I really meant to blog more over Christmas. I promise I did. I have no excuses. Well, I have plenty of excuses – our holidays are very busy thanks to four separate sets of parents in some configuration or another; Christmas came smack dab in the middle of the biggest wind storm our area’s seen in quite some time, including a three-day power outage; adding a new horse into the mix in November has meant that I still don’t have my barn schedule down pat… yeah, plenty of excuses, but none of them overly legit.
The real reason I haven’t been blogging so much? Well, it turns out that in my quest to become a world-famous wellness & equestrian blogger, I pretty much took all of the fun out of it for myself. So every time I sat down to put pen to paper (so to speak), I found that I just didn’t really feel like it. Blogging (and all of the tasks, real or those I made up, that go with it) had been kind of kicking the crap out of my creativity lately. Which brings me to…
2018 Goal #1:
Blog for fun again.
Never mind how many people are reading, or if I’m using the right hashtags on Instagram to increase my following, or if I’m tweeting enough, or if I’ve got just the right number of my own pins on Pinterest.
I used to love to blog. I will get there again. (So if y’all notice a little difference in the style of my posts over the next few months compared to the last few months, that’ll be me having fun with my writing again).
The other thing about blogging: I was spending so much time trying to make sure my posts about my horses were perfectly search-engine-optimized that it was actually taking me away from my horses. I was literally trying so hard to come up with the perfect grooming post that I actually ran out of time to groom. Sad? Yes.
2018 Goal #2:
Enjoy my horses to the fullest extent.
Here’s the thing about keeping horses at home. All of those things that you loved helping out with when you boarded them elsewhere? Well, those are a daily reality now, and while mucking out, feeding, watering and puttering around the paddock does ensure that you get to spend a certain amount of time with (or at least near) your horses every day, for me, it doesn’t really count as “quality time”.
So, this year, I will be grooming before I scrub buckets, riding before I muck out, and playing with horses before raking the paddock, whenever possible.
Speaking of which, I also have a riding-specific goal:
2018 Goal #3:
Ride Stella quietly and calmly around the back field, out of sight of the other horses.
Now, this may not sound like a big deal to some of you. Especially when compared to all the “real” riding goals I could have, like competing, or reaching a certain level in my training.
But for me, being able to hop on Stella and ride around our back field, all by ourselves, on a loose rein would mean that she and Sunny have overcome their need to have one another within sight at all times. Which will be, you know, a very big deal around here.
Ok. We’re almost done. Just one more, over-riding, all-encompassing thing:
2018 Goal #4:
I don’t know about you, but for some reason I always seem to be rushing. And when I rush, I’m not as careful. And then things get missed. Or dropped. Or broken. Or whatever. And then I get frustrated.
I did an experiment for one day. Every time I started to rush through something, I actually said to myself, out loud, “slow down”. Now, I’m sure anyone around me would have thought I was nuts, but it didn’t matter. I was becoming one of those people who is always frustrated and irritable, and I had to find a way to make it stop.
Slowing down seemed to do the trick. I approached everything in a “you don’t need to rush” manner, and by the end of the day I can honestly say I felt a real difference. Try it – I think you might surprise yourself.
So with that experiment in mind, I’ve decided to make this a year-long goal. Slow down. Take my time. Stop and smell the roses. This doesn’t mean I plan to move at a sloth-like pace. We all have places to go, people to see and deadlines to meet. But when I can take the time, I plan on taking the time.
So there you have it. A quick run-down on my goals, and even a little insight into what makes me tick.
Looking to make some goals of your own and not sure where to start? Here’s a post on goal setting to help you get started. Give it a shot, and then tell me all about your goals in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them.