Good news! It's back in the double digits and I have packed barn clothes and I miiiiiight be able to sit on my horse tonight.
Bad news! It's snowing and the wind chill is way low...and I am coming down with a nasty cold.
Please oh please, weather and/or bacteria, I just want to ride my horse, even if it's bareback around the ring for 30 minutes.
I did stop by the barn last night to kiss Tristan on the nose and commiserate with the barn manager. She's had a very long week and I reminded myself to be grateful. Cold and cranky as I was, I have an indoor job and a warm apartment and was not mucking stalls all week.
She mentioned that they will be looking for people to fill in more frequently on shifts - particularly Sundays. My regular work schedule is Tuesday - Saturday, and to be honest, I frequently am at work on Mondays as well. I've worked the last three Mondays. So committing to a regular Sunday shift at the barn would mean giving up my only reliably free day, and my only length of time with the boyfriend. It would also mean no church, and while I am not a really religious person by any stretch of the imagination, I like the people and the atmosphere.
On the other hand, regular shifts would mean regular lessons, which would make a huge difference in my work with Tristan. It would add extra exercise in to my week, which I am sorely in need of. It would mean spending time with terrific people and with my horse. I've certainly done it before, even many days a week, but I didn't love it.
I'm very torn. My first instinct with everything is to go-go-go, push harder, work harder, and go bigger. But I'm pursuing so many things right now that the smart choice might be to know when to back off - pick a few dates each month and not commit to a weekly shift.
Have you traded barn work for lessons? How do you keep your barn-life-work balance?