I’m fortunate. I don’t have to look very far to find someone who inspires me to reach for my dreams. That person is none other than my aunt, Kathy Trum-Searah.
For as long as I can remember, Aunt Kathy has loved horses. We’re not talking your garden-variety childhood love that stems from reading one too many Black Stallion books (that would be me). Kathy grew up on a farm, so she knows practically everything about the care and training of all manner of equines.
A little over a decade ago, she left the comfort (and steady paycheck!) of a corporate job to pursue her dream of operating her own horse farm. Let me just say that takes guts. More guts than I have. She and her family have worked their tails off to make the Trum-Searah Farm the success it is today. Their farm covers 200 acres in New Braintree, Massachusetts, where they breed, raise, and train Connemara and Sport Horses. (They also have a small herd of Scottish Highland cattle, chickens, and other assorted fowl.) I visited a few months back, and watching the herd of Connemara horses galloping across the fields took my breath away
So whenever I’m feeling down on myself or on my writing, I pull up my Aunt Kathy’s website and look at everything she and her family have accomplished. It serves as a reminder that if I really want something bad enough and am willing to put in the necessary hard work, then it’s possible to achieve my own dreams. Thanks, Aunt Kathy!