The first week of 2018 is in the books, and I’m feeling excited and motivated about what this year will bring! Here’s what’s on my radar:
ONE The Equestrian’s Five Stages of Grief: Cold Snap Edition from Stressless Riding
We had a dreadful cold snap here in Oklahoma last week; while the forecast is for a balmy 47° F today, it’s been a chilly ~20° F with 20+ mph most of the week! I was teetering on the brink of Stage 4, but warmer temperatures have made me reconsider moving further south…at least for now! (H/T to Amanda of Bel Joeor)
TWO 5 Foolproof Ways to Stay Motivated from Psychology Today
I know the motivation and energy I’m feeling right now won’t last forever; this article has some good tips for sustaining and boosting motivation when it starts to flag.
THREE Skin Drink moisturizer from Lush
Rosacea makes my skin dry to begin with; cold, windy weather makes it even worse! This creamy moisturizer makes my skin feel amazing. It’s helped me with dryness and redness; while the smell is kind of weird, it’s totally worth putting up with.
FOUR George Morris Horsemastership Training Session streaming on USEF Network
You’ll need at least a US Equestrian Fan Membership to stream this, but it’s not hard to find a code for a free one. (There was a promo for a free one that I took advantage of to watch the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic earlier this week.)
FIVE Headspace app
2017 marked the first time I struggled with any kind of irrational anxiety in my life. I don’t know what provoked it, but I suddenly began to feel panicky about things that had never bothered me before. For example, instead of smiling and thinking about how cute Moe looked napping in the front pasture, I would glance outside, see him laying down, and immediately freak out because I thought he was dying. I discussed these feelings with my doctor, and one of the things she suggested was beginning a meditation practice. I downloaded Headspace, an app that teaches you how to meditate. It offers a free 10-meditation trial; annual subscriptions are on sale for a little less than $5/month. Meditating (combined with some other life adjustments) has helped me deal with anxious feelings and feel calmer overall.
What are y’all up to this first week of the new year?