Some very exciting changes going on in my little corner of the universe!

First off- there was a bit of a re-org at work. Nothing dramatic and my job title didn’t change, but the focus of my work is shifting a bit to more organizational effectiveness and process streamlining. I. Am. Thrilled. It’s a much better fit for my experience, skills, and interests, and my new manager and I have already worked together multiple times to great success. I think this new little department of ours is going to be super helpful for the company as a whole, and it’s going to be superduperamazingfantastic for my own career growth.


Also work related- my flex schedule was approved! One of my all-time favorite perks of my job is that they’re very willing to be flexible with my schedule (remember when I worked remotely from Ohio for 2 weeks so I could compete without using vacation time?). As long as the work gets done when it needs to be and I attend any meetings that require my presence, no one is too fussy about the specific hours and where I am. But even better than that is a formalized flex schedule! Starting next week, I’ll be in the office Mon-Thurs 7:30a-5p with a 30 min lunch break, WFH Friday morning for 4 hours, and then I have every Friday afternoon off. Entirely.

What does one do with a free Friday afternoon? One heads to the barn.


One of the big reasons I wanted to work on a flex schedule was to fit in a private lesson somewhere. Currently I’m really only available for a 7p lesson, or maaaaaybe 6p if I can rush out the door. You know who else is only available at 6p or 7p? Every single other person. So all lessons at those times have by necessity been group lessons. I knew that if I wanted to get an hour all to myself, I’d have to come up with a way to get to the barn at a different time. Which I now have every week!

Don’t get me wrong- my group lessons have been great. I love learning from watching other riders go, and hearing my trainer explain things in different ways to different learners has been enormously helpful. But I’m also now at the point where I’m hoping to get Frankie feeling great at 1.20m+, and there are few other riders at the barn with that ambition (at least in the near term). I think some individual attention will really help push us to the next level and get us focusing on tackling the skill sets we need to master. Our last spate of private lessons was totally transformative for us and I’m excited to keep transforming!

Last time we did private lessons, it started out like this. I fully anticipate that I will be cursing this decision and become incredibly sore, but it’s gonna be awesome I swear.

This timing works out perfectly with Frankie’s maintenance- by the time next Friday rolls around, he will be ready to get back into full work after his series of SI and hock injections. He’ll be full of bouncy juice, has been adjusted by the chiro, has better saddle fit, is rocking his carrot stretches, and I just got him a shiny new BoT pad (in navy, duhhh). Because why not do everything we can while we’re at it, right? I have a feeling he’s going to be feeling fantastic, and I’m going to have to grab a lot more mane!

I also got his new 3-ring in and have been using a borrowed figure-8 to great success. I think we’ve really found a great balance of giving him something soft enough to move forward onto, while still giving me a clear enough line of communication to get his attention.

We had a lesson in it last night and I fell in love with my horse all over again. He was hunting down the jumps, had fire in his step but was tuned into me the whole time, and was straight up FUN. He’ll get a few more days off after his hock injections today and I seriously can’t wait. If he’s already going around so amazingly beforehand, I can only imagine how incredible he’ll be once everything is totally 100%.

He seriously felt like this last night, he was springy as all getout

I also got to sit down with my trainer to talk about our show season coming up, and how best to prepare. Right now the tentative plan is to have AT hop on 2x a week leading up to Blue Rock in May, and then have her take him in a few 1.20m classes to see how he likes it. I’ll stick in the 1.10m Highs for now. We’ll plan on attending Upperville in early June (my favorite show of the year!) where I’ll do the 1.10m/1.15m Highs and she may take him in a 1.20m schooling round, and then late June at Lake Placid I’ll just take him in the 1.15m Highs. If all is going well at that point and we’re all comfortable with the moveup, I’ll take over the ride in the 1.20m Low AOs in August or September. It’s all very tentative and subject to change at any minute, but I’m very happy with this plan. We’re in no rush, so I’d rather Frankie build a lot of confidence and know-how at that height before his amateur mother steps in. As always, we’ll be paying very very close attention to see how he likes that job to make sure we’re not pushing him too much. Even if it doesn’t materialize the way we’re planning, the fact that my trainer has faith in us and Frankie’s abilities means the world to me.

It also turns out that I’m no longer busy during Team Finals (we’re only doing Lake Placid for one week instead of two) and I have enough points to qualify….so I may be looking at the finances to see if we could go from Lake Placid down to Tryon first week of July. I don’t have to decide for a while and it may end up being too much for the Frankfurter, but cool to have the option!


Things are feeling really good right now. Exciting career changes, exciting progression in our training, and an exciting summer coming up. It’s all a little crazy but it’s the best kind of crazy.

