Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Perspectives

I knew when this year started that it wasn't going to be normal. I was going to try to make the jump (ha...) to second level with Courage and I knew showing wasn't going to be a big part of that. We were exploring new horizons and instead of creating a show fund, I tapped one of my favorite local photographers and started setting up a really cool photo shoot. 
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As anyone who's read this blog knows, this year didn't go down the way I expected. Instead of working towards bigger and better things, I dumped money into vets and treatments and ultimately concluded that Courage would be better suited by a different career.
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It took what seemed like years at the time, but the little man found his perfect upgrade home and Ms. Zoebird found me.

I wish the next part of this story was like, "and the birds were singing and everything was beautiful", but the truth is that Zoe has been a very bright spot in an otherwise very challenging year.
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I've been running myself ragged with no energy left for creativity and adventures.

But the great thing about horses like Zoe and friends like Alyssa is that they're ready when you need them.
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And when I said, "let's do this thing", they made it happen.
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While things aren't all coming up roses, I think we're finally on the upswing. 
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Through it all, I've been so lucky to be surrounded by absolutely the best people (and creatures) that anyone could ask for.
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I know I'm going to be a stronger, better version of myself because of that.
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I'm not quite sure where everything is going to shake out. 
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I have no idea what next year will bring me, but I know that with all the challenges of this year, I still came through with a Zoebird. 

And sometimes, a Zoebird is exactly what I needed the most. 

[All stunning photographs and edits by the inestimable Alyssa. She has limited availability for local photography jobs. Contact her for details.] 

43 comments:

  1. oh my god, these turned out fucking awesome.

    alyssa what's the protocol if i want to drag your ass out to area II??

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    1. Beef jerky, pie, fruit leathers and tack stores. And we go see Bacon's brother. And free airfare.

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    2. You have to return her in the same or better shape tho.

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  2. LOVE THIS.

    Nice bridle 😋 I'm so glad that things are on the upswing for you now. 2018 is gonna be a banner year for you!

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    1. I should have given you a bridle shoutout.

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  3. I freaking love your costume. Very very well executed.

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    1. Thank you! Can't wait to see what you ladies came up with. :D

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  4. I LOVE IT. SO MUCH. YOU BADASS PRINCESS, YOU. <3 <3

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  5. You guys are stunning! I can't get over how amazing these came out.

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    1. They are so much more than I expected. <3

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  6. <3 What a fun photoshoot!! The pics came out awesome

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    1. So much fun! 10/10 recommend, tho maybe less the random dog getting loose and coming after us.

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  7. It's not what happens, it's how you handle it. You're gold darling

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  8. You look amazing! Alyssa is amazing! The photos are amazing!

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  9. I kept waiting for things to turn around this year, and really they did when she came smooshing into your life. Even though it's been rough, it's so nice to see you smile so much at the barn again. And now I'm extra glad we waited to take these awesome pictures.

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    1. So nice she liked it twice. <3

      Seriously, you two rock my world. Thank you.

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  10. What a perfect pair. It always seems to get worse before it gets better and I'm so impressed by the choices you've made and that steps you're taking. ♡

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    1. Thank you. It's been rough, but it's going to get better. <3

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  11. Amazing photos! What a cool photoshoot! And so much happy

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    1. I had a little grain of an idea and Alyssa made it so much more than I was hoping for. <3

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  12. Those photos belong in a magazine!

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    1. The magazine for people with too much time on their hands, I imagine. ;-)

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  13. These are probably my favorite photos of all time!!

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  14. These pictures are AMAZING!!! I've been really wanting to get a photographer to get some really nice pictures, more casual not just riding dressage, of me and Katai but I just haven't done it yet. These have added it back to my list even if I'm not going to get anything nearly as cool as yours.

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    1. Yeah. Having nice pictures is one think I never regret. Definitely recommend.

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  15. love the pictures ;) and here's to making it through a year of challenges with the brightest of bright spots!

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    1. She brings an amazing energy that I really needed in my life.

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  16. These photos are amazing!! Where is this???

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  17. Steam Punk - what wonderful shots!

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  18. I love this! What a fun idea, and you both look AMAZING!

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