Returning to journaling has reminded me how important reflection is to help set the path you want to be on. I only made one goal for 2019, live more, and I’m doing my best to let go of work and chores and enjoy this ride while I’m able to.
Monthly reflections will be a new feature for me and I hope to use them to not only look back, but to make small plans for the next month in order to continue getting more out of myself.
At the beginning of 2019, I brought back some habits I had tossed aside in 2018 in favor of less stress. However, these activities turned out to be pretty essential to my overall well being. Wyatt will always be my first priority and I’ve made no specific goals beyond “doing the thing”, but even with that loose guideline I’ve found myself finding the time to fit these in now that I’m back to tracking them. Let’s take a look at how January went.
I rode 7 times breaking down into 4 flat and 3 jump schools. Zero lessons happened but I’m currently without a trainer and not worried about it. This number may seem paltry compared to most who ride 6 days in a single week, but for me and my life this is a big win right now.
H’Appy started off not particularly enthused with heading back into more consistent work but every ride he improved and now his typical first 10 minute temper tantrum has disappeared completely. A big yay for that nonsense to be gone. It does rear its head again once he gets fatigued or if I give him too long of a walk break and he thinks he is done, but as we move towards spring and the weather becomes more temperate again I should be able to build his fitness which should reduce this.
Heading into next month I’d like to start stringing small courses together with an eye towards a schooling jumper show March 23rd.
9 runs for a total of 16.98 miles.
Things were starting off really well with a nice run/walk balance until an old injury showed back up. When I was running in 2017 I suffered through some nasty left buttock pain and cramping which I thought was piriformis syndrome but all the stretching and strengthening didn’t touch it. When I began running this month, I was happy to note that there wasn’t even a twinge but my last several runs ended up with me feeling crippled into the next day. I’ve set up a PT appointment with my favorite therapist so hopefully it can be fixed for good since a year of rest didn’t resolve the issue.
Heading into next month I’m excited to get into PT and make a game plan on how to fix me.
Zero days off but I did force myself to leave work on Fridays at 330 so I could sneak in a ride before getting Wyatt. It’s only 90 minutes early but it really made a big difference in how I viewed the work week.
I’ve got case submissions for the second part of my surgical boards so February may not look the same as January but I plan to head into the month with some scheduled hours off to help avoid burning out.
We went on 2 new adventures this month, both requiring me to take a deep breath, put aside my type A tendencies and ignore a whole lot of chores/work that needed done.
It was 100% worth it and had a huge impact on me not feeling like all I do is work: work at work and work at home.
Heading into next month I’d like to continue to look for opportunities to walk away and ignore my responsibilities a couple of days and solidify some travel ideas for the summer.
Favorite part of the month
Hands down the best part was the trail ride with Wyatt on Gem and me on H’Appy. It was perfection.
January was a great month which feels odd to say since the weather was absolute crap with more rain and gloom and an overall soggy atmosphere. Had I not done the things above it really would have been a bad month full of feeling unfulfilled and listless, so I’m really pleased to see to the impact that these little activities had.
Heading into next month I want to continue tracking my habits, riding, running and moving into a healthier version than I’ve let myself sink into last year. I’ve got a bit of a hole to dig out of to get there, but I think I’m on the right path.