It never ceases to amaze me how quickly 12 months can go by and this year is no exception. In fact, for me this year has gone by in particularly fast lightning warp speed. This has everything to do with a full barn of horses to train, students to teach, pony club tests to administer and of course a jam packed competition schedule for Uiver and I. Add to this one dog rehabbing from ACL surgery, another dog needing major dental surgery, and raising one precocious little bird, it is no wonder that I am equally exhausted and broke.
Through the whirlwind that 2012 has been I have so enjoyed and valued being able to share my thoughts with all of you. The readers, and my fellow writers, on this blog seem to be kindred spirits. We all come from the common bond of loving our horses and others pets as well as our appreciation for the written word. My contribution to this blog has nourished my creative juices, helped my discipline as a writer and at times has been great therapy. All of you have allowed me to share the ups, downs, frustrations and triumphs of this year and you have shared with me your experiences, advice, support and kindness. For this I am truly grateful.
I have tried throughout this year to acknowledge and be grateful for the many blessings I have been given and to try to find some meaning and growth from the hard times. This is often easier said than done but I will continue to resolve to be as positive as I can because nothing good ever comes from negative energy.
As for my other resolutions for 2013 – well my number 1 resolution is to slow down and better concentrate my energies on my priorities and not everyone else’s. I spend way too much of my time doing too much for too many people and then I am left feeling used and worn out. I like doing things for others but too much has just become “expected” and not fully appreciated so 2013 is going to be more about my priorities, realistic expectations and setting boundaries.
I want to spend more time just hanging out with the 4 legged and 2 legged treasures in my life without worrying about being productive. I keep telling myself that I am the age now when I don’t have to work so hard and I don’t need to worry so much about pleasing others. I also want to plan another trip to Africa and maybe one to Australia.
I hope that everyone had a fabulous Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I wish for all of you nothing but happiness and prosperity. I wish for the world, Peace, Love and more random acts of kindness rather than random acts of violence.
Uiver sends his greetings as well.
|Ok I look hot. Bet none of Santa's reindeer know how to passage.|
|So do these antlers make my ears look big?|
|OK so I am over this. You can stop laughing now.|
Don't you people know I am an FEI Dressage Horse.
|Did someone say more cookies? |
I'll keep the antlers on, no problem.
How about all of you? How was your holiday and what are your resolutions for the new year?
Best of Happy New Year wishes to you, too, Teri. My 2012 was not good from a horse standpoint (talk about highs and lows) but the horse is fine now and though a strapping 19 years old as of midnight just past, he's the joy of my life and someone I really enjoy spending time with. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures!
Happy New Year Terri! May all your wishes (and resolutions) come true. Uiver looks very sweet in his reindeer ears.
I hope your 2013 is trouble free and you have plenty of time to spend with your 19 years young boy. Here's to both of us having wonderful adventures this year.
Thanks Laura, HNY to you and your family (2 legged and 4). I wish you every success and happiness.
Terri--take lots of photos when you go to Africa and Australia so that those of us who aren't as adventurous can have arm chair thrills!
2012 went pretty fast yep. ready for 2013 though :)
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