Finding your passion: Do you follow your heart or your head?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

So you want your FI to live, full time, out of a truck in order for you to go live somewhere else? If I am understanding that correctly, I don’t think that is a good idea.

If I were in your shoes, I’d look into a program that belends your training in special education and your love for horses. In our neighborhood there are 2 horse rescue farms that have educational programs for school children. Something like that would be a good blend. There are also animal therapy programs that use horses as part of therapy for special needs persons. Another blend of both. I think something like that, with an actual paycheck that will allow you to have a home for FI to return to as often as he is able, is a better path to pursue. And if you don’t have anything like this available, then maybe there is an opportunity for future exploration. If nothing out there is what you want, then maybe you need to create it for yourself.

Post # 3
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1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

As an equine professional with a degree I can tell you this life isn’t easy. It’s all good to say “follow your heart” but when the bills come rolling in you need to actually be making money. If you want to work with horses, there are MUCH better options than working just in exchange for rent. Keep looking I bet if you waited a better opportunity will come along. Also check out YardandGroom.com, they’re a great resource for horse jobs. 

 

I say use your specialization and work with a hippotherapy group, blend the two passions. You’d love it! Lots of therapeutic riding places need people who not only know horses but know people with special needs. If you want riding, just browse craigslist till you find something. There’s always someone looking for a groom or exercise rider. Don’t give up on it! Just don’t make such a drastic decision.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I don’t have much experience in regards to horses or truck driving – but in this situation, the best advice that I can give is: communicate. As long as you and your SO communicate on what your short and long term dreams, wants, and goals are; then I don’t see any reason as to why your both can’t succeed in anything that you do. Good luck. I hope everything works out.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

lalalyanne:  curious – is there somewhere you can work or volunteer that gives you both?  Where I’m from there’s an organization called Rainbow Riders – they work with special needs kids (maybe adults too) with horses as a form of therapy…Is there an organization like this around you, might be a way to get a little bit of the best of both.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

You say that there’s only one farm in your area that does therapy, but would it be possible for you to relocate? I only bring this up because my dad is a truck driver, and he could live pretty much anywhere in the country. We live about 10 minutes from the company he works for, but there are people who live five states away because as an over the road truck driver you’re going to end up pretty much everywhere anyway.

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