I made a personal video for you today, I'm sharing how I achieve my goals and the steps I take to make them a reality. I would love to hear from you on what you do to achieve yours.
What do you want your upcoming year to look like? I've chosen a word for the past seven years and this keeps me on track and moving in the direction of my goals for the upcoming year. Enjoy the video below:)
I made a video for you today to say welcome to my YouTube channel and to let you know why I've decided to not edit my YouTube videos. We see enough things online that appears perfect and I'm not perfect. I'm real. I think we need more people showing up in the world as they really are. So here is my UNEDITED welcome video. Welcome home to who you really are. Flaws and all:)
I want to encourage you, if there is something you've been working towards and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel...keep going!! Walk towards the light. I've felt this way lately. I can see the light, but I also feel tired, depleted, and a bit frazzled. I have a lot on my plate right now. If you are feeling this way, I just want to tell you that you're doing a great job! You're almost there. Before you continue on, I want to encourage you to stop and refuel. Recharge your battery. Even if you just take an hour to do so. Let go of the things you can't control. Be extra gentle with yourself when your plate is full. Take time to pause throughout your day and that will allow you to keep forging ahead! I think you're remarkable and I have faith in you! Enjoy the spontaneous video I made for you. Power Up!
Today, I wanted to share with you two videos I posted on YouTube last fall. In October, I purchased a wonderful new pony and with the excitement of change comes trepidation. When you start anything new it can be intimidating. Usually the thoughts we are telling ourselves are much more frightening then the actual experience. We can talk ourselves into a tailspin if we allow our mind to take us there. Our past experiences can bring up a lot of what-ifs!
In the first video below, you'll see once I had the necessary steps in place I was able to breathe a little deeper. That doesn't mean I wasn't nervous when I rode Henry for the first time at my farm. What it does mean is I had more confidence when I swung my leg over to saddle up. I had an AWESOME trainer on the ground reminding me to breathe and visualize my success. She knew my goal for this first ride and was able to help me achieve it. Thank you, Becky!
I must have said my mantra a hundred times. Here is to SUCCESS and setting ourselves up for it! Check out the next video...
In February, I took Henry to a clinic. I was so jazzed when I signed up, but as the clinic was approaching I started to question my decision. That's when the doubts started to creep in and I heard that old familiar voice. "Who are you to sign up for a clinic when you haven't ridden all winter?" "Why on earth did you sign up for this, before you've had some time in the saddle this spring?" The week leading up to the clinic I got physically sick with the flu. REALLY SICK! I don't know if my doubting self-talk was making me sick or maybe it was my bodies way of reprogramming me for what was yet to come? I almost cancelled and didn't go. Trying to muster up any strength I had, I rested in bed until it was time to load my boy in the horse trailer.
Here's the thing, we can either press ahead or we can give up a little too soon. I recently read something that said, "a person is ready to give up when they are only at 40% of their potential!" Which means we still have another 60% capacity left inside us ready to accomplish more! WOW!! Sometimes, we just need a gentle push either from a friend, coach, spouse, or a horse trainer:) Which is why I called my trainer when I had been in bed for three days already and told her I was sick and didn't know if I should cancel. She was patient and listened, but gave me the push I needed to POWER UP! We can press on and forge ahead or we can choose to stop short at our 40% mark and always wonder.
When I got to the arena where the clinic was going to take place and saw all the obstacles set up like gates, tarps, bridges, and ropes hanging from the ceiling, I was nervous. The clinician, Heidi, was truly fabulous and gave me great tools for my tool box. She pushed me out of my comfort zone a little more each time, but never overfaced us. When I first went into the arena I thought to myself there's no way I'm going to get on that bridge with my pony, but we did it!
The moral of the story is doubt, fear, worry, and self-sabotaging thoughts are going to come up from time to time. If you know how to work through them, then each time you will continue to make progress. We all need a support system. Someone to push us a little further than we would normally push ourselves. I'm here to tell you, YOU'VE GOT THIS! I believe in you!
Leave me a comment or email me and let me know where you've been holding back in your life, and would like more support to get you to where you want to go. Here's to creating a life you love and stretching ourselves to get out of our comfort zone.
The Power of Words
Do More Of What Makes You Happy
Ask For What You Need
I was having my morning quiet time this morning and I came across a journal post I had written almost one year ago. A year ago, we were living on the Oregon Coast in the sweetest house full of character and charm. When we moved to Oregon, we moved from living in the country in Minnesota to living in town. I'm a country girl! Living in the country is my sanity. So, I did what any sane country girl would do. I got 6 hens in my backyard in town. I felt like I had my own little farm in my yard. You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl!
I'll share with you bits and pieces from my journal entry...
4-3-15 We are taking a trip back to Minnesota in 15 days. If you would have asked me a year ago if I would have ever taken a trip back there I would have said, "NO!" Now, I'm considering moving our family back there. I love my beautiful house, the simple coastal town and the relaxed life we have created, but I'm starting to go deeper and ask myself more pressing questions. I wonder if we move back to MN will we regret it? I think it will give us a lot more clarity, when we go back for a visit. I pray God gives us a sign either way.
We were definitely given a sign. The day before our departure a cute country property was listed for sale in a town I had never even been to. We looked at it and bought while we were on our trip and everything else fell into place. When we got back to Oregon we listed our property. At first it was the slightest whisper "it's go time". I kept thinking, I know God I'm packing. "No, it's go time". I heard you. OK, "IT'S GO TIME!!" We moved back to Minnesota a month later and I haven't regretted it once. I was adamant I'd never move back, but sometimes important questions need to be asked and followed with heart searched answers.