You may have read my waffle about a week ago on how to move forwards from the current situation. Here is a follow up to my little pondering Question Mark series.

I have had a bit of time to quietly consider variety of options and it was really helpful to read other people's views too. One message especially made me realise what really needs doing. As much as I would love to immerse myself in full-time proper training again it is simply not going to work. I simply can't afford it. If I wanted to pay for it - the amounts are impossible to summon. If I wanted to work in return for it - the pay wouldn't allow me to live in my own house, even if we moved out of London. The only affordable way of doing it would be via a live-in job which is out of question.
To those who suggested finding a place that a) lets me carry on my freelance teaching b) helps with competing c) helps with proper training d) pays enough for me to cover the bills - well, I would love to but I'm yet to find such place. If it exists (not just in theory, of those theoretical ones I found and have worked at quite a few) I will jump at a chance.

Having said that, there is just nothing out there more motivating, inspiring and driving as regular training is.
giving up trying to find a way to go back to training & competing would most likely mean a very depressing life for me.

Moving on, there is also the fact I absolutely love teaching. If I didn't I would try to get myself a nice, easy well paid job and do the riding & training as a serious hobby. As it is, the teaching and training other riders is what makes this job constantly challenging, interesting and stimulating for me. Developing the Academy into a successful, useful project is very much a priority.

All this considering, the only option viable is Option No 3 (scroll down for an older post to see what it was). How?
More waffling on Monday.

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Comment by 4XChestnut on June 4, 2010 at 10:25pm
I did actually comment on your earlier post - I suppose I could have done it here! ;-o
Comment by Wiola Grabowska on June 3, 2010 at 5:49pm
Hi Jan, thank you very much for your comment. I don't mind not having a cushy income but I don't want to go back to living on instant noodles soups, bread and water. I want to be able to keep myself healthy and happy, the rest doesn't matter too much. Teaching makes me happy but I love training myself too hence the choice of the Option No 3...

More experiences the better so if you have the time to share please do! :)
Comment by Jan Jollymour on June 2, 2010 at 8:52pm
Hi, Wiola:

I only have a limited time here, I have a show committee meeting tonight. I think I'd go for option #3 too, and on reflection I'd have to say I always have done. It's not the easiest road, and there have been some really bumpy bits, but I now have a very successful and popular business teaching, and I have the time (barely) and the money (barely) to train and compete. Note the (barely)! While I don't have a lot of financial cushion, and haven't had since I took up this challenge (giving up the plush job with the great salary and benefits, but no time to train/compete) 20 years ago, I have no regrets. I do what I love, and I do it well. That's enough for me - what you have to decide is whether or not it's enough for you....

I'll try to get down to some nuts and bolts later, possibly tomorrow, but I leave on Friday for a judging assignment and won't be back until Monday, so if I don't respond quickly it's not that I've forgotten you and your dilemma!

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