Each year at Christmas I do two things that really bring back the memories. The first is to develop and send out, along with photographs, a family newsletter. Old fashioned I know and I’m not certain if it’s actually being read by everyone on my mailing list but it is a way for me to continue to stay connected with family and friends who may live far away. Most years have been incredibly busy. Sometimes, I’m not sure how I survived.
The second is to decorate, alongside my family, our Christmas tree. Our family’s tree is a bit eclectic and definitely unique. The decorations that adorn it come from our travels together over the years. The earliest ornaments start way back in 1997 with the honeymoon trip my husband and I made to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. This year’s ornaments came from Oklahoma City and Cape San Blas. Each year when we’re putting up the Christmas tree I recall all of these grand adventures and when I take them back down I wonder what the coming year’s adventures will bring.
It is along these lines that I started to think about my New Year’s Resolutions for this year but it is also where I need your help. Read on to see my resolutions, feeling free to share your own with me and see how you can help me reach mine. If some of our Resolutions are similar, perhaps I can be of help to you as well.
1.) In the coming year, I want to grow my blog. Of course I have specific goals in mind but they are centered around increasing my number of followers. How can you help? Please let me know if you have any guest blogging opportunities where I might be of assistance. I’ll be happy to return the favor. In order to grow my blog I also need to know what you would like to hear more about. What have been your favorite posts this year? What topics would you like to see more coverage on or what topics would you like to see added?
2.) I want to master the flying lead change. My red horse and I are now up to consistently getting a flying change over a ground pole. I would like to master consistently getting a flying change on the flat.
3.) I want to consistently jump 2’6.” After my mare foundered many years ago, my vet and I agreed that this is the maximum height she would ever be jumped again. Currently we are jumping a few 2’6” fences regularly. It is my wish to begin consistently jump 2’6” courses.
And that it’s really. I like to make my New Year’s Resolutions attainable. Do I have other plans, hopes, and dreams? Sure! But let’s start here and see where 2017 takes us. Happy New Year! I look forward to hearing from you all.