It’s halfway through February, and while I typically like to set goals much earlier in the year, I struggled with a list of what I wanted to accomplish this year. In part, I think it’s because last year was such a roller coaster both in terms of my equestrian life and the rest of my life. The other issue I faced was putting into words what I really wanted this year to look like. Ever since I bought Miles, I’ve had big goals I wanted to cross off my list. But now I find myself in the (wonderfully!) unique position of having accomplished them all. So where do I go from here?
Last weekend I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Siobhan from Autonomous Dressage! It was such a fortuitous series of events — see, I was randomly matched to be her secret santa from my own blogger gift exchange, so to meet her face to face just a few months later was pretty cool. We had a great weekend, filled with pony things and great conversation.
In early January, Trainer left the cold, snowy Midwest to go on a much-needed and well-deserved vacation. While we’re up here dealing with wild temperature swings and so much mud, she’s down in Florida enjoying the sun and palm trees. I’m not quite sure what she was thinking… but she left me somewhat in charge of all of her horses (you know, in conjunction with barn management #thankgoodness). So I’ve been a busy, busy girl taking care of 4 horses these last several weeks.
In the past, I’ve done a quarterly review of my goals, but with all the (many) ups and downs of this year, I didn’t. Sometimes it was too painful to see just how far away I was from where I wanted to be, other times riding fell pretty far by the wayside as life got in the way. Nevertheless, I really like to do goal reviews to remind myself of what I have accomplished, and where I still want to go.
I used to do some year-end blog posts every year, until last year… when things really sucked and I just didn’t have it in me. But this year I’m reviving the tradition, starting with monthly highlights from 2016. I didn’t really blog that much this year, so I’m doing blocks of three months at a time. You’re welcome!