Professionally, since I asked this question, I've buried myself in education. Since I've never been certified, I decided to get those pieces of paper that some people seem to need to see as proof I have skills, despite having been working in both SEO and UX for 20 years. Because of the emphasis on mobile devices I picked up certification in Bootstrap 3. Understanding the code makes it easier to customize WordPress Responsive templates that are based on it.
In my free time, since I returned to horse riding again, I have a really fun project I'm involved with.
My mother was an equestrian, so as soon as we were old enough, she began teaching my sister and I how to ride. My mom gave riding lessons at two stables so I got free lessons. We eventually had our own horses on our own farm and I trained at a large stable next to ours. We showed every weekend and that's how I lived my life until age 22 when my life with horses ended. At the age of 54 I reconnected with my trainer, as did my sister, and we have been volunteering at her stable, which is about 15 minutes from my house. Kate, my trainer, has devoted her life to horses. Her stable always has about 30 - 40 horses, including mares with foals, and boarders. She is partnered with an organization called Turning from Home. TFH gets racehorses that no longer race, either from injury or they are not winning races. These young Thoroughbreds are about 4 years old and up, and cheap to buy once they are rehabbed. That's where I help. I work with the racehorses.
One of them came to the farm with a badly injured hoof. His name is Quiet Rally. His sire is the famous racehorse, Real Quiet, who lost the Triple Crown in the USA literally by a nose years ago. Rally was "claimed" about 16 times at the track. This means that people would invest in him, take him to their stable, race him and get the money he earned. To keep him racing he was pumped up with pain killers to hide a terrible incident where a farrier put a shoe on him and the nails went into his leg. When I met him he was unable to use that foot and was using the other other front leg so much the fear was he would wreck that leg too. I was told he would likely be put down.
I picked up training in Reiki healing last year and am certified in Reiki II. It's a Japanese form of healing where you place your hands on certain parts of the body or in the case of animals, their bodies. I am more comfortable working on animals then people, and so I asked Kate if I could perform Reiki on Rally. Two days later the Vet said his hoof had healed a great deal and not long after that he was walking with no limp. He and I also bonded. He comes when I call him. I fell in love with him.
I'm allowed to buy him and train him for show, jumping, dressage, whatever I want. For now, I'm getting my own body back into riding shape and working with Rally on how to not be a racehorse.
The stable is going to provide equine therapy too. I'm one of the founding members, in charge of the business side as well as marketing, a website, and getting the business set up. The methodology is based on something called Egala. My sister works in the mental health field, specifically addiction to drugs and alcohol. We have other staff members who are certified and getting certified. The program is where horses are used for healing. We will have Vets with PTSD, kids suffering from various traumas...all kinds of exciting stuff.
This is what I'm doing. Another thing...I want to teach myself how to create a mobile application. When a client is in the ring with a horse or horses, there are two staff people with them. They take notes during the session on specific things. Record keeping is expected. I want to create a way they can do this on a tablet or smart phone and we would keep the information in database.
These things keep me interested in learning and provide reasons to stay in the tech field.