Training my almost 2 Year old Horse

Yearling the day he arrived. Took a week to name him.

I have had my yearling horse (he’s not quite 2 yet) since December. He turns 2 in June. Decided on the name Sedona-like the city in Arizona.

When he arrived he was untamed. He was not handled at all until he was gelded- he’s not a stallion now. He was gelded then was brought to the farm I’m at. As soon as he arrived I began spending time with him, petting him. I cleaned his pen and started feeding him treats.

When I was able to catch him without trouble I would give a treat to teach him he gets treats for good behavior- much like when you teach dogs tricks and things you reenforce the behavior. I began taking him on short walks out of his pen on a lead rope to get him accustomed to being out of his pen and to explore and be lead to different places.

I mainly work with Sedona on his ground manners. I work on him standing and being patient, I work with him to get him used to being tied while I groom him. I have put a saddle pad on his back to get him accustomed to having something on him. We go on walks around the farm.

This is my focus until he is ready to be ridden. Hopefully by that time he will still be a calm horse and become a quiet trail horse.

Holidays with the family

****Note from author: I accidentally deleted this post. Reposting because it is worth the read.

I was raised Episcopalian most of my life. Some of my earliest memories are in the church my dad and I would attend every Sunday. I remember when he stopped taking us to church when I was 7. It was not long after my brother passed away. By the time I was 13 I had begun my journey on the path of witchcraft. It wasn’t until I was 19 that I knew what I believed was called.

My dad was raised Catholic but converted to be with my mom. Most of my dads siblings and my cousins are Catholic so holidays with them are interesting with me being a Witch. it’s only been the last ten years or so that my family has learned of my path. Most don’t care, some won’t acknowledge it and others have told me I need to let God back into my life.

I remember when my grandfather found out about my path. He told me the he didn’t care what I believed as long as I believed in something. Best advice he gave all of his grandkids. I’ve had an aunt and uncle find out about my beliefs while in a church for a church dinner. I thought the ground was going to open up and swallow me. Thankfully the conversation moved on quickly after that.

With all of this being said, holidays can be very interesting with my family. With them celebrating Easter and Christmas and me celebrating Yule and Ostara- they don’t always line up. I use these holidays more to visit family rather then celebrate. Most of them go to mass for the holiday services then we all meet up for dinner at a restaurant. It does get rough sometimes when they try to tell me that I need to go to church and stuff. Or they tell me that I’m not a Witch because it’s not real or I’m looking for attention.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Waking up at 5 in the morning to be at a Disney park before seven am sounds crazy. Hollywood Studios currently opens at 7 am for the Starwars: Galaxy’s Edge section of the park. The rest of the park opens later in the morning. At 7, there is an announcement to get your virtual ticket for the Rise of the Resistance ride. Pro tip- make sure any tickets you have are registered through the Disney app so you can do this. If they aren’t you will have to see guest relations near the ride to get set up and try to get a boarding pass for the ride.

Walking through the tunnel to enter Galaxy’s Edge was mind blowing. I enjoyed it so much more without having my camera out recording videos of it. My husband made a lightsaber- something he’s been excited to do since they announced it. While you can build a lightsaber without an reservation (you can get in if someone cancels or doesn’t show for their reservation) it is better to get a reservation and have a guaranteed spot. We were lucky enough to get in early in the morning due to a cancellation.

We rode the Millennium Falcon ride. It was different for me. When you get in you are grouped in flight groups of 6. You have two pilots, 2 gunners, and 2 engineers. It’s interactive in the sense of you either fly the ship or you hit flashing buttons to either shoot the guns or try to ‘catch’ the cargo.

The Rise of the Resistance ride was worth the wait. It has interactive characters who help the ride along- such as the resistance and the first order.

Going to this section of Hollywood Studios was worth the early morning wake up and going to bed late. We spent 14 hours at the park, most of that time in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area. Worth the money and time spent. Staying for the fire works is also worth it.

Disney

I am on vacation in Florida. I have gone every year in January since 2011. In recent years we have been in Disney rather then Captiva Island. Disney now versus when I was growing up and going to the parks with my dad, it has changed a lot. Even growing up and going to Magic Kingdom every year I saw the drastic changes. Changes that were for the improvement of the parks, changing with the times, staying relevant to the current popular things.

This year they have the new Star Wars attraction called Galaxy’s Edge. My husband, his mom and I plan on going to that attraction this year. We watch the new movies every year they come out. That is the big thing we have planned this year. We also are going to a Medieval Times show. Most of the time we either walk around Disney Springs or binge watch Star Trek shows. We also walk around our resort and if the weather is warm enough we will go to the pool.

