So what’s been going on in the world of CP and I in our week with almost no social media? Well, we’ve had some big changes this past week & it was actually sort of nice to enjoy them off of Instagram.
We moved to a new boarding facility and although we will definitely miss our old friends, we are excited about the change. I have been trailering CP over to where she now lives quite a bit for lessons & the constant trailering was wearing on both of us. It was quite a process to hook up my trailer, load up all my stuff, & load CP all for an hour lesson. It was consuming almost an entire day between all the driving and packing. When I got the option for CP to live onsite so we weren’t trailering so much, I jumped at this exciting opportunity!
CP has settled in really well and already seems quite at home. It’s nice that she’s been to the facility so many times before, so she doesn’t seem stressed or concerned about her new surroundings. She made a new friend & they seem totally happy out in the pasture together! It’s a big relief to have her settled in since she was at our previous barn for over two years. I am grateful for the incredible care she has received and how we have been welcomed into this gorgeous farm! We have big goals for this year & the move was a step in the right direction! We are able to train much more consistently here & we will have a much more regular lesson schedule.
So what’s next for CP and I? For my social media presence? For my photography business?
I wish I could say I was clear on all these things, but to be honest, it feels like quite a blur right now.
As far as riding goals go, I feel very clear on that… By the end of the year I would like to compete in the 1.00m jumpers. This feels like an attainable but lofty goal for CP & I. It’s definitely going to take commitment to riding on the days I don’t feel like it (winter, please see yourself out already) and getting my confidence back up while jumping a much larger course. I feel completely comfortable going around a 2’9” course and even jumping a single 3’+ fence, but getting confident & comfortable doing a full course at 1.00m will be my next big challenge. Why is jumping one larger fence not intimidating, but stringing a bunch of them together makes them feel like an extra 2 feet higher?!
As far as goals & plan for my social media presence, I can’t say I feel totally sure on that just yet. I worked really hard & put in more hours than I can count to build my original account up to 15k+ followers. I wrote enough long captions to fill a book. I responded to thousands of DMs. And it was all gone just like that. I don’t regret doing any of it, but if I can be 100% honest, it just feels different to be on social media now. In many ways, I think it’s a blessing. It has truly opened my eyes to how much my life was consumed by Instagram. I believe there are lessons to be learned in every situation & I know that whether I get my accounts back or not, things will work out exactly how they’re supposed to.
My photography business relied heavily on my presence on Facebook & Instagram, so I am currently rerouting my marketing strategy & trying to pick up the fallen pieces. Although it feels daunting to start over, I am actually really excited about all the avenues I was ignoring while focusing so heavily on Facebook & Instagram! I feel both challenged to find new ways & excited about all the opportunities that lie ahead.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from overcoming anxiety & depression, it’s that the challenges we face are often what lead to our biggest breakthroughs. The unexpected circumstances thrown at us are what make us stronger.
I’ve decided to stop trying to see the whole staircase that’s ahead of me. I’m just going to keep putting one foot in front of the other, trusting the next step will appear as I go.
Here’s to trusting in the timing of life & the gifts it gives us, exactly when we need them!
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