Tuesday, 3 January 2017
I was struggling quite a bit this fall to be motivated and present in my riding. Honestly, I've been so busy and my rides have been generally so subpar, that I was just kind of going through the motions and putting in the time because I knew I should.
The holiday season brought me a legit excuse to take a week off. No worries, no schedule to keep, multiple days in a row at home up the coast with G, and a super helpful barn mate to ride the pony in my absence.
In the midst of our week off, we took a trip to Vancouver to do some post holiday shopping. One of the tack stores was having a pretty spectacular sale. I didn't need much, and wouldn't have actually gone if it wasn't for G pushing me to 'just go look'. I'm glad I did! I found some great deals on new apparel for myself and the pony, and as I tried things on and picked out a new color scheme for B I suddenly realized I was excited again for show season. As the days went on, I found myself making a tentative schedule, reading up on all things fitness for B, and generally feeling optimistic and motivated. (Oh, and spending WAY too much money on all the new things!)
Moral of the story: If you're feeling burnt out, take a break. Think about things. Or don't. Come up with a plan. Or don't. Also, retail therapy is a thing, and it helps.