Hi, I’m Michele (my name really is Michele!) For a hot minute, I thought maybe a pseudonym would be much more interesting and somehow suggest an air of mystery, but I decided to keep it real. My name is Michele, and I’m married to my best friend, my soulmate and the love of, I’m sure, multiple lifetimes. We are the proud parents to four adult sons – two of whom are active duty military officers – and are pretty much living our #bestlifeever. After living and working all around the country (because of my husband’s job and my propensity to get bored if I stay in one place too long), in 2018, we settled down in our own lil’ piece of paradise – a 13-acre farm in Tennessee.
Growing-up as an only child in the suburbs of Washington DC, I always dreamed of riding horses. Unfortunately, that dream didn’t quite jive with my parents’ views on childhood activities, so apart from a few summer camp adventures, that dream went unrealized until last year when we moved to Tennessee, and I purchased my first horse…. And then came another… And then another! I now have a barn-full of horses, mini horses and even two goats. Life here is always an adventure, and as I always say – you’re never too old (or too young) to live your dream!
Why am I starting a blog?
After raising four sons, now all of whom are over the age of 18, I kinda’ stepped back, looked myself in the mirror and asked, “Now what?” Adult life for me has always been about being the best wife and mother I can be, and with the last boy in college and a super-supportive husband, I now have the time to spend exploring my passions and following my dreams – and the biggest dream of mine was to live a simpler life, filled with love and surrounded by creatures – big and small (but mostly big).
So, with that dream in mind, lots of ideas swirling in my head, and several (like many) horses in the barn, I launched Stardust Equestrian; a brick and mortar, online and mobile boutique, a blog, and I hope a place where equestrian dreamers and doers can find something that reflects their style, read something interesting or new, share their experiences and maybe chuckle at one of our many farm adventures. I will share here all the projects we tackle around the farm (we are hard-core DIYers) and all the real stuff of equestrian life – like how do I get my white horse white again? What’s the best mane conditioner? How in the heck do I get rid of all these flies and the ever important – What’s the best <fill in the blank> for the money? Of course, I’ll also be filling the Stardust Equestrian store with a carefully curated collection of apparel, accessories, home accessories, gift items and more that I think reflect the Stardust Equestrian Lifestyle.
I’m so glad to be able to share my journey and I want everyone to know that you are NEVER too old (or too young) to fearlessly follow your passions and dreams. If I can do it; you sure can too!
Check out my ABOUT US page for a few more details.