I came across this image and message of “stop with the excuses” a while ago. I found it inspiring because don’t we all come up with reasons, blame, justifications, and ways to whitewash an outcome? As we head into the week, read the piece from ‘Save the Cowboy’ and think about what ways you’re inhibiting your progress in life. Let’s do our best to keep going but quit those nasty excuses.
“You’ve reached your limit when you reach for excuses. – Save the Cowboy
So what excuses do we make?
I’m afraid – Afraid of what they may say. Afraid of what might happen. Afraid that it won’t happen. Have courage, stand up, ride the horse, ask the girl, go anyway.
I’m broken – Yes, we all are to some extent. But being broken and remaining broken are two different things. If you want to become unbroken, don’t make the next excuse.
I can’t… – You’re right, you can’t. Of course, you’d also be right if you said you can.
I don’t know how – Then make mistakes. Find someone that does know how. Do something besides whine.
But I’m too… – You’re too what? Shy? Old? Young? Skinny? Fat? Whatever word you use is a lie.
Someday I will… – No, you won’t. The passage of time changes nothing except the date on the calendar. Do something today that will be a step towards who you want to be in the future.
But they… – No one is to blame but you. Take responsibility. Take action. Take control.
I’m sure some of these hit home, but just in case — what’s your excuse? Because remember, “A valid reason doesn’t mean it’s a good excuse.” www.savethecowboy.com Background photo by Brandee Gillham.”
Do you remember when you were a princess, had huge dreams, climbed to the top of towers, and slew dragons? Hopefully, you’re still that girl (or guy!), so to speak. As we grow up and learn responsibility, respect, patience, and even fear, we sometimes forget where we started and worry about toppling. If we let the doubt take over, it will hold us back. Today, take a minute and remember back to that time when you were carefree, and embraced the challenge of slaying dragons.
That’s a picture of my daughter. She might’ve been around four-years-old at that time. Yes, she was at the top of the jungle gym, slaying a dragon or monster of some sort. My, to have the imagination of a four-year-old! Something that I’ve never let her forget is that she can slay dragons. If you listen to this week’s MAC Outdoors podcast you’ll hear her tell some stories about conquering obstacles on the way to becoming an independent young lady.
Something I’ve never let her forget is that she can slay dragons. If you listen to this week’s MAC Outdoors podcast (linked below) you’ll hear her tell some stories about conquering obstacles on the way to becoming an independent young lady.
We dropped her off at college over a month ago. She hit the ground running and has embraced her classes, she’s meeting new people, and shooting more shotgun competitions than ever.
At one shotgun shoot, she encountered a “dragon” who discouraged but didn’t stop her. Listen up as she tells the story of intimidation, obstacles, and other challenges she faced as she shot at took first place in her class and division during that event.
I am very proud of the wonderful woman she has become. She is still my beautiful, little princess, and she’s slaying dragons. Be a dragon slayer — Metaphorically speaking, of course!
Mia and Lea share how to use obstacles as challenges to help shoot for a win
Pagosa Springs, Co: In episode 026 of the MAC Outdoors Podcast with Mia and Lea the duo discusses how Lea is overcoming obstacles to win shooting competitions.
Many times we battle ourselves when we’re at the line, ready to shoot. Then there’s the competition, which sometimes tries to get into your head. And of course, the elements, be it heat, cold, wind, or other things Mother Nature throws our way.
Liste up as Lea tells us how obstacles have appeared before her, how she addressed them and how she used them as challenges to shoot for the win.
MAC Outdoors Podcast: Each week the dynamic mother/daughter duo share their hunting, shooting, and outdoor adventures. You’ll find tips, tricks, lessons, and tales from the trail. Mia is a mom, hunting guide, writer, and vlogger who lives on a ranch in Colorado. Her daughter, Lea, also a guide, is a passionate young hunter who’s recently finished high school and is now in the first year of her college journey. TUNE IN because you never know what obstacles and inspiration they’ll encounter as they head outside for new adventures.
Merriam’s Turkeys have gorgeous white-tipped feathers. I guide hunts for these great gobblers, and I hunt them myself. They are a majestic bird that deserves an honorable place on the table as well as the wall.
Today I want to share a beautiful way to add to your interior decor as well as display your turkey’s fan. I love the beauty of the carved, oak leaf look offered by this mounting plaque. It’s made by Heritage Game Mounts and is a classy way to display your turkey fan, beard, and spurs. It’s also easy to put together.
I’m getting pretty excited for this fall’s hunts. Although I didn’t draw all the tags I’d hoped for, I do have a few hunts in the works.
During the hottest last days of summer, I’ll be pursuing pronghorn with my bow again. I’ll then head to the high country to look for a bugling bull or at least one that’s enticed by the mews of a cow call. I used to always chase teal in Louisiana, mid-September, on my birthday. However, it seems my good friend, Becky Lou’s #GirlsHuntOut has been taken to a new venue by a new group. I’ve yet to find an opening in their event, so I’ve taken to new waterfowl hunting country. Guess what that means? Yes! NEW duck hunting adventures await, and I’m in training for them. Learn how I’m preparing in my column over at Beretta Blog.
