Birthday Reflections

That look: mom says I was tired…I think it was the hat…

Yesterday was my birthday. Birthdays have always been like mini New Years day for me. Many people set New Years Resolutions on January first…but I have always found my birthday to be a more impactful day for that type of thinking. 

Maybe it is because its a more personal day. Maybe its because my age keeps me anchored to my years here on earth…or maybe it is just the sugar rush:)

For whatever reason I have always found birthdays to be a time of reflection that has led to change. 

Does it make you curious? What changes am I contemplating? I’ll share a few. 

  • How can I help more people face to face?
  • How can I help more people in the next year than ever before?
  • How can I help more people through writing?
  • How much travel do I want to do?
  • How will I express my art?

As usual, I find myself writing these as bullet points but wishing each one of them was a full on page of details. That has been one of my ‘clues’ that I want to write more. I find myself repeating, “I could write a book about_______.”

So maybe I need to write a book.

And I wonder, if I wrote multiple books, if I could help more people. But then I realize that I want to have more contact with people. I like the energy that happens when a group of people who have the same passion get together. But how much will I want to travel? Is it realistic to have people travel to me? Or should I travel to them?

…and art. I am drying up without expressing my art. Sometimes my art is writing. Sometimes my art is riding. Sometimes my art is gardening. Sometimes my art is speaking. But any way that I look at it, my art has suffered during this last transition period of my life. 

This last year has been about ‘good bones.’ I find myself saying about our property ‘it has good bones.’ Which is how I am keeping my sanity. Attempting to keep my sanity anyway, during the building process. Great projects always start with ‘good bones’, solid foundations, great plans. 

But I need more. I need to move past the foundation to the final product. The art. The polish. The frosting. 

Happy New Year to Me:)


  1. CATHERINE PETRYKA on November 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I think reflections are part of evolution 😀 – for sure you’ll get far toward your inside goals !
    I love your work, but most of it the way you are in that kind of field of “work” more likely to say passion-work.
    I have an idea ! If you do write a book – we could have your notes – minding – tricks – reminder, etc. with us everywhere we go, so anytime we want it, we have it (I don’t bring my computer to the barn hehe, neither I have a super cellphone with internet on it, so I do love Books ! They are eternal and a piece of gold!) – Moreover, that could make you travel all around the world…to present any books you want to ! 🙂
    Whatever you do, You’ll do it right, time by time. I’m 1000000%sure 😀 You are an angel in this world, so you’ll find all the ways to reach all the people you wish to !
    Thank you for everything, with all of thoughts share, I feel more surrounded 🙂

  2. Jennifer Mays on September 28, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Hay, if you build it we will come! Would love to participate in a clinic/trail ride at your beautiful place. I would love to receive your Tuesday emails but for some reason I don’t get them. I have signed up 3 or 4 times with the most recent being last week. Thank you for being such a great inspiration.

    • Stacy Westfall on September 29, 2017 at 8:03 am

      Good to know! I’m trying to get the horse show schedule for 2018 so I can start booking clinics around the shows:)
      I’m sorry you’ve been having trouble with the emails. I do see where you signed up on Sept 25. Can you check for a confirmation email? It may have gone to a spam folder or be hiding somewhere…It is a double opt in so no-one else can sign you up. Once you click that they should start coming.

      • Jackie on October 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

        Happy Stacy New Years!

        I get the talk about your art. I work full time and my art is gone. All those creative things I did seem to be exhausted by my job. With the 1 outlet my horse! My time with my horse is cleansing and refreshing and fills my heart with joy.

        But, if you can, find time to be inspired by your art .. which ever art is inspiring at the time.

        I would like to bring my horse to my home town in Western New York, your place is just past 1/2 way from where I live now. I thought (my day dream) my friends and I could meet at your place or your place could be a stop for me and my horse and some training. 🙂 on my way home.

  3. Robin on September 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday

    To answer your question about travel to you, for me it would be prohibitive. I live too far awy to want to travel that far for a clinic. Just my opinion.

  4. Alison Hamm on September 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday to you, Stacy! I’d like to take this opportunity to say that I have loved getting your emails, but, I haven’t received any for quite awhile. Any chance I could start getting them again?
    Thank you for all you do.

    Alison Hamm

    • Stacy Westfall on September 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Hmm…you should have received one yesterday…

    • Stacy Westfall on September 27, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Aw, man. It looks like I made a mistake and didn’t press ‘publish’ on yesterdays post…that explains why you didn’t get that one. But check your spam or another folder for the others…

  5. Janet on September 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Happy Birthday belated birthday, Hope it was special. God bless your New Year.

  6. Patricia LaCroix on September 27, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Sorry I missed saying Happy Birthday Stacy!!! So here’s a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  7. Jenny on September 27, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Happy Belated Birthday!!

    • Stacy Westfall on September 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      THANK YOU!

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