Whoa Nelly: whoa is the word to stop a horse. Nelly is what farmers used to call all their female horses (because they didn’t name their work tools and a horse was a tool – according to urbandictionary.com).
In today’s time this phrase is also used to talk about anything out of control – you know a dog, a kid, breakfast time, life…. And it’s usually used after the fact.
Whoa Nelly! 2018 was cray! That’s the term I’m using for last year. Whoa Nelly!
In a nutshell, here’s what happened:
The year started off really nicely with a few ski trips with my husband to some new and some familiar places. One of those new places was New Hampshire in February. This is where the year began falling off course. We decided to hike up Mt. Washington. Tucker’s Ravine to be exact. With 40 pounds of ski equipment on our backs. And when we arrived at the hiking location my shoes instantly broke apart from dry rot. But I didn’t have any other options so I hiked in broken boots. Oh, and there was a blizzard that day.
I ended up with an injured neck, spine, and foot. Not from the amazing ski down. But from the hike up. Fast forward a few months (I rested and took care of my neck and back, but not the foot) and I re-injured my foot. I was put in a boot.
Then, my husband ended up in the hospital from an infection from being flogged by our rooster (I know, I know. It sounds crazy. And it was.). He nearly lost his leg and was in the hospital for nine days. During that time, in my boot, carrying our whole house to and from the hospital each day, my foot got worse. I got put on crutches and when my husband was discharged they wheeled us both out in wheelchairs. What a sight!!!
My husband healed up pretty quickly – in about half the time the doctors expected. Me on the other hand – my road to healing was not going to be easy.
I wasn’t able to teach or do yoga anymore, but was determined to heal quickly. Within a month or so, I was back at the gym trying to gain strength. I had even termed the summer, “My summer of buff.” But that was short lived. Because I injured my foot again. Really?!?! Yes, really. I was gaining strength and being really mindful and careful, but something wasn’t quite right.
I then began working with a physical therapist (thank you, Penny!!!). What we found out was that when my foot healed the first time it healed incorrectly, so the re-injury was just a matter of when. She did so many things and continues to help me so very much!
And today, in 2019, I am still having pain and it gets tired really quickly, but Penny and I are onto something with a plan of healing.
In addition, the stress of our injuries took my focus completely off my business. And it really showed. I allowed stress and fear to overtake my mind, and my business nearly went under. I even had to take an additional part time job to help make ends meet.
And that was a whole other mind battle to face. Why am I here? Why can’t I be good enough to make my business work? I’m committing my ways to you, God. Why aren’t you following through on your end? and so on and so forth.
Plus, my husband was totally stressed in his job too. We were just a household brewing stress by the gallons.
I ended up cancelling all the ski trips planned for 2019 because of my foot. And skiing is my favorite thing ever! Sigh, again.
So, to say that I was ready to let 2018 go is an understatement.
And now, just a few days after I let go, I have begun anew. Isn’t it amazing how new beginnings can feel refreshing, energizing, and encouraging? It’s like I’m a new person. Why couldn’t I decide to do that in 2018? That I don’t know, but what I do know is sometimes it takes a new year, an event, an injury, a God intervention…. to wake us up and pull us out of the muck and mire and into our God given destiny.
I am determined. I am strong. My mind is focused. Watch out world, cause I’m free! I’m leaving my Whoa Nelly behind. My chains are being broken, and I have God-power behind me!