January 1, 2020


Mara B and I rode out on 12/31/19 as a symbolic conclusion to the year and decade. With Benjamin’s death in 2010, the 2010s were understandably my most difficult years and toughest decade. I am now a different person.  Through my Mara Moments blog posts, I have shared some of my personal experiences that have brought me to this new place.  The dawning of 2020 brings me to another season of transition, which includes refreshing and reframing my daily creative endeavors.  So, I am going to “rest the reins” on my Mara Moments blog. 

Starting Mara Moments in September of 2016 was challenging for me but also provided healing.  I learned about blogging, posted faithfully, gave the blog occasional facelifts, worked on improving my photography skills and appreciated the structure and routine that blogging provided.  However, this chapter in my life is now coming to an end.  I won’t change the daily time I have with Mara B, however I’m no longer going to maintain this blog.  Jay and I are moving on to “new and different” together.  

I think of my daily horse time as my daily practice, which is 95% ordinariness and 5% fabulous.  This ritual feeds my soul and maintains my sanity and mental clarity about what has value in my life today. We have a horse trailer and plan to take Mara B to new places together for rides and hikes. I do intend to continue taking photographs on our rides and will post those on Twitter @MaraBEquine and Instagram @Mara.Equine.Moments in the days ahead.

My interest in supporting mental health, emotional wellbeing, suicide awareness/suicide prevention will continue as significant activities for me. 

I have appreciated your support and camaraderie for the last 3 years. Thank you for receiving and reading our posts.  Thank you for riding along with us.  Your comments, feedback and encouragement meant a great deal.  I wish you the best in 2020.

In conclusion here are a few reposting’s of thoughts and ideas that I have found helpful and want to share with you at the start of the new year. 

please stop, look and listen ….


Happy New Year, Happy new decade, thank you and happy trails ahead.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jane Archer says:

    Oh Helen, I’m in tears. You have been so courageous to share yourself with us this past several years. Wishing you peace, joy and new adventures as you move forward. Love to you, Jay, Peter and MaraB. And Benjamin will be forever my prayers.

  2. Margaret M Sagstetter says:

    Happy trails to you, as well, Helen. I am glad to know that you and Jay are healing and that means some new paths to be taken. May God bless you and Jay as you journey ahead. xoxox

  3. sscribner07 says:

    Happy New Year and Happy Trails! I have only joined recently but enjoyed your blog, photos, and tales. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

  4. Naomi Lewiski says:

    I will miss your beautiful posts. They were something I looked forward to reading, especially the way you always summed up the ride with a reflection. You carry a special place in my heart. 💛

  5. Carroll Thune says:

    I have so enjoyed riding along with you. Happy trails, my friend. May the wind be always at your back.

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