Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015 Resolutions - Happy New Year!

  1. Go to Europe for six weeks in February/March and have a safe, enjoyable trip. Come back with lots of great memories and experiences and ride at least one horse during that time.
  2. Write my second novel by finishing all the character development, plot structure and background work before actually writing. Possibly use Nanowrimo to complete the writing part. Have a completed first draft before Christmas 2015.
  3. Go back to school in Fall 2015, at TTU if all works out, and move out on my own. Move Lady to a barn nearby, find a decent job,a nd get settled into a new life.
  4. Ride Lady 120 times. Keep track of this by recording every ride, its length, type of work, and good/bad thoughts. Add a page to this blog to keep this record.
  5. Take the opportunity to ride horses of varied disciplines, ages, and levels with the goal of riding 12 different horses for at least 30 minutes each throughout the course of 2015.
  6. Take at least 10 riding lessons, preferably spread out throughout the year. Try to have at least several that are discipline-specific.
  7. Improve my lifestyle to be healthier by having a full food allergy/intolerance test done, exercising 4x per week, taking daily supplements again, and creating better sleep habits.
  8. Become more balanced, organized, and stress-free by spending more time outdoors, keeping a daily journal, and utilizing Tech-Free Sundays. Say no more often.
  9. Keep up with and improve on both my blogs. For this blog: post 5x weekly, host at least 3 guest interviews, and clean up categories and tags. For Katharine Marie: post 3x monthly, become more active on Facebook and Twitter, and start monetizing.
  10. Improve my riding ability so that I can ask for transitions properly, ride the canter and gallop, jump up to 2' with decent EQ, and see/feel/change diagonals well.
  11. Continue to work with Lady, especially in fitness so that she can gallop for 3 minutes/canter for 7 minutes. Work also in balance so that she can work in a 50/50 frame (not on the forehand) and not throw her shoulders in.
  12. Work Lady through her trailer issues and prepare/go to an event (trail ride, parade, clinic, show) in the summer/fall.
I know that I've put down quite a bit of things to work on in one year and some of them are rather large things. I have already bought plane tickets/train passes for the trip to Europe, now I just have to enjoy myself.  The other big one is making the move across Texas to go to university - and it is one of the most important ones to me. The others are all in line with continuing the progress Lady and I, and me personally, have been making.

Happy New Year!  All the best to you in 2015!!


  1. I love optimistic goals! You can do it and I look forward to following along! Happy New Year!!

    1. Thank you! I love your goals too, by the way ;)

  2. Love the detail in the planning! I wish I were that motivated. Good luck!

    1. Thank you! I love planning, so it helps motivate me to actually take action on my goals :)

  3. What nice goals! I am looking forward to following along :)

  4. wowza - that's quite the list!! lots of ambition there, and some very very cool stuff! good luck accomplishing your goals in 2015!!