I’m Worn-out but feeling rediscovered & refreshed!
I packed for 90 days in Australia and ended up staying for over 7 months! Here I sit in South Western Australia looking at my worn out clothes and feel refreshed and rediscovered!
We all reflect the year that just past.
If someone told me where I would be sitting down to write this blog post,
I would’ve told them that they were lying!
Lessons learned and enforced to live by from 2013:
Starting with my favorite old life lesson and ending with my new life lesson.
1. Be cautious of people who don’t have close good old friends.
I have always found that there is something askew with people who don’t have oldie but goodie friends. Not that every person you run into has the same thing wrong with them- but there are excellent good person qualities that are needed to have good old friends and be able to keep them! People who lack those good person qualities usually dont have many good old friends.
2. If you’re unhappy, change things.
Easier said than done sometimes, but if you can find the courage to take the first step, the rest of the steps come easy. There is NO reason to be unhappy and NO reason not to CHANGE things. You’re just wasting life on being unhappy- who wants to do that?
3. Life is too short- do what inspires you.
Earlier in the year of 2013, I was unfortunately reminded this life lesson. My wonderful friend Renee, pictured above, was killed in a horse related accident. It was one of those stories you read about that reminds you to practice being safe around horses. As much as I am still crushed to even think that she is not spreading glitter around this earth any longer, I am so grateful that she reminds me that Life is too Short and you need to do what inspires you and the rest will come. Renee was a huge advocate for animal rights in NYC and a big supporter for the carriage horses in NYC. She always followed her heart and did what inspired her.
Fashion Advice in honor of Renee- But something sparkly pink for 2014!
4. Create your own destiny.
This one is also a hard one, but as soon as you become inspired, feel that passion and fire inside of you, there is really nothing you can’t do. I don’t think that Destiny is a predetermined course of events. It’s your willingness and openness to try new things and go on different paths in life that inspire you.
5. Trust your gut.
Another oldie but goodie- You can never go wrong with this one. You will always wish you had gone with your gut when you were on the fence about something and you will NEVER look back on a decision if you allow your “gut” to point you in the right direction. *** Apply this to shopping for items. If you totally fall in love with a piece of clothing and you think about it often. Go back and buy it- you’ll end up wearing the worth out of it!
6. You’ll find love when you least expect it.
Yep they always say that and it’s true. I think when you finally take care of what needs to be taken care of along with a little bit of timing on things- you will find love when you least expect it.
7. You can’t deal with Crazy (This is stolen from a good friend of mine)
We have all tried to deal with crazy people and in the end, you will end up saying: You can’t deal with Crazy.
Steer clear of people when you get the “crazy person” feeling from them. Usually nothing good comes out of it.
8. Selfless and Selfish people just don’t mix
Again a personality difference that just never works out for both parties. If you feel that you are dealing with someone on the extreme end of one or the other- it might be best to change your strategy on how you work with them.
9. When times get tough the tough step in and offer help.
I have always been a person that has stood on their own. I fought for my independence out of the womb. I was reminded of that when my father told me that I used to yell at him for trying to help me put my saddle on my pony when I was 2 years old!
When times get tough, accept help, let friends step in and offer support. You’ll really find who’s who when you do. Last year I quit my job, sold my house, and set sail on a life adventure. Yes, that all sounds very fairytale, brave and adventurous- It was a bit calculated and a definite leap of life, and the best thing I ever did.
I just want to thank all my wonderful friends who offered places to stay, jobs to do and places to travel all over the world! PA, NJ, MD, ME, USA, Calgary, Canada, Western Australia!
Thank you Cara, Megan, Sarah, Lesley, Jane, & Mandy
10. Make yourself complete, love yourself & do what makes you happy. All else falls into place like you thought it would.
As I look back over the year of 2013, there were some real lows but also some great highlights. Looking at my clothes that I packed for 90 days in Australia that has turned into 7 months, I’m embarrassed of the wear and tear.
Thank you to some companies which I did pack!
I would like to thank Smartwool- the best sock company for keeping my feet happy while riding horses, exercising & hiking, and having an all around good time.
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Walmart for making great fitting, cheap, jeans that you can ride in as well as wear outside of the barn! My go to Cheap pair of jeans are LEI that is carried by Walmart!
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Thank you Victoria’s Secret for making great fitting bra’s. Even though they wore out after 6 months, I did only pack 3 along with some sports bras.
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Thank you Wrangler for making fashionable, classic jeans that make your butt look great in!
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I will need to get my Lagrange Cowgirl boots resoled as I am afraid I have ridden and danced right out of the soles! Beautiful fashionable designs that Australia has never seen the likes of- Everyone wants to buy my boots!
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My favorite Polocrosse playing boots- The Buckaroo made by Twisted X.
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Man have these boots been through alot of riding this year, let alone the last 2 years!
Since July 2013- 25 weeks of riding multiple horses a day plus most weekends playing polocrosse tournaments in Western Australia. They still look great!
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2014 is going to be great! It’s the year of the Horse and 2014’s Color of the Year is Purple! What more could an Equestrianista ask for?