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Chasing the Dream: Part 3

A year ago, in July, I filed for Carpe Diem Equestrian to be an official LLC. One year ago, today, I quit my full time marketing job to pursue the horses full-time. Looking back, I can't believe how much has changed since then. I've always been very motivated, and a huge dreamer, but it wasn't until this point in my life that my motivation made my all-time-life-goal become a reality. The days are long and the evenings of teaching are longer yet, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Gambit at Chicago HITS, June 2019

Cambit at The World Equestrian Center, August 2019.


Back then, I had a few consistent students and I constantly wondered how I would pay the bills. Today, I have almost 20 students and I constantly wonder when I'll get a day off. The dream is finally happening. It's my reality now.


I've grown so much as a rider! I am much more confident, I've shown at shows like Chicago HITS and the World Equestrian Center multiple times, and my show nerves are almost completely gone! It's becoming a second nature.


A while back, I wrote a post about the things I've learned from the horse world, and since then, I've learned even more! I've learned a lot more about who I am and what I want. My ultimate goal has stayed the same, but the smaller goals that will eventually get me to the ultimate goals have changed. They've become more reasonable and much more attainable.


I've always been a very impatient person, wanting the ultimate end goal RIGHT NOW. I'm trying incredibly hard to be content with where I am now. Just a few months ago, where I am now seemed like an impossible task. But here I am. I made it. I have to learn to take things one step at a time. Good things take time, and I know that, but it doesn't make the waiting time any easier. The more I love to be where I am now makes it easier.


I've become a better teacher! Everyone needs help, and all good professional trainers take lessons and get help. Getting the training that my horses and I need has helped me to be a better trainer. I can make complex things seem easy now. There's nothing better than watching your students' faces light up when then finally understand something hard! My whole heart glows when my girls grow. Seeing them be proud of themselves for accomplishing something they thought was impossible is an indescribable feeling.


JP and I (well, mostly just me) day dream about our future barn, our custom home, and our lake house that we'll retire to one day. We both work a lot right now, but things seem to be falling into place. Thoughts of "how are we going to make it" have become thoughts of "how can we make this better?"


This blog post is basically me just putting into writing everything that's happened so far because as of a year ago, this was all just a wild dream I had. It seems impossible that it's actually happening.

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