Archive for December, 2012


Another year has gone by?

December 31, 2012

Logging in here I realized that the last time I posted was 364 days ago. How did that happen??

Well, it happens when you lack focus.  2012 was another great year for us – full of travel and visiting family and quality play time for our family.  We are all healthy, enjoy good jobs, have great people and animals in our lives and live in a beautiful house.

Yet… we totally lack intention.

This was brought to my attention in October by The Husband.  I spent all of 2012 very very involved in horse activity.  It seemed like every free minute I had (and a whole lot of minutes taken from my family) were spent in horse-related activities.  Ironically, this made me very stressed and unhappy.  Thankfully I hitched my wagon to a bright little star that said, “honey… what does this have to do with dressage?” 

* Light Bulb Moment *

I was spending so much time around horses and horse people – but none of it had anything to do with my passion.  The Husband told me that he only cared that I was happy and I didn’t need to spend so much time trying to make other people happy.  He freed me of my perceived obligation to make the horses pay for themselves, I registered as an amateur for the first time in my adult life and I can’t wait to get out to the barn every day again.  Now that I have pared down all my horse obligations to just ME + DRESSAGE (or maybe eventing, I am contemplating a sport change!) lots of new opportunities have come my way that will help me further my riding goals and help me fulfill my complimentary passion, re-careering ex race horses.

It’s amazing what can come out of refocusing.

In the spirit of refocusing and living more intentionally I am hoping to live a life less obligated and more gratifying.  The things that are important to me are:

  • FAMILY:  time spent with family is never wasted
  • TRAVEL:  adventures are the lifeblood of our family
  • HEALTH:  without it, we have nothing
  • HOME:  fewer things, more beauty
  • HORSES:  still my greatest source of life lessons and inspiration
  • INTENTION:  great things do not happen by accident and to achieve the above we must plan and leave less to chance

I will be blogging this year about the steps we take to keep these things top of mind at all times.  In order to travel more, decorate better, compete again and be healthier we will have to engage in some behavior modification – which should provide for good blog fodder. 🙂

I wish you all a very happy 2013!


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