I had the great honor of meeting Cathi earlier this year and I was instantly drawn to her warmth and positive energy. She is one of those people with whom you instantly connect. What I loved most about her was the fact that when she turned 50 she bought herself a horse. Why? Because she always wanted one! While some might say, “Woe is me, I always wanted a horse but now I am 50…wa, wa, waaa…” Cathi said, “I have always wanted a horse, I am 50, and there is no time like the present.” How cool is that? She’s acquired some additions to her farm which has led her to goat yoga and I am excited for Cathi to tell you her story!
A: I am a visionary with determination. If I believe, there is no looking in the rearview mirrorâ€¦only through the windshield. Type A personality, with a tendency to be controlling. Passionate in sharing my dreams with others. Compassion for all animals. Itâ€™s dangerous for me to stumble upon a pet adoptionâ€¦Iâ€™ve found myself in trouble with that several times. I am always up for a challenge. The more difficult the challengeâ€¦the deeper I dig. My family comes firstâ€¦I feel blessed and full of gratitude every single day to live on this beautiful farm.
Q: What did you do in your first act?
A: I consider my first act adopting two of the most beautiful children a parent could only dream of having. Sam was 3 Â½ months old when I kissed his cheek for the very first time. My delivery room was the United Airlines gate in Des Moines, Iowa. He gave me such a bright smile and that was after a 24 hour journey home. My husband traveled to Seoul for our precious daughter. Katie was 4 Â½ months old when she came home to me. We bonded immediately and to this day we have a deep rooted love and connection with each other.
I gave up my career to raise Sam and Katie. I was the typical Soccer Momâ€¦PTA Chair, Cheerleading President, etc. I loved every minute of being there for my children. For 18 years my title was CEO of the Huff Household.
Q: What led you to what you are doing today?
A: I purchased a retired Thoroughbred race horse at the age of 50. I dreamed of one day having Bronx in my backyard. My life was in transitionâ€¦it was a tough time for me. My babies had grown up and I had such a deep void. When I walked in to the house on Five Acre Roadâ€¦I knew I was home! I looked out my kitchen window and I saw the most beautiful barn where my handsome boyfriend, Bronx would be living. Fast forward 12 months and Atlantis Dream Farm (Bronxâ€™s racing name) was bornâ€¦.three miniature horses, 4 Pygmy goats, 2 cats, 2 bunnies, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy.
Q: How did you come up with the idea for yoga with goats?
A: I had 2 friends that would come over to have coffee with my new baby goats. My friend Kristin had seen a video of goat yoga and suggested I give it a try. My husband came up with the name GOGA and so it began….
Q: What are your goals? Are there specific goals you want to achieve or do you do this purely for the satisfaction it brings?
A: My goals are to share my beloved animals with others. I love watching people walk through the barn or relax listening to the fountain. It brings me such joy and peace when others can â€œbe in the momentâ€ and embrace the beauty of Atlantis Dream Farm.
Q: What have you learned through the process of reinventing yourself?
A: I have always struggled with impatience. As I grow older, I am finally coming to term with not everything has to be perfect. I am comfortable being in my worn out jeans and cowboy boots shopping at the mall. I no longer feel the need to be competitive with others. Meditation is my new best friend! I try my best to be present and in the moment and enjoy the beauty around me.
Q: What advice do you have for other women who are considering a change?
A: Go for it! Never look back. Be passionate and go after the dream!
Q: How have you dealt with obstacles or setbacks?
A: I am experiencing one right nowâ€¦a broken hand. That may seem ridiculous to others but a broken hand is tough when running a farm and a new business. I am not one to rely on anyone and Iâ€™ve had to ask for helpâ€¦so not my style. Because I am competitive by nature, if there is an obstacle or setbackâ€¦I charge forward. No stopping me. My orthopedic surgeon literally throws his face in his hands every time I see him. Yep, I am still mucking stalls, cleaning pastures, corralling goats and horses one handed.
Q: Would you do it all again?
A: Absolutely in a heartbeat!! Without a doubt its hard work and long hours but I love every second of what I do. As I type thisâ€¦my goats are super vocal at the landscaper, Bronx just peeked his head in my tack room window which caught me by surprise and a sleeping puppy and cat by my feet. Life is so good and I feel blessed and full of gratitude with each new day!