I moved to Texas in June, 2010. Specifically – Austin, Texas. People here wear a lot of orange, and listen to music. I’m not a fan of the orange, but pretty much everything else rocks.
… and a lot has happened since then.
On this blog, you’ll find a mix of the following:
- Personal equestrian entries about my horses and riding
- Wider looks at the horse world
- A lot about grief
That last bit is because in 2015, my husband died by accidental overdose. It was a horrible experience. 0/5 star yelp rating. In the years that have followed, I’ve had to put all three of our dogs down and lost my heart horse to colic surgery. What’s left after all of this loss are scattered stories of survival and looking for something that feels like hope.
If you’re new here, there are several paths you can take. From 2010-2011 I blogged about whatever I felt like, which ranges from life first moving to Texas to a bit of horseback riding content. From 2012-mid 2015 it’s all about my heart horse, Simon, and our journey together as well as my take on many different equestrian topics. From 2015-2016 I blog in great detail about my late husband’s death and the total, all-consuming full body grief that overtook me (content warnings for death and addiction). And after 2016 it’s admittedly been hit or miss as I try to regroup my life and continue on despite everything.
I feel like I should write an eloquent ending to this about page, which doesn’t tell you all that much about me (10+ years of blog posts will tell you plenty about me… I promise). But I don’t have much eloquent to say right now, so I’m pasting my author bio and feigning professionalism.
Lauren Mauldin holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of California Riverside. She has been published in The Normal School, Los Angeles Times, Mud Season Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Working in content marketing in Austin, Texas, she is also the Blog Editor for The Plaid Horse magazine. Lauren has recently finished a memoir, Animalistic, about losing her husband to synthetic opioid addiction.