We had the good fortune of connecting with Candice Ensign and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Candice, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Making the decision to live a purpose driven life has been the biggest contributor to the success of our non profit organization. When one is living in their purpose, taking risks, assessing challenges, falling down and getting back and never quitting become a part of every day. I am driven to keep my promise to the horses and humans we support, this drives me every day to succeed and keep making a difference. I rise everyday asking myself who that I need to rise up and be so that I can continue to help horses and humans find their gifts and share them with the world, by doing so, they are inspiring other to heal and do the same. Together we are healing the world one life at a time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a career coach for Keller Williams Realty International. I coach top agents across the nation. In addition I am a Certified Equine Gestalt Coach and the Founder of Journey with Equus a local 501(c)3 non profit organization I spent majority of my professional life as a Realtor. I made a career change in 2010 into a leadership position with Keller Williams. This is where my journey really began. A path that led me to realizing my purpose and once I stepped onto that path there has been no looking back. It has not been easy. I have been driven by an internal tug that told me to keep going keep believing, no matter who told me I was crazy, I knew this was what I was put here to do. I was put here to help animals and humans heal. I have learned that most likely our purpose has been in front of us our entire lives, only we weren’t equipped at the time to see it clearly. We were subject to our programming or past experiences. Through life’s experiences, mentors, coaches and pursuit of personal growth we are given the opportunity to unpack our baggage and investigate our beliefs. This provided us with awareness and the opportunity to make different choices and to see the world through a different colored lens. I learned that as we embrace this growth process the universe supports and guides us, not always gently sometimes through divine storms, hard lessons, challenges that push us back to our path of purpose when we get off track. I learned that if we chose to ignore the lessons they can get harder and more painful. I have lived through multiple divine storms, and I am grateful for the being able to see the miracle in the mess and get back on track. I am still a work in progress and will always be. I have embraced my God given gifts, and made a choice to help others do the same. I am passionate about helping the misfit horses that are not a fit for a traditional rescue due to injury, health or mental instability. We help these horses heal, at their pace, and if they are willing they share their gifts with humans, equipping humans to unpack their baggage, embrace their God given gifts and step out into the world shining their light, and by doing so they are inspiring others to heal and shine their light, and through a ripple effect healing the world one life at a time. I am here to make a difference for others and help them step onto their path 2 purpose
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in a very rural area and rarely get to town. I would love to show them our local restaurants and the countryside, What I love about Elizabeth is the beauty of nature. Love to have visitors visit the ranch where the non profit is located and simply take in nature. In todays COVID world this is a great spot to get outside reconnect to nature, pet a few horses and maybe a longhorn cow or two, or simply stroll in the towering trees, sit on a log and listen to the whisper of the breeze through the pines.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are SO many incredible people who have stood by me, supported the vision, and believed in me. Thank you to Julie DeMusey of Dreamcatchers Equine Rescue for being my inspiration and showing me what’s possible and that every horse deserves a second chance. Thank you to Don Sarno, without whom we wouldn’t have made it this far. Brandon Beston for always helping rally the troops and helping fund the mission, making sure the horses have always come first. Jim Korpal, for your support and connections that helped us through some tough times early on. Thank you to all of the awesome local rescues, Safe Landing, Terolyn Horse Rescue and Drifters Heart of Hopes to name a few. Thank you Teri Allen Jacobsen for supporting the horse and myself through many a sleepless night. Thank you Deanna Freng for the love and care and support of our horses. Huge shout out to Cassie Kidd for being the kind watchful eye who takes care of our incredible herd and facility. Thank you our facebook family and supporters. Your continued support of our mission is what makes what we do possible. This last year has been challenging and we owe a huge thank you to Channel 7 and all of their viewers and to our incredible group of volunteers. Thank you to each and every one of you for your hard work, donations and prayers. Today we have an incredible new home and unlimited possibilities to continue to make a difference. Thank you to those that showed up in freezing weather, and put up 10,000 feet of fence, dug trenches and donated supplies. Thank you to all who showed up to help us move horses. You know who you are and you are beyond appreciated. Special shout out to my son, for his never wavering support and belief in me and what drives me. 2021 is going to be incredible year. Stay tuned for some exciting news.
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Trish Kusal Wilson