I’ve decided to join Rhea Freeman’s ‘5 Things I’m Proud Of’ challenge and will be adding one more thing each day until the 31st December!
1 – The Confidence To Make A Change
This started in 2017 when I made the big decision to leave my permanent contract teaching job and follow my dream to a live in job at boarding school stables, but this year (2018) I have made some more major changes.
Firstly, I decided to leave that job in order to return to the Cotswolds for my operation (with no future job lined up!) Three months into my recovery and feeling much better, I then made the decision to take a HLTA job (rather than try for a full time teaching one) alongside my self employed tutoring.
Both of these big changes have paid off for me so far but I am hoping I don’t have such big decisions to make in 2019!
2 – Getting Out And About
It has certainly been a year of confidence growth! With a trailer and the commitment of my travelling head lad (boyfriend..) 2018 was meant to be a year for getting out and about with Pea. The hip replacement put a fairly big brake on this but we still managed to go out for lessons to two different places (in three different arenas). Riding in different arenas has been great for my confidence, we have now experienced an arena with no fence and been in an indoor arena for the first time ever!
Each time we go out the stress gets less as we establish our routines and roles. I am still nervous about travelling Pea (even though she travels fine) but the more we do it, the more settled I feel. I’m proud of us all for breaking out of our comfort zone.
The intention was to get out to competitions this year too but that wasn’t meant to be.. hopefully we will have more success in 2019!
3 – My Recovery Journey
If you have ever visited my blog before you will know that in June I had a hip replacement. Quite aside from being proud that I actually did it in the first place (though I made that decision at the end of 2017), I’m proud of how I’ve made it out the other side.
I’m proud of myself for following the rules of my rehab, for doing my physio exercises, for getting back on my pony and ‘living my life’.
I’m proud that I am now able to walk tall and (fairly) straight.
4 – Pea
As you can see in Pea’s Year it has been a big year for Pea. After settling in to life in Malvern she went through the upheaval of moving back to Bourton with no stress or complaints.
After running away from my crutches before my operation, once my hip was done she couldn’t have been more gentle and tolerant of me or the fact that she was being ridden by various tourists!
She responded to each stage of progress with interest and was almost unsure the day I led her out of the stable to get on! She has been pretty much impeccably behaved since, testing me only when I have been ready!
I’m proud of the willingness she has shown when my instructor has ridden her and I’m proud that we are finishing 2018 in a better position than we were at the beginning!
5 – My Blog
If you had asked me at the beginning of 2018 what I would be proud of by the end, the changes, the trailer travel, the operation and Pea would have all been very much on my list, I could never have predicted the fifth thing I’m proud of.
I started my blog with very little expectation or intention but I feel like I have achieved something with it!
- I am proud to have received messages and comments from people who have appreciated me sharing my story (some of whom live in a completely different country!)
- I’m proud to have been shortlisted and given an award in the Equestrian Blogger of the Year competition.
- I’m also proud to be writing again for a purpose other than work!