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Sep. 26th, 2013

I am happy to have some new friends on here. It always feels like I am going on about how I am going to write more on this site and how much I miss it. Which I do, but I have yet to find the energy to start writing again. Really it was hard to find the energy to do alot!
Life has been a bit turned upside down in the last year or two, but I think it is starting to turn right side up.
That or I have just adapted to it being a bit wonky.

So where to begin???

Work is probably the biggest change in the last little bit. I graduated from massage school last November and finally got my state license in late December. Since then I tried to work out of a Pilates studio but it just didn't work out like I had hoped, so I let the room go. After that I took a job at a chiropractor's and really did like it there. But of course as that job started to get busy, my horse massage business exploded! I had been seeing just a small handfull of horses a month which made it to be a part time gig, but I had hopes it would grow to be more one day. And when I least expected it to things just took off, which left me working about 60+ hours a week. So I had to make the choice to let the chiro job go, and focus on my own business full time. Luckily a good therapist friend was looking for a job so I basically handed over my clients to him which worked out well.
So now I am my own boss full time and I am digging in to make this dream of mine go far. Right now I am just seeing enough horses to pay the bills, but each month word of mouth spreads and things are growing. I have a wonderful group of trainers that I sponsor and they are a big source of referrals for me.
My next step is to start working alongside some vets. It only makes sense considering I am still a licensed vet tech. So going to reach out to a few vets I respect in the area to try to start a referral base.
If anything I love meeting so many great horse people, traveling to different areas (TN/GA), tagging along at shows, and helping horses from all walks of life. I love my job and I didn't think I would ever say that. :)

Health wise I am doing better. I have Fibromyalgia which is fairly under control now, but two years ago I developed Trigeminal Neuralgia. Basically that means the main nerve in my face is being compressed somewhere and causes intense pain on that side of my face...for me my right. It started after a series of dentist visits, but the main cause seems to be a horse riding fall about 5 years ago. I thought I knew what pain was with the Fibro, but the TN has changed my mind. It felt like the side of my face/neck where on fire with a hundred needles being pushed into it at the same time. I really do know why it is considered the most painful condition in the world, and why so many commit suicide who have it. Luckily for me I have done all I can to treat it which has mainly included lots of massage/bodywork, and also going to see an upper cervical chiropractor. If I was a 15 on a 10 pain scale when this started, I am now a 4/10. So I am headed in the right direction. All I know is it affected everything in my life! I didn't sleep well, I didn't eat well, I didn't exercise or ride my horse like I used to, I didn't see friends, or even get to spent quality time with the hubby. I took so much advil I am surprised there isn't a hole in my stomach. But things are getting back to where they should be. I am riding, I see friends some, and hopefully I can get a handle of my eating as well.

The part I hated most was that all strained my relationship with my hubby Vern. I mean hell I just sat on the couch or laid in bed most of the time saying my face hurt to much to do anything. So of course it was hard on us both. But I will say he must love me since he has stuck with me and done what he can to help out. I am just happy that we are finally starting to get out more and do fun couple stuff.
So he has been gone for almost 2 week now doing some work training in Salt Lake City. At first it was fun to have the house to myself but now not so much. Will be glad when he gets home tomorrow. Hoping to spend Saturday with him...need to find something fun to do....

The animals are all good. The dog is your typical 2 year old who is still way to much puppy and all energy. She is a really damn good dog though, and we comments from others saying how well trained she is. Glad the training I learned is school is paying off! LOL
The cats had a rough time of it for a week or two after we adopted a 19 year old cat. Husker, a name we gave him, was dumped for unknown reasons at a shelter. I couldn't deal with the thought he might end his life in that cold lonely shelter, so we went and got him out. Things didn't go over so well once he was home....a bit of fighting between him and the other six. So he is living in our spare bedroom with his own water fountain, NPR playing on the radio, a bed to sleep on, toys, food, and two litter boxes. He seems quite happy back there so long as we come spend time with him. And my other cats are also happy that he isn't attacking them.

Gracie has been a rockstar as of late. I do love my mare. We beat the EPM a second time and then dealt with some saddle fit issues that caused some bad lumbar soreness (thankfully I could correct that part!). But we are back into full work and dreaming of doing some training level schooling shows this fall or early spring. Maybe even do my first rated show next year. :)
I will have to get some pics of her soon as she looks really good! Already starting to get her winter coat which means her bay color turns black.

Well I think that is all I have in me for now. Need to go finish some work stuff for the day.

Welcome to all the new people! And hello to all my old friends. :)


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Sep. 28th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
My mom has fibromyalgia, although she won't really talk about it. Everything I know of it I have had to read about on my own. I am glad things are going in a positive direction for you, it's hard when life knocks you down and then beats you with the shit stick. I have had it too, nothing like your health challenges but it's great you've got your own business, things are getting better slowly but surely. :)

Would love to see pics of your mare. I have one of my own. They are challenging but worth the effort.
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