2015 marks the first year that I have ever, in all of my 31-ohmygod-almost-32 years of life that I have actually written out goals for myself in black and white. And then made them PUBLIC, no less. I figured now that we’re more than halfway through the year it’s time to check in and see how we’re doing.
Qualify for AEC’s – WE DID IT!!! Score below 35 in dressage AND finish on that score – We did this too, twice so far. Get an actual, honest to god stretchy trot circle from Henry – This has just started happening consistently in the past couple months, but it’s TOTALLY there now. Score a 7 or above on our free walk – We’ve done this twice so far too. In our 4 tests this year we’ve gotten two 6.5’s, a 7, and a 7.5 on the free walk. Now I’m getting greedy and want an 8. Stop being such a pansy about the down banks – I’m over them. Henry is mostly over them. They ain’t no thang no mo’.
Be more fit – Um… this comes and goes. Mostly depending on my schedule and how stressed out I am from work, because that makes me want to eat my feelings instead of exercise them. It’s not a total fail but it’s not a win yet either.
Keep Henry happy and healthy – This is ongoing so I won’t cross it off, but I’m extremely happy with Henry’s mental and physical state right now.
Improve my attitude toward dressage – I really don’t hate it as much as I used to.
Get a 4-legged bun in the oven – Circumstances did not work out for this to happen this year, but plans are in place for next year.
Be more appreciative of my awesome SO – How he hasn’t killed me yet, with how much I’ve been MIA this year, is a mystery to me. I think I’ve done well with this goal, when we actually see each other, but I can’t cross this one off yet because it’s ongoing.
Be less selfish – Umm… I’d say I’m 50/50 here. It’s hard to be less selfish when you’re really really self centered, but I’m trying.
Continue to always be as honest and transparent as possible while still being as kind as possible – I feel like I’ve actually done pretty well with this but it’s also ongoing, so no crossing it off yet.
Travel more – Yay Belgium and France! And Philly I get to see you twice in one year. Does traveling to horse shows count too? Because I’ve seen a hell of a lot of Texas this year.
Get at least one more tattoo – I swear I’ve kind of tried, it just hasn’t happened. Soon, I promise.
Compete in at least 2 triathlons and place in the top 3 – Ok, in my defense, the triathlons I had in mind when I wrote this got cancelled, and the other one that would have worked was on a horse show weekend. I haven’t totally given up on this but my schedule and those cancellations have made it pretty difficult.
Move to my own domain name. – It took me longer than I had planned, but I did it. Roll out a more polished, clean look. – While the current look isn’t quite the custom design I had in mind, it’s better.
Keep staying true to my original intentions. – So far I’ve done it, but it’s another ongoing that I can’t cross off yet.
Overall not too shabby, but there’s still more work to do in the next 6 months. You can tell that my life has been super horse focused this year and not very focused on personal things. I kinda love that, but I should probably be a little better about finding balance.