Back in December (because that was so long ago), I sat down to hash out goals for myself and for Nibbles in 2016. I had a couple of things that I knew I wanted to write down:
- Show Nibbles at Training Level by the end of summer
- School all of First Level at home by the end of autumn
- Blog at least twice a week, once being about Nibbles if possible
- Ride at least three days per week (Sunday through Saturday)
- Have Nibbles adjusted by a chiropractor
- Have Nibbles teeth floated for 2016
- Study for the GRE and really narrow down grad programs for myself
All pretty good, realistic and practical things. But what about more abstract things, granular things? What about finding a way to balance keeping Nibbles going with dressage while also trying out an introductory distance ride? What about balancing competition with her mental maturation process? And for myself, how can I balance my full time job and competing again and studying for the GRE without burning out?
I’m a list person. I’d even go so far as to say I like goals. But I was seeing a theme…
I have a tendency to get laser focused on one project. Sometimes, this is a positive thing: I am productive and I get things done. Sometimes, this is a negative thing: I neglect other things and, quite often, burn myself out. I feel like my “water carrying” capacity is pretty large and I don’t want to waste anything. That being said, I don’t help anyone – certainly not myself – by emptying my “bucket.”
Therefore, for 2016, I have things I would like to happen, especially showing at Training Level. But instead of a list of goals, I’m choosing a theme for 2016. My theme is one word. One word to focus on, one word to meditate on, one work to strive towards.
That’s my theme for 2016. My goal is to achieve balance: personally, professionally and with horses. Who knows how this will manifest itself. I’m not a “zen” person or really all that knowledgeable about the Western world’s notion of balance. However, I feel strongly that this is the right word for Nibbles and for me.
I want to find a balance between training, competing and enjoying one another. I want to find a balance between how much time I spend investing in my marriage and how much time I spend investing in my career. I want to to find a balance of fitness and especially a balance of what types of foods I fuel my body with. (#goalbreeches)
Join me for the journey.