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Getting through …

Getting through …

I've had a week. Well, really I've had about 6 of them in a row. You know the kind of week. Things go right, and things go wrong. You are tired and maybe not eating as well as usual or meeting the markers you have set for yourself in terms of training, or performing...

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Facing Fear

Facing Fear

Fear has many faces ... Fear can get to us often whether it is fear of failure, fear of success or even fear of fear itself. Everyone has experienced fear at some point. Fear is often can be a real stumbling block that prevents success. Fear doesn't have to hold you...

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You are not a victim

You are not a victim

Don't get me wrong, you may have experienced horrible things - bullying, chronic illness, violence and complete and utter tragedies. In those times it's completely normal and natural to feel like you are a victim, that the world is against you, that you have no...

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Spring is in the air …

Spring is in the air …

And here, in Ontario our lockdown continues. We are on a stay-at-home order until at least June 2 and we are a month into it now. I might actually be starting to miss in-person shopping a tiny bit - I need summer socks and a FUSSY about socks so would really like to...

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Learning is hard

Learning is hard

I say that like it's some kind of epiphany but I suspect you already knew it. Learning means making mistakes and making mistakes can erode our confidence and then we are looking at a nasty little loop - not a nice happy training loop but one where learning becomes...

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What is Kindness?

What is Kindness?

I had a much "ruder" title that involved an acronym but asked the same question. Then realized my mom sometimes reads the blog so rethought my wording. Was that kind? No. It was self-serving. It might have also been thoughtful but the action in and of itself was not...

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Fitness Matters

Fitness Matters

It's that cold, lazy time of year when I most want to curl up on the couch or in my bed and do .... nothing. You might think I exaggerate but I can assure you at least twice in the last 5 days I have processed the entire thought of what a day in bed might look and...

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Reflection, not rumination.

Reflection, not rumination.

As my most recent, incredible FDSA class wrapped up I spent quite a lot of time reflecting. In fact, through the class, we all reflected a lot and sometimes we stewed a little. We all had lots happening in life, in a lot of different ways. This is certainly not an...

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Podcast time – Growth Mindset

Podcast time – Growth Mindset

I had the opportunity to chat to the talented, positive and fun Trudi Dempsey at the end of November. She released that podcast episode today! You can listen to it here. Lead a Horse to Water is Trudi's podcast - it's new and it's focused on evidence based equine...

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About Andrea

I help handlers and their animal companions find the joy in training and competing together... and being the best they can be! 

Whether you struggle with mental prep, planning, goal setting, or something else, together we will get your sails set the direction you want to go.