How To Take The First Step Towards Riding My Horse

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How To Take The First Step Towards Riding My Horse

I’m great at first steps.  I’m OK at second and sometimes even third steps.  Its the steps after those that give me trouble.

I know what I need to do to keep my progress going, but I allow life to get in the way.

What’s “life”?  In my case it’s: kids (pick-up, drop off, bathe, fed, etc.), husband, work, laundry (wash the clothes, fold the clothes, iron the clothes, keep track of my son’s favorite tractor t-shirt and my daughter’s favorite red sparkly skirt), dishes, make school lunches, feed the animals (dogs, horses, rabbits, goats, chickens, turtles, fish), piano lessons, tap dance lessons (for the kids – not me), Spanish homework (this one’s mine), pick up the house, think about the Rose Parade float, find “Blankies” and “Friends” at bedtime and kiss boo-boo’s all before noon.

Honestly, sometimes I just sit there feeling overwhelmed.  Sound familiar?

I’ve been know to comment, “The only thing I’ve ever really excelled at is being an underachiever.”

No more of that.

Last Thursday was my first meeting with some of the members of 8 Women Dream.  At the end, Catherine asked if I wanted to commit to the group right then or give it some thought.  “Oh geez,” I replied, “Don’t give me any time to think about it, I’ll talk myself right out of it.”

Much like I have allowed myself not to take third, fourth and fifth steps toward my dreams in the past.

I took my first step towards my goal of becoming an accomplished rider that very Thursday evening.  Rather than put my horses away early, I turned Nikki out (he’s my show horse).  Turning him out is the first step towards getting back to riding, training, and showing.

When I started to tell myself, “I’ll turn him out tomorrow and start then.”

I stopped and told myself, “No – you’ll start today, then you’ll keep going.”

To ride a horse is to ride the sky –


(Danelle left 8 Women Dream in March of 2010 and is still working  on her dream is to become an accomplished equestrian)

  • Kim

    It was nice to meet you the other day! Hope you enjoy the group. Can’t wait to meet your horse!

  • Catherine

    Congratulations on your first post. We look forward to creating many fun successes in our lives, thus telling an interesting story.