Hi. My name is Cynthia. I'm a mom to a 4 year old daughter, a wife, and farm mom to 4 dogs, 40 chickens, and 5 goats. I work 40+ hours a week and live about 40-60 minutes from other civilization. My husband and I get 1 day a week together since our shifts split, but I'm lucky enough to have my father living with me and he helps watch our daughter while we are at work.
I'm addicted to Dutch Bros coffee (vanilla freezes to be exact), Greys Anatomy and other awesome t.v. shows, I love reading, music, and Marvel movies. I'm Oregon State alumni, having earned my degree in Animal Sciences back in 2013. I wear t-shirts, jeans, and cowboy boots 99% of the year and am the master of wearing a ball cap.
Personally, I'm a recovering utility player and people pleaser still working on being able to say no and not overfill my plate. I love serving my community and helping others anyway I can but have recently learned to slow down and realize I don't and can't do it all. But, I'm also a leader, a coach, a cheerleader, an advocate, and someone who just cares.
Always wanting to help people, I realized when I wanted to be a veterinarian that I could not only help animals that I love but the owners and caretakers as well. Like 2 birds 1 stone right there. After spending 4 years in the vet school working in a diagnostics lab and barely getting by in classes while working 5 jobs (not exaggerating) I realized that the job just wasn't for me. I couldn't find a mentor that would give me any more direction than "be a dentist instead" and I just wasn't sure anymore what I wanted to do and that terrified me.
Now? I have an opportunity to not only help people, but help my family and myself in the process. Is that selfish? I don't think so. I think someone can genuinely care about and help others while benefiting their own family and life and that is what I call a true work/life balance. A work/life balance where it doesn't feel like work and you don't have to differentiate are what can lead to true happiness with a profession.
If you've read this far, thank you. If you want the same things and want to find or reinvent yourself while helping yourself and your family, send me a message.