Sharing Mia’s Minute – January

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It’s the second week of the year. If you make them, how have your resolutions or goals been progressing? Do you make these personal accountability statements only on the first day of the year or do you work on them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Do you state your intentions and then go all in, or do you ease into it so your system doesn’t go into shock? Are you going to get outside every day? Are you going to get healthy? Are you going to try to reduce your stress?

“Woah! That’s a lot of questions, lady! — I don’t even make resolutions.”

In January of 2019, I made a word of the year. — “Relationships.” I chose the word because it’s something I saw that others needed to work on, and when I think of a “should” for someone else I also look to myself. I needed to work on this too!
A few things that I learned:

  • People need people.
  • People struggle in relationships.
  • We spend a lot of time focused on ourselves.
  • We don’t know what other people want.
  • Sometimes we talk at people.
  • People are bad with names but don’t have to be.
  • Humans need to be more curious.

I’ve made some of my best friends at hunting camp, on trail rides, at leadership summits, conventions, and elsewhere. One of the best things I’ve done is to be curious and ask questions about them rather than talk about me. — Be curious.

Then there is the world around us. We need to look at that too. Are there crystallized bits of frost in the corners of the cracks in the sidewalk? How are they sparkling? Are the ravens collecting seeds this morning? Did you look out your window? What color is the sky? What kind of clouds are those?

Let’s get curious.

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch


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Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, keynote speaker, and a range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast. 

Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.

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