I love New Year. There is just something about the close of a chapter and an opening of another that excites and inspires me. I find it helpful to reflect on the year past and to find hope and make decisions for a better year to come.
I have already got my new journal sorted- I like to journal and I am happy to say I journaled consistently through 2020 and I’d like to carry the habit forward into 2021.
I have also decided on my goals for the coming year. I tend to do this in all areas of my life- personal goals, professional goals and horsey goals. Obviously, my blog is primarily equine-centred so I won’t bore you with my personal or professional ones.
Buy a new horse.
This is my top horsey goal for the year of 2021. I’d really like to save up and buy a horse that I can go out and do a bit of competing on and really just have fun. I love riding Bo but I always have to be careful to make sure I’m not asking too much. Even with Harry, I’ve had to be careful because he is more unfit than Garfield. It will be nice to get on something and just have a bit of fun without worrying about things like that.
Find a good yard.
A personal goal is to move out with my amazing partner and so with doing that, I will also need to find a new yard to take the new horse to. This will be a big task because I have never actually looked at yards beyond my current local area. I swear I know every yard here.
Enter a competition.
Before the end of the year, I’d like to enter one competition. If I manage more than that, great, but the goal is one. I don’t know what type it will be, I’m not too fussed, as long as I get out and do something. This is a really nerve-wracking prospect for me because I am not competition experienced in the slightest- I’ve never really done it and I am not a particularly competitive person. I do definitely prefer the relationship side of having a horse but I do think competing would be a bit of fun and it is something I would like to become more confident with.
Blog more consistently.
At the end of the year, I do a lot of reflecting. This year, that involved looking through my blog posts (BBequines is 1 year old now!). I have not been very consistent and it’s a shame I did not include more content. In 2021, I’d like to include more. I enjoy writing posts and I enjoy looking back at my experiences- even if I am the only one who reads them.
I am a teacher which means I not only have to teach children to love to learn, but I have also had to teach myself to love to learn. I do enjoy learning about horses, exercises and I enjoy the medical and behavioural side of things. If I find my next horse, I will really need to brush up on my riding techniques too! The thing is, I don’t have a whole lot of spare time to be reading or learning. I’d like to make a little time for that this year. A personal goal is to read two books a month- one fictional and one non-fiction. I think I would like to chop and change my non-fiction choice between equestrian and professional development. This will be a tricky task but definitely worth it! I should have become an equestrian lecturer rather than a primary teacher- that would be the best of both worlds!
Happy New Year!