I'm Cristina Blackwell owner of DashinMoments. This was very inspired by my dog Dash and his ability to always be happy and in the moment.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. This hasn't always been my home. I was born in the dry heat of Arizona. When I turned 11 my father was retiring and we moved to the Philippines to be closer to my mother's family -- culture and climate shock number 1!
I loved growing up there. Although I did my best at socializing, I was and still am an introvert. I spent a lot of time on our farm alone with the animals, nature, and my creativity. It was where I felt at peace, especially with my horses. I got my first horse Freedom, an unhandled yearling, when I was 12 and that was just the beginning. Armed with a rope (I didn't even get a halter guys), determination, and some luck I learned with/from Freedom and the horses that came after.
My desire to help and care for people drove me to become an RN and have been for several years in Oregon. I grew up knowing I would come back to the US but that didn't make it any easier, very bittersweet. I moved to Oregon, alone, in 2013 -- culture and climate shock number 2!
Many moments big and small happened between then and now. I learned to stand on my own two feet, navigated the new environment *and seasons*, met & married my soulmate, and adopted an amazing pitbull boxer border collie mix. (at least that is what his DNA test says XD) and eventually got a foal of our own named Carbon.
Horses have been and always will be a huge part of my life. I strive to create and improve the bond between horse and human through trust, respect, and connection that is focused on the individual horse and person.