Why Choosing Optimism is Worth It

This week it’s been cold, windy, and rainy, so I stayed inside and made a video for you to explain two benefits of choosing optimism over the doldrums!

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The happy secret to better work

We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.

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Everything Begins HERE With Our Horses

The Tale of Two Stories

We are always talking to ourselves. Sometimes it can be predictable and scripted, like during a specific ride with our horse, but most of the time, it’s just whatever we think as we go through our day.

Sometimes that ‘throughout the day’ voice is untamed and unkind and gives us messages that don’t help us. In fact, they discourage us.

Taming the wild all-day voice is what this video is all about.

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The Deep Running River
that Influences Everything

It’s Barb and this week I have a podcast for you.

As you know, last week we rang in the new year – and it was exciting because there’s always something special about fresh beginnings that’s so hopeful.

And at the end of last year, I saw more clearly the rhythm in one year.

For example, January and February are typically the times we naturally lay low, take care of ourselves, plan for what’s to come, and start getting revved up for Springtime.

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Happy New Year from Nic and Me

Okay, so first, today, because it is the beginning of a new year, I’d like to say a word about resolutions.

I’m not really big on them, and I’m not saying they’re bad or any final judgment like that, but I prefer a different approach.

I love to take a moment to celebrate everything that went well the previous year.

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We wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Tom and I have been in San Miguel, Mexico for our annual Christmas getaway vacation. It’s beautiful here and very festive. Did I mention that the food is delicious? 😍

This week I took a little break from videoing because of our trip. I’ll be back here next week with bells on.

I want to give a shout-out and special Christmas greeting to our team, Christina, Otto, Lindee, Marcus, and my hubby, Tom, for all they do for all of us throughout the year. They are the ones who make things happen, and I’m so grateful. 💫

You have my heartfelt wishes for a beautiful holiday filled with the blessings, the meaning of the season, and the warmth of family and friends.

Holiday love to you and yours,

How Passion and Belief Impact Riding

I talked about writing and practicing my upcoming Ted-style talk in last week’s video. My topic is four attributes of extraordinary people, although that’s not the “official title.”

For my talk, I chose four qualities I’ve learned through research, study and my own experiences. I’ll describe them by telling the stories of four incredible people who impacted my life.

Beginning today and for the next three Sundays after this, I’ll share one of the four attributes I chose and how it directly impacts your ability to ride at your best in the saddle.

Of course, there’s nothing magical about four attributes; it’s just what I chose.

That’s what this video is all about – the first one.

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Four Attributes of Extraordinary
Riders and People

Next month, I will give two Ted-style talks with messages that mean the world to me.

First, I’m truly honored to have these opportunities. The first will be on November 4th at 10:00 AM during Warwick and Robyn Schillar’s Journey On Podcast Summit in San Antonio, Texas. The second will be during The Cowgirl Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas, on the weekend of November 11th.

It’s the first time I’ve been asked to do that talk style, and I’ve been working on them diligently for a while now. It’s an exciting experience to be concise and choose messages that matter a lot to me.

That’s what this video is all about.

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In Our Horseback Riding Lives, Change is Always a Challenge

And, Change is a Gift

There is always change in our horse lives.

This can happen when our horse has to be laid off. Or, we might experience a change in our financial capabilities to follow through on plans. Or, we might get the news that a trainer or a vet is moving. These are just a few examples. You fill in your own blanks.

Change is the only thing that is sure in our lives.

As I write this article, I am feeling that ultimate happy/sad state that change can bring. There’s a big change happening in my life right now.

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