Happy New Year! Reflections on 2016 and Resolutions for 2017 {Begin the Dance with Sandra Beaulieu}

When I was younger I used to stay up all night writing in my journal and listing out my goals. My lists were very long! Then I would wake up the next day and try to have the "perfect day", ride all my horses (up to 10 at a time when I was in full training), eat healthy, write in my journal, etc... Over the years I have realized that consistency is more important than striving for "perfect days". There will be many ups and downs, many goals that will be reached and some that need to be let go or put on the shelf for another day. I am very lucky to live my life pursuit of my dreams and passions. It is not easy but the challenges have made me who I am today. 

I would love to hear from you - what are your hopes and dreams for 2017?
What did you accomplish in 2016 that you are really proud of?

One of my goals is to compete a musical freestyle with Rovandio (pictured below) and my Friesian gelding Douwe. The past few years I have been performing with my horses rather than competing. I want to take on the challenge of bringing my personality and creativity to the show arena where I cannot express myself through costumes and acting...although who knows, maybe there are some ways I can add some fun to the experience! 

In 2016 I was so proud to work with Douwe and Rovandio, teaching them new tricks and performing at a higher level. Douwe is extremely smart and loves to learn new things. He continues to surprise and delight me with his growing personality! Rovandio is getting stronger and we have figured out a lot of things that have helped him physically to make his job easier. He loves to perform but does not have the physical ability to match his mind. He has taken me to a new level of understanding into the power of a horse's heart to overcome obstacles. 

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