Immediate Life Changes
I've needed to get serious about life for awhile now. I spent the last year in a job that completely owned me and I had no control over my schedule. So now I have a little less stress at work and more control over my schedule (and no man to distract me), it's time for me to buckle down. I'm simplifying my diet (eating cleaner) and getting back in the gym regularly - I need to be fit for work, but also because it will only help my riding. I'm finally making weight training a thing (I'm usually a calisthenics girl). I've also rediscovered trail running, and being out there surrounded by nature makes it a hell of a lot more fun than running on roads or the treadmill. It's playful and enjoyable and I am totally beat afterward! It pushes me without me knowing it. That alone has me psyched about getting back in good shape. I just hope to really stick with it this time.
|I mean seriously, how is this not fun?|
|...when he is, you know...awake.|
|Not big at all, but you get the idea|
He also did the canter poles like a champ. We've not done a ton of them, especially lately, and I need to work on getting him more forward and moving freer, so these are a big help in helping encourage that bigger, more forward canter as well as getting him more confident in deciding where to put his feet.
I got so serious about being more dedicated to riding that I actually got up at 0345 on Tuesday morning to ride before work. Why? Because it's balls hot here and neither Soonie or I enjoy it, and prefer to work when it's cooler. And it was. And I'm so grateful for that flood light Bill installed, because it was still dark for most of my ride. It was a great start to my day and Bubba really seemed to like working that early, but betting up at that hour is just plain uncivilized.
|But we got to scope out the new tractor in morning light so that's good?|
Long Term Life Changes (maybe)
I've also begun to seriously consider a major life (career) change and moving to central Kentucky. I've loved KY since I first visited in 2009, and the more I think about it, the more I'd love to get a stable civilian career in that area, still probably in the defense field or other Federal agency, and be able to ride in and enjoy the Kentucky horse country. I've been thinking about what I really want to do with my life, and it's no longer to be married to my current career and die with shiny high rank on my shoulder. More and more I keep thinking I want to help horses, and what better place to help horses (Thoroughbreds, especially) than Kentucky. This has been pretty much the ONLY thing I've thought about the last few days because a very good friend of mine runs her boarding/training operation in the Lexington area, and is looking at buying a new farm to move her operation to. Photos of the property, video of her driving the tractor....all of it makes me think "IMMA GO THERE NOW"... I could get a cushy civilian gig and work 8-4:30, then go help her school retired racehorses in the evenings/weekends and ride Soonie in the bluegrass....I MEAN REALLY WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THIS SCENARIO.
|How I feel about the idea of moving to Kentucky|
Meanwhile, I'm focusing on the small changes I can make now, and I hope to make time to work more with the TBs we have in training at the farm and giving the owner a hand with her new projects. I can still make a difference, but do it here.
|The view in Maryland is pretty damn great too|