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education through the Stratford Career
Institute. She credits her employer for
helping her get on track with what she
wants to do in life. He also encouraged
her to start her own bookkeeping business (he’s one of her clients).
Olivia has her mind set on growing her
bookkeeping business and eventually
tapering off the other jobs, but not until
she reaches specific financial goals. After
all, as the sole owner of her home, she is
responsible for all repairs. Remodeling a
home takes money, in addition to paying
the mortgage every month.
Speaking of remodeling her home,
Olivia is taking it one room at a time.
She’s enjoying the process of creating
her own space, transforming it into a
modern beauty of grays and whites.
Homeownership, while something new
and exciting, does present its own set of
hurdles. Whether it’s water troubles or
trying to hang a door by herself (which
she determined she cannot do), Olivia is
conquering home ownership as it comes
her way. She either enlists the help of her
family, makes it a DIY project, or saves
her money to pay a professional to help
with specific tasks.
This is only the beginning …
While no one really knows what the future holds, Olivia does have plans for her
home. In addition to running taps on her
maple trees, she hopes to one day keep
bees, as well as have an orchard with
apples, pears, grapes, and peaches.
She’s working hard at meeting her goals
while still keeping in touch with what’s
most important—family. Although she
only lives a mile from her family, she still
misses having them around her all the
time. She runs with her sister as often as
she can (although she really believes her
sister hates running) and enjoys riding
her horse, Sam.
Is it worth it? “My dreams are so big so
I have to take one step at a time. Life
feels like it’s on fast forward sometimes.
When I’m tired at night I wish that I
did things differently, but there are
other times when I’m standing on my
back porch and I can see my horses, its
Sounds to me like Olivia is right where
God wants her to be with all the joys,
struggles, and hard work it takes to
achieve her dreams.
Meredith Duke is the owner of
Sweet Bee Pixels (www.sweet-
and web design company. She’s
a native Texan, married to her college
sweetheart, and loves homeschooling her
two teens. The Duke family also shares
many adventures at their homestead, San
Gabriel Farm. You can read about those
adventures at www.sangabrielfarm.com.