Hi friends, as always, I'm glad you're here. Over the past six months, I've been reflecting on how to continue my work sustainably while serving the communities I am a part of. It's got me thinking- three transformative experiences have changed me for the better:
I promised myself that when I went back to work, it would be doing something that I could fully stand behind without feeling depleted, something that I have experience in and something that is genuinely transformative. I am excited to share that this spring, I will offer a three-day Daring Way™ intensive for those in my horse community who are bucking the status quo- equestrains who are choosing choosing what's right over what's fun, fast and easy in their relationship with their horses. I will be sharing more information about this three-day intensive over the next month with the intensive being held the first or second week of March.
My experience with the Daring Way™ training in 2018 was serendipitous. I was fortunate to have a compassionate and insightful clinical supervisor who had worked closely with Brené Brown and understood the immense value of training our entire staff. Participating in this program gave me the clarity to better align with my values and articulate the shame I had carried for so long. It taught me what it meant to be authentic, to understand whose opinions truly mattered, and helped me foster the ability to establish healthy boundaries. These life-changing lessons continue to guide me daily, and I am excited to share this intensive experience with others.
This intensive is for the horse caregiver, trainer or coach who has made the decision to do what’s right in their relationship with their horses over what’s fun, fast and easy (Brené Brown's definition of integrity). And it hasn’t been easy! Although you’re dedicated to ethical care and training, you have been met with the judgment and pushback. The people at your barn don’t always understand why you do things the way you do. You worry about needing to protect your horse from hired professionals. You care so much, but even though you are deeply dedicated, you struggle with feeing like you're not doing enough, like your not enough. All this really takes an emotional toll.
When you choose to be brave in your life you can expect that things will not always be easy. In fact you can count on it! and The reality is, we can’t have comfort and courage at the same time. As hard as this may feel, we can develop the tools and the resilience to face the critics (there are a lot of them in the horse world), stand strong in our values, and fail with grace, self-compassion and maybe a bit of humor too. The Daring Way™ is an empirically based curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown that focuses on courage building, shame resilience, and uncovering the power of vulnerability.
I'm offering this Daring Way™ intensive horse people doing things differently be cause I want to support my people who are already bravely in the arena taking risks and changing the status quo.
If any of this resonates with you and you're interested in participating in this three-day intensive, please sign up for my newsletter for update. Sign up here. As details solidify, you'll be the first to know about the application process, dates and pricing, and more. You can also send me an email for more information. I look forward to embarking on this journey together, and until then, remember to take a deep breath and know that, friend, you are truly enough.
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