As many of you know, I am a long time Parelli Savvy Club Gold Member (and was part of the Savvy Club from the beginning). I am also an academic library director and associate professor at Clarkson University - have been in the field of librarianship for over 18 years. Additionally, I am a business owner of Natural Horse Lover Farm, LLC. I have a lot of things going on in my life and my personal and professional life intermingle and feed one another.
Having started my new position and current farm about a decade ago (I cannot believe it has been that long), my career has flourished. I am holding high level elected positions, participating in all kind of teams and boards, really making a name for myself and the University. It is awesome - but I know there must be more. I don't mean to infer that I plan to go elsewhere, but that there must be more I can do as a professional. I plan to retire here. I have an amazing staff, lots of great things are going on at the University - and I am part of it - my work matters to them and they to me.
The farm I have been building with my husband is amazing, state of the art in some respects, and definitely different for our region. I don't have local Parelli people here to connect with - I have tried time and time again. I have made a few horse friends though, and they are great, we just don't speak the same language or can study together.
With the time commitment to work, my horse time has seriously dimished, I have stopped blogging on a regular basis like I used to (my old blog space is http://naturalhorselover.blogspot.com/). My goal is to blog here and with regularity again. http://www.naturalhorseloverfarm.com/blog
I won't get into the crazy, really hard personal stuff going on at the moment but suffice it to say caring for family is not easy. In fact, it is really hard and a game changer.
One other personal note, I am working on getting back in shape and living healthy again. For those who know me, that means I rejoined Weight Watchers - because it works for me. (I have a page for that if you want to join as well - you can get a free month, why not?!) Anyhow, more on this in future posts.
With all of it, despite my many amazing successes, I have been feeling stuck, sad, bored, and worried. Therefore, I decided the next step in my life was to take action - and now - it was super important to not wait and get started.
I just started Linda Parelli's Pegasus Personal Growth Program, taking it for both professional development as well as personal development. I wanted to take it for a few years and recently, realized that it could help me in my professional life as well as personal life - then wondered why I waited so long! Although geared towards horse lovers, it is really a plan for everyone and for me, I was able to make the connection to how it would help me in my professional world while being accessible and connected to my interests. If it is not fun and interesting I check out. As I say at most of my professional presentations, I always work horses into everything I do! (This usually gets a nod and hearty laugh - they know me.) Once I had to explain the amount of materials we removed from our shelves (due to the procurement of e-access items) and said it was longer than the Kentucky Derby. People could relate and my message was heard - and thus, again, horses and my librarianship connected!
In the program, I am working on the following: Goals (understanding them, prioritizing, creating, and following through), Attitude, Confidence, Motivation, Taking Action, Problem Solving, Time Management, Creating Good Habits, Being Persistent, and so much more!
Despite just starting and having taken what seems to be hundreds of professional development courses, this one is hitting home. Linda is getting to me (in a good way - and she always has been able to reach me somehow). I already see ways to incorporate these strategies at work for sure but also at home too. It is a good fit - Mission Accomplished.
If any of you are doing the same, let's connect. If you are local - let's get together!
Michelle Young is a horse lover, animal advocate, Reiki Master Teacher, holistic healer, Parelli Savvy Club Gold Member and Level 3 Student, academic library director, professor, and more. Contact Michelle.
This blog was created to share my life-long journey with horses and holistic health. I write about horsemanship, healthy, holistic living, and just about anything else that passes through my mind. Enjoy!
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