Me, personally: I hate setting goals out loud. Mainly because I know in my world they will very likely change. And I'm a highly superstitious person, which is another reason why I don't like sharing a lot of goals. I'm superstitious enough that I'm NOT going to share my superstitions. Sorry. ;)
|Ok, I'll share one: I LOVE black cats and have always wanted one, but none has chosen me yet. I believe black cats to be a sign of GOOD luck.|
So why do my goals change? Sometimes I realize down the line that the goals can be better, and so they evolve into more challenging goals, and sometimes the opposite happens: things change, or I just change my mind about what I want to do. Example: At the beginning of 2012, I set the goal of going for our USDF Bronze medal at First Level in 2013 by doing the rated dressage circuit in South FL. And then we moved 1100 miles north at the end of 2012. And then I lost interest in competitive dressage, period. I don't want to be part of a world where breed trends and horrific training fads are rewarded.
I never wrote it out, but last year I wanted to do an LD with Lily. However, we were having enough issues with normal trail obstacles that I was afraid to ride her solo outside of the arena with any kind of frequency, and then she got injured, so there went that. By October, she was fit enough that I think we could have done the practice intro ride at Fort Valley (15 miles), but the trailer I can borrow was being used. It seemed like the stars were saying I should wait to take Lily along, so I didn't push the envelope with that.
So, goals we completed, as written at the end of my 2012 recap last year:
- Start working out for real. Check.
- (Secret goal related to previous: run a road race. Check)
- Canter on the trails. Check
- Work with a quality trainer that will bring us along. I was still thinking I'd go for competitive dressage at the time I wrote that (end of 2012), if only to show at the local non-rated schooling shows. At the time, I was majorly burned out from arena work and running out of ideas. I still have the trainer lined up, but have not had the desire to spend money on lessons. I've had less experienced friends wonder why I need lessons - because there is always room for improvement. Always. And I'd like for our dressage to get better. Maybe this year we'll do the lessons. It's good cross training BUT...at the moment I have to choose between riding lessons and the gym, and I'm going to choose the gym. Me being stronger will make me a better rider, and this will help Lily even more than us taking lessons at the moment.
- Charles got a steady job. Check. He has a regular permanent (as in not traveller) job in an MD hospital working in the ER. The ER was a big personal goal of his that he never would have been able to make given the way the RN hiring system works in FL. It's not a problem at all up here; his big wish came true. He LOVES the ER, and it's great fun sharing stories from the human and animal fields.
- The student loan situation. It is an everlasting goal for this to be resolved, and it will keep rolling over into the next year until we figure it out. There is still hope and ideas on how to do it.
I will share with you the goals for 2014 that I consider set in stone, that are already on the way to happening because they are already set in motion!
- Be a fit rider. This encompasses several goals: join the gym (it happened TODAY), do a minimum of 2 Spinning classes a week and 1 strength training day (achievable; the idea is for this to be the minimum), do more road races. I am entertaining the vague idea of running a half marathon this year, but want to do some 10ks first.
- Get my vet tech specialty in Emergency and Critical Care. What is this, you say? Well, when you're a credentialed tech, you have the option of specializing in various different areas. It's exactly the equivalent of being a Nurse Practitioner. I want to be a Vet Tech Specialist in ECC. To get there, you have to write up a list of 50 cases minimum in which you participated and used emergency and critical care techniques/knowledge to help the patient PLUS at least 5 detailed case studies that you worked on from beginning to end; complete a list of advanced skills that have to be signed off by a criticalist (a veterinarian specializing aka boarded in Emergency and Critical Care); and then you go to the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society's conference to take the boards. Why must I do this this year? For starters, I finally have the minimum experience of exactly 5 years working strictly ECC as a tech (I've been doing this for 7 years total, but one of those years I was an assistant, and another year I worked in general practice) AANNDDD...Veterinary conferences are expensive. They are prohibitive when you have to add in travel expenses. In 2015, IVECCS comes to Washington, DC. So it will be in our backyard. Thus, I won't have to travel to take the boards. Hence, I'll be able to cover the whole thing with the funds my job provides for continued education without having to go out-of-pocket for travel expenses. This is a HUGE, HUGE goal, but I want to post about it so I will finally get my rear in gear and get this done. I secretly hope to inspire Charles to go get his Nurse Practitioner specialty too. He's way more than smart enough to do it, but he's terrified of the test - he's not the greatest at test taking.
- Launch the pet portrait side job. I've been meaning to do this for years. It needs to happen.
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A portrait of your own horse or any horse you love!
- First and foremost: keep her healthy and happy.
- Continue mostly trail work with dressage work as cross-training.
*I'd like to nail a real half pass at the trot this year.
*I want to do a lot more trotting on the trail.
- I'd like for us to complete at least one LD (limited distance) ride this year. That's my off-handed goal for her for this year, like "Canter on the trails" was for us last year.
There are a lot more goals for her in my head, but you will learn about them if/when they happen. :D
And I wish for love, happiness, health and prosperity for us and our families.
And for you and yours too! To 2014, the Year of the Horse!
Thanks for reading!