When I was a little girl I dreamed of owning a horse. You might say I was horse crazy. I read books about them (Clementine, Black Beauty and more). I tried to draw them. I collected them (the plastic ones, of course, although I wanted to collect the real thing).
My best friend who lived next-door had a pony and we’d tromp around town bareback on lazy summer days with nothing else on the agenda. One summer there was a horse named Joy pastured adjacent to our property.  She was beautiful, I’d feed her apples every chance I got and on occasion I got to ride her.  This added to my horse obsession. I even joined horsemanship in 4-H (without a horse) as an attempt to show my parents I was truly horse- worthy (this didn’t work by the way).

Recently I opened a bottle of Silver Pony Cabernet and it reminded me of my former horse obsession. I recalled a trip to an antique store with my mom where I found a porcelain horse that I fell in love with and HAD to have it (it reminded me of Joy). After much pleading (begging and pestering) my mom bought me that “Silver Pony”. I still have it tucked away in a box of my horse mementos (somewhere next to the box of porcelain unicorns, I am sure). Anyway, sipping on the Silver Pony Cabernet took me back to the day I saw the porcelain horse, fell in love with it and had to have it. I remember the passion and the determination I felt with my horse obsession and I was only about 10 or 11. And, I remember how much I wanted a real horse.

So, sipping on an adult passion, Silver Pony Cabernet, jarred an association of the past and as I recalled the enthusiasm I felt about horses, remembered my porcelain, silver pony, I started to question what my modern day “silver pony” is. I realized that the passion and feelings surrounding the horse obsession resemble my love for business.

I no longer wish to own a horse. Although I’d love to go riding again.  But I know I’m following my dreams and creating a lifestyle I love by building my business and being of service to others. I’m also going to find my original “silver pony” and create a place of honor for it in my office alongside “My Very First Teeny Tiny Strawberry Paperback Libary” –a mini assortment of books my dad bought for me when I was first starting to read and begin my love affair with words. These are both great reminder of how lucky I am to have parents who helped fuel my passions and support my dreams.

So, today I ask you —What is your “silver pony”? What brings you the most joy and makes you well up with passion and pride knowing you’re making a difference and living your life on your own terms?

Lisa Manyon is "The Business Marketing Architect" a content and copywriting strategist for mission-driven entrepreneurs. She's the creator of the NEW marketing model for success (as seen in Inc. Magazine) that's changing the way people market today. She specializes in powerfully communicating your marketing message to increase results via Manyon Marketing Web Makeovers, website copy packages and content strategies to effectively market your business. She offers a free Copywriting Action Plan and marketing resources on her award winning blog. Her consulting and coaching is known to help produce million dollar results www.writeoncreative.com/blog