A walk in the wildflowers

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Hey, it’s Barb and Nic, and Abby’s around here somewhere a little rat terrier.

It’s a beautiful spring day in Texas, and I couldn’t resist going for a little ride with you. You can see the Indian paint brush here. They are just everywhere. It’s finally gotten really green, and the trees are starting to fill out a little bit.

There are the tanks kind of showing up down there and more Indian paintbrushes.

I want to tell you about my week. I have been working on a relationship project, and this week, I asked people (and I’d love for you to do it, too) to share a story about relationships.

I had three groups of people. One is your inner circle, your besties.

The other is acquaintances, you know, people you might see at the barn or at a show.

The other is mentors, trainers, coaches, whatever that looks like—it can take many forms.

Within those three groups, I asked people to share inspiring stories about people who had made a difference, what they did, and how they did it.

And then I also ask people to share challenges about people in those three groups, like wondering what other people think or miscommunications.

Just recently, I decided to dig into relationships again. Based on research, my own coaching experience, and this kind of informal research I’m doing now, I wanted to identify what characteristics make up awesome relationships and what we can learn from them.

And then, what are the things that we do that drive us apart? Perhaps we’ve had an unpleasant experience with some other people. What can we learn from that? How can we apply that to enhance the relationships that we have in our horse lives?

Things can just come up, and they’re awkward, difficult, and require a lot of courage.

So that’s what I’ve been doing, and I’ve read the most amazing stories from many of you, and I’d love to share them with you. There’s a button or link below this video that you can click to sign up, read the stories, and contribute yourself if you’d like.

There are common themes around incredible relationships. They involve things like being seen, feeling heard, feeling like there’s no judgment, and a sincere interest in helping someone from the other person’s point of view—being encouraging, kind of going above and beyond.

And then I think you can just reverse that list. And when the relationships were painful, those were some of the elements, but on the ‘negative’ side.

I just want you to know I learned this journaling stories idea from Dr. Stephanie Burns.

It’s a wonderful thing.

You can go there and read inspiring stories within those three groups. When you read the challenges, you’ll know that you’re not alone.

I’ll have more about my project soon, but you’d really like to know about it noq.

You can sign up and just read, or you can contribute because your help means a lot.

I have a gift PDF for you: Three Strategies to Communicate Clearly and Confidently. It’s yours as a small gift for visiting the website.

Leave a comment for me. I’d love to hear from you.

Have a great week.

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3 Comments on A walk in the wildflowers

  1. Joyce on Sun, 24th Mar 2024 2:32 pm
  2. Enjoyed watching and listening to “A Walk in the Wildflowers.” Everything that you do with Nic is inspirational. What is Nic’s full name? Is he related to Nics Black Diamond? Joyce

  3. Tania on Sun, 24th Mar 2024 5:08 pm
  4. Beautiful !!

  5. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 24th Mar 2024 11:19 pm
  6. Hi Barb, WOW !!!! So gorgeous in your field with the beautiful wildflowers swaying in the breeze. It was pretty windy out there but ‘ol Nic wasn’t afraid; he loved his “grass break” Ha Ha. I’ll head to the stories and read some. Thank you so much. 🙂

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