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Not exactly. I've come to be quite happy with who I am and where I'm headed in life. So for the first time in many years, my resolutions are not so much about change as they are about continued self-discovery and growth. And although I am primarily committed to my academics, research, and career growth, the identity of equestrian remains central to how I identify as a person. Academics come first. And so in the remaining time in which I can choose to ride, sleep, rest, eat, read, or watch movies, I will always ride. Over the past year I have come to realize what my goals are in equestrian competition, and they are different than what they once were. Yes, I am still competitive and crave that perfect round, coveting that blue ribbon. But that's just fuel. There is greatness in everyone, and what I am striving for is my own type of greatness. That clear round, the thrill of flying, the feel of my mare giving 110% because we are finally a team. So it's that connection I'm truly hungry for. Without connection, blue ribbons and meaningful rides don't happen. My goal in my growth as an equestrian and a person: make every ride count. 

Because when every ride counts, when all sound goes silent, when we fly, when it's all left in the arena, I find my personal infinity.

Happy New Year everyone! :dance:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Grown Ocean" - Fleet Foxes
  • Reading: Looking for Alaska - John Green
Two weeks ago Tom and I were finally able to go on a ride together in the hay fields. I took Finesse and he rode Dandee, one of my trainer's lesson horses. Tom and Dandee got on fabulously, and it was wonderful to get Tom in the saddle and share with him what I love most. We chose to go out around sunset. As we reached the top of one of the hills, Tom pulled out a ring and proposed! :love: I was stunned--but not so stunned that I could say yes!

He couldn't have planned it better. Tom has known me since I was a horse-crazy 13 year-old, so he's always known that horses and I are a package deal. It fills me with such warmth and makes me feel so blessed to know that he's embraced that part of my life so completely. He's been nothing but supportive since I bought Finesse...and he doesn't look so bad in the saddle himself ;) 

He and I are both thrilled to be taking this next step forward in our lives together. I'm excited to start planning the wedding and am looking forward to enjoying this part of the journey :heart:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Love Someone" - Jason Mraz
  • Reading: Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
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I've had this incredible mare for almost a year now! She is absolutely amazing, and every ride with her is a joy :heart:

May 3, 2015
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Somehow it's February. Somehow I'm already a month into my second semester of graduate school. I have no idea how that happened. My first semester and the holidays absolutely flew by.

There's probably not much point in updating because I primarily lurk now, but I still enjoy the art that shows up in my inbox every day. I still sketch occasionally, but nothing complete enough to post. 

Finesse is doing very well and we're growing a lot together. We had our first adventure at a show last September. It started with her throwing a fit in the schooling ring and ended with us winning our last class of the day. Now that I've owned her for several months, I realize how sassy and opinionated she is. And I love it. She's challenging me to be a more confident and assertive rider. But I'm learning to trust her too. She's very reactive and sensitive to her environment and spooks easily. I'm learning to ride through it. She throws bucking fits occasionally. I'm learning to "yee-haw" it and push her forward and out of it. Although it can be frustrating sometimes, she's teaching me to not be so afraid of getting hurt--because, with horses, that fear is what gets you hurt. She's teaching me to believe in myself and commit to decisions--because if I don't, she's going to make a decision for me. And she's teaching me to be quiet, calm, and patient--because if I tense up, she's too overwhelmed. I love her for all these things.

And more news on the animal front: Tom adopted a greyhound last month. His name is Piper. He's a 1/ 1/2 year old light fawn color. Piper never raced, though the adoption organization did rescue him from the track. From what I can see over Skype, he's quite the goofy personality. He LOVES jumping onto the first step of Tom's parent's pool. He's very vocal and communicates with whines and "rooing." He's a super snuggly fella, and loves to give kisses. I can't wait to meet him next month when I'm home for spring break. 

I hope everyone is well and happy :heart:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Cary Brothers
  • Reading: The Name of the Wind
Not exactly. I've come to be quite happy with who I am and where I'm headed in life. So for the first time in many years, my resolutions are not so much about change as they are about continued self-discovery and growth. And although I am primarily committed to my academics, research, and career growth, the identity of equestrian remains central to how I identify as a person. Academics come first. And so in the remaining time in which I can choose to ride, sleep, rest, eat, read, or watch movies, I will always ride. Over the past year I have come to realize what my goals are in equestrian competition, and they are different than what they once were. Yes, I am still competitive and crave that perfect round, coveting that blue ribbon. But that's just fuel. There is greatness in everyone, and what I am striving for is my own type of greatness. That clear round, the thrill of flying, the feel of my mare giving 110% because we are finally a team. So it's that connection I'm truly hungry for. Without connection, blue ribbons and meaningful rides don't happen. My goal in my growth as an equestrian and a person: make every ride count. 

Because when every ride counts, when all sound goes silent, when we fly, when it's all left in the arena, I find my personal infinity.

Happy New Year everyone! :dance:
  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: "Grown Ocean" - Fleet Foxes
  • Reading: Looking for Alaska - John Green

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SilverFlameWanderer
Ashley
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I've always loved art and have enjoyed drawing and painting. Horses are my truest passion. I competed in hunter/jumper shows all through high school. Two years out of college, in May 2014, I was finally able to buy my first "forever horse," Finesse.

I graduated from Colgate University in 2012 with my B.A. in Psychology. I spent the past year working as a research assistant in a developmental psychology research lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. The primary project examined adolescent aggression and antisocial behavior. Currently, I am continuing my education in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Washington State University.

I also love books, film, good wine, and an exciting hockey game. I am an avid Pittsburgh Penguins fan.

My classes, work schedule, and horse keep me very busy, but I try to draw and post whenever I can. I'm always looking for constructive criticism and I try my best to respond to all comments. Enjoy my art :)

Current Residence: Pullman, Washington
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Favourite genre of music: Indie. Classic Rock. Alternative. Progressive.
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Personal Quote: "And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite..."
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy belated birthday, Ashley! I hope you had a wonderful day :love:
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! And happy (belated?) birthday to you too! :cake: :heart: (Having a mind blank if yours is the 20th or 21st)

Got to spend the day at a horse show with Tom, Finesse, and my barn buddies...and surprise cupcakes!!
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
It's the 20th :giggle: Though I don't remember the exact day myself half of the times either lol

That sounds like a lot of fun! You can never go wrong with cupcakes, especially surprise ones!
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy birthday!!
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :heart:
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CelineDGD Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015

Hellow there random deviant. :) *clicked the random deviant button* Just want to spread the love. :)

You are beautiful and worth it, no matter what people say. <3

Have a hug too. :hug:
Don't be afraid to pass this on if you want. :)

And have a nice day/evening/night. :3

Sincerely, CelineDGD
Happy Helper of the Happy-Squad

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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking through your gallery, I have to admit I love your art. The way you draw is very beautiful, and every drawing tells a story... You put much love in every single work of yours, that's clearly to be seen. I'd love to see more of your art. :)
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SilverFlameWanderer Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much--it's warming to hear such kind words :heart: I wish I had the time to draw like I used to, but hopefully I'll be able to pick up drawing again now that it's summer :)
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AnoraAlia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, hopefully you will! :)
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nemuikumo Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav! :)
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