Follow Your Passion
The end of March and beginning of April has been a busy time for us. As anyone with a farm knows every month is busy, but these two seem to be particularly so for us with calving, clinics, shows, and bull sales in full swing. And we are in the middle of building a barn. And they are breaking ground for our new house next week. Busy. But we wouldn't have it any other way! All of those things are what we are most passionate about, and they make our life very full, in a very good way.
We had a great last weekend of March at the Northlands Farm & Ranch Show! We enjoyed facilitating a cattle clinic, having Hillview Farms animals there on display for the Limousin feature breed, showing our heifers and helping Heidi with Bandit, a steer purchased from our fall sale!
Our Easter calving group has come through for us with three awesome Man Among Boys calves so far. I am particularly thrilled about this super stout and hairy bull calf from one of my very favourite cows Tulita (an Eye Candy X Shorthorn/Hereford purchased from Lucky Springs Farms). I just can't get over how darn great this bull calf is already (in this picture he was only a few hours old) and am beyond excited to see what the future holds for him!
Amidst all of the excitement of the past few weeks I have also had to make some tough decisions about what makes me happiest in life and where my passion lies. Nothing brings me more joy than teaching youth about showing cattle, raising and selling calves, and in general being a part of the cattle industry in numerous capacities. That is why my full time job, which was not in the cattle industry, didn't quite fit. My deep passion for the cattle industry was not being fulfilled. I was trying to make myself fit into a position I wasn't passionate about. So this week I took a huge leap of faith and I left my full time job to become a Western Canadian Sales Rep for LiveAuctions.TV and devote more of my time to my clinics, cattle, writing articles, building our farm, and all of the other 'jobs' I already have. My position with LiveAuctions.TV will allow me to travel across Western Canada setting up video and running the online bidding for bull and female sales. I am very excited to be able to devote even more of myself to the cattle industry and not only assist operations in hosting successful sales but also help individuals who can't make it to the sale to view and bid online.
This quote may be idealistic to some, but I hope that it helps someone who finds themselves in a similar position to myself. Life is too short to spend your days feeling unfulfilled. Do what you love and do as much of it as possible, and if you have an opportunity to turn your passion into a career, don't let apprehension hold you back.