2017 Year In Review

I don't really want to write a year in review. I was just going to post this GIF:

And a punch in the gut. Happy new year.

But I guess it wasn't a total dumpster fire. So many good things happen to me this year and when I look back, I choose to remember those. Not the accident, not the disaster of moving. I think about how I have a home with the love of my life. I think about Indy. I think about one of my closest friends getting married. This year was as good as it was bad.

Runkle dying was terrible. I can't even come up with a metaphor for it because it is the metaphor; it's as bad as your horse dying.

In the numbness of the 'after' something else gave me hope.

It was all of you.

The outpouring of support I received didn't stop with my closest family and friends. My barn family came through like no other barn family ever has for me. People who I had never hugged in real life sent me love. I got calls and emails, text messages and pings on Facebook. I got flowers. My vet made a donation to an equine research hospital in Runkle's name. I got beautiful works of art. A donation was made to New Vocations in memory of him.

A good friend set me up with this tall goof, and believed in us.

I got kind words, thoughts, and prayers. I felt them.

I'm so lucky to have these things in my life. They should never be taken for granted. And maybe it's the chaos and pain of having a bad year that made me realize how lucky I am, and how good I have it even when I feel like it's all falling apart.

So thank you for thinking of me this year. Thank you so much for reading. You've made a difference in my life, and I hope I have (and can continue) to do the same for you.


  1. I'm crying reading this. What a tough year, but with so many bright spots. Plus, I got to FINALLY meet you so that's awesome.

    1. that was WAY overdue. we need to do something again!!! although im not really into going outside right now. i wish i could hibernate. like a bear.

  2. There was definitely a lot of good to be pulled from the bad. Hopefully you can just skip the bad altogether next year!

  3. Definitely not a dumpster fire! Hugs from Texas. (like awkward ones that end in a little back pat)

  4. The dumpster fire gif never gets old. Reading this gives me such emotions, but I'm glad you've been able to get through to the other side and whatever clarity it gave you was such a gift. Can't wait to see more of you and Indy in the New Year!

  5. This is a beautiful post. I had the same thing happen when I lost my horse- so many people reached out to connect. <3

  6. What a tough year. I'm so sorry. I hope 2018 goes better.

  7. I am so glad i found your blog and got to meet you this year and can't wait to meet Indy!! I am hoping for a wonderful 2018 for you to make up for the dumpster fire of 2017 :)

  8. That old saying, "You have to take the bad with the good" is sadly very true. I'm glad that despite some terrible things that happened this year, so many great things happened too. I hope 2018 has only great things in store for you!

  9. Even when the year sucks and it felt like it went on and on and on, there are always a silver lining tucked in here and there. I am looking forward to see what 2018 has in store for you!


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