A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles. - Tim Cahill

While the weather outside is frigid, freezing and many days, howling with wind, I sit inside and think about my 2017 journey – what I want to accomplish, how I want it to feel, how I want my horses to feel. Some days I feel completely overwhelmed with just the thought of what I want to have happen in 2017. Then I remember that I need to stay calm and centered and do as much as I can without sacrificing the relationship I am searching to have with my horses.

I always want my horses to come running when they see me. I always want my horses to be my friends. I always want my horses to be friendly and confident when in my presence. In this way we can accomplish so much!!

I see Sky and myself driving many miles on the roads and trails this summer. I see the girls and I enjoying a lot of hiking – even if I have to drag my two human boys along kicking and screaming! I see Zorro growing into a handsome young stallion and continuing to have nice manners and a curious nature. I see Captain Planet as my farm mascot, greeting new people and being very gentle and understanding with children. I see Bonnie getting super confident in harness and while dragging different things behind her.

I see helping my friends and neighbors begin to enjoy driving their horses as well. Then I see getting together with friends and neighbors for group driving days!

I know my grandparents are feeling overwhelmed with their 4 miniature horses so I am prepared to have them come to live with me. I will not be keeping them all but I do plan on training a couple of them to drive so I can find great homes for them! And I know that I may not be able to do all of this in 2017, but will do as much as I can. I am prepared to forgive myself if I can’t keep up with everything and have to ask for help. (I may have to bookmark this post and keep re-reading it so I remember to ask for help!)

I see letting go of 2016 completely so I can move on in 2017 with joy, light and laughter!

I for one am really looking forward to 2016. I’m so ready to leave 2015 in the dust.

Every year I sit down and do some unravelling of the year to help me have some understanding about the year that is leaving and to set some goals in the coming year. I also choose¬† a word that will help me stay on track and also inspire and encourage me throughout the year. (I do this instead of making new year resolutions… it’s a more positive way for me to stick to my goals.)

My word for 2015 was “Inspire.” The definition of Inspire is:

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I loved that inspire meant to DO, FEEL or CREATE as well as to INHALE. It just seemed so beautiful… and, well, inspiring!

I put this word to great use in 2015. I traveled, more than I ever have! I went to San Jose CA for a Nerium conference and there I was VERY inspired to DO and FEEL. I came home on fire! I was blessed with a trip to Colorado, to Parelli land, with my dear friends Katrina and Corinne. Billy and I learned so much on that trip and we were inspired to DO and FEEL every day.

To have a word like “Inspire” means that you are very active. Going, doing, being every single day. I went like a whirlwind. I went and went so hard that I ended up breaking BOTH of my arms within 6 months of each other. I suppose that was a way for the Universe to tell me to SLOW DOWN! And of course I did not slow down much. Sure I had to rest after having surgery on my left arm (2 plates and 13 screws) and after breaking my right arm they dared to put me in a cast so that slowed me down some. But all I could think about was riding Billy and going, going, going!

I broke my left arm on April 1st and by the 1st of June I was riding Billy on the trails for the first time!

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We went to Colorado in August were I rode Billy twice a day for a week! It was in Colorado that Billy passed the 20 rides mark.

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In between those two mile stones we did lots and lots of hiking and obstacle training!

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It’s been a great 2015, but I have to admit that I need a break! I chose a DOING word for 2015 and boy did I fulfill it! So for 2016 I’m choosing a quieter word. I’m choosing a more peaceful word that will hopefully support my journey to finding and understanding myself on a deeper level, which will support my journey with Billy on a deeper level as well. I chose “Calm” as my word for 2016.

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And because I couldn’t choose between the two I am also going to be using “Harmony.” Both calm and harmony mean tranquility and I really love that. Harmony brings to the table, “Balance” and I love the thought of feeling calm and in balance with myself, Billy and the Universe.

So goodbye 2015 and Welcome 2016!! May you bring peace, harmony and calmness to my life.