Friday, September 14, 2012
If you let fear of consequences prevent you from following your deepest instinct then your life will be safe, expedient and thin. - Katharine Butler Hathaway
DISCLAIMER: If you are anti-gun and/or anti-hunting please do not read any further as I'll be talking about both. Thank you!
Wisconsin has rich history in hunting. My great grandfather, grandfather and even my dad have hunted to supply meat for the family. My husband has been a hunter since his early twenty's. He hunts deer, turkey and the occasional rabbit. Keeping in mind that we eat the meat that is shot, that's why we hunt. The extra meat has really helped the grocery budget. So anywho....I wanted to join him. We thought it best if we both took a hunter safety class. For me to become familiar with guns and safety that is so important and for him as well. Many states now require non-resident hunters to have a hunter safety certificate prior to hunting in their state. We took the class and we both learned a lot. I don't think I'll be hunting deer in the future but, I thought I'd start by doing some turkey hunting. What's holding me back. The only thing between me and that turkey is a 20 gauge shotgun. It's a big gun, with a good kickback on it. I'm afraid of the gun. I take that back; I'm not afraid of the gun, I'm afraid of that dang kickback. My fear is so great that I can't shoot the gun, confidently! I've shot the gun just two times so far and both times I was shaking so bad. I know that I'm capable of shooting the gun, I know that I'd be able to shoot a turkey with it. But, my mind is telling me otherwise. I'm amazed (and I shouldn't be) on how one's mind can control what we do. The fear of the unknown consequences is so great that I'm afraid of taking that first step. There is a little voice that is telling me that I'm capable of shooting, I've had the proper training, don't be afraid. Unfortunately, at this time the louder voice is telling me that I'm incapable, I'm going to get hurt, what the heck are you doing? I need to 'shush' that voice and listen to my confident, courageous voice.
I know when I started running, I had some reservations and maybe a little fear. What was I thinking embarking on this new fitness adventure. Would I fail? Make a fool of myself? But, you know what? I didn't do any of those things. In fact, I surpassed my expectations. I ran a half-marathon last year and I finished in a great time. And than I ran another one this year and shaved 15 minutes off of my time. I've overcome my fear and uncertainty with running and have excelled. I just need to take that same experience and apply it towards my hunting adventure.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
I've been struggling with my faith for a few months now. I believe in Jesus the only Son of God. What I struggle with is how he could possibly love little ol' me? Me with my sins and imperfections. I'm working on my trust in Him and that he does care for me and the struggles that I go through daily. I know that the Devil is speaking to me and causing these doubts. I'm going to start setting my alarm just 10 minutes earlier so that I can do some bible meditations. I will win this battle with the Lord by my side.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Just a quick post before I head out for a run.
I'm really trying hard to maintain my running mojo, since I've finished my half-marathon August 18th. I guess, overall, I've just been I'm trying to maintain my healthy mojo! My eating has begun to backslide, I'm not getting the sleep that I need, and I'm not pushing my self when I run. It has become to easy for me to walk a little bit when I'm running. Not that there is anything wrong with that but, I'm doing it for the wrong reasons. I'm not winded, I'm not gasping for breath, my legs are hurting; it's simply that little voice saying, "Go ahead and walk, no one has
So, even though a week of September has already gone by, I'm giving myself some goals for the month.
1) Find another run to do this fall. It doesn't have to be a half-marathon. Maybe a 5K and I can work on improving my speed and set a PR for the run.
2) Cut back on the sugar intake. The last couple of months, I know that my sugar intake has increased which is a contributing factor to my mood. Too much sugar is not good for me.
3) Increase my sleep time. I'm a person that needs at least 7 hours of sleep to feel good. I can manage on less but, if I listen to my body, it's not running at its optimal best. I need to walk away from the computer, TV, dishes, etc. and get back into reading a book for the last hour of my evening.
4) Get back in touch with my spiritual side. I've lost my way from God. He's there waiting for me. I just need to reach out to him more.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Everyday offers a new chance to look around and see the beauty and blessings that God has given us. I'm learning to focus on those blessings and the positives in my life and not the negatives.
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