It's hard to believe that it's been a year since I started my sabbatical. When I left the offices of McNabb Properties I wasn't sure which way I would be heading. It has indeed been a year full of life and living. In December I licensed my own real estate firm, BKW INC. and chose to work solely as a buyer's agent. I also took on a more involved role with Cold Nose College, our dog training business. Lisa and I attended Clicker Expo where we were able to talk and work with some of the finest trainers in the world, (yes the world). Just last month we went to Berkley CA for a four day professional dog walking academy. The things we learned there have already proved to be greatly valuable. This month Lisa and I again are headed to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) conference in Kentucky where we'll meet and hear some of the finest in the field of dog training and behavior. To wrap up my year of education and learning the the dog field I'm headed to Maryland for a five day intensive level 1 intern academy at Peaceable Paws, which is owned by Pat Miller, one of the best. I guess after reading this myself I'm pretty heavily involved with Cold Nose College.
In the past year there have also been losses. Our 21 year old Kitzy Kat passed away as well as our 12 year old Abbey the Angel Dog. Both left big empty spots on our hearts and home. Lisa's mom, Shirley Lyle also passed away this year. In her honor we had a big celebration of life gathering here at the farm and were joined by wonderful friends and family. She too will be missed.
One of my goals when I set out on this sabbatical was to reconnect with my creative side. I have found a new outlet for those creative energies. They are Barn Angels. These creations have given me great joy and also a larger connection to my spiritual self.
I could not have done any of this without the help and support if my dear wife of 24 years, Lisa, she too is an angel. I guess what I've been reminded of is that life is not the destination, but the journey that takes us places we haven't even dreamed of. So I shall journey on.