What do I love most about my job? Well, there are many things I love, such as the scenery, working outside, meeting new people, and developing connections with strangers through golf. I always have great conversations about turf, it’s my specialty, I live it, breathe it and take it home in my bra most days. I am glad to have had the opportunities to build my experiences and use them; it’s not every day I get to share these experiences and have someone other than my coworkers who understand what I mean.
I have been asked a few times what it feels like to be a woman in this industry living the good turf life. Well, that’s a funny question. I didn’t know I am supposed to feel different than a man working in this industry. I think I’d feel the same in any industry but the HUGE exception is, I Love What I Do. I realize this is one industry I can envision one day having more women pursing a Turf Career.
I have seen why some women decide that this job becomes just another job; a) they start growing a family, b) marry someone rich, or c) just plain lose focus on why they started in the first place. I know from my experience if you want to pursue your dreams you should go for it. You’ll never look back in the future and say to yourself I wish I tried. There are amazing Female Superintendents who have had a baby and get right back to work after maternity leave and I admire them for that. Just because you have a child certainly doesn’t mean you need to choose another career. Yes, it becomes a different lifestyle, but it’s yours and raising a Kid in Turf is probably one of the best rewards you can have. That reward is not just for women but for all those dads too. For all you single parents in the Turf World, you inspire me. Keep up your hard work!
Our industry has opportunity to grow. There is a certain lifestyle like the early mornings and the long hours, but set your priorities and remember what is important to you. Remember why you started in the first place and have your end goal in mind. Being a Women in Turf has challenges but keep in mind you can connect with others here and find solutions that can help you along the way. We are here to support each other through our endeavors and encourage personal growth.
Go in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined – Henry David Thoreau
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