It's been a VERY long time since I have logged on to my deviantart. But I wanted to catch up with everyone and see how things are going! LOTS of things have changed in the (nearly) 3 years that I have been MIA. As you all would have seen, my life took a very big dip and I needed time away to figure out what was going to happen from there. I am excited to say that there has been a LOT of positive changes, and of course some negative.
To get the negativity out of the way, I'll start with that. Since my mentor, trainer, and basically second mother died in the tragic accident, I had to go off on my own and learn how to keep my horse and myself tuned without another pair of eyes to help. This had A LOT of bumps in the road. At first, I was teaching myself and my horse some VERY bad habits. We were doing horrible in rodeos and it felt like everything was falling apart. I took a break for a few months, cleared my head, and got back in the saddle. Things were going great for a while, until we both picked up even more habits. I got frustrated again and stopped riding as often. This resulted in my horse becoming pretty sour and harder to ride. It got to the point where, fast forwarding to September 2016, I was in a very bad horse accident and had no feeling from the waist down for 2 hours. He refused to do what I had asked and when I got onto him about it, he reared up and nearly over on top of me. THANKFULLY he didn't, but I landed flat on my back and knew something was very wrong. In the end, we were both okay. But now I occasionally deal with excruciating pain down my right leg. It has been very difficult at times to push through the pain some days.
My parents also have been going through a very bad divorce since July 2015. I won't say much, but it has been a very difficult road learning to become independent and pay for things myself because of this.
NOW! Onto the positives! I think I have mentioned him in the past, but I met a very amazing guy at the end of 2013. I'm happy to say we have been together for nearly FOUR years now! It is coming very close for us to move together, but there are still some things we have to complete before then (International relationships is hard guys! in the sense of immigration
). In 2015, I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL! Something I thought I was NEVER going to do. After high school I decided to wait a little while before going to college. So instead, I got a job. My first job wasn't so great. I was a receptionist at a very toxic hair salon. I lasted 4 months there before resigned due to something unacceptable that my boss did to me. But in that 4 months, I saved up enough money to travel to New Zealand and visit my man for 5 weeks. It. Was. AMAZING. Such a beautiful country. After I got home from visiting, I got a second job at a dog boarding facility. I loved it at first. I was promoted to supervisor three months into my job and things were going great. Unfortunately, the owners showed their true colors after a while and I couldn't continue there anymore. They got evicted out of their building they were in and that was my way to escape and resign. I worked 7 months there. I did learn a lot of important things, and I was able to save up enough money to visit my boyfriend a second time; this time for 3 months! I am now currently working another job and I really love it here. I will also either be going to college this Autumn, or joining the Air Force. I haven't fully decided yet, but I believe I will most likely be enlisting.
I hope all of you are well! I really do miss being on here. Unfortunately, I sold my camera so there will no longer be decent photos posted on here, but I am still into drawing so maybe I will post some of my work occasionally! Love you guys! Sorry for the ridiculously LONG journal entry!