The funny thing about my getting older, it has turned my “Why’s?” into “Why Not’s!” So, when I finally fulfilled my dream of moving to a house with land, the thought of getting a horse became a huge “Why Not!”. And then when I looked at adopting a mini horse, getting one became four because, “Why Not!”. And then, when the chance to adopt a BLM Mustang practically came to my back door, that opportunity was a huge “Why Not!” And the goats… well, they were a definite “Why Not!” Each and every time I was faced with an opportunity or a decision, I asked myself “Why Not?!” instead of “Why?” And thus, all my “why not’s” created Stardust Farm.
Being a mom of four boys, all of whom are now over the age of 18, I’ve spent the past 29 years carefully weighing each decision I made. Looking back, I realize that I spent a lot of time and energy agonizing over small stuff and pushing myself towards a theoretical perfection, neither of which didn’t really matter or didn’t really exist. I worried about things like dirty dishes, dust-free tables and perfectly folded clothes, pressed and put away. So, when I made the leap to living on a farm and owning horses, I made a mental decision to relax and “celebrate the ride”, both literally and figuratively. I decided I wanted to learn as much about ALL the different kinds of horses and different kinds of livestock, and if I thought one would fit my new and wonderful lifestyle, I’d say “why not!?”. I wanted to truly experience the sport of riding – in all it’s different beautiful styles – and I wanted to fully embrace the lifestyle of country living, where it’s a little slower than the city and definitely more labor intensive!
So, ten horses and two goats later (not to mention three dogs, two cats and two birds), I now live on Stardust Farm and have started Stardust Equestrian, a brand and shop that represents the more laid back and simple lifestyle that I embrace. The Stardust Equestrian brand and shop embrace all the beautiful horse breeds and riding styles and celebrate the unique gifts they bring to the world just by their being. Each and every horse I own and I’ve met have wonderful and beautiful qualities – their honesty, their intensity, their simplicity, their personalities, and their love. All these qualities inspire the Stardust line and inspire me to live each day filled with joy. They inspire me to forget the small stuff and not to worry about perfection – because, at the end of the day, the small nagging things, like having the laundry done, folded and put away don’t really matter. The things that matter are found in the beauty of the day, in my family and in my animals – the rest can wait until tomorrow.