October was a tough month. Health struggles. Juggling a new teaching job at the local college with coaching/training and my own farm and fur fam commitments. I felt worn down and had little extra to offer my animals and students (let alone my partner!). Enter my work-away guest @_c_lotta_photography_ . As November rolled in, the German traveler arrived from her previous ranch gig in Kamloops. Relief! She's been a great help--shadowing me on almost all areas of my daily work life (save the academic writing courses I teach). She now knows the work flow and animals so well, I was able to leave! Compassionate and competent farm sitters are so hard to find. But as I return home after 3 days away I'm comforted knowing I've connected with an ally who prioritizes animal well-being as much as I do. But even better, one with the equestrian competence to back up her good intentions.
I'm still a long way from being free enough to travel the world. But until I am (if ever), I'm so happy to have just a little portion of the world come to me! Reminded of how much I value cross-cultural dynamics. And reminded of how good it feels to be rested and refreshed! ✨🙏✨ Pictured here is Carlotta discovering one of my favourite, local, deep magic spots.