With hot summertime temperatures, some might be surprised that we’ve already got our sights focused on waterfowl and upland hunting season. There are those out shooting summer leagues at the shotgun range and others who are booking September teal hunts, November pheasant hunts, and January goose pursuits. As many approach the stand at the range, they think of their scores, winning a shoot, or how to prepare for hunting season.
What is your connection to nature? How often to you go outside? Do you live in the city? Have you found a walking trail, park or sidewalk that has trees or plants growing alongside? Do you share it with others?
When I was a youngster, I ran the hills behind our rural home. Later, as a teenager, I lived in the big city of San Diego. My grandmother planted flowers in the beds alongside her house. I remember finding critters or creatures roaming among them. There were pigeons nested in the palms out front. My grandfather battled the skunks that foraged in his beautiful green lawn. They created nature right there in their yards.
I found ponds where I saw ducks and geese. I discovered walking and running trails around lakes. I located beautiful neighborhoods with Torrey pines, palm trees and even areas where there were groves. Heck. Did you know there are even plants in the deserts of California and along the sandy beaches? Nature is everywhere.
My friend Trent shared this video (See below) on Facebook. I had to watch it because Nature Valley is a company of which I’ve admired for many years. I noticed there are many thumbs down on the video. There are many negative comments. “Why?” I’ll tell you. “It’s because of technology.”
You see, it’s not just the young who are trapped by technology anymore. It’s the old and everyone in between too. The people who are watching this video are on their devices. It’s a sad thing to someone like me, who strives to get people outside. Many live in urban areas. They haven’t gotten a chance to experience nature and some don’t get to see it.
Go notice the one flower that’s growing through the crack in the concrete. Look at the hedges on the way to class. Take some pictures. Let’s make it a goal. Can we share at least one thing from nature this week? Post them on your social sites. There is a lot out there. Go see it. Share it. What do you find in nature?
Hey, Mom. I know you used to teach this to me. Get off your keester, quit playing farming games, and go look at the grass that’s already sprouting. Spring is here. Go experience it. You can play a game later.
This week at Armed Lutheran Radio I’m on my way to Florida and share some tips for you to have safe travels. Listen up or read on to learn some of the ways you can have a safe, enjoyable travel experience.
According to Denver’s 7 News Crime is up at Denver International Airport compared to last year. This includes car burglaries, larcenies and assaults. In their report, Denver Police Commander Tony Lopez said “We are one of the safest airports in the country,”
2016 reports also state that car burglaries are up 108 percent from that time in 2015. That means if you have to use overnight parking, you should absolutely NOT leave anything of value in your vehicle. Assaults, which primarily make up the “other crimes against persons” category, show a 54 percent increase. Year to date numbers show 13 incidents in 2015 and 20 incidents in 2016.
There are other concerns you as a traveler need to be aware of. One that many of you may be aware of due to the new cards your bank has been sending is that of electronic pickpocketing. When you’re sitting in the airport and a random person comes and sits or stands beside you and there are plenty of other seats or open areas, you can bet them may be using radio frequency identification to electronically steal your information. Although you may have found it a bit annoying to update your cards and learn to use them, your bank is helping stop this crime with the new EMV chips on credit cards.
Another way to prevent this scanning is with RFID–blocking wallets. Some say these are a waste of time due to the new chip in the credit cards, but if you don’t have a new passport, thieves can steal your information from it as well. Put your passport in an RFID blocking sleeve, wallet or purse.
Another concern is that of actual pickpocketing. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in an airport and many people in congregated areas. This is an ideal time for thieves to reach into or even take bags. Next time you’re at the airport, take a gander around. Look at how many people are NOT keeping an eye on their personal items. Don’t be a victim. Carry backpacks on the front of your person. Make sure purses and suitcases are zipped and closed tightly.
You may think TSA is your friend because, after all, they are security, right? Jay Brainard, a TSA security director in Kansas, explained that news came out regarding TSA employees stealing passengers’ expensive carry-on items from their bags. Since then the TSA Office of Inspection has sent investigators out to randomly check but how do you know your items aren’t being stolen? Pay close attention because once you get past security and to your gate, it’s probably too late to run back and find your items. The best way to prevent this loss is to use carry-on bags that can have locks attached. If you’re like me, you’ll also never want to check your jewelry, cameras or valuable Swarovski optics. It’s a lot to carry, but you just never know if it’s going to make it to your destination. Carry them on and lock them up.
If you’re like me, you’ll also never want to check your jewelry, cameras or valuable Swarovski optics. It’s a lot to carry, but you just never know if it’s going to make it to your destination. Carry them on and lock them up.
