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Twenty things I learnt/was reminded of in 2018

1. Happiness is NOW. Not worrying about the past or the future; it is living in the moment and enjoying every bit of it. 
2. Being single is GREAT. Being with someone you love is GREAT. To be happy either way, you better love the shit out of yourself first. 
3. There is life outside of rodeo and barrel racing. Crazy, I know.
4. What you put out to the world is what you will attract. You manifest your life all day long.
5. If you feel like the world is crashing around you, write a list of things you’re grateful for. Ask your friends what they’re grateful for, or what they’re excited about. 
6. If you don’t ask, or take the chance, you will never know. 
7. Money isn’t everything. Time is. Though a job you love that pays you is wonderful 
8. Friends come and go. People you think would be around forever can drop in a heartbeat. Thats okay. It means you’re growing, and thats what you want to do. Grow. You are who you hang around; specifically the five people you spend the most time with 
9. Push your damn self. But also surround yourself with people who will push you too.
10. Karma is real.
11. Promoting what you LOVE instead of bashing what you HATE is so much more satisfying.
12. If you think you sound great singing at 1am around the campfire, check your Snapchat in the morning when you’ve sobered up..
13. Learn from those you look up to. They might love to take you under their wing and teach you.
14. Say yes to adventures.
15. Talk less. Listen more. People need to be heard, and we often forget to just listen.
16. There is such thing as laughing so hard you puke
17. Laughter really is the best medicine; for break ups, for a bad day, for everything. 
18. Always tell people you care about that you love them and enjoy every moment spent with them.
19. You deserve the world. Dont settle for less. Everyone has flaws, so find someone with flaws you can handle
20. Lean on your friends when in need, and you can get through anything


Highlights of 2018

– running a 5km, a 10km and a half marathon (21.5km)
– getting a job that I absolutely LOVE
– Vancouver, BC
– Montana
– Arizona x2
– Dashboard Confessional
– Nelly in Grande Prairie
– Anthrax, & Killswitch Engage
– Tyler Childers in Missoula, Montana
– Clay Walker
– Michelle Obama with my Grandma, Mom & Sister
– MLB (Arizona) NHL (Oilers) NFL (Arizona)
– helping with the Ty Pozzobon Foundation again
– podcasting
– Hale Wedding
– november project & run collective
– winning a guitar in a spelling bee at a bar in Vancouver with my childhood neighbour
– golfing/trying to
– the worst sunburn of my life from Gull Lake – still have the tan line
– running, so much running
– Calgary Stampede with Candace for the jr steer riding
– learning about AI’ing dairy cows
– got a boyfriend
– being on camera for The Runaway with Equine TV
– family gatherings
– learning to play polo
– agribition
– running and finishing a half marathon/21.5km in 2:19:20 (average at best)
– another wonderful G3 event
– moved out (again)
– realizing my self worth
– driving 3,400km for work in a week, so much time to clear your mind, or go crazy
– became single again
– celebrate life long friends 29th trip around the sun
-spur of the moment trip to Canmore


2019 Goals

*seawheeze half marathon* or another half
10km races – two
5km races – three
run collective weekly
g3 event bigger and better
back on camera at The Runaway
hosting jackpots
spring heat jackpot with 200+entries
learn to play guitar, specifically the one I won
travel more
make bank off LCB
read a book a month
ride horses again, whose ponies can I jump on?
become a better golfer and get better at throwing darts
better physical and mental health


To Do List

road trips
hike the mountains
go back to Montana
take a personal development course
travel more
say ‘yes’ more often
drink less alcohol
budget my life
spend more time with friends and loved ones

Monthly

try new restaurants
read a book
unfollow unnecessary people on social media
one blog posts minimum
volunteer

Weekly

have coffee with a close friend
call Grandma
farmers market/buy local

Daily

practicing gratitude
daily affirmations
gym, run or stretch
drink all the water
journal
meditate
be kind
spread kindness and positivity

Mark My Words

A Few of my Favorite Quotes

“Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail”

– Charles F Kettering

“Seldom in life are you given a second chance. Go after what you want with intensity, grit and determination”

“Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like & celebrating it for everything that it is.”

– Mandy Hale

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should’ve behaved better.”

~ Anne Lamott

“Advice? I don’t have advice. Stop aspiring and start writing. If you’re writing, you’re a writer. Write like you’re a goddamn death row inmate and the governor is out of the country and there’s no chance for a pardon. Write like you’re clinging to the edge of a cliff, white knuckles, on your last breath, and you’ve got just one last thing to say, like you’re a bird flying over us and you can see everything, and please, for God’s sake, tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we’re not alone. Write like you have a message from the king. Or don’t. Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t have to.”

~ Alan Watts

If a writer is so cautious that he never writes anything that cannot be criticized, he will never write anything that can be read. If you want to help other people you have got to make up your mind to write things that some men will condemn.”

~ Thomas Merton

  “Do the things you used to talk about doing but never did. Know when to let go and when to hold on tight. Stop rushing. Don’t be intimidated to say it like it is. Stop apologizing all the time. Learn to say no, so your yes has some oomph. Spend time with the friends who lift you up, and cut loose the ones who bring you down. Stop giving your power away. Be more concerned with being interested than being interesting. Be old enough to appreciate your freedom, and young enough to enjoy it. Finally know who you are.” -Kristin Armstrong

“Stop comparing where you’re at with where everyone else is. It doesn’t move you farther ahead, improve your situation, or help you find peace. It just feeds your shame, fuels your feelings of inadequacy, and ultimately, it keeps you stuck. The reality is that there is no one correct path in life. Everyone has their own unique journey. A path that’s right for someone else won’t necessarily be a path that’s right for you. And that’s okay. Your journey isn’t right or wrong, or good or bad. It’s just different. Your life isn’t meant to look like anyone else’s because you aren’t like anyone else. You’re a person all your own with a unique set of goals, obstacles, dreams, and needs. So stop comparing, and start living. You may not have ended up where you intended to go. But trust, for once, that you have ended up where you needed to be. Trust that you are in the right place at the right time. Trust that your life is enough. Trust that you are enough.” – Daniell Koepke

“Let someone love you just the way you are – as flawed as you might be, as unattractive as you sometimes feel, and as unaccomplished as you think you are. To believe that you must hide all the parts of you that are broken, out of fear that someone else is incapable of loving what is less than perfect, is to believe that sunlight is incapable of entering a broken window and illuminating a dark room.” — Marc Hack

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future, you have to trust in something, your gut, destiny, life, karma whatever, because believing that the dots will connect down the road, will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference. – Steve Jobs

 An excerpt from {Women Who Run With The Wolves}:
“Do not cringe and make yourself small if you are called the black sheep, the maverick, the lone wolf. Those with slow seeing say a non conformist is a blight on society. But it has been proven over the centuries, that being different means standing at the edge, means one is practically guaranteed to make an original contribution, a useful and stunning contribution to her culture.
When seeking guidance, don’t ever listen to the tiny hearted. Be kind to them, heap them with blessing, cajole them, but do not follow their advice.
If you have ever been called defiant, incorrigible, forward, cunning, insurgent, unruly, rebellious, you’re on the right track”

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