Happy New Year! We made it.
I still say 2021 won't magically change anything, so hop on over and join the challenge if you haven't. Then come back, because I want to tell you how excited I am to be embarking on a new year. It feels like an adventure. A happy one. And I haven't felt this way in a long, long time.
I started last year as a pile of emotional rubble, having spent the previous six months under a wrecking ball. I had just enough energy to hope for a decent ride year after several disappointing ones...and we all know how that turned out.
Still -- call me a fool -- I find myself ready to hope again.
I hope to get fitter than I've ever been, get my new mare legged up to multi-days, solidify the foundation on my challenging filly, and make something useful to you out of this website. I'm a little scared to take it all on, actually. It means the world to have you all riding alongside.
Some of you are undertaking physical challenges: weight loss, 10K runs, obstacle course races. Some are cutting back on alcohol, giving up smoking, or decluttering their homes. Some are facing fear of riding, making dietary changes, building muscle. Some are focused on a first LD, others on Tevis. Some are building blogs, recovering from surgery, tackling horse training challenges. Others are embarking on a year of rest and recovery, of letting go and letting the current carry them. I know from my 2020 exactly how hard that can be.
All are wondering how we'll fit it all in and whether we can do it.
So keep on riding, gently or full gallop, as suits you on this sunrise road. You are finding your way. Here's to you and whatever lies ahead.
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Thanks for dropping by! I'm an endurance rider in the northwest region of the United States. I believe that how I eat and move impacts not only how I ride, but how I think and feel. This blog is about the practice of being my best self for my horse. I hope you'll come along for the ride. ~ Tamara
The Sweaty Equestrian