Each year I’ve blogged, I’ve set out yearly goals. At first I did quarterly reviews, but last year I completely fell off the bandwagon and didn’t do any goal reviews at all. My process for setting and evaluating goals is a very personal one that tends to change from year to year — while I love goals and I think writing them down helps me stay motivated and focused, I’ve also learned that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.
Last weekend I indulged my husband and went on a short trip to Pittsburgh to watch baseball. He comes to all my horse shows, so a few times a year we travel to see his favorite team (the Atlanta Braves) play. Typically we go to Cincinnati… but I hate that city and somehow we always have some sort of comedy of errors that lead to a bad time. This year, we figured we’d go to Pittsburgh. It’s only one additional hour away, compared to Cinci, and neither of us had ever been. So on Friday morning we packed up and headed out.
I’m still struggling with regular blogging, although I’ve written more this month than I have in the last three. That’s progress and I’ll take it! One of the things I’m struggling with currently is lack of media. It’s hard to write detailed ride recaps without much media and when I’m busy, taking photos at the barn is the first thing to go. Ah well, c’est le vie!
This past weekend our little family escaped the city and headed to nearby Hocking Hills for some much needed and well deserved R&R. On Friday afternoon, we packed up all of our stuff, grabbed the dogs and headed south to a small cabin we rented for the long weekend. It was absolutely lovely — we had perfect weather, ate like kings and enjoyed a lot of time relaxing.
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?