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Us In A Nutshell Derp

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I went through a blogger identity crisis, and I didn’t notice until now. I started blogging to keep track of my equestrian pursuits, as a way to catalog my progress. This quickly turned from just a private journal to an entirely new community of assistance and support; I’ve made so many great friends through blogging who have helped me through some really tough times. But for a while, I got this idea that I wanted to monetize my blog. So I wrote blog posts that would appeal to a larger audience, and focused on improving the quality of the blog. But as I got busier outside of blogging, and even outside of riding, I got a little burned out. Unfortunately, my burnout translated into a lack of blogging, which you’ve seen over the last year. I recently went back to read some of my very early blog posts, and it helped me remember why I started this blog in the first place: for myself.

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Trotting in Summertime

Mid-Summer Slump

Lately, I’ve been hitting some roadblocks in my riding. We’re more than halfway through the summer show season, and I’m finding myself feeling a little bit less motivated to ride, and a little bit less confident about my abilities. There are a lot of factors at play, including weather and motivation, but I’m still sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out a way to get back into the game mentally and keep preparing for our final three shows (which are rapidly approaching).

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Jumping at July Willow Way Show

2016 July Showtime at Willow Way

We’re just past halfway through the show season, I’m pretty pleased with the results so far. Things didn’t start out the way I’d hoped, and I’m still battling my way back from all the issues we had over the winter. The good news is that while my progress hasn’t been linear, there has been progress… tremendous progress. This horse show was a good marker for where I’m at riding wise: while things didn’t quite go as planned, I made the best of it and rode through it regardless.

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Miles Canter Big

What’s Up Wednesday

First, a shoutout to Amateur At Large, from whom I completely stole this title. If you don’t read her blog, you should — cute outfits, adorable pugs and a gorgeous backyard barn — it really doesn’t get better than that. Okay, anyways… as has been my usual lately, I’m behind on blog posts this month: I owe you a show report, and TWO product reviews (#bloggerfail). They are quickly forthcoming, I promise! So to hold you over, I thought I’d share some quick thoughts on what I’ve been working on.

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