Back in the Saddle

On a rather cold night 17 years ago, I had my first riding lesson. I remember the night very clearly. My best friend, at the time, wanted to try horseback riding, and I wanted to tag along. When that fateful night came around, my friend was sick, but my mom and dad insisted I go. Being shy and quiet, I reluctantly went. I rode a wonderful pony, home I affectionately came to call Lazy Larry. He was the pony who opened the door to my love of horse back riding. The second pony I rode, Peanuts, ended up being my pony for the next 6 years. She taught me brought me through my ups and downs, thought me the meaning of “Stickability” and the more time I spent with this amazing, once in a lifetime pony, the more I fell in loved with the sport.

When I say I had my ups, I had my ups. I can count on 1 hand the number of shows I didn’t place 1st in. No matter what pony or horse I rode, we rode as hard as we could and hard work always pays off. But when I say I had my lows, I had my lows. The day I was to buy my horse, Topsy, she broke her leg. I can’t begin to describe the feeling of hearing that my dream horse had broken her leg and would with have to be put down, or rendered “useless” if it were to heal properly. My heart sank and I didn’t want to go on, but long story short, she healed and was one of my best eventers,

I’ve lost horses, I’ve lost friends, my trainers have moved, I’ve cried, I’ve wanted to give up, but the love I have for these animals is second to none, and they are what’s made me want to continue.  Being back in the saddle after 3 years off is more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and I’m so happy to be back.

If you’ve made it this far, thank you, your support is very appreciated, and I hope to be able to share more with you very soon. Again, thank you, and enjoy this short little clip.

 

 

 

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Where did the time go?!

Do you ever have the intention of sitting down and getting to “work”, then out of nowhere you’re hit with life, work and everything in-between? Suddenly all the time you’ve set aside for yourself gets pushed to the side and you’re at a loss of what actually happened and where all that time went. Well, if you answered yes, than I can relate with you. Summer 2017 where have you gone, where did you go? It seems the older I get, the faster summer seems to go, actually every season passes by faster than the next. For example, it’s already the middle of September and I still feel like few weeks ago I was sitting on the beach enjoying time with my family, when in reality that was over a month and a few days ago I was bundled up in my fall jacket and headband with my mom walking her puppy.

 

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Taylor Head, beginning of August

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Walking George with my mom, just a few days ago.

I wish there was a way to freeze time, or make it slow down for a while, on the other hand I have loved every moment of time that has seemed to zipped by so fast. It really is true, Time flies when you’re having fun. I cannot think of a moment this summer I haven’t enjoyed, and with fall just a few days ahead (this Friday) I know I will have even more wonderful adventures to go on. September, or what’s left of it, and October will be jammed pack with celebrations. It seems that from Thanksgiving (in October for we Canadians until the end of December there’s just so much fun to be had! With that being said, I’m still trying to find the perfect balance between work and blogging. With the start of a new season just a few days away I want to regroup and reorganize, I’m hoping to find my balance and have a new blog post once or twice a week, as well as new content for my youtube channel and being more active on my insta. So as I sign off this post, I want to thank you for reading and when I say “Stay tuned for me” I really mean it this time! More exciting posts and adventures to come!

Shameless…

If you guys have a chance check out some of my other social media outlets. I’m currently working on a blog from the other day. I hope it’s up soon. I’ll be working on another unboxing video coming up soon and hopefully some other fun vlogs. I’m working on a few new posts as well. So once again check out my social media, give a like or follow, it would be greatly appreciated and I will do my best to make it worth your while.

Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given me. This blog has been off to a rocky start, but it’s getting there, I promise 🙂

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I get knocked down…

…but I get up again, You are never going to keep me down. A good old throwback to the 90’s before getting serious with this post. On a side note, does anyone else find it weird that 90’s music is on throwback playlist? I grew up in the 90’s and let me just say, those were some of the best days. Anyways, I digress, back to this post.

First things first, I want to apologize for not being as active was hoping to be. It always seems like when I have a chance to sit down and write, life gets in the way. A couple weeks ago I came down with a really bad cold. Monday was a fever, and slept all Tuesday,  at first I thought it was because I was missing Josh, but alas it was not. By Wednesday I had no voice, Josh was 4 hours away, and only half way through his first week of work, to add to everything I was supposed to work at 8am. I managed to have a coworker work the first 4 hours and I was in for the last 4, by the end I had the worst migraine and wanted nothing more than too sleep again. This went on for a week. Come Tuesday of last week, I still wasn’t feeling 100%, but I made it in to work for my 4-12 shift. However Tuesday was different, I didn’t have the greatest feeling, I hadn’t been feeling great about my job in about a month. I was dreading going into work, I looked forward to the end of my shift more than going into work, which is not like me, I always love looking forward to work, but not here. I’d been feeling rather discriminated against at work lately, being a person of colour in a small town, there were lots of comments and looks, but having grown up in that town I took them as normal and they were what I was used to. But deep down inside I knew it was time for a change. So, last Tuesday, I made the executive decision to leave the company. I do feel bad for not giving 2 weeks, but I feel it was the best decision for me.  I’ve honestly not felt this rested in months, it took the last bit of last week to fully come to term with my decision, but I’m loving it now.

