This is the goal-setting part of the year. We all have a think about what we want to achieve in our lives in the coming 12 months and I think it is important to do this. It can help keep usfocused, even a "drifter" like me.
Next year is a really, REALLY busy year for me. I'm going to compartmentalise my goals, partially for brevity and partially because I need smaller chunks to start biting off!
Andrew and I are saving for a house. We currently rent and keep the horses at home but the time has come for this to end sadly. Andrew's dream of owning our own home is just as important as my dream of having the horses at home and sadly we can't afford both. Plus, I need facilities and I will need to agist to get the type of facilities I want. And I want a dog and to not have to hide my cats every time we have a stupid rental inspection. I hate renting.
So goal 1 is:
To buy a house.
Second personal goal is:
To loose 10 more kilos and get fit enough to keep up with the trimming and the riding I'll be doing next year.
As you may or may not know, in February I am starting my Diploma of Equine Podiotherapy. It is a 12 month course that is mostly correspondence but I will need to fly down to country Victoria for 4 blocks of practical and lectures throughout the year. I will get another 12 months after this to complete all my case studies so that I can graduate. I am so excited for this. Hooves are my passion within a passion and my business has been picking up so much lately (to the tune of about $800-$1000 extra spare cash a month) that I really need to learn new skills and get experience with debilitating pathology. My job is working in an office as a PA but I consider my career is as a Barefoot Practitioner/student Podiotherapist. Wow. I am so so so excited. So goal 3:
Complete all necessary work to be eligible to graduate and pick up most (if not all) of my case studies required.
Here is where my little girl dreams come true. In Feb or March I will be sending Allie off to Sam Lyle to be started properly over fences. Then I want to have regular lessons with him to get me to my eventing goal of:
Compete (and try not to be eliminated) in a intro level event closer to the end of the year.
With dressage, I want to get her competing novice by the end of the year. I haven't spoken to Ann about this yet so I don't know if that is a realistic goal but I know I need to install leg yields and extensions on her, and sitting trot on me!! So dressage goals:
Compete at novice level by the end of the year AND place in an official prelim test AND not have a caller at prelim.
To compete official I need to register Allie with the EFA and get her an eventing card and a dressage card. I'll probably do that in January.
They are some pretty lofty goals! I had better get cracking.