You don’t see your employees during the typical workday – who keeps you company during work hours?
Kristy: My little rescue dog, “Shelby” is always by my side. And usually my fluffy fat cat, “Tigger” finds a way to disrupt my life as well.
Outside of the workday, I spend much of my time with horses! I’ve been riding horse since I was four years old. Growing up on a working farm (my dad still actively farms) and a horse breeding farm means that the love of animals is in my genes!
Terrie: I think there are certain types of people (like me!) who work really well virtually. But I’ve been working virtually for over 18 years. There are also the “people who need people.” As a self-professed (and Meyers-Brigg’s proven) introvert, I find company in the ranks of my seven furry creatures. Namely, cats, Izzy, Kate, and Ole, and dogs, Samson, Pipsy, and Lucy.
Now that my girls are older, we all enjoy riding horses together and even actively compete together all over the country in a fun equine sport called Polocrosse. Polocrosse is basically a combination of the traditional game of Polo and the sport of LaCrosse. It’s a very family-friendly game which means it’s a great fit for our whole family to enjoy together.
During the warmer months, I typically spend about 3-5 days at the barn with my kids and horses. Being a part of a virtual marketing firm means that I’m able to adjust my schedule to be able to work early mornings, evenings and weekends to be able to take advantage of our wonderful Minnesota summers and falls on the back of my horse. I’m also able to take a client conference call while driving to Tennessee to compete with my kids in a polocrosse tournament. It’s definitely a blessing and something I appreciate being able to have these beautiful animals as a part of my life.
You can imagine the fun of having Samson, our 100 pound German Shepherd, cavort with the other three dogs – all Chihuahuas. Actually they all get along quite well. We believe the Chihuahuas think they are cats. As such, they spend a lot of quiet time buried in blankets and grooming one another. That is until their cousin Nova comes to visit. Then all bets involving calm interactions are out the window. In Nova’s defense, she is still just an active little puppy and simply wants my animals to return her playful affections.