Monday, April 15, 2013

Strengths & Weaknesses

What are your two greatest strengths? What areas would you like to improve?

Strengths? Sure, I have a few. I am much more aware of my weaknesses though. Why is that? Most of the time we tend to focus on the negative characteristics that we possess as opposed to our strengths. Everyone's been blessed with certain traits that should be acknowledged from time to time. At first, I felt awkward writing out this post. Mostly due to the fact that my weaknesses far outnumber the handful of strengths I have. I like it that way though. It constantly makes me realize that in my weakness, God's strong. There's no way I could have these characteristics without Him.

If I were to name two strengths, I'd say empathy and forgiveness. I have always tried my hardest to place myself in others shoes. When I see someone hurting, I automatically revert back to a hard time in my life. I try to relive them in my mind for a second and all of the emotions I felt start to flood back. It's in that moment that I can relate to the brokenhearted, the downtrodden. The ones who feel lost, hopeless, abandoned and afraid. Instantly I feel God's sweet love saturating my heart.

When it comes to forgiveness, it's taken me some time to build this strength. This was actually one that developed from a weakness. Crazy how that works out, huh? I used to hold bitterness and anger inside when someone would hurt or offend me. It's taken lots of tears and prayers to finally overcome. The Holy Spirit brought me to my senses one day. Holding onto unforgiveness only hurts myself. Now that I've realized this, I can honestly say that forgiving has become easier. Sure it's still a little hard at times. But it's coming more and more naturally now. It feels good to extend mercy and grace to other people. God knows that I constantly need it and thanks to Jesus it's freely given unto me. So why not give it just as freely as I have received it? It's beautiful and it brings an overwhelming sense of freedom.

As far as things that I would like to improve, the list is a mile long. I'm still flawed to the max, but so very thankful for God's help in each of these areas. I am looking forward to working on the following:

Loving more • Assuming less • Controlling my temper • Being content • Not becoming complacent
Respectfully disagreeing with others • Speaking up • Remaining humble • Giving without hesitation
No comparing • Being joyful through affliction • Consistency in my time spent with God • No worries
Helping out a lot more • Working harder • Being the best wife, daughter, sister + friend that I can be

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Family + Food Trucks

I'm back a few days early! Guess I missed y'all too much. The past week has been filled with crazy work schedules, time with my love, birthday celebrations and a little blog revamping. I promise you, I will be keeping this layout for a long time!

Now onto some updating! This week was pretty darn craaazy. It had it's moments, but overall it was good. Last Saturday night my Nana (my sis-in-law's mama) was brought to the ER with bad dizzy spells. She couldn't walk and it gave us a scare. G and I went to visit her after church on Sunday. They decided to keep her overnight for tests. By Monday afternoon, she was on her way home. The doctors think it's her equilibrium. She has a follow up appointment this coming week.

My niece and nephew came over for a few hours on Monday. Uncle G taught them the ins and outs of gun safety. We'd like to bring them to the gun range soon. Since they're home-schooled, it will be an awesome extracurricular activity. Monday night = family night and yesterday was my bro's b-day. He hit the big 42! Strong drinks, good food and tons of laughs!

Both G & I were called into work for a few hours today. On our way, I noticed a food truck rally was taking place right down the street from our house. Whenever we got home, we changed and went to get food! I've been wanting to go to a rally for quite some time now, so I was really excited about the whole thing. Babe opted for a bacon wrapped hot dog, while I feasted on fry bread tacos. We had so much fun, even though it felt like it was 2875° outside. That's Florida for ya!

1) My love on Sunday lookin' all hot. 2) Abigail Rose. Sometimes I can't handle her cuteness. 3) Hands on gun safety. It was not loaded, obviously. 4) My sweetie pie. 5) Iced hazelnut latte made my moi. 6) My bro loved the grumpy cat t-shirt that we got him. 7) Trying to keep cool. 8) Fry bread tacos! 9) Goofballs.

Great Saturday week, fo sho.

Saturday, April 06, 2013

First Time Shooting

I can now mark 'go to a gun range' off of the list! Eeeek!

A few weeks ago, Garrett and I purchased a Glock 26 for home protection. Well, you see, my husband has known how to shoot a gun since he was 8 y|o. I, on the other hand, had never even held a gun before. G's been teaching me safety, techniques and basic knowledge for a few months now.

We decided it was time to finally test it out. On a whim, we headed over to Shooters World this afternoon. It's a huge indoor range about 20 minutes from our house. I was ready. We filled out our registration forms, bought some ammo and put on our ear muffs. Well, as soon as we reached our stall and started setting up, I had a mini freak out session. Guess I wasn't as prepared as I thought.

Yes, I knew what I was doing. I knew how to load it, how to hold it, how it all works, etc. I just didn't know what to expect. What would the recoil feel like? Would the shell hit me in the head? Haha. All these questions tumbled around my mind while gun shots rang in my ears. It was a lot to take in, but I chose to step up. I pushed back the fear, picked up the gun, aimed the best that I could and pulled the trigger. And there it was. I then knew what to expect and you know what? It really wasn't all that bad!

I can honestly say that I love shooting now and the taboo is finally gone. Garrett and I are planning on becoming members so that we can go regularly. Can't wait to go back and try out different guns! Also, I have to thank my hubby. He was extremely patient with me while I had my meltdown.