Mindset is everything

  IMG_0623 Today was a lesson about MINDSET. It never fails me that my horses are a mirror for my life - always guided me and showing me what I need to learn.  Today was no different.  On a whim, my friend and I decided not to train but to take a leisurely trail ride and enjoy the beautiful blue skies and warm weather ... First, neither horse wanted to cross the water-filled creek - a thing they haven't seen in So Cal for some time now. But one of use got off and babied the 1400 lb beast and convinced him it was safe.  Second horse not wanting to be left behind felt it was safer to brave the waters than be left behind so raced through. Then we encountered noisy baby goats ... Treacherous roosters, chickens, and dogs ... Not to be outdone by the miniature donkeys  - they eat horses you know! But the best was the male peacock on the side of the trail who held his ground refusing to move and forcing us to walk beside him close enough to touch his tail feathers. An eventful ride to be sure but one filled with sunlight, laughter and above all a good time. Our hour ride turned into 2 but what a great way to spend the day. and then .... After untacking the horses I went to grab my phone and head out ... uh, no phone, anywhere. Well, if you are anything like me your cell phone is a big part of your life. Needless to say,  I stayed calm and being a nonreligious but  catholic raised girl from the seventies began to repeat the St. Anthony prayer st-anthony2a Dear St. Anthony  Please look around Something has been lost  and needs to be found My mother insists if you continue to say it out loud you will eventually find what you are looking for! No phone in the stall, tack room, barn, pasture, nor groom box. At one point in the ride, my horse trotting gaily up the hill without a care saw a gremlin unbeknownst to me and spun on a dime in the other direction.  The only thing I could think of was that my cell phone, which I had tucked under the pommel of the front of the saddle, had flown out. So flip flops and all I headed out for a butt burning hike to locate the blessed phone all the while reciting the prayer. NO LUCK At this point, I headed back to the barn reserved to the fact that I was headed to the store to spend my afternoon purchasing a new phone.  My friend said to me " I am so sorry about this, it's just awful this had to happen."  I replied with a heartfelt " This is a high-quality problem." "So true", she said.  "Let's try one last ditch effort and use "find my iphone"." Low and behold my phone was located somewhere in the barn. After turning things inside and out ... still reciting the prayer and finding nada ... I picked up my saddle from the rack and what fell out .... voila' Now,  this really isn't about saying a prayer and a saint coming to my rescue but about intention and mindset.  I could have ranted and raved and had a fit.  But instead, I stayed calm and focused on my task and didn't give up, resolved to the fact that indeed there would be a solution.  Maybe not the one I wanted, but a solution just the same. Yes, it was just a cell phone and a trail ride but for me it was a reflection of my life... There are hills, ups and downs, scary creatures, obstacles in the path, and lost things. The key is to keep my mind focused on moving forward on this path regardless and accepting what the road has to offer.Share: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail
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Just because I can’t dance like Beyonce’

465e3090bef4de7fc951671f69000500   You never hear people say that just because you can't dance like Beyonce' you shouldn't dance or because you can't sing like her you shouldn't sing along to her songs.  Yesterday I had the chance to hang out with some ladies who know how to express themselves.  We danced and sang with abandon and didn't care what we looked like or who was watching.  Although if the windows to the party bus were clear we probably would have stopped traffic! It was so liberating and fun. So why can't we do that when it comes to being creative? If I had a dollar for every time I told someone I was an artist and they responded ... " I don't have a creative bone in my body, I can't even draw a stick figure!"  I would be a millionaire many times over. So here is the deal.  Just because you cannot draw like da Vinci or paint like Rembrandt doesn't mean you shouldn't draw or paint. Besides being creative is not just about skills.

 It is about expressing yourself from the inside out.

It's the clothes we choose to wear, the color or cut of our hair, our sense of humor, the way we cook, decorate our homes and so much more.

So stop worrying about what other people think.

Get your groove on girl!

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Express Yourself!

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 6.24.05 PM   This quote really hits home for me.  To be creative we must express ourselves and have the courage not to care what others think.  It is easy to say that we don't care but the truth for me is that we all do on some level.  As human beings, we want to be accepted for who we are.  It is very hard to be authentic and show who we are unfiltered. I think this is especially true of artists.  Creativity is not just painting, drawing, or sculpture.  It is the way we look at the world.  The colors, designs, scents, sounds, and emotions that we respond to in a unique way.  Even if you don't consider yourself a creative person this is true.  Everyone is creative, some of us just haven't been willing to explore that part of ourselves yet. So Risk it!  Be willing to be BOLD.  Be AUTHENTIC - be willing  to be yourself!Share: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmail
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