Kicking Off the New Era

Building on the new-car-news, I have more non-horse related news! It’s been quietly in the works for a bit now, but I’ve been keeping it on the DL as I’ve figured things out.

Basically, I was so relieved by being done with wedding planning that I almost immediately started looking for something else to fill my time. Because I’m garbage like that.

I considered a couple things:

  • I could get back into the 6x/week training schedule with Francis that’s worked well in the past. But I’m honestly feeling really good about the slightly lighter schedule that I have while keeping him in training with AT. I don’t have huge competitive goals this year, so I’m happy with this different balance of barn time for a little bit to re-set.
  • I could throw myself into my workouts more devotedly. But I also already do them consistently and as much as I like feeling healthy, I have approximately zero desire for it to be a “thing” in my life besides serving a basic purpose.
  • I could throw myself into keeping a really beautiful home for myself and my husband. But we live in a small 2 bedroom condo that takes very little effort to keep tidy and clean, so there’s not actually that much to do.
  • I could start cooking meals more often hahahahahaha yeah right nope.

And as I was considering and discarding each of these options, I got an email from a listserve I had signed up to on a whim 6 months ago: “Do you want to meet with an admissions rep for X school in your area?”

How I stared at this email 6 times a day for several days

I was about to send it to the trash without responding, but I paused and thought about it. And thought about it the next day. And brought it up to my husband. And then brought it up to my boss which lead to one of the most amazing professional mentorship conversations I’ve ever had.

So after ALL that, I finally responded that yes, I’d like to meet with this rep. I knew next to nothing about the program, I had done zero things necessary to apply to ANY program (let alone this one), but I decided to go for it.

And in the intervening 8 days until that meeting, I had researched 50+ other programs, attended two info sessions in person, talked to 10+ admissions reps, and applied to one. Oops.


The more I researched, the more I knew what questions I wanted to ask and what was important to me. By the time I got to that originally scheduled meeting that kicked this whole thing off, I had already realized that program was not a good fit. But it seemed rude to cancel.

The long and short of it is that within 2 weeks of seriously considering applying to schools, I had an application in. About 2 weeks later I had an acceptance letter. And in just about 2 months I’ll be kicking off the next phase of my education as I pursue my MBA!

Dad if you’re reading this just know that I’m doing this at least partially to prove that I’m the superior child.

The closer it gets, the more excited I am. Getting my MBA has been in the back of my mind for a while now (as you may remember), and while it will require some sacrifices and changes, there won’t ever be a better time for me to do this.

For those of you worried about Francis, never fear. He’s obviously not going anywhere. Robust employee benefits mean that my financial situation remains unchanged, so my only consideration is time. I’d go crazy if I couldn’t ride at all, but realistically I know there’s no way to support a 5-6x/week schedule while also working full time AND going to school. He’s currently in a 2x/week with a pro and 3-4x/week with me program, and I’ll plan on sticking with that until I have a better handle on the workload. My trainer is on board and I know that we’ll adjust as needed to make sure he’s getting plenty of exercise and plenty of love!

Fewer interrupted naptimes are fine with him.

This will mean fewer horse shows and the jumps will likely have to be lowered a few holes, but I’ll still get my saddle time and the knowledge that he’s healthy and happy in his beloved program. And yes, the flexibility and cost of the program factored into my choice very heavily for this reason. Can’t make any decisions without considering the bestest Frankenbean ❤

I’m not sure how this blog will be affected by this new enormous piece of my life, but I’m excited to find out and bring you along for the journey!

22 thoughts on “Kicking Off the New Era

  1. Liz 02/12/2019 / 8:33 am

    Huge news! Congratulations =)


  2. Emily 02/12/2019 / 8:38 am

    Good for you! Getting my MBA has definitely been circling around in my head for the past couple of years.


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:51 pm

      It’s been percolating for quite some time, I’m excited to finally bite the bullet and go for it!

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  3. tntibbetts 02/12/2019 / 9:20 am

    I loved grad school. You really get to hone in on the specific thing you are studying unlike undergrad where you have to get a “well-rounded” education and take classes unrelated to your area of study (which I also loved, but I loved the deep dive of my masters). You appear to be a super-nerd (I mean that as a compliment!) so I think you’ll do really well in grad school. Have fun! You’ll look back on this time and be SO glad you took this step both for your career and for yourself. Congratulations!


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:51 pm

      Super-nerd is entirely accurate, I’m weirdly excited to get back into study mode and really learn a lot 😀


  4. Renate 02/12/2019 / 9:45 am

    Congratulations! That’s super exciting. I’m almost done my first year of my MBA (I’m going part time). Even on days when the balancing act of work, school, horses, dogs and the husband fails miserably I’m really enjoying it. I hope you do as well!


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:52 pm

      That’s so reassuring to hear! It’ll certainly be an adjustment, but one I’m excited about.


  5. Holly 02/12/2019 / 9:52 am

    YASSS come join me on the dark side finally!
    You’re gonna do so great!


  6. the_everything_pony 02/12/2019 / 10:09 am

    Congrats! That’s going to be awesome for you! Part of me is excited and happy I’ve gone back to school, and the other part of me is like “dear god why did I do this” and I’m only one class in LOL.


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:53 pm

      Hahaha I’m sure there will be plenty of those moments!! (Already having them a little and I haven’t even started yet whoops)

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  7. Centered in the Saddle 02/12/2019 / 12:21 pm

    That’s so exciting! Congratulations!!
    I’ve considered doing an MBA as well, but never quite pulled the trigger. Good for you!!


    • hellomylivia 02/12/2019 / 2:54 pm

      It’s def been in the back of my head for quite a while, but it’s all happening pretty fast now that I made the actual decision. Should be cool!!

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      • Centered in the Saddle 02/13/2019 / 11:57 am

        I mean, I’m kind of jealous. I always loved school and I still miss it sometimes haha.


  8. carey 02/13/2019 / 4:00 pm

    How exciting! Big Congrats!


  9. Karley 02/14/2019 / 3:17 am

    Congrats!! That’s so awesome and glad you are proving your superior-ness 😂😂


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