I really dislike New Years Eve as a holiday. Everyone gets so excited and it ends up being never quite as good as you think it was going to be and you can’t find a cab home. Not awesome. There have only been two New Years Eves that I have really enjoyed; one in Budapest that involved fireworks and champagne in the street, and another last year in a Texas country cabin with good friends. This year we have no plans, and if I have my way I hope to ring in the New Year playing video games and sipping champagne with my husband… but I’ll stop griping and get to the goal making part of this post.
Holiday preferences aside, I’m feeling good about goals this year. Just like last year, I have some super secret ones that I want to keep to myself (although some are included in my 30 before 30 equestrian bucket list) but I’m going to try to expand and set more public goals than I did last year. Who knows… I may actually achieve some of them.
Equestrian Goals for Me
- Post the trot for five minutes without stirrups
- Be able to braid tails well enough for A shows
- Make improvements in not getting frustrated with my horse and/or riding
- Compete in the local 2’6″ hunter derby and execute (well) at least one handy or high option
- Qualify for the 2’6″ medal at the year end show
The really big “oh jeez that seems impossible” goal this year is go qualify for one of our local medal finals. It’s a 2’6″ over fences equitation class at every show, and the only way to compete in the year end final is to accumulate enough points to be the top 10 riders overall or win one of the medal classes at any CTHJA show. It’s very likely not going to happen, but I will give it my best effort! Last year there were about 35 riders in the points list for this, so even making it in the top half would be exciting.
Goals for Simon
- Open up his stride and stop doing the ads
- Reliably get leads over the fence
- Reduce his anxiety with flatwork
- Make it through a flat class with no explosions
- Stay sound
To be fair, I’ll be pretty pleased if Simon achieves the “stay sound” goal for 2014! Everything else is extra.
- End 2014 with 0 credit card debt
- Lose 20 lbs
- Find more balance with riding and “real” life
- Be more enthusiastic about my real job
- Train Pascale as well as I trained Eliot
- Take more pictures
I’m starting early on my “find balance” goal with writing some personal goals for this year. It’s not all about horses 100% of the time… sadly. 😉
I have read several of your 2014 goal lists on your blog, but here’s my question… does anyone else keep “secret” goals? For some reason there are a few things I just don’t feel comfortable actually sharing but are in the back of my mind as “man I really hope I can achieve that!”