Wednesday, January 1, 2014
“As 2013 comes to an end, so does the old paths. 2014 will bring new paths, new choices, and a new way of life. What will you chose for 2014? Will you stay on the old path? Maybe with new direction? Or will you take a totally new path? Will your priorities stay the same or change? Will you focus on the same issues or decide to focus on something that is more important now, due to where you are in your life now? I know I will.
As we ponder the New Year, we can let go of the old year. It doesn’t matter what we didn’t accomplish, what we could have done, what we did but shouldn’t have. But then, maybe these things do matter. It’s all in the context of what you did or didn’t do, the meaning of your thoughts, and the reasoning behind what you did or didn’t do. Yes, I’m sure I would undo some of the things that I did. I would try now to do some things differently or with a different mindset. But, regardless, it is what it is. And we can take what we know now, learn from it, and move on. Change for the better. Maybe some areas of our life don’t need to change, and that is great also!
That was my point in my New Year’s Eve Blog about new paths and new choices. I wasn’t so much asking the questions for myself, because I knew some of my answers. I was asking them for you to ponder about also. We all have choices and sometimes we follow different paths, for different reasons. That’s ok to go off the original path and follow other paths/distractions/goals. Our lives change constantly and we need to change our paths to best suit where we are at the moment. I try to do that. I try to change when I need to, but sometimes I’m slower than I need to be. Sometimes, I want to change faster than the situation needs. Sometimes I change, but not in the way I should have changed. The point is, be open to change when the time comes.
So now, on New Year’s Day, we are on the 1st day of our 2014 path. And now, we can ask ourselves the question, “what path do we want to take this year?” Is our path based on a new personal goal, a change in last year’s goal, a life changing decision to try something totally different? Or will we continue on our same goal with some different choices, and by following different paths, will that lead to the same goal?
I think I will revise the goals that always seem to be part of my yearly decisions. Family needs to be prioritized. We are trying to go to church as often as we can in off season, as sometimes horse competitions and rides takes us away from church. During those times, I think of God in the beautiful surroundings around me as I ride. God’s country is beautiful! Sunrises, sunsets, trees, hills, mountains, and in all the lovely scenery!
I am thinking of where I want to go with the horses this year. I will be breeding more Rushcreek bred endurance Arabians and I will have more foals this year. I need to handle last year’s foals and start my coming 3 year old and a coming 5 year old. I need to start 2, 3 year old QH’s as well as ride 2, 6 year olds.
I need to decide what my riding goals will be. The last 2 years, I have pushed for miles on the Horsetrailriders Distance Derby, but this year, I don’t want to push for the miles. Instead, I need to spend more quality time with the horses that I haven’t done so with this year. I need to spend quality time with my riding horses also. A plan may be riding one day, ponying the next day, then doing some arena and slow work the 3rd day. I do need to keep 2 horses in competition mode though, and do some fast, longer miles. Maybe I’ll work on interval training with longer, faster distances then slower work.
Wherever life leads me this year, wherever my horses take me this year, whatever happens in my family life, I know that I can turn to God for answers and to help me through any choices. But one area in my life is constantly changing, and that is to be the best person and horse person that I can be. My horses are my life, my soul and my being, and I will always do what I can to protect the horses in my care and to learn as much as I can about thinking like horses.
“Embrace the Journey”!
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Stay Straight and Focus:
As I rode Allie today in the field, I thought “stay straight and focus” on where you are going whenever she would turn her head to look back at the barn. She would turn her head left or right, depending on what she was seeing off to the side. I thought, “come on, girl, go straight”.
Then I realized my life was just like this. I would try to go straight and stay on the course that I, or God, had chosen for me. Then something would catch my attention and I would start looking to the right or left. Sometimes I would keep going straight, but like Allie today, I had a hard time thinking of going straight as my attention would be on what was either to the right or left of me. Sometimes, I wouldn’t go straight and would actually veer off course and start going to the right or left.
What is it that draws our attention off of our initial or desired path and makes us look or go a different way? When we think we have our path clearly in front of us, and we start making plans to follow it, and we do start to follow it, why can’t we follow it to the end? Before we realize it, there are little turns to the right and maybe even bigger turns to the left. Sometimes, there are delays and something we have to go backwards a few steps.
I start to think that I am meant to follow the new path. Why, what is wrong with the old path? If I start the new path, do I know where it is heading or what I am suppose to do? Probably not. But if I was not suppose to follow this new path, then why was the choice in front of me?
I begin to think that the path that I was initially on isn’t the path that I want to be on any longer. The new path is taking me into a different direction, one that I wouldn’t have thought of earlier but now looks like a good choice. Just like Allie wanting to take another route around a brush pile or through a field, maybe when there is a turn in our path we need to think that the new path is a better path.
New paths bring different choices. New paths make us choose between old ways and new ways. New paths bring a difference to our lives.
New Paths. New Choices. New Ways. Sometimes, different choices aren’t what we would want. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes hard, sometimes they are ones that we don’t want, but once the choice is made, and we let ourselves change, sometimes we see that the choice make us a better person. New paths make a wonderful difference in our lives if we choose to follow them. One thing is for sure, though, we can only change if we follow different paths. Make a change, make a choice, and become what you are meant to become.
