Equine Wisdom and Inspiration

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Everyday I find wisdom and inspiration reflected back to me. Here are some of my favorite moments I’ve been blessed to capture and share.

Never Give Up
Chelsey

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“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard

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Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.

Helen Keller

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Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Rabindranath Tagore

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A horse is a thing of beauty… none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor.

Xenophon

A Young Widow and a Horse

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After I bought Gigi I boarded her a local facility outside of town. I was there almost every single day. It was the highlight of my days and it just didn’t feel complete until I at least checked on her. I was so grateful, and still amazed, that I finally owned a horse again after so many years.

Spending time with Gigi was like a form of meditation. No words were spoke and we were always in the present moment. No matter how much was happening or how I was feeling before I got to the barn, it would all fall away when I got to her. Even if I was having a tough emotional day, it was quickly overcome by the peace and focus that Gigi’s presence brought.

Eventually I would nickname her Super Gigi, not just because of barrel racing with her but because of the incredible impact she had on my life. She now even has her very own hashtag, #SuperGigi.

A lot of time together was spent riding, but the time spent together during her massages and PEMF blanket treatments was also a wonderful time of bonding and healing.

While I was moving forward with my life, I was still healing after the loss of my husband, Tyler. More than anything Gigi brought my focus to the present. She drowned out the pain in the past and worry of the future. She helped bring my focus to the blessings in the moment.

After being around horses for a while the magic can wear off and complacency can take it’s place. Some people don’t stop to think that this 1,000+ lb animal has the power to easily hurt you and that it is a pretty amazing thing that they allow us to do so much with them.

So many people have benefitted from the power of the acceptance and love felt by a horses willingness to trust and follow them. It is a powerful experience especially to people that have never interacted with horses.

Beyond those magical experiences, the energy of a horse is healing in itself. Just to sit quietly in their presence can drown out the world and break through even the most calloused of hearts.

It has now been over 2 years since I found Gigi and she has been a beautiful blessing to me. She continues to help me grow, to conquer fears, to take my own unique path and remind me to never give up. Every day I walk out to the barn and her whinny I am so grateful.

Horses are truly heart healers and Super Gigi has helped heal mine.

Never Give Up,

Chelsey

http://www.facebook.com/chelseystimson

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Warrior Wednesday

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“A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear. When you step back, it’s not just about horses — it’s about love, life, and learning. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of personal battles. Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart.” — Lauren Davis Baker
“A barn is a sanctuary in an unsettled world, a sheltered place where life’s true priorities are clear. When you step back, it’s not just about horses — it’s about love, life, and learning. We honor our horses for their brave hearts, courage, and willingness to give. Indeed, horses have the hearts of warriors and often carry us into and out of fields of personal battles. Those who know them understand how fully a horse can hold a human heart.”
— Lauren Davis Baker

NEVER GIVE UP

Chelsey and #SuperGigi

Tyler’S T-shirts for Veterans Day Fundraiser Final Update

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Hey Everyone!

The fundraiser is all wrapped up. We reopened it once and raised even more, plus an auction item from https://www.facebook.com/customgiftsbylinz!

In the end we raised $500 for the http://www.navysealsfund.org/ !

Thank you to everyone who liked, shared and bought shirts! For those of you that missed the fundraiser and want to check the shirts out, here is the link: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/tylers-t-shirts-for-veterans-day-fundraiser .

I am thinking that I will reopen around Tyler’s birthday in February as part of the #RAOKforTyler event we do every year. Unless we get a ton of demand for more shirts. So if you want a shirt go check out the link and say that you’d like one! It will send me a notification.

In the meantime, keep Paying It Forward and Never Give Up!

Chelsey

http://www.facebook.com/chelseystimson

Loss Lessons: Why am I here?

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As I’ve said before, death can be a great teacher. It often wakes us up from living our life everyday on autopilot. Which can lead us to wonder why we have been living unconsciously all this time and to acknowledge the longing to live to our real potential, to fulfill our unique purpose.

Many struggle with knowing what their purpose is. Often it is because they are still letting outside influences or what they were told as a child keep them from acknowledging their passions and believing they are capable of living them.

Here’s the big secret, you can achieve your goals and you can live your dreams. YOU just have to believe it and then you have to DO something to get there. It doesn’t have to be some huge step, a very small step is more effective than getting stuck in the pre-planning/dreaming stage out of the fear of failure and risk.

The other necessary part of all this, is to not focus on just yourself. You could achieve your goals just to please yourself, but that is very
fleeting satisfaction. It will be forgotten the next day.

The key is to live your passion and use it to help others, to make the world a better place. There are limitless ways to do this, and everyone has a unique way to connect with, and help others. Some will be on a grand scale, but that is not important. Really, you never really know how many people you can impact by sharing your story, your truth and your gifts. What matters is that you live YOUR unique purpose.

Do not attempt to copy others, to take on their message, you have not lived their life or had their experiences. It is a complete waste of time to take on a false mission that you were not meant to be on and impossible to be in harmony because you are not really living your truth.

So what is your purpose?

Are you even awake?

I hope so.

#nevergiveup

Chelsey

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Approaching 4 Years…

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With Love Comes Risk of Unbearable Loss

Tyler has been gone almost 4 years. I have been doing well and sharing the #RAOKforTyler2014 event, along with riding, working, racing, etc. I often have the false sense of being “good” now.

It is funny how grief really does have a pattern. For me anyway. I see Tyler every day. In pictures and in my thoughts. But today, I saw a picture of him and the memories and tears started flowing. For a moment, I was in that moment, transported, frozen in time with a photo with him smiling. It opened the floodgates to a lot of emotions and thoughts.

At almost four years, I see grief now as something that is carried forever in our hearts. We build a callous over time so that it cannot overtake us constantly, as it does in the beginning. Though certain events, words, songs, or even dates, some how can disintegrate that wall in an instant without warning no matter how long it has been since their death.

I do pay attention to these days, and I try to make them as positive as possible…but the pain is still there. The loss is still there. The memories are still there. My heart will always be broken. Though it is mended by a lot of love that I am so grateful for, it still can feel like the first day sometimes. I don’t know if that will ever completely go away. I just try to go with it when it happens. Otherwise it seems to build and make it worse. So I cry…and I come here to share my feelings and thoughts. I figure I need to.

4 years later, everything seems to have changed, but in the blink of an eye, I can be in a moment that usually feels a lifetime away.

Love really does endure all things.

Chelsey

 

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