What do you do?

When you see this image you do see yourself as one of the bovine falling into the herd? Or simply doing your job pushing them to where they need to be?When you see the lightning do you grab your camera and try to capture the magic or do you head into a safe haven?Do you need to always be prodded on to the next step on your journey? Or do you pick up the hotshot and get things moving in the right the direction?When given the chance to ride through the testosterone driven pull pen would be prefer to stay on the other side of the fence? That’s probably the wisest choice but it’s exciting to feel the ground rumble as these bulls so effortlessly push and shove their opponents. Do you cast your line or just wait to be snagged by a random hook passing by?When there is a puddle so you stand around waiting for a chivalrous gentleman to place his coat over it for you to cross? Or do you jump smack in the middle of it splashing the poor people around you? Haha that’s me incase you didn’t know…Going to for Relaxing stroll?Or does the need for speed kick in?At the end of the day there is no right or wrong! Be you! Embrace the freedom thats yours for the taking, don’t let life pass you by while watching others experience it. We all have sunsets waiting to be enjoyed. How you choose to ride off in them depends on you. You don’t have to have an all expense paid vacation to some magical island to experience paradise, it’s all around you if you will allow yourself to partake in it. Have a great week.

“The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.” Deuteronomy 28:12

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Comfort Zones

Yesterday was the day day we tackled moving Jaceys stuff from Norman. To say this was an easy feat would simply be a lie! I can’t even begin to comprehend the loss of independence of not having your drivers license and to be at the mercy of others. That’s probably why I practiced extreme self control when I discovered just how much stuff this girl owned! I am not that girl that thinks the more the better. In fact it’s just the opposite, I am constantly getting rid of things. Downsizing, or as my girls put it, throwing stuff away. They are not wrong, and I probably go overboard, but it makes my life more manageable because I don’t tolerate clutter.

I have to say the past two days I have been impressed by her willingness to throw stuff out. She purged more things than I thought she’d be able to. Also I came across some cool gadgets she had! Baylee’s thoughts were, with as much stuff as she owns of course she’s bound to have good things in the mix.

To be fair, I annoy them equally. I think the single thing that Jacey can’t get past is that I wear the same thing over and over. Like when I’m home, you can bet what I’ll have on. As I’m sitting here composing this blog I have on my fuzzy under armor camo pants, no I don’t hunt, they are warm and comfortable, and my hooey hoodie. Yes for the rest of winter, every day I will wear them. Well I will part with them long enough to wash them….

6 years ago I was going through Jaceys clothes and found this huge Wrestle Mania hoodie. I confiscated it and that was my go to shirt. Everyday Jacey would say are you wearing it again? Why? So I threw it away. Then went back and dug it out the trash and continued to wear it for another season. See I really am a creature of habit. To the untrained eye, it may seem like the same dog the same day. Nope three different dogs, three different days, same shirt…I have no shame in this.

When I go to the ranch, if it’s too windy for my cowgirl hat, I have a favorite ball cap. Exhibit 1….This was in the mountains but I’ll still enter it as exhibit 2…Exhibit 3…Exhibit 4… I think you get the idea.Exhibit 5 making I’m not picky about where I’ll be sporting the look. Here we are fishing in Louisiana.

Sometimes our comfort zones makes those around us extremely uncomfortable. I’m happy to say that after 2 long days of packing, loading, unloading, setting up and storing and purging we are ready to start this week! I hope everyone out there has a productive weekend as well!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” Ecclesiastes 3:1

It really is that easy

We have entered into a digital age where clicking buttons has become the norm. Sometimes people get a little carried away in this aspect. I am astonished by how bold or oblivious people are! Maybe it’s the fact that they are hidden behind a keyboard or just that they lack any social graces? At first my inclination is to banish all digital traces of my existence. My second thought and action has been my GO TO move the last few years. Instead of simply removing myself, I remove the issue that made me uncomfortable. The delete function helps me out tremendously, I make lots of mistakes and it’s a giant eraser, however it’s not my greatest find. I have discovered the magic of blocking. It’s not only helpful in banishing telemarketers but also inconsiderate people.

I have devised a three step process. Ignore, delete then block. Feel free to try it. At first it might bother you to do this, it took me a little while myself. When you are used to trying to accommodate others your natural response is to put up with it. Then you realize why am I even giving it a though? Yep it sounds pretty harsh but I’ve learned it sometimes has to be done!

“Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

Under control or not

Sometimes I get the giggles, usually it’s at the most inappropriate times. I’m not EVEN kidding! When this happens I try to avoid looking at the people I’m with. Usually it’s Lisa demanding I stop which makes its that much harder. Once we were at a teachers meeting in an huge group and I was getting the hiccups. I have very annoying loud hiccups. She said leave and I said “No, I can be quite!” She gave me THAT LOOK. As we were arguing over this my hiccups escalated quickly. Finally the speaker turned to me and said,”do you need to leave?” I was laughing and hiccuping and she wasn’t happy which made it funnier. But in all fairness Lisa laughs too. LIKE the time I tripped over the fan cord in front of everyone in the gym, OR the time at the carnival I fell hard because of the stupid tarps not being tapped down. Too bad that she didn’t have her phone to document that, I’m sure it would have went viral.

One time we were in cowboy church and someone’s ringer went off. It wasn’t that a phone went it that was funny it’s what was playing. I can’t make this up. The tune that was blaring was “God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy!” Baylee was in on the laughing with me this time. A couple of weeks ago I was at the dollar tree talking to a friend and something hysterical happened. Every time I looked at Cheyann I said stop, because it was her face making me crack up! The next morning her mom wanted me to tell her what went down in the store because she knew I’d give the animated version of how things went down. I had to react the scene, with an award winning performance to to drive home how funny it really was.

When I related the story to my girls they said, you are the person that can’t control it the most. They were both making the air trafficking hand gestures like pointing to me. Indicating that’s how obvious I am when it comes to controlling laughing outbursts.

One time on a road trip with my friend Cyndi, we stopped in Amarillo for gas and restroom break. When she stood up to fasten her jeans the keys went into the toilet. We had a problem when the automatic flusher kicked in and we were left without keys! Don’t ask me what was funny about that, but again I had tears streaming down my face as we were stranded!

So if you’re with me and I get the giggles beware, they sometimes turn into sheep noises. Like trying to talk and laugh at the same time. I know I’m not the only person that does it. Maybe just the loudest. Sorry not sorry.

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job8:21

Yes I do it!

When I decide to focus on something I read about it, listen to book on and it research it. My kids tend to get a little about this. When I started listening to Joel Osteen, clockwork every morning 6 am. Yes I would listen to same sermons until I had them memorized.

I have followed Lady Gaga’s career since 2010. She’s very eccentric but also brilliant and I believe a very caring person. This summer I listened lots of interviews she and Bradley’s did and could not wait to see their smash hit. I was saying something about Pink, and Baylee said, “Mom that’s all you’ve talked about for months!” Jacey corrected her and said, yeah she’s has obsessed over her too but lately it’s beenGaga!”I do realize I go overboard according to some people’s standards, cough <Jacey and Baylee’s> but to me it’s perfectly Normal.I have learned to focus on things because honestly if you’ve ever been around me, that’s always been a bit of a struggle, staying focused. ask any of my teacher friends, they think I have ADHD, of course I don’t. Haha Now it’s easy for me to tune out insignificant things and and concentrate on my obsessions. If I find the subject fascinating I can dive right in. The thing I’ve realized the past few years is that I love learning new things. I put laminate flooring down and didn’t have a clue how to do it. But you can bet I was reading up on that too. Is it perfect? No I have a few gaps, butI think single thing about trying news things is that you can honestly decided for yourself if you like it or not. I had so many preconceived notions about different things, that honestly I would say “no I don’t like that, before I even tried it.”So it is what it is and There’s no telling what I’ll learn to do next. I wouldn’t mind to take a dressage lesson or two, but I’m not sure I could keep my butt in that small saddle without a horn. Also it’s very classical and lots of training so on second thought that might just be reading material and not actually something I pursue. What new things are y’all doing to get out of your box this year? and have fun is all that really matters. But if it’s something super cool that you think I might like, let me in on it.

‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

Tatted up!

January 1, 2014 I had my lips tatted. I told the makeup artist I wanted them the bright and red. To get the color I wanted she went three layers deep. Did it hurt? Yeah I was bruised and peeled for weeks. I didn’t care because I wanted it that badly. I noticed some fading going on with my lips and decided to get them retouched. I seriously have the best lady. She stays so booked I had to make my appointment 7 months ahead of time. No worries I’m in.

