I'm lucky enough to have mine as well--training horses, and exactly the kind of way I want. I've done it totally freelance with a lot of different clients, owned my own place, etc. and got burned out, but now I work at this lovely little breeding farm where I have just enough work to keep me busy, very nice horses ranging from 2 y/os to be started under saddle to seasoned show horses that I'm just fine-tuning (a life-long process LOL) and campaigning. We show at a national level but the owners are laid-back and don't freak out if something happens and the horses don't win (within reason, of course...I imagine if we never won I wouldn't still be working there, but I'm comparing them to clients who freak out if their 3 y/o spooks in one class and you place third
). I also just love the owners on a personal level, to the point that I spend holidays with them! My only complaint is that the otherwise perfect facility is up in the mountains and has no indoor arena, so every winter I wind up with 2-3 months of very little work.
Fortunately I'm also a pretty decent freelance writer, so I just step up that work and do just fine. If my current job ever goes away, I'll probably do that full time and would love it as I really enjoy writing as well. Actually, my dream would be to load up the dogs in my truck and travel around the US, blogging and writing online. I could actually do it, and if not for my job and my boyfriend I would do it in a heartbeat.
So all in all, I'm very fortunate when it comes to work.
And when I start posting substantially less here in a month or so, you'll know why...back to the grind!