“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
~Roy T. Bennett
Welcome to my blog! I am also vlogging on YouTube but I love writing; I always have. I’m so inspired by the way writing conveys emotion behind people's experiences. In turn, I thought I’d share my life and this journey through my blog!
Where I've Been:
If you don’t already know who I am, my name is Chanel! I’m 25 years old and live in Kalispell, Montana on my horse ranch where I board and train horses, teach lessons, and have a horse club for youth. I’m a multi-discipline rider and named myself The Cowgirl English Rider about 10 years ago. My focus has been barrel racing for a little while now, which I absolutely love and I’m not giving up! But I also enjoy Dressage and jumping. I’ve been out of the English world for about 5 years and I’m really really wanting to get back into
I’ve gone through some very hard life experiences that have caused me to really think about my life. I have been changed, awakened. I am constantly evolving. Experience does that to a person. And for me, it was forced by pain and grief.
I was supposed to be a mom - and I still am in a way - but I now have a sweet angel baby in heaven. My fiance and I had our baby boy, Gabriel, last January 2017, who was born sleeping. We found out beforehand that he had trisomy 13 (a rare chromosome disease). It was the most scary, stressful, and trying time in my life. This experience was essentially the turning point in my life. I could have easily let my grief consume and bury me. But because my son didn’t get to live, I have made a point to really live life to the fullest. I’m so fiercely passionate about living a purposeful life, to truly appreciate and love life and those around me.
So here I am. I’m putting myself out there and doing things out of my comfort zone. I want to be better and do better. I want to take advantage of every opportunity presented to me and not hold back. Maybe I sound like a broken record but I’m just hoping that along my journey I can inspire and help others.