I know vacations can be stressful with or without children. Some people are planners down to where and when each and every meal will be. Parks and rides are planned to a tee. I know someone who does this. Personally I have to much anxiety to plan that much detail. While on vacation we may plan to do something but we don’t plan every day of our vacation down to the second. Every person has their way of doing vacation that ranges from getting in as much as possible to relaxing and winging it each day and everything in between.

I use the downtime during my vacation to work on my blog and filming for my vlog on YouTube. I do this work not because I have to, but more because I want to put content out and be active in some way. I have an active mind and sometimes get jittery if I am inactive and bored for to long. While in Disney, I enjoy walking around Disney Springs because I can walk around outside and not have to worry about a ticket price.

Habits for 2020

Every year I hear others tell me their resolutions for the new year. I was never into having a new year’s resolution because I knew that I wouldn’t keep up with it or there wasn’t really anything I wanted to change. This year my husband brought up a good way to deal with it. ‘It’ being the New Year’s resolution thing. He said that he wants to have habits for the new year. Its not enough to just want to loose weight during the year, but making the effort to make a habit to be healthier. So this will be about three habits I would like to have through this year and onto the rest of my life.

The first habit I want to start is posting content regularly. This includes my blogs here and my vlogs on YouTube. Keeping to a schedule will mean routine will happen. By posting the same day and time each week means consistent content as well.

The next habit is to be more active. Not just to be healthy and exercise, but to just move around. Walking is a good way to be active. So is yoga and meditation. Yoga and meditation are both good ways to help your body. With yoga you stretch and help your body relieve stress and tension in your muscles. With meditation you can work on your breathing exercises and release stress and tension as well. This also helps you quiet your mind and focus on grounding yourself.

The last habit I want to have is a two part one. I want to enjoy more and travel more. I would love to travel the world, but traveling locally and seeing the sights of the state I live in or even a weekend trip to someplace I haven’t been before. I’ve been to Orlando so much but I have t really seen Orlando. I live in Maryland, but there is still so much I haven’t seen here. Getting out and visiting places is rewarding and worth it. The memories are worth making as well.

Putting my life out there

Making the decision to make YouTube videos, or even a blog, I made a choice to put my life out there. While the use of social media- like Facebook and Instagram means my personal life is out there- I choose who sees that and choose how much others see of my life.

When I decided to do YouTube I was only going to put a few videos up, maybe some vacation vlogs. It’s turned into more and I wanted to share more in hopes that it helped someone feel less alone in the world with their own journey. I am not shy about my religion even if I don’t talk about it a lot. In the past few months I have not put out a new video due to being overwhelmed with work and school. Now that the semester is over I should be able to put out more videos.

Writing blogs, I hope that I can share more of my adventures and life that I do not share via YouTube or my social media platforms. I have stories behind all of the pictures I’ve taken and the videos I’ve posted.

There is a lot I leave out of my vacation videos. That is a choice I made so I can enjoy the time with my husband and any family with us. I want to enjoy the sights and locations we are at. I enjoyed the Grand Canyon a lot more without having my camera out to record every little detail.

Tarot

Back design on the Shapeshifter Tarot deck by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt

With all of the different divination tools out there, I prefer to use tarot. I use it to meditate, I give tarot readings to those who ask. The main deck I use is the Shapeshifter Deck by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt. I have used this deck since 2007.

Personally, I use my deck to meditate, give readings to others and in spell work. They help me with focus if I need to focus on a specific question or intent. It is all about intent when it comes to magic.

Front side of the Shapeshifter Tarot deck by D.J. Conway and Lisa Hunt

When choosing a deck there is no right or wrong way to choose one. Some will say its better to pick one out in person versus buying from the internet. Others will say go with what calls to you no matter how you buy a deck. As long as it is one that calls and resonates with you it doesn’t matter. Others will say starting with a specific deck as a beginner is best. Personally, as long as the deck calls to me in some way, I don’t care where I purchase it from. I cleanse, consecrate and charge any new deck whether I purchase in person or online.

Cleansing and charging your deck regularly by the full moon helps recharge your deck with your energy and intent and ridding your deck of any negative energy. After every full moon recharge, I will sit and meditate with my deck. I do this to reaffirm my intent and energy with my deck. It helps me to keep a connection with not only my deck, but to ground myself more.