Titles and Roles

Saddle Fit Book Cover

I’m on to a new project.

I can’t sit still long.

I’m easily bored and love learning and meeting new challenges.

I’m not sure I’m taken seriously in all my roles or all the areas I have “titles” and “credentials.”

I mean how can someone do so many various things and be good at them all?

What titles? Occupational Therapist, Manual Medicine Technician, Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist, Centered Riding Instructor, PATH certified riding and driving instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Certified Fear Releasing Method Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified in the Emotional Freedom Technique and Certified in AromaTouch.

What roles? I’m a therapist providing wellness and rehabilitation services using a variety of natural methods including animals, plants (essential oils), and a simple hands on approach with bodywork and tapping. And I’m a horse professional and offer more than lessons, I offer a method to become one in partnership with a horse.

And that leads me back to that new project. Part of partnering with animals is making sure they are comfortable in their job and so I’ve gathered some of the information I teach in my saddle fitting education session and placed it in a stand-alone book with colored pictures. The book is intended to be a part of an in-person saddle fitting session but will also be available for purchase on Amazon.

I can’t sit still for long. So many titles and so many roles, I wonder which one will inspire my next project!

Time On, Time Off

21 below zero

Last week the weather was cold too, but I had a book I was finishing up, a determined focus with self-imposed 12-hour days that actually flew by.

That’s a lot of “time on” working while sitting inside hunched over a computer. My usual chronic pain management strategies are walking in nature, getting bodywork treatment and relaxing nagging aches in my hot tub.

I accomplished the book publication but it came at an expense. The picture above is the temperature today, yes, 21 below zero. My hot tub is outside and I haven’t been in it for a couple of weeks, my weekly bodywork session was cancelled this week, and I haven’t been walking in nature much either.

I felt it, without the driven focus on the book, the pain became more clear just less than a day after the book was on Amazon. With the pain, my blood pressure spikes, it’s just my peculiar symptom. And then I get panic feelings “what if this causes a stroke” or “what if I have a heart attack.”

I’m forced into “time off.” I started to use the Morphine Bomb – it’s a natural pain relief remedy using essential oils that I learned from a doTERRA Facebook page – 6 drops of doterra marjoram plus 6 drops of doterra frankincense in a veggie cap taken every 6-8 hours. (I only mention brand names because not all essential oils are labeled as a supplement or pure enough to safely be taken internally.)  And I slept – that night 15 hours!

I still wasn’t feeling well and ended up at the doc’s office. The pain and blood pressure, and the anxiety over both were spiraling out of my control and I needed more help. The doc gave me Rauwolfia, a herb that naturally controls blood pressure and it may be a placebo effect, but I felt relief with the first dose.

It’s been about 5 days and the pain is still there, off and on, sometimes nauseating, probably around a level 5 out of 10, but the anxiety is gone and the blood pressure is stabilizing. I probably wait too long to take the essential oil ‘Morphine Bomb’ but I only want to use it when I really have to, not just for a low-grade pain level. I added in some motrin and that has seemed to help too. I really prefer just water and vitamins … but the medical tools are there when I need an intervention and I use them.

Last week was a lot of “time on” and this week and maybe the next and even the next after that will be “time off” … and that’s ok, it has to be, my body needs it, my battery needs recharging.  The tough part is not feeling guilty about “time off” and not allowing others to judge me by it. I’ll keep tabs on it, monitor the pain scale, do chores and taxes for 10 minutes and then rest, and then give it another go.

Hopefully it’ll warm up soon and I’ll be back to those things that get me through … hot tubbing and walking in nature. I’m counting the days until my next bodywork appointment.  I will get through this flare, I freely give myself the time I need to heal and revitalize.

Time On, Time Off.

Accomplishment and Celebration

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Hundreds of hours of work has reached it’s finale and Brown Pony Series Book Three is now available on Amazon!

It certainly is easier to spend those hours in front of the computer when the weather is so blustery, cold and snowy.

The completion of this work is different from all the others. This book includes the contributions of several women whom I have met because of how our lives intertwined in some manner regarding horses and therapy.

Everyone is richer because of the collaborations of interest, curiosity, time and talent they have chosen to share.

So cheers to all on the accomplishment of a book that will help others clarify the decision-making process of a future career and assist in their travels along a very worthwhile vocational path.

Hibernation is an Option

The groundhog saw his shadow – 6 more weeks of winter …


There is a lot of snow on the ground, as beautiful as it is, safe travel is a consideration. It’s not only snow, it’s the single digit temperatures and the below zero windchill readings.


The horses are up to their knees in snow. Happily munching hay while tucked into warm winter blankets.


It’s particularly hard going for other animals, our dog is about the size of a coyote and we also have fox around us.


The white snow makes everything look different. Can you see it? Fresh snow, fresh horse.

6 more weeks of winter? Seriously?

Hibernation is an option!