Saying Thank You, Next to 2018

While my 2018 ended on a weird note by adjusting to living alone, overall it really was a good year. I’m a little late in doing a year end summary of sorts, but I think it’s worth it so that I realize that 2018 wasn’t all bad. Yeah, the last four months of 2018 contained a LOT of changes and while I kind of let my ex get off easy in this post, several of you that are friends with me on FB are more aware of the real story after his new relationship went public on a snow day when I had a little too much time to snarkily post a reponse to my own profile. If you aren’t, feel free to ask me privately because I’ve redacted the explanation from this post for the time being.

As I’ve stated previously, my family and friends have been the most supportive people ever. My immediate family has seen a LOT more of me over the last few months and, while I’m not sure I announced it on here, my brother and his wife have a new (well, she’s 6 months old now) baby that I absolutely adore. I intend to try my best to aid her in catching horse fever and Paige will make the best first horse once she’s old enough if she’s interested. She has been the highlight of my 2018 for sure.

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I’ve even been playing photographer again thanks to her arrival.

As you’ve possibly already read about, I did a lot of travelling (for me!) in 2018. K and I hit up WEG, I went to the DC area 3x for wedding shenanigans plus an excellent concert, I went to Charleston, SC with a phenomenal group of women who have since become friends, and I had a successful overnight show experience with Joey in October, earning nearly $500!

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Ahhh, WEG memories.

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Cutest baby reiner in longe line with a bunch of pleasure horses.

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Best wedding ever.

I’ve strengthened several friendships in 2018, spending more time with my college roommate during my travels than I have since undergrad. K and I also enjoyed each other’s company on numerous occasions between our western dressage debut, our WEG trip, and going to the APHA show this fall, let alone all of the other times (and baskets of chips and bowls of queso…) that we spent together over the year. I was also able to get to know S and L (Tanner’s owners) more in person during 2018, and even rode Tanner myself during one of my trips to the DC area. I also got to spend some time with Julie, a fellow blogger, on a trip to NC to the Blowing Rock Horse Show.

Between all of these trips, I’ve somehow managed to lose another 20lbs, get a new puppy, pay off my truck, bring two little donkeys into the world only to lose one, buy a horse trailer that I’ve been working on remodeling, buy a new to me car, and somehow keep my horses mostly up to date on things.

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Tanner snoodles! Second only to Joey snoodles. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Best boys.

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Proof of one of my few rides in 2018

We’ll ignore the fact that I haven’t so much as sat on a horse since June, but I did saddle Joey three times in 2018, so maybe that counts for something? If nothing else, this proves that my 2018 was quite the whirlwind experience. I’m relieved I didn’t set any goals for the year because between all of that travelling and five baby showers in four months, I’m honestly not sure I could’ve afforded to do any more than I somehow managed to accomplish.

The trajectory for 2019 is still being determined, but at this point it looks like another year of travelling, horse shows and fun with friends. I’ve mixed some dating into the last few months, which has proved interesting in numerous ways. I’m definitely learning a lot about myself through all of the changes in my life and feel like I’m better off for how things have turned out. I’ve never really been more acutely aware of my finances or more driven by my own personal goals. My 30 Before 30 tanked when J decided that he wanted to go back to school full time two years ago, so I’m feeling really good about just focusing on myself and my own goals and interests for a while. Honestly a lot of my 30 Before 30 goals don’t even appeal to me anymore, so I’m not terribly distraught by not completing that.

I am looking forward to all that I currently have scheduled for 2019, which I will share more about later, but until then I am more than willing to say thank you, next to 2018. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Proof that Robin existed in 2018 since I never mentioned her at all in this post. ๐Ÿ˜‚

 

 

6 thoughts on “Saying Thank You, Next to 2018

  1. I’m sorry for everything that went down with your ex, but I am so glad you got a clean break and got all the info you needed for that closure to happen. Good riddance to bad rubbish. You deserve so much better! Wishing you lots of horses, joy, and adventure in 2019!!

  2. Cheers to you, friend. This will be a great year for you. Continue to focus on you and learn and grow. I too second what Dom said. Side note, being an Aunt is the best.

  3. Despite the shit with your ex, it sounds like you really did have a great year and were able to work on yourself a lot. And maybe I’m the only weirdo, but being able to look back and see how much better a human I’ve been able to turn into always makes me feel successful. You have a lot to look forward to and be grateful for moving forward. Cheers to an awesome 2019!

  4. I’m sorry that things went the way they did with your Ex – people are strange and fickle creatures but I’m glad you got closure, closure helps even if very painful. I am also really glad you have wonderful horses and great family and friends to surround yourself with and bolster you when you need it.

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