As Thanksgiving approaches, I went searching through my photos of this past year to find the one that best shows what I'm thankful for. What I found is every single picture has something special and something different that I appreciate. Family and friends, BBQing, running a charity race, singing around a bonfire, dog beach, traveling and of course, horseback riding.
I'm sure it's no shock if you know me at all that I have a zillion photos of my horse! The thing is, while I'm thankful for all of my relationships with my family, friends and pets, the one with the horse is just so different. It's a partnership like no other. In a short 5 years this 1200 pound animal has taught me more about trust, patience and undconditional love than I would have ever imagined. He has taught me to slow down, be in the moment, appreciate what I have and to never, ever give up on the things I believe in.
Our relationship is a new one but it's one I've known from the beginning that I would be in for the long haul. It's just something you know. And even when times are difficult and you face different challenges, all you have to do is look at that big, beautiful face and smile....for this and many reasons....I'm very thankful.
I hope you and your family and friends have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
This is one of my favorite photos of Ollie and I. It shows both of us engaged and "working out" together.
That's the plan...the goal...to do this together. We have a new challenge coming up. An organized Trail Challenge where we will encounter many different obstacles set up on an organized course within an arena and on trail. It's judged and timed and I'm completely nervous to do this.
And that's the point. You have to push yourself...move forward....challenge yourself and work it out! Especially when you have a great partner....whoever that might be.
That's the word from the National Weather Service. We are under a Red Flag Warning this weekend and October for me...I'm sure like for you.....brings an unsettled feeling.
I know we can count on each other to make sure we all stay safe, keep our brush cleared away from our homes, hold off on using any equipment that could spark a fire and keep those butts in the car!
Let's get through this fire season without!
A new year...fresh beginnings....clean slate.....
I'm not so sure that's my feeling about a new year. I think it's more about transforming and growing and learning. Sometimes the lessons we learn are tough and the changes we encounter can even be painful. But to stay in one place...."stuck".....is not living.
So let's hear it for growth in a positive direction in 2013...in all aspects of our lives.
I wish you and your loved ones a very happy new year!