It started out kindof rough. In January, I started having intense back pain that causes spasms and kept me from being able to do my job effectively. I was in constant pain and was starting to fear that I might have to take a break from trimming. But I searched for answers and after several chiropractic adjustments, myofacial release therapy sessions and physical therapy, I had the tools to help me figure out how to heal myself!
Then, I started riding again. This past spring I was offered some very nice horses to ride from my amazing client and friend, Karen Moulder. She has a lovely herd of draft and TB crosses who were a real pleasure to enjoy the trails with and just tool around her arena. It felt great to get back in the saddle again and my resolution for 2018 is to get some more time in the saddle!
My business grew in leaps and bounds! So much so that I decided it was time to find someone to help take care of my daughter while I put more weekday availability on the calendar. I started out thinking I would work just 1-2 mornings a week and a few weekends but my schedule has filled up faster than I intended and I'm now working 4 days a week from 8-1 and quite a few Saturdays with over 150 horses in my care! I am enjoying my work-life balance of getting to do what I love but still get to spend a lot of time with my almost 2 year old daughter.
I have been working towards my PHCP certification since I moved to Vermont 2 1/2 years ago and was slowed down a bit by moving, having a baby and starting my business over from scratch. Just a few weeks ago I finally completed my final media presentation and it was accepted by the organization and I was granted my certification! In total, I completed 5 mentorships with 4 different practitioners from NY, CO, NV and VA, submitted 3 case studies in photo or video format, taken at least 5 webinars on topics ranging from reading radiographs to intensive diet study and participated in a 2-day long clinic given by Pete Ramey this fall. It is an extremely comprehensive program and I am proud to be a part of and represent!
I am thankful for all of the people in my life who have made this my biggest year of accomplishment since starting my practice 6 years ago. My mentors for PHCP, Jeannean Mercuri, Leslie Carrig, Paige Poss and Asa Stephens for spending your time with me, sometimes even traveling a great distance to make these experiences possible! My daughter's babysitter, Brooke Hughes-Muse and her family for making me feel great about leaving her in such capable and loving hands. My Myofacial release therapist Lindsay Courcelle who I highly recommend to anyone suffering from chronic pain http://www.alchemymfr.com and to the wonderful physical therapists at Vermont Sports Medicine. Karen Moulder for allowing me to ride your wonderful horses! And of course, to all of my clients for giving me the honor of working with you and your horses to achieve soundness and the best life possible through natural hoof care.
And last but most importantly, the biggest thank you goes to my husband. Luke has seen me through many phases of life in our partnership and he has never once doubted me, even when I doubted myself. He has shared in all of my joys and down times this past year and has let me know how proud he is of me and how much he supports my passion. He has spent many weekends alone with our daughter while I traveled to work, learn and teach and has never once complained when I spent evenings riding or getting the treatment that has kept me working. I have the best partner <3
Thank you for indulging me in this little reflection. It's been a great year and I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for me and my family. I wish you all a very peaceful and restorative holiday season.