As 2013 comes to an end, so does the old paths. 2014 will bring new paths, new choices, and a new way of life.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Once again, it’s been a long time since I’ve blogged. Life gets busy and when we start to add too many extra things to our schedule, then something has to go. With liquidating the store, I finally added Facebook, and last July and August, I stayed busy adding inventory to a FB page. Now that Christmas shopping is over, sales have slowed down. I hope to find that extra time, that I used to have, to blog more. And to read.
Winter is my time to find that extra time. Usually that starts about November, slows down in December and then I have lots of time in Jan and Feb. I’m behind this year as my free time just started last week. Now I need to establish a routine of staying on track with my time.
My other plans are to start reading and discussing more books on my Horses Are Our Lives chat, which I just started to do. Join the chat and read and/or discuss the chapters with me or anyone else who joins in. You don’t need to buy the books, as I hope that the review and discussion of the books will give you a good idea of what the book is about.
And I hope to find the time to take more photos. We finally got a DSLR camera, and now to read the booklet to figure out how to use it! Maybe I’ll try to take an online class or even some classes at the Community College.
Sometimes, I just need to set a schedule to get things done. Are you like that? Or are there days that you just say, “I need to do this, then this, then this before the day is over”? I know, for me, if I have days like that, or even a week like that, then I need to get up in the morning and get started right away. I’ll set a schedule that includes reading and typing up and posting a chapter of whatever book that I’m reading. Then I need to work on my FB pages, continuing the Clothing Sales (as there isn’t tack left). I need to promote my Messick Performance and Endurance Horses, and continue posting photos of the mares, their bloodlines, and the foals that will be coming early summer.
Somewhere in there, I need to take the time to start yoga again, and follow a DVD tape of both yoga and my horse exercises. And continue a work out on the elliptical and weight machine.
I hope I can get this all done in one day! Maybe I’ll need to treat myself like we condition horses. Once I get in shape, all I’ll need to do is 2-3 times a week, and one long day. That might make staying on track and keeping up with my schedule a little easier. I just need to do everything every other day! By doing that, I’ve cut my work load in half!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I’ve had another Thanksgiving meal today, with Jacob and Amber, almost 4 year old Caden, and 21 month old Tyler. For thanksgiving, we were in CO with Sara, Jake, soon to be 4 year old Makenzie and 10 day old Kaytlyn. Today, Kaytlyn is a month old already! Today, we had a fun time with her cousins. Today, we had our Thanksgiving meal here. This is a great reminder that Thanksgiving can be any day. This is a great reminder that any holiday, or special event, like birthdays, anniversaries, etc, can be celebrated on any day.
Today’s thoughts are on what we should be thankful for are. I am so thankful for my 4 grandchildren and their health. For Makenzie and her outgoing ways and ambition and energy. For Caden and his quiet ways of figuring things out and wanting to know if we can play with him. For Tyler’s laughter, his soft side, his tenderness, and not wanting his feelings hurt. And little Kaytlyn, so young, so do we really know her personality? But she is so calm, so peaceful, so content. She teaches us a valuable lesson. I am so thankful for all my family, my children, my SIL and my DIL, and my grandchildren.
Then there are our horses. They teach us so much!
The shake of their heads. The stance. The demeanor. How, and why, they like, and how they don’t like certain horses. And do you figure out the why? I have on most of the horses, and then there is always a surprise.
Starlet, the boss. Fought with Doc, a gelding who was gelded as a 12 year old. They did not like each other for 3 or 4 years. Now this year, they stand close to each other. I think still figuring who is the ultimate boss.
Shaggy who isn’t a threat to any horse and every horse likes him. From birth to 9 years. No one fights with him.
Chick who could be a nasty show mare, but with a calm influence, shows well. But she hates to be separated from her pasture mates. And let’s all horses around her know that!
The quiet yearlings who turn into monsters when new young horses enter their space.
The old horses who accept anything, some who move away from nasty horses and some who put younger horses in their place.
And the young horse who is bossy, pushy, fights with everyone and then meets their match with an older, mature, confident, mare or gelding, and teaches a valuable lesson.
This is most of my herd. What is your’s like?
“Embrace the Journey!”
And Embrace your Horse’s Journey!
Saturday, October 27, 2012
We are at an age where all of our aunts and uncles are aging.
My Mom's Sibling:
Aunt Ann, Uncle Jr, and my Mom
My mom lost her sister a few months ago,
then about a month ago, her brother-in-law passed away.
This past Wed, her brother passed away.
My Uncle Jr was always goofing around,
and always laughing.
I will miss all of you.
And earlier in the week, a cousin posted that it had been 10 years since her father passed away. (This would have been my dad's brother. My dad was 1 of 3 boys, but the first boy was still born).
I had to change my weekend plans. I was still having trailer tire problems and decided not to haul 4 hours away for the CTR in Kansas. I just didn't feel like going. Maybe I just need to stay home and think about my aunt and uncle. And what my mom is going through. My mom has some dementia. I'm sure all this sadness is affecting her health. You're in my thoughts and prayers, Mom and Dad, as well as my cousins and their families.
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