Another concern that I feel many Christians need to deal with is that of telling the truth. You see, a seemingly innocent traveler may actually be interviewing you for personal information. Nonchalantly asking about your family, daughter or son, where you live, type of vehicle you drive or even what church you attend may be a way to determine how easy of a target you are. Although we’re commanded to not give false testimony, it’s important to protect ourselves and our family’s from unlikely predators.
These are just a few tips for would-be travelers. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, don’t let a predator ruin your day. Be aware. Be conscious and always be safe. Next week I’ll be back on Armed Lutheran Radio t0 tell you more about the firearms we’ll be shooting during the Florida Hog Hunt in Remington Country.
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RMEF Maintains Stance:
No Sale or Transfer of Public Lands
MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation maintains its long-standing stance in adamantly opposing the sale or transfer of federal lands to states.
“We have always been against the sale or transfer of our public lands but now we’re seeing some western state legislatures mulling or taking action that could lead to that happening. We’re also hearing some chatter on the federal level,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “This is dangerous for two reasons. First, it could result in the privatizing of these lands and the subsequent permanent loss of public access for hunters, anglers, hikers and others. Second, this discussion is a smoke screen of sorts that does nothing to address the real issue of the crucial need for active management of our forests.”
RMEF released a detailed position on the issue in 2016. In addition to stating an opposition to the wholesale disposal, sale or transfer of federal land holdings, it also highlighted the urgent need for active land management.
The lack of active management has a detrimental impact on the landscape in the form of ailing forest health, an increasing number of catastrophic wildfires and a reduction in quality habitat for elk and other wildlife.
RMEF maintains litigation reform is essential to limit non-stop, frivolous lawsuits by environmental groups that use their political agendas to frustrate the implementation of badly needed land management practices as they also seek to eliminate any consideration of multiple use in many national forests.
Additionally, RMEF maintains that some within public land management fundamentally oppose active management of forest and range resources in favor of a hands-off preservation approach to landscapes which has a detrimental effect on wildlife and wildlife habitat.
“We call on RMEF members across the nation and America’s sportsmen and women to contact representatives in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate to urge them to provide federal land managers the tools and direction to develop and implement effective active land management procedures. We also call on them to strongly urge state and federal lawmakers to speak out against the sale or transfer of public lands to protect our ability to hunt, fish, camp, ride and recreate, and then hold them accountable for their actions.” added Allen.
About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 222,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” atwww.rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.
Take action: join and/or donate.
Each year with the dawning of the New Year we see hoards of people resolving to be healthy and flocking to the gym. Have you ever wondered how many of them decide to instead change their lives and get active by hiking the hills, carrying a weapon weighing five to ten pounds, in search of organic food?
I’m not big on these resolutions made on the first day (Day One) of each year. Instead, each day I write my visions and, as these Day One friends do, I always include health. On the coming of the new year, I reflect upon my life.
My! Oh, my! How events stack up in our memories. The accomplishments, the struggles, the family and friends who’ve touched our lives, the goals we’ve reached, and the blessings that have occurred.
This year in counting my blessings, my thoughts ran to my dad. They do this daily, but this year they settled on him. You see, it’s a five-year anniversary since the doctors diagnosed him with, and he succumbed to, cancer. I also lost my brother many years ago, and I remember the fifth year sans sibling to be a difficult one as well. (Don’t ask me why five years, for I cannot explain the grief that occurs when we lose loved ones.)
Although I cannot bring back those that I cherish, what I can do is strive to live a healthy life in hopes to be here longer for those who revere me. I also work to stay upbeat and positive, to lead a happier life, which also leads to health.
Since my father, and a few other family members were taken by cancer, I’ve often looked up things to help stove off the disease. These are anticarcinogens. Have you ever taken the time to review some of these articles? Today I’ll reference one because it lists ‘Top 12-Cancer Fighting Foods’, and we may not all make it to the gym, but we all must eat.
Check out the list and give yourself a score. How are you doing in eating healthy?
Healthy Unrefined Oils (Coconut, Flax, Cod Liver and Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
Instead of vowing to give money to the gym (statistics show you’re not going to go), why not pledge to adopt a lifestyle that’ll help you resist the mysterious disease, for which there’s no known cure? — Cancer.
Upon looking at the above list, I think of my lifestyle; The hunting lifestyle. When we’re out in the backcountry for numerous days, we catch fish, collect wild greens, mushrooms, and berries to supplement our meals. Some of my favorite snacks to include in my backpack are mixtures of nuts, seeds and dried fruits. Then, of course, our goal is to bring home organic meat.
You see, the hunting lifestyle is already one that supports cancer-fighting qualities. Then you add in the miles we hike through the most beautiful scenery upon which you’ve ever placed your eyes. According to the National Cancer Institute, stress increases the likelihood of cancer, plus exercise increases health. Obviously, an experience, such as hunting, that brings joy is one that’s anticarcinogenic.
For my Daily Visions, I’ll be continuing my quest for health as well as spreading the news that hunting is healthy. Best wishes to you, each day, and in the New Year. Get outside. Live healthy. Be happy.