Oh yeah, and I’m planning a wedding. Coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool.



30 thoughts on “Ch-ch-ch-changes

  1. Genny - A Gift Horse Blog 04/20/2018 / 8:35 am

    Having Mondays at home totally changed the game for me. I had time to ride, take care of my errands without 100000 people, spend less $$$ for day care and I got a ton done for work if I needed to. I hope your flex schedule works out just as great!


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 8:55 am

      That all sounds so ideal! I’m so so so excited to give this a go šŸ™‚


  2. Holly 04/20/2018 / 9:07 am

    I am so happy for y’all and so excited to see where this summer takes you!


  3. Centered in the Saddle 04/20/2018 / 9:51 am

    These all sound like great things! A flexible schedule is so great. I currently WFH every Thursday from 7:30-3:30 so I can go straight to the barn earlier in the day. It makes such a difference!


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 10:02 am

      Especially with the nicer weather coming, I’m so pumped to get more daylight with the Frankfurter!

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  4. uncanny580 04/20/2018 / 9:55 am

    Yay for flex schedules!

    Good luck on the wedding planning – I am glad that that is all behind me now! I wish we would have had the money to just hire a planner because I am not overly organized lol.


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 10:03 am

      Oh man the organization is the easy part for me, it’s wrangling all the different people (with a billion opinions) into line that’s exhausting hahaha. Thankfully Frankie and Fiance are both keeping me sane šŸ˜‰

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      • uncanny580 04/20/2018 / 10:31 am

        Yes, people wrangling is difficult.
        And people get pissy when you want to do things the way you want them done and don’t expect anyone’s help….that was the worst part of anything !


  5. Sleepy Equestrian 04/20/2018 / 9:55 am

    It’s awesome how just changing a thing or two at work can both make the job more enjoyable and also help with the things you love outside of it! Yay for more Frankie time outside of the evenings! šŸ™‚


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 10:04 am

      More daylight with the Frankenbean is going to be soooo amazing, I can’t wait!!! Super grateful to my boss for being so supportive of this


  6. roamingridersite 04/20/2018 / 10:52 am

    Exciting changes all around. If you do come down to Tryon please let me know!! Iā€™m only an hour away and can make it up to day hi and meet Frankie!!!!


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 11:24 am

      Oh my gosh that would be amazing!!! I will definitely keep you posted šŸ˜‰


  7. martidoll123 04/20/2018 / 10:59 am

    I love that you get to do flex time. I work from home 3 days a week now at my job and go into the office Monday and Thursday it works out great cause i start work at 7 and (in case today) i log off by 2 or so and can go get a lesson today. Most days I work 7-5 (like an idiot) so i always know i have extra hours if I need to take off here or there.

    I get SO Much work done at home too. So i am very excited for you! YAY. Love the gifs too……

    You have a lot going on. šŸ™‚ Enjoy the ride!


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 11:24 am

      I’m always so productive when I work from home, I’m super pumped to officially build it into my schedule!

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  8. Karen M 04/20/2018 / 11:30 am

    Whoa that is a great schedule and now I want it (except maybe 8:30-6 … I struggle with life before noon).


    • hellomylivia 04/20/2018 / 12:45 pm

      I had such a tough time deciding if I should show up earlier or stay later, but evening traffic decided that one for me. Getting up in time is going to be a MAJOR adjustment.


  9. L. Williams 04/20/2018 / 6:34 pm

    Working from home has done loads to help me ride more (both back before I moved and now) Enjoy that flex time for sure! Lots of exciting stuff!


    • hellomylivia 04/23/2018 / 7:05 am

      It’s going to be such a game changer, I’m so so excited!


  10. Tracy 04/20/2018 / 7:12 pm

    The best kind of busy! So excited to follow along with your journey this summer


  11. Liz 04/23/2018 / 6:29 am

    Flexible work schedules are the literal BEST. Very psyched for you that you have that perk and it’s gonna help with horse time.


    • hellomylivia 04/23/2018 / 7:06 am

      I’m absolutely thrilled- my colleagues seem absolutely fascinated by the whole horse thing, which I’m so grateful for!


  12. Karley 04/24/2018 / 11:54 pm

    Bahahaha the Aladen gif šŸ˜œ

    Flexible work schedule, private lessons, all the extra tlc for Frankie… winning!!

    I always tell my hubby that if I expect Henry to step up and perform for me, I need to give him the best care, maintenance and tlc i can to ensure he’s game. šŸ’™


    • hellomylivia 04/25/2018 / 7:10 am

      All the good stuff for Frankie!! And Henry is one lucky dude šŸ˜‰


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