I’m not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions. I aim to live each day to its fullest and bring my best self to every decision and moment. Nonetheless, the turn of the calendar offers us all an invitation to step back and reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go. For me, 2017 served up plenty of change and with that change an opportunity to realign my priorities and my path for 2018.
While I try to keep a keen eye on my long term goals, my challenge is to be grounded firmly in the present at the same time. This is true both in and out of the saddle. It’s in present time that I feel joy and gratitude. It’s in present time that I have opportunities to have an impact on someone or something. Luckily for me and for all of us riders, we know this lesson all too well. Horses absolutely require us to be in present time. That is one reason I love riding—there is nowhere else to be except present when I’m cantering to an oxer or picking out a hoof. And, if I’m not in the present, I’m quickly grounded (but alas in a way that can be quite painful).
As competitive athletes, we are a hardworking, persistent breed. When we fall off, we get right back on. We embrace challenges. But sometimes we get stuck in routines and forget to peek above ground to ask—is this going the way I intended? I may be moving swiftly in a direction, but is it the direction I truly want to go? Are my actions aligned with my highest purpose?
As I mentioned, last year offered me the chance to ask those questions of myself. I realized that my highest purpose--and greatest joy--has always been to assist others along their paths. All my life, whether in the role of therapist, mother, friend or teacher, I have given a leg up to those around me. Quite simply, it makes me happy to assist, whether it’s a consultation about a learning difference or a lesson on how to tie a stock tie.
Now, in 2018, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m offering performance coaching and consultation for equestrian athletes and their families. I hope you’ll check out my website and peruse my blogs. I’ll post throughout the year, offering wide ranging tips and commentary along with resources for the equestrian athlete.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know how I can give you a Leg Up.