Five years ago, I left a law firm job I really loved for the chance at what seemed like it would be my dream job. I said goodbye to co-workers whom I adored and admired, walked away from the chance of a big paycheck, moved away from my home for the last seven years.
It was scary. It took some faith. But I will say that following that dream was one of the best decisions of my life.
I could not have drawn up a better job for me. It’s something I truly view not as a career, but a calling. I get to spend most of my time surrounded by men (and some ladies!) who drive trucks and wear boots and remind me of my Gran and my parents and our neighbors. Getting to spend my life talking about two of my favorite things–agriculture and the law–with my kind of people is awesome.
I get to travel, one of my favorite things. From the beach to the Stockyards to the Riverwalk to Nashville, I’ve really enjoyed the places I’ve been able to go!
I have the chance to develop my own program–I can work on topics that interest me, I can utilize new technology that I want to try, and I really enjoy that freedom.
I have found this little community of fellow ag lawyers who inspire me and get me and make me laugh like crazy. They have really become some of my best friends. I would venture to guess I talk to another ag law friend at least 7 or 8 times a week. A group email about a certain elected official in TX, a call from Iowa to talk about paper, or a group text message to hash out the latest issue in the news…they make my job and life more fun!
Lastly, I really get to help people. Earlier this month at a program, a woman came up to me with tears in her eyes who was about to take over the family farm from her daddy who was dying of cancer thanked me for helping and convincing her that she really can do this. It was a perfect reminder that I am right where I belong.
Now, I’m not saying it is easy. It’s not. It’s demanding. I often just try to keep my head above water. Work travel with two toddlers is, well, kind of a nightmare. I need more hours in the day. I wish I could do more than I can for some people. Oh, and my email inbox is basically a disaster. All big dreams are hard work.
Here’s what I will leave you with today. Dream jobs exist. They are out there if you work really hard and keep your eyes open and meet the right people. Sometimes, you just have to take the leap, even if it’s scary. God gave you the gifts and interests you have for a reason. Remember that. Live into that. And keep dreaming big!