As a child all I ever created were drawings of horses and occasionally ballerinas. I fantasised daily about owning my own horse and when I was 10 years old my father’s friend gifted me a horse to look after as my own for a long as I wanted to. It was a black stallion called Buccaneer and yes; you read it right, a stallion! Initially anyway.
I don’t even have the words for the joy that horse brought me, the wonderful memories I have of the adventure we went on together and the bond that many of you will understand. Then, when I was 12 years old (hankies at the ready folks) my family moved to a new house and I had to say goodbye to my best and truest friend.
Decades later I would reconnect with horses but more about that later…
Life moved in a different direction and I started a new school with new friends. Went off to college and had my children at quite a young age. When they were 6 and 2 years of age we knew our family would need more income longer term so I went to University to get my degree in Social Policy at Royal Holloway University of London.
Let me tell you friends; not an easy task managing a full-time degree and two small children. I lost count of the times when trying to research (we didn’t have google at that time) or writing essays at 2 in the morning that I almost quit but the important point is; I didn’t. It taught me a lot about managing a lot of moving parts.
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I have no doubt that my degree opened doors for me and I found myself in the corporate tech world. A corporate worker for many years, I learned a lot about tech and met some incredibly smart and talented people and I continued learning to make it possible for me to start to run my own small business when the time was right.
For a little while fear and self-doubt plagued me but as I read somewhere “courage is about being scared but doing it anyway”. So here I am!
I have always done my best to learn new things, pass that knowledge on and get creative where possible. To be honest I am a bit of a “serial” learner. I can nerd out all day long if I have the time. I am currently an NLP student; keen to learn the language of the mind.
My reconnection with horses:
I had a special birthday coming up and I chose to go to a Dude Ranch in Arizona. Even I didn’t realise the gaping hole of horselessness (is that even a word?) I had until this birthday choice filled it. The picture says it all I think!
I now volunteer for the RDA and I am passionate about the healing power of horses.
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