2017 is over… and a lot of people, myself included, went through a lot of trials and tribulations over the last 12 months and are more than happy to show 2017 the door. We lost my husband’s father, grandmother, and great-aunt this year. My own family got dealt a major health blow in regards to my mother. I came to the realization that Smitty was not going to be the forever horse that I had hoped. Our beloved German Shepherd, Drake, spent several days in emergency care and scared the bejeezus out of us.
Even with all that, I would prefer to focus on the positives. In many ways I have become so much closer to my family than ever before. I was able to sell Smitty to the absolute perfect buyer, and somehow not record a huge financial loss in the endeavor. My photography side-hustle grew in a way that I had hardly dared to hope for. I found Jack, my barbie dream horse, and despite his own “looky-loo” tendencies (I’m stealing that from a friend), he is making me a braver rider than I have ever been as a result. The husband and I were able to take a lovely trip to Savannah for Christmas. And I met a great handful of amazing bloggers and continue to feel so blessed to be part of this community.
I have been marinating on what goals I’d like to set for this year, but I think I’ll save that for a separate post. The only one that I feel pretty certain about is that if I am to continue my photography pursuits, then this blog will never be able to be the daily exercise I had aimed for. Instead, I think it’s more appropriate to expect ~3 posts each week. Not being able to blog daily was a stressor last year, and honestly, that misses the point of blogging. It’s always meant to be a chronicle of the horse and house journey, and a way to have open dialogue with equestrians from around the world. More on this soon!
Until then, I hope everyone is feeling optimistic about what 2018 will bring. I know I am.
Here’s to a better 2018!!!!! Sorry to hear about your mom and Drake! I had no idea!!! Hoping all is well with them and Jackaroo is ready to tackle new and exciting endeavors this year!!!
Yes, for sure 🙂 WEG is going to be a 2018 highlight for certain!!! Get ready!!!
Hoping that 2018 is wonderful for you and Jack! You’ve given me a lot of inspiration for my own photo pursuits this year!!!
Yay! I’ve been seeing so many beautiful pics starting to populate my social media feeds! I hope to outline some more of my photog goals soon as well 🙂
You’ve had some really great positive things come out of this year! Looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings you!
And the same to you and Mr. Dante Elephante!
Sending positive thoughts for 2018, and I hope we get to see a ton of your photography this year too!
wishing you a wonderful and exciting new year with Jack and everything else in 2018!!!
Laughing so hard at Barbie Dream Horse (Which sums Jack up so well!) and Looky Loo that i use daily in conversation! Here is to a wonderful 2018 for you and your family (4 legged and 2 legged variety!) Hope to see you in person in 2018 too! 🙂
2017 was a wild and crazy year for so many of us… can’t say I’m sad to see it go either! Cheers to a better 2018 ❤