Assessing 2016 Goals

2016 was a roller coaster year for us. In a lot of ways it signifies the closing of several long chapters, and the starting of new stories. In April we sold our house of 3 years, and in May my beloved Foster became someone else’s to love. But we also purchased our dream home, and in September I went crazy bought myself a gangly 4 year old warmblood sight-unseen. So with that in mind, let’s look at my original intentions for the year.

2016 Goals

The Horse:

  1. Find the perfect situation for Foster. Done, and unintentionally done again.
  2. Keep riding, even if catch riding Thank you Darcy and Riley for keeping me in the saddle
  3. Participate in at least one dressage clinic Nope!
Darcy dressaging

Darcy dressaging

The House:

  1. Paint upstairs – hallway, study, State room
  2. Wrap up giant handyman to-do list covering all sorts of small sins
  3. Declutter in the extreme….
  4. In order to put the house on the market!

This was a wrap!! 15 showings and a full-price offer within 24 hours on the market!

House on a Hill 1.0 Before and After

House on a Hill 1.0 Before and After

The Rest:

  1. Health
    • Eat less red meat  Thanks to the husband’s willpower
    • Make a dedicated effort to consider myself an athlete as a rider and take responsibility for staying in decent shape Yes, until September
  2. Concentrate on photography and expanding my range of work
    • Complete 10-15 sessions this spring – my fingers are itching for that shutter button! 11 shoots this year total- still looking for more!
    • First newborn session! Didn’t happen- but first maternity session did!
  3. Stay positive and keep calamities in perspective Found some balance in my life and a new positive attitude
  4. Focus on savings Saved those pennies and then lost them buying a horse!

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Final Thoughts
I think 2016 will forever stand out in my mind as a bittersweet year. Bitter in the loss of Foster as my eventing and everyday partner, but sweet in the realization of selling the house- the culmination of 3 years of hard work and literal blood, tears, and lots and lots of sweat. I will say that I’m a happier person now than I was at this time a year ago, and I’m thankful for all that went into that as well.

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7 thoughts on “Assessing 2016 Goals

  1. Definitely a big year for changes – it seems tho like you’ve been able to pull everything together to create an exciting path forward. Congrats on the new house and new horse!!

  2. Wow! You were busy! Glad to have found your blog and look forward to following your adventures with the new 4 year old. None of us are immune from losing our minds and falling head over heels instantly – I did the same thing when I acquired Sully as a fresh 3 yo OTTB! Happy new year – Emily

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