Google defines the word resolute as “admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering” and resolution goes along the lines of “finding a solution to a problem.” Putting them together, it ends up working out to “unwavering and determined in finding an admirable and purposeful solution to a problem,” more or less. So, what’s your problem? Just kidding.

This blog was never intended to be an advice blog; I hardly think I am qualified to give any. {I do always recommend dark chocolate and ponies for any problem.} However, it is pretty tough to not ring in the New Year without some mention of rebranding yourself, or by making lists of resolutions.

In the wake of announcing that I am taking a semester off of school and moving to Pennsylvania to improve my skills in horse ballet, I have gotten a lot of mixed reactions. They usually encompass excitement to hear about the opportunity, concerns about if I will actually be returning to school in the fall, or confusion about what it really is. Many times, though, the congratulations is coupled with the whisperings that I am fearless and that what I am doing would be impossible for whoever the audience member is.

My dear reader friends, I am here to tell you that, in fact, I am not fearless. I am blindly passionate about something, which is my greatest blessing and curse. I found what fuels my fire when I was five, and I have recklessly embraced the flame. I am given wings to fly on the backs of horses, and they are responsible for this fearlessness some say I have. My purpose and determination is thanks to the horses that stole my heart so many years ago.

I will also be the first person to tell you that you can do whatever you want. Whenever you want. Wherever you want. And with whoever you want. People have a really good way of constructing boxes they believe they need to fit in.

This resolution post is to challenge you to break out of whatever box you feel you might be stuck in. I challenge you to do something that scares you everyday. No, this does not mean you have to move across the country (but you can come visit me!) It can be as simple as going on a trail ride by yourself. Take a lesson in a discipline you know nothing about. Ride without stirrups. Be a working student no matter what your age, aspiration, or skill level! Go to a recognized show and join a class you think you aren’t ready for. Say yes more than you say no. Don’t be so afraid to fail or be bad at something; you learn a lot faster pushing boundaries than playing it safe.

Before we know it, we will be talking about 2017 in past tense. Before that moment comes, I challenge you to put your feet in your [pink] stirrups, and to fearlessly pursue whatever dream you might be after.



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