Thursday, March 22, 2018

resolution-ing in 2018 [5]

I just wanna go on more adventures.

Fishing...not so much, I'm the one that won't be caught with a rod and without a book....just in case. Now catching? Count me in!

My 30-something 29th birthday fell on a Thursday this year. Repeat after me...lame! I desperately wanted a reason NOT to go to work on my birthday well because its my birthday and I shouldn't have to go to work, so when I got invited to go fishing, I grabbed my book and I went!

Turns out, not a page was read and even though it was a little chilly it was a super fun day! I jokingly said all I wanted for my 29th birthday was to catch a 29 lb fish....check!

Everything we caught was 20+ lbs and I insisted on pictures with every single one of them, even the "babies". While I'm not too shabby at reeling 'em actual setting the hook and catching could use some work.

We polished off my birthday with some bowling......where I got one strike....the very first frame. They were scared for a while, until my true bowling skills showed up after that. Junk food was had by all, followed by a belly ache for me., but I wouldn't trade any of it!

I had a great birthday and was blown away by the number of texts, messages, snaps, calls and gifts that I received on my birthday. I have the best friends and family ever!!! Bring on another year!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

resolution-ing in 2018 [4]

I just wanna go on more adventures.

Adventure led me to the ice, after dark. I went on my first real ice fishing excursion to an undisclosed location.....I think it was a test from my fearless guide to see if I would leak the secrets.....I'm gonna pass the test.

I was informed it was a slow night, but I was just excited to catch fish. No monsters, but I think I'm getting the hang of it.

I never understood ice fishing....lets put on every layer we own, go sit out on the ice and shiver for a few hours and call it fun.....well ice fishing doesn't have to be like that. I was outfitted with a chair, a heater blowing in my face, a hut roof over my head, a beer in one hand and a fishing rod in the other.I didn't even have to wear gloves most of the night. As the saying goes, "Don't knock it 'til ya try it."

And just like that it was 11:30 and we were packing up to head home. I couldn't believe how fast 6 hours just flew by. I found myself saying...."just one more, then we can go".....just one more.

Burbot are eel-like, predatory fish that were illegally introduced into southwest Wyoming waters. The look like a cross between a catfish and an eel, taste like lobster....known as "the poor man's lobster" and are posing a big risk to native fish throughout the Green River drainage.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

resolution-ing in 2018 [3]

connect with good people.

Meeting people is college. As I "grew up" and left the college scene I found it increasingly harder to meet people. Maybe its because just meeting acquaintances and calling them friends no longer served me. Maybe I started to crave the quality over quantity. Anyway, its been a lot harder to meet people that I would call my tribe. So while I thought this was a great goal for me for 2018, I was dreading how difficult it could be to actually accomplish this, and then I realized I was in the box. Why can't I just think outside the box? Not everything is black and white all the time. And so to jump right into the gray area.....this week I connected with Ronda Rousey. You probably don't believe me, but I the gray area, even though there is nothing gray about her and her beliefs.

"I have been booed in thirty countries. I have been booed following UFC victories. I'm more used to being booed by a crowd than I am being cheered. I have never been a fan favorite. Pretty much my entire competitive career has been defined by people hoping to see me lose. In the UFC, I've embraced the role of the villain. I don't shy away from controversy. I don't hold back when it comes to speaking my mind. That doesn't always endear me to the masses. In a world that loves to root for the underdog, I'm always the favorite - and I always win." excerpt from NY Times Bestseller ROUSEY. 

I got this book in the mail on a Monday after work, I'd read half of it by bedtime.

Her strength, both physical and mental is empowering. I, in no dream world, would ever consider myself as big of a badass as her, but reading about her trials and tribulations, rising above the BS and creating an empire and a happy life left me feeling like I, too, could take on the world (not a UFC ring, but the world). The most surprising thing about Ronda? She cries. A lot.

A few of my favorite passages from her book: Night 1

"Do not accept less than what you're capable of."

"They don't award medals based on what you won before."

"Making a change in your life is as easy as making a decision and acting on it. That's it."

"People appreciate excellence no matter who you are."

A few of my favorite passages from her book: Night 2

"The only power people have over you is the power you give them."

"But you can't let other people affect your belief in yourself. They're going to tell you to be logical and be reasonable. They're going to say that because no one else has ever done something, that it can't be done. You have to be crazy enough to the believe that you are the one person in the history of the world who can create that change or accomplish that dream." 

"Some lessons have to be experienced to be learned."

"The hardest part is knowing when to walk away." 

connect with good people. connect with Ronda Rousey.