I am so glad that you found me! I can’t wait to get to know you more…
My name is Alli and I will be a newly certified Equine Gestalt Coach at the end of 2021. Going into the new year with with a new career, a new home and a new state means a lot to me. This is the culmination of years of thought and planning and executing as well as redirecting. I find that I cannot expect to achieve an intention without being able to redirect. I am sure as time goes on with my new business that there will be many redirections as I learn and fail and grow as an entrepreneur and coach. Thank you for being here for the launch of Restorative Strides.
While this might seem like the beginning, in fact it is not. I have been working hard for two years in order to gain my certification from the Touched by a Horse program. I put in and applied to the program in the summer of 2019 and never thought I would actually be accepted to the program. I don’t even remember how I had found the program. I only remember thinking that I needed to find a way to be able to make an income from the ranch while being able to create my own hours and be able to support my horse addiction.
It was as if my guardian angels showed me the way to my beginning. I found Touched by a Horse and consumed all that I could. I ordered the first Anthology book and read all the stories of horses healing humans and I also listened to the podcast nonstop. I couldn’t get enough! So I sent in my application to the program and was amazed when I was accepted. What in the world?! Am I really going to do this? I guess so! I didn’t even tell my husband what I was doing, I just went for it and figured I would make it happen no matter what. (Looking back, I am horrified that I did this without talking to him but it is truly a trauma response.) I had 2 small kids at the time and was a full time stay at home mom running a network marketing business, growing a ranch, doing the clerical work for my husband’s heavy equipment repair business, selling pork, beef, chicken and turkeys to consumers and caring for over 70 animals. What in the world was I thinking?
When a dream hits you so hard in the heart, you go for it. You find a way to get it done and you don’t stop. Well that stands true for me, I don’t want to speak for you. Horses have always been a part of my life. As far back as I can remember, I would head out to the horses when my world was falling apart. They always listened with intention, with big open hearts and no judgement. It was as if I could give them my worries and I could walk away feeling renewed and lighter. As soon as I saw that I could put actual methods to what I knew held true for me, I was all in.
I felt as if I was fumbling through and very unsure at what I was doing. I showed up for my first meeting in January 2020 with a racing heart, a pen and a paper to write down all I could and listened with deep desire to do it “right”. Turns out there is no “right” way to show up to a conversation. I felt very awkward and as if I wasn’t sure I was making the right decision. I had received my textbooks and was in awe of the different things I would be reading and learning about. This was stepping way out of my comfort zone.
In the two years to come, I would face my demons, take a deep look into who I am as a person, figure out my favorite color, become aware of patterns that I have, find a renewed love for my husband, fall in love with life, move a ranch two states away, almost lose everything, end up in the most peaceful spot and make a house a home. All of this was happening amongst the growing up of two tiny kids into big kids, walking through the pandemic nastiness, immersive learning weeks and homework. What a ride it has been! Hang on and subscribe to my blog to hear all the heartbreaks and uplifting happenings from the past two years! Later on I will be sharing what I find to be true today, offer insights and inspiration for you as life unfolds on the ranch. Thank you for your support.