Time seems to be passing quicker than ever recently, and coupled with what seems like an eternity of wind, surely we are due some kind weather and longer days soon!

We ended 2021 on a high, with the horses feeling great, and me passing my UKCC L3 qualification. It was a big deal for me to put myself forward for it, and anyone who has been through the course will know it’s not an easy cours

e. I learnt so much about myself throughout the 7-month course, and the regular 5hr drive to Gloucester gave me lots of time to listen to podcasts and interviews from other sporting coaches. Really inspiring listening, and all so relevant to not only sport, but life as well. Taking time to reflect, goal set and plan have never been strengths of mine, but making time for these is definitely working for me! Having the bigger shows in my diary for this year is really exciting, and with the horses all feeling great, I’m looking forward to a fun year although, trucking around the country listening to my badly scratched CDs of Westlife and 90’s hits, maybe this year a Bluetooth radio upgrade is very much needed.

Covid-19 got me over Christmas, and even two months on, I’m still feeling its effects. My cardio is still down and, although I’m not tired or fatigued, I’m still nowhere near my fitness levels. I find a glass of wine, Netflix and an early bed seems to help. Our family Christmas dinner happened at the end of January, by the time everyone had tested negative and got back up and running. Cards Against Humanity with the parents, a 7 yr old with a Nerf gun, my first (and possibly last) attempt at cooking pork, and everyone dancing around the piano to anything I could play at that point – it was certainly a Christmas to remember!

With a few holidays booked in, this year should bring some much needed R&R, and maybe a bit of a work-life balance? I’m still not too sure what that is – but maybe it will give me time to pop to Thinford and check out all their lovely new things in the shop.

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