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Miles Trot Under Saddle Sept 2013

Year in Review: Q4 Goals

In case you missed it….

Year in Review: Month by Month
Year in Review: Statistics

The next step in my Year in Review mini series is my final review of goals. I created 2013 goals when I first (re)started Fly On Over in April, so I missed out on doing a Q1 Review, but you can read my Q2 Review, as well as my Q3 Review.

Riding and Showing Goals

  • Attend 5 – 6 shows June-October
    I attended a total of 8 shows this year, exceeding my goal! I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out, even though I wasn’t winning ribbons and Vinnie was rather difficult at times. I attended three schooling shows, two Delaware Showtime, Two Equivents and one New Vocations charity show.
  • Attend a show in October
    This is probably the goal I am most excited about accomplishing! After changing jobs, I wanted to be able to finish out the show season, something I hadn’t been able to do before. In the end, not only was I able to show in October, I was able to show Miles for the very first time.
  • Improve at each show
    I officially crossed this goal off the list in my Q3 Review because I didn’t want any pressure at my first show with Miles. But I should have known better — I rode my very best rounds of the year at October Equivents, and my placings proved that I was a serious contender. So I’m concluding this goal with a big fat HELL YEAH!
  • Win a chairĀ 
    This definitely didn’t happen, especially since I didn’t win a blue ribbon all year. But you know what they say: if your dreams are easy, they aren’t big enough. So I’m definitely going to keep some version of this goal intact for 2014.
  • Show Diamond
    Unfortunately, this goal also didn’t happen and it probably won’t ever get accomplished. I love Diamond, she’s a phenomenal horse, but she’s just too much for me. Too much jump, too much energy.
  • Lesson Diamond at 2’6″
    Well, I’m going to cross this goal half off. I have started jumping 2’6″ in lessons, but obviously not on Diamond. And I’m totally fine with that. Plus, the point was that I wanted to move up and jump bigger jumps, and I’m totally starting to do that.
  • Improve my foundation, with equal weight in my legs at all times
    Okay, so the “at all times” might not be quite there, but my foundation is greatly improved. I am holding my position over fences much better, and my right leg is more secure. I still have improvements to be made in this area, so while I’m crossing it off as accomplished, look for similar goal in 2014.
  • Consistently keep my core tight
    My core is much stronger, and my recovery after fences is proof of this. The spirit of this goal was improvement, so I’m crossing it off as well. Of course, it’s still not quite as good as I would like it, so again, more fitness goals will be resurging next year!

Miles Trot Under Saddle Sept 2013

Personal Goals

  • Stay on budget
    It’s not quite the end of the year yet, so final budget numbers are still a bit murky. I did, however, stay 110% on track with lessons, showing and horse purchase in terms of budget. Buying things for said new horse might have been a bit over what I anticipated, but I’ve yet to buy something I didn’t need, so I guess that’s something. Overall, a success and I’m looking forward to incorporating some new budget ideas for next year.
  • Lose 10 lbs
    Big fat fail. So very disappointed in myself over this, but I never committed to losing weight and I never made it a priority. Bad, bad Tracy!
  • Visit Atlanta
    Also didn’t happen. This trip might be one of those things that I just have to do, because I don’t think it’s ever going to feel like the right time. Things to mull over, I suppose.
  • Work on my communication via email
    I’ve seen improvement in the way I express myself through email; I’m more concise and professional. Partly because I send emails to professional people who aren’t crazy. But whatever, it still counts as personal improvement in my book!
  • Find a diet that works for me
    Well… I didn’t really find a diet, but I have found foods that I enjoy that are healthier, such as Greek yogurt and popcorn. I just need to work on my portion control, and eating more vegetables. So… semi-success?
  • Create and stick to a workout planFail. Epic fail. I worked out for a while but then I got lazy. I have some ideas of things that might work well, (like at-home DVDs and walking) but I didn’t stick to anything long enough to create a new habit.
  • Finish Visa’s corner
    Finally another personal goal I achieved! Visa’s corner is finished, it looks awesome and I love it. It might be hidden by Christmas presents right now, but it’s so nice to have a wonderful space at home for him. He deserves it.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Fly On Over’s Year in Review mini series, where we begin to look to the future!


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