How I Am Anticipating a Year of Change

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I can feel “change” peeking at me from just around the corner. 

Perhaps its change and progress together.  I’ve had the dream of becoming an accomplished equestrian for a long time, but this year is the first time in a very long time that I’ve made actual progress towards it.

I think progress and change often go hand in hand, don’t you?

I have another lesson scheduled for next Monday.  However, I apparently bruised or sprained or did something to both of my big toes while skiing yesterday.  They’re so painful (left is much worse than the right) that they almost feel broken.  Putting on my riding boots doesn’t seem very appealing at the moment; we’ll see how I feel come Monday.

Actually, right now, I’m debating whether or not I can wear flip-flops to court tomorrow.

And, just which of my suits would look best with flip-flops?

When I’m riding, and am happy riding, it carries over to other parts of my life.  I skied much better yesterday; I wasn’t afraid as I headed down the slope.  Even was brave enough to ski moguls!  What a change from last year when I was practically in tears at the top of the hill, wondering, “How on earth am I going to get down this slope?”

Do you find the same – if you’re working on your dream, other things seem to fall into place more easily?

I made some progress (change) on the five issues I mentioned last week:

1.  I’ve been better about getting a least one thing accomplished in the mornings.  And, today, I’ve made more progress than ever with unpacking and laundry when getting home from a trip.

2.  Well, we’re out of ice cream so that takes care of that as long as I don’t buy any more at the store.

3.  Exercise:  I certainly could be making more progress here.  My riding lesson definitely counts on riding days.  I think cleaning 4 stalls and moving bales of hay and 50 lb. bags of grain around count on barn chore days.  Now, I just need to add in some exercise on the other days.  A day of skiing counts for exercise on vacation, right?

4.  Hmmm . . . the whole too much time spent worrying, thinking, etc. problem.  Still need to work on this one.

5.  I actually got up on time a couple of times last week.  This is a huge one for me; I am absolutely not a morning person.

I’m really tempted to set more goals – clean out the cabinets in the office and the bathroom, actually practice my Spanish with the interpreters at work.  But, I need to remember that progress and change can be a slow process; one that is not to be rushed.

So, while I’m anticipating a year of change and progress, I’m going to plod along with continuing riding lessons, figuring out what’s wrong with Nikki (his evaluation appointment is on the 16th), and working on the above 5 things.

Oh!  Heather says I should be jumping in my next lesson or two!

I’m so excited; its been years since I’ve jumped!

‘Til next week,


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

  • Hooray for change and progress, Danelle! Sounds like you are doing great. I am also working on having more productive mornings and getting up early… Did so today and it felt great. :)

    As for #4 on your list I always recommend meditation – it is the only thing that has really worked for me to help in that department. That and affirmations. And reading spiritual books. Really, anything that helps me stop spinning in worry thoughts and choose more positive thoughts… Meditation really has been the big one for me however.

    Oh, also laughing at myself ;) That tends to stop the stream of worried anxious thoughts sometimes!

    p.s. this cracked me up: “And, just which of my suits would look best with flip-flops?” :)

    Hope your toes heal soon and that you enjoy your riding lesson!


  • Catherine, Site Admin

    I have always been confident that your dream will come true because diligently each week you show up on this blog and post an action (or non-action) with regards to where you are with your dream.

    You are always focused on the goal. Every week, week in and week out, working through your obstacles and attempting to move forward.

    Congratulations! – Cath

  • Remy G

    Danelle – I think you hit it right on…change and progress can be related…A phrase we used to use at the consulting firm was “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

    To remain sane, you must change when things aren’t working. Change is good. It can be unknown but it’s still good, if what you are currently doing isn’t giving you what you want.

    I’m encouraged and inspired by your willingness to just keep at it. If you need to talk or just wanna yell, gimme a call. I’m good for those kinds of things! :)