Developing Healthy Boundaries

  I’ve thought and challenged myself with this quote a lot lately. Mainly because this is an area of my horsemanship that I’ve really struggled with in the past. I’ve let my mood or success (or lack thereof) impede the consistency of the expectations or boundaries I set for my horses. Midge in particular has taught me a lot about …

November will mark a year.

  November will mark a year. Frankly, I’m dreading it. If you don’t know my story, in the last 11 months, I have lost my sister, a parent, and my two best friends (my Grandma and my dog of 14 years). Broken hearted does not even seem to be appropriate: shattered. But I am slowly but surely finding my way. …

Addiction

Nobody wants to talk about it, and I even hesitate to broach the subject on social media as it is highly controversial and very emotional for many. However, as I have felt about some of my writings in the past, if one person relates or is encouraged, it was absolutely worth me sharing about. I also have to preface this …

My Journey with Midge

As I head home from what has certainly been a blessed summer, I feel inclined to share my story about Midge. Not because I think we are some kind of special, but because I hope that my story can encourage someone else. First off, in the arena we have come a long way. He has certainly not always been user …

The Choice is Yours

So as the “Summer Run” is really kicking off in the coming weeks, I have a challenge and reminder to fellow rodeo contestants: You chose to enter and you also have a choice in your attitude regardless of the outcome. I realize there is disappointment when things don’t go well. Fair. But it irritates me to hear contestants excessively whining, …

Mary Alexander Long

A true pioneer woman with an infectious laugh and smile.  Classy to the core. However, you were never shy to speak your mind or stand behind your values. You had a relentless enthusiasm for life. Traveled the world. You had friends and memories scattered all over the globe. Even in your older years you still loved to go-when I asked …

How Grief Is Changing Me

I no longer have the emotional capacity for bull shit. It’s true. Your emotions are exhausted. The capacity to deal with drama, pettiness, negative people, or unhealthy situations diminishes. Your doing your best to just stay afloat so you quickly rid yourself of any extra baggage that might make you sink. I’m far more genuine and real. I’m no longer …