I feel like I don’t often talk about anything personal on this blog so I’ve decided to do a little life update every once in a while to share more about me and what I get up to behind the blog. Because while I do love reading and writing, I have other fun things going on in my life!
Mushroom hunting…a story of failure
In case you don’t already know, April is morel mushroom hunting season here in the states. Morel mushrooms are really tasty and because they’re a culinary delight, they fetch a fair price…if you can find them. In late March and April, mushroom hunters start rummaging through the woods to try and find a pop of morels. Growing up, I used to love going out into the woods looking for morels. Unfortunately for me, my morel mushroom hunting magic must have dried up because I’ve been out hiking four times in the last 2 weeks and I haven’t found a single morel. I think it must just be a bad season; it’s rare that you wouldn’t find even one this late in the season. Oh well, maybe next year.
Back into the saddle
I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about how I really need another hobby and how I miss a few things I used to really enjoy…like horseback riding. I started riding when I was pretty young at horse camps, etc. and then started to get more serious about English riding lessons. I even started learning how to jump. But then life got busy and I didn’t have the time or money for it.
But now, I have a bit of time and money, so I decided to get back into riding and jumping here at a stable in town. I just had my first lesson yesterday and holy cow, I had forgotten how much work riding is! It’s not just sitting there and holding on. Riding requires balance, constantly squeezing your leg muscles, and even more if you’re riding English. I’m definitely sore today. But I did better in the lesson than I expected after such a long riding hiatus and I was amazed at how therapeutic for me it is. When you have to focus on so much, there’s no room for your mind to wander or stress out about your workday.
Also, I found out how hard it is to find plus size breeches for women. What’s up with that?
Dipping into therapy…gulp
Speaking of stress, I’ve signed up for my first-ever therapist visit in few weeks. I’m a bit nervous because I never imagined I’d need a therapist and yet, here I am. I’ve realized that there’s nothing shameful about needing to talk things out with somebody other than a family member, friend or significant other. Not everyone can solve your problems but therapists are trained to help you unwind and figure out potential solutions. Or at least to help you alter your mindset on it. I like to think I’m mentally strong, but the last few weeks I’ve struggled with my mental health to the point where I got sick and even started crying randomly at work multiple times. I knew that wasn’t normal and that I needed to seek help. I’m hopeful that both the riding and the therapy will help me become stronger and give me an outlet to de-stress.
Anyway, that’s my short April update! Are you a horse rider or someone who is also starting therapy for the first time? I’d love to hear from you! 🙂