When Dreams Look Like Cow Pies and Calving Season

Don’t dream your life; live your dream.

When I was a girl lying in bed waiting for sleep to claim me, I daydreamed. I made up these elaborate mind movies, and they were all about one thing: cattle ranching. Until I was pushing through high school, my biggest dream was to raise cattle. After dabbling in different directions for a few years, that dream returned in full force.

And now my dream is coming true.

Did I just type that? My dream is coming true?

It hardly feels real, but it is. I’m trading in my office space for thousands of acres and hundreds of cows. Leaving the 4-walls lifestyle for the remote corners of an Oregon ranch.

Following a dream is never perfect, and this one is no exception. I’m excited for this nose dive off the cliff of adventure, but it’s cloaked with a bittersweet cape. I love where I live. 100% of the time. These Palouse hills and the mountains of north Idaho, my blue-trimmed little house and my friends – it is my home.

But I’m not waking up each day knowing that when I’m 60 I’ll look back on a life following the trail I wanted to take. When your dream looks like cow pies and calving season, you’ve got to pull on your boots, grab a fist full of mane and take the trail that’s going to lead you over the mountain you want to climb.

Let’s get trottin’.


  1. Congrats! What a huge step you are taking. Good luck on your new path.

  2. Marlene Eick says:

    Fabulous! I’m sure Doc is thrilled, too!

  3. This is really cool! It reminds people to never stop dreaming! If your 100% on anything you must really have the love and passion! Congrats!

  4. The cream is colored, so it does minimize my dark circles with out makeup, and really helps get rid of the I-haven’t-slept-in-4yrs-when-will-theese-kids-sleep-through-the-night?

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