Note: Julia Thomson is a blogger at Home on 129 Acres where she writes about her adventures of country living and DIY renovating. She writes regularly for That Mutt.

Every morning for the last week of August, I was waiting for a pink sunrise. Finally, on the last day of the month, a slight smudge of dusky pink tinged the sky.

Baxter and I walked out to our biggest field. As we got to the centre, he sat down, content to just sniff the morning. I took my cue from him and stood and watched the sunrise.

As I did, I felt surrounded by peace and beauty. I was filled with gratitude for being able to experience and appreciate this moment.

This moment was especially important to me as the end of August marked my last day at my job—my dependable, stable, responsible day job.

As of the beginning of September, I am a full-time freelance writer. This has been something that I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time. To take the plunge is exciting, scary, daunting, joyous and a whole bunch of other emotions.

Starting my last day surrounded by the peace and beauty of the farm made me feel very good about my choice and excited by what the future holds.

As much as I don’t enjoy getting up early to walk the dog, without him, I would have had no reason to be standing in the middle of the field at dawn. I’m grateful that I got to have this experience and that he sat down the way he did. He reminds me to savour the moments, live in the present and enjoy life.