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Life Lessons: Debbie Nightingale


Life Lessons:
Debbie Nightingale

*Are you happy at the moment?

Very (yes, I know it’s a one word answer, but the question requires it… ☺ Hmm…I guess its not a one word answer anymore.. ☺

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Do what you love. The rest falls into place if you can do this one thing. Listen to your heart and follow your passion.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

When you’re excited about something, the enthusiasm is contagious and others want to share that with you and support you in your dream.

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

We started our little business, HAUTE GOAT, at the beginning of 2014. In the next 12 months I’d like to find a way to grow the business while at the same time maintaining the quality of life I believe is so important.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Enjoy the small moments. For me that means, sitting around the kitchen table enjoying a meal cooked by all of us, watching a newborn goat figuring out how to suckle or counting the chickens at night when I lock them in the coop and they are all accounted for!

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Hanging out with my kids and/or my animals.

*What’s your biggest regret?

Not an easy answer. In some ways I wish we’d moved from the city to the farm when my kids (and I) were much younger. At the same time, I don’t think I would appreciate what I have nearly as much without having been through everything that I have been.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

Work hard, play hard!

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?


*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’m very proud of the animal babies that we’ve brought into this world – goats, horses and puppies….its taken a good long time to learn best practices for breeding, birthing and raising these guys. I’m proud of the business we started just over a year ago that we are starting to get recognition for and increased sales.

*When were you happiest?

Aside from birthing my own babies, when I’m able to save any of our newborns that are on the brink, it’s a ‘happy’ like no other.

*What ten words best describe you?

Positive, optimistic, high energy, passionate, impetuous, impatient, engaged, caring.


Debbie Nightingale is a TV producer turned farmer who moved from Toronto to a 25 acre property in Southern Ontario where she now raises Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Icelandic horses and chickens with her husband Shain Jaffe. In early 2014, they launched a small home-based company called HAUTE GOAT to celebrate all things goat (and theirs in particular). The company’s mandate is to create products (both edible and non) that are premium quality with a sense of whimsy and fun. Like their page on Facebook and follow along on Twitter!

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