to figure out how she can get out of corporate life. She wants to be in an outdoor job with a relaxed atmosphere. I told her the trade off in pay and she said it was to be expected but at some point the corporate job isn't worth it no matter what the pay is. She had been thinking of going to work at Home Depot and working in their gardening center! She asked me for the contact info of my employer so she can get her resume on file in case they hire more help in the future.

That conversation made me feel really good. She was the first person (besides several of you guys) to understand the benefits of my job and make me feel good about taking a significant pay cut. She echoed my sentiment that at some point (if you can afford it)- taking a pay cut but highly satisfying job can be rewarding and provide non financial riches to your life. She - with all her expensive "toys" and admirable job title wanted my job! It feels so good to have someone share my mindset after so much negativity coming from my husband and friends.

That's it. Just wanted to report that so far- so good on the job. I made the right decision for me to pursue this job.

9 Responses to “Equestrian Job Going Great”

  1. Wife of the Deacon Says:


    "Yays" all the way around -- satisfying work, happy baby, potential for riding experiences. Sounds like a very wise decision that might have been the perfect fit all the long. Smile

  2. Rachael777 Says:

    Wow..I can feel your excitement and happiness from here. Keep it up and going for your dreams. Life is short.

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Isn't that a neat coincidence!?

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds great! FYI, my DIL used to work at Home Depot in the gardening center and found it pretty stressful!

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    That's great news! I say go for it, the riding lessons IS a nice bonus. At a certain stage in life, people tire of the corporate treadmill. It happened to me while i was in my 40s, but i'm sure it can happen at any time, depending on your mindset and experiences.

  6. snafu Says:

    High hopes each shift leaves you happy and funding attic development satisfies DH project planning. What was the outcome of your review of the nearby duplex for sale?

  7. TashaC. Says:

    oh that duplex?! total gut job. The owner is insane thinking its rentable and worth $80k. I'll post about it another time.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Glad to hear things are going so well!

  9. baselle Says:

    This is awesome! Better than you were led to believe. Sounds like your employer played the cards close to the chest to see what you were like. They were probably just as afraid that you wouldn't work at all and would want to ride. Now they see that they can get a two-fer: a good worker and a rider.

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