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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"BREAKIN' NECKS and CASHIN' CHECKS" Cowgirl Profile: Wylene WIlson of Wild West Horsemanship


(Photography by Charles Brooks)

Wylene Wilson is making a SPLASH in the equine world! Not only is this chick hilarious and gorgeous, she is more of a hand than any man I've seen. It only makes sense that she specializes in colt starting!

Dubbed as "Extreme Wylene" because of her daredevil riding presentations and fearless competing style, Miss Wilson sure is building a reputation for herself. She has won Extreme Cowboy Races, Mustang Makeovers, and was just in an inspirational documentary about mustang trainers called "Wild Horse, Wild Ride". The film has debuted at many film festivals across the country and Wylene can add *MOVIE STAR* to her resume.

I met Wylene at one of her clinics in Arizona and she invited me to come assist her with a clinic in St. George, Utah. We had a blast and I learned a lot from her. I was blown away at how great the colts turned out. I have always started colts so slowly and with Wylene I was loping down the river wash on colts on their 2ND DAY! Her style and the way she builds confidence in horses is almost hard to believe!

Choosing Wylene as my first cowgirl profile was easy because she exemplifies COWGIRL! She can get the job done looking damn good! She wears makeup, hair glitter extensions, and a flower in her cowboy hat. Check out her website and youtube videos...It's a kick!!!

***Charlie Brooks, Wylene's friend and professional photographer is great at capturing all of the CRAZY moments:) Check him out at ***

"As Long As We Structure Our Lives in a Way Where Our Happiness Is Dependent Upon Something We CANNOT CONTROL, Then We WILL Experience PAIN."

Are you someone that allows the troubles of the world to affect your level of joy? Most people are. I read this quote in Tony Robbins' book "Awaken the Giant Within" and I realized how simple happiness could be. We all believe that we will have joy around the corner; when we open up our new business, or get married, or get a material item. This is false. This belief system will make you depressed. Ever wonder why rock stars and celebrities are so unhappy and headed to rehab because of addiction? Most of them have expected their success to bring them constant joy and when they reach the top they feel unfulfilled. They need Coke, Meth, and Ecstasy to flood them with endorphins. Tony Robbins suggests setting up your happiness so you're in control. Create and list by filling in the blank: ANYTIME I ____________ I FEEL GOOD.

If you ever start feeling down- grab the bull by the horns and do some of the activities on your list!!! Here are a few from mine:






Here's a few more from my list...exercise. being a good listener, helping someone and expecting nothing in return. doing spin class. g something new. being positive. eating healthy and frequently. listening to music. hanging with girlfriends. getting dolled up. lighting candles. getting massages...

It's awesome if you can combine some of these together to get an extra boost!!! For example- this is dorky but I created a DOG WALKING MIX of happy songs on my ipod and combined listening to music with hanging out with my dog.

CREATE YOUR LIST and let me know how it goes:)

Friday, May 13, 2011

People usually Regret the things they DON'T do, not the things they DO...

I heard this once and it will be with me forever. To me the most painful experience in the whole world is thinking about myself as an old woman wishing I had experienced something that I was either too lazy or too scared to do. Do you want to be that person that lives vicariously through your children because you never achieved your own dreams? I saw that a lot in the pageant world when I was Miss Rodeo Montana. What holds people back from what they want to do deep down? I believe it is more discomfort than fear of rejection, even though both are common. It's uncomfortable to make the phone calls, write the letters, and put yourself out there when you are stepping closer to your goals. But the pleasure of long term success must outweigh the short term discomfort.

If fear is what holds you back, you must get aggressive with your goals. Rejection is great. It's an awesome thing because every time you are rejected and improve, then try again you are getting closer. I used to be worried to try things when I was training horses because I didn't want to make a mistake. One of Australian horse trainer Clinton Anderson's favorite one-liners is "Mistakes are good". Don't be scared to make mistakes. They will just make you better.

Don't be the person that looks upon others living their dreams with jealousy. Visualize yourself as an old grandma or grandpa looking back at your life. If you would say, "I wish I did that", go do it now!!! Err on the side of doing too much!