TL;DR: My job is keeping me from my horse.
You may have noticed it's now been over a week since my last post. Or maybe you haven't noticed, that's cool too. I haven't been posting, because I haven't been riding.
Work is interfering with Connor time on a scale I never thought possible. When I was hired, they told me they tried to give engineers week breaks between projects so we didn't get burnt out...but now they've scheduled me to be on the road at customer sites doing massively stressful projects for definitely six, probably seven weeks straight starting last week and going into June, with more on the horizon after that.
|I have taken almost no pictures lately because I haven't been to the barn! But here's the Thorowgood with the wide gullet plate. Winner winner.|
I am already feeling burnt out, and the salary increase is not worth this lifestyle to me. I have to be happy with my lifestyle in order to be happy with my job, and a happy lifestyle, for me, includes Connor and CrossFit - neither one I'm able to do right now.
I'm deep into the process of, shall we say, getting my work-life balance back at this point, but I can't talk about that publicly yet. What I can talk about is how I plan to handle this stretch, and would like to know how you guys have handled stretches like this.
|Have some random photos of Connor turned out in the indoor on a rainy day a few weeks ago.|
My trainer offered to let me out of the two lessons per month requirement next month, but I said no. First of all I don't want to lower her income like that right when she needs it most. Second, I want to know Connor is getting people time during the week, because I'm probably going to be a weekend warrior for a while. Third, my trainer is REALLY effective with in-hand work. In my last lesson, I had problems with the right shoulder that I couldn't fix in the saddle, so I handed him off to her, and she fixed him on the ground within minutes.
And on a selfish note, I'm going to be be separated from my four-legged psychiatrist when I could use his therapy the most. Total first world problem to be separated from your horse by a good-but-demanding job...but I love this awkward animal.
Anyone else ever survived a long stretch like this? Annoyingly, right at the beginning of our show season too...