What I’ve learned from this somewhat, thoughtless, act of rebellion, is that it feels good to make the right decision. Even if that decision is hard for you at first, or you feel like you’re screwing someone else over, chances are, that if the only person you had in mind was you, you’re actually doing the right thing. Sometimes mental gains and self improvement come with a bit of doubt, but it will all work out in the end. Better things will come your way, don’t ever let anyone else tell you other wise. You are in charge of your own fate and decisions, how you act on them is your choice.

You are the boss of you and that’s that!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Wow! I know I’ve been MIA for almost a month now, I apologize for that. When we got back from vacation I had another week off, due to scheduling and being sick with food poisoning, during that time I worked on 4 posts and getting my pictures ready to be put on any and every social media account I have, and then everything changed…

About a week after we got back from vacation, Josh received a phone call from an unknown British Colombia number. Little did he (we) know that that phone call would be a big one. When he came home from work that afternoon he told me all about it. A railway contract company had contacted him to offer talk about a potential job offer. Now being the stubborn man Josh is, he was hesitant and didn’t really like the idea that “head hunters” where contacting him. After many lengthy and in depth conversations, I convinced him that getting a little more information wouldn’t hurt. So emails were sent and phone interviews done, and an in person interview was set up for the next week (second week of April). The interview was planned for Thursday, which gave some time to prepare, but then it was bumped to Wednesday, and finally Monday afternoon. Although we felt annoyed the time kept changing, and we had to scramble to figure out transportation…Josh took my car into Toronto and I took a cab to work…in retrospect, the date was probably changing because they were flying in from BC just to meet with Josh, and had to figure out the best flight. The interview went well, they emailed him the contract and work offer that night and told him he had 24 hours to decide. I know for myself when I’m offered a new opportunity I jump on it, however this was different. Yes, this company was going to offer him the 6 figure salary he was asking, but it was contract work, potential to be away from home, a supervisor position that would put a lot of pressure on him, as he’d be responsible for his team. Was this a change he wanted to make? By Tuesday evening he was still undecided and called to let them know he wasn’t sure, they extended his deadline to Thursday. Long story short, somewhat, he excepted and there’s been no slowing down since. By Good Friday he was given all the training information, he would have to go to BC for a week to meet some of the team out west and then by last week the location had changed to New Brunswick. So tickets were bought, hotel reservations made and Friday afternoon, he dropped off his old work truck, handed over his work stuff and got ready for New Brunswick. I drove him to the airport Sunday, and was already missing him 45 minutes later when I was home. I’m looking forward to Saturday morning when I get to pick him up! I’m actually going to pay for parking so I can be at arrivals when he gets there. Which brings me to my next point, vlogging.

I’m finally starting my YouTube channel! I’m always buying new things, receiving gratis at work, or going on adventures, and I figured there was no better time to start than now. As some of you may know, I’m currently working 2 jobs, full time Beauty Advisor and on my days off, I’m working as an assistant in an optical store. But if I’m being honest I don’t really do much there because the owner always jumps in and takes over. Annoying and frustrating, yes, but not for much longer. I’ve accepted a new assistant position which pays better and has more perks, I’ll be driving around some more and running errands for my new position and what better way to bring you all along than to vlog my adventures. I’m also really hoping I’ll have more time to work on my blog with this new position. It’s only 1 day a week, so I will have a day off that I can dedicate to blogging and starting my youtube. I’m going to link my first video below, check it out and subscribe, feel free to share. I do have a few ideas for the next videos I’ll be putting up but let me know what you want to see!

 

If you made all the way to the end of this post, thank you. I hope it wasn’t too long or dry of a read. And I promise once everything settles down a bit, I will get back to posting more.

Back to reality…

I just got back home, at 2am this morning, from a week in Costa Rica!! Pictures, videos and posts to come soon!! I’m procrastinating slightly though. I have a new MacBook Pro and have to buy an adaptor for the cord from my camera to fit properly, but after a week away, I’m feeling lazy. I’m hoping to have all my pictures uploaded today or tomorrow and then I’ll be working away on some posts!