She was surprised that my lips retained the color so well and didn’t have to do much to restore them. We are constantly bombarded by 20 year old photoshopped girls trying to sell us on natural beauty. I disagree with the whole natural beauty thing. I spend lots of time trying to perfect the image but I don’t ever try try to sell it as natural! Lips done now moving onto eyeliner. Again I specifically told Rima Kay what I wanted. Very thick black on the top. Barely visible on the bottom. To drive the point home I told her I wanted to be cleopatra’s twin. Again she didn’t disappoint. Make up free YES, natural NO!

I’m not one of those people who say I’ll age gracefully. If you think my hair color comes from a box then props to you for noticing my efforts! I would be totally grey if I didn’t and that’s NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.

I used to think people that had procedures done were completely self centered. Carly Simmon’s you’re so vein is chorusing in my mind. But that’s when I was 18 years old, 5’9 and weighed 125 lbs. Now 50’s around the bend and I’m looking at Dolly Pardon and Cher thinking they figured this out years before the rest of us. They look amazing. That’s probably why they are still selling concerts and doing what they love because they feel good about themselves.

If you have something you dislike about yourself fix it. If it’s out your control pay someone to do it. I promise you one thing when you feel better it makes you more confident. The more confident you are the more productive you are. The opposite end of this is feeling bad about yourself and hating on everyone that does feel good about themselves. We have all encountered that person and heck may have even been that person. NEWSFLASH nobody likes it, stop it!

Why would I put pictures like this of myself out there? Simple I’m real. I’m not trying to be anyone I’m not. If you want to body shame me you’re late, I can point out to anyone my flaws, and I can do it faster than you. I’ve had years to examine all the things I hate about my body as I’m sure you all can do the same. Again we all need to be kinder to one another and even ourselves. That’s all I have on this. Have a great day!

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Yes Iโ€™ll go along for the RIDE

When I got a call to go to the ranch of course I went. Connie is definitely gearing up to barrel race again. I am firm that those days are behind me. Will I still round of up cattle? A big yes…It was cold and wet and I’m okay with that. Before we headed home she told me she was going to slow work the pattern. She did good. I shivered and encouraged her on. So I’m certain the look on my face indicates that I’m not just gonna to sit on the sideline for moral support.I ditched my hat and scarf and had a little fun.It’s called slow work for a reason, nothing fancy just the basic moves. Connie knew exactly how to call my bluff. Haha I took the bait hook-line and sinker. You can see by the smile on my face that despite the fridge temperatures and soggy ground, I enjoyed every second of it. As we are moving into the new year I hope everyone has something bigger and brighter to strive for. A new job, a hobby, a fitter body? We never know for certain what the future holds, but when you have some sort of expectation driving you forward, it certainly makes life worth living. I hope everyone has a great week!

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Goodbye 2018 hello 2019

I used Snapchat because I didn’t feel like putting makeup on. I also have not brushed my hair. It’s perfectly ok to think I’m being lazy because I actually am. Ha have a great day and start thinking about what 2019 has in store for you.

“See,I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mindโ€ (Isaiah 65:17

Putting them up then knocking them down

We certainly all have different ideas of happiness don’t we? 20 years ago I would have been perfectly content with the life I’m living, now it just seems so normal. These days I don’t accept the self imposed mediocrity. Why settle when I alone posses the power to go higher? We all are familiar of the villain’s vital components in fairytale. Good verses evil. What if instead of always viewing the evil as an actual villain, we suppress the side of us that sabotage our own freedom? Yeah that puts a whole new spin on it doesn’t it? What if we took a proactive stance in knocking down the self hate and replaced it with self empowerment. I like the way this is going so bare with me. Now we’ve built some momentum and to keep it going, we actually embrace our strengths and give a wink at the reflection in the mirror. No more pointing out the flaws in others or ourselves. Pucker up and kiss a frog instead of waiting for Prince Charming…Instead let’s zoom in on the smiles and not give a rip about how others perceive it. Who knows you may be an inspiration for others to break out of their own dungeon they’ve banished themselves to.

The longer I live the more I’m convinced the obstacles standing in our way were placed by us. That’s great news! If we put them up we can take them down. Today is a good day for a demolition project don’t you think?

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

Christmas Fun!

From sitting next to each other…To on top of each other…The bearded man in this photo is not Santa but Kade decorating gingerbread houses with Baylee.

While I like taking pictures of people doing things I won’t get embarrassing ones. Last night Jacey thought she would show me some she had snapped of me. They are less than flattering. She took pictures of me bending over. Why!!! Apparently I have the plumber crack going on, in not only one picture but multiple ones. I think she has lost her mind. When I saw that I said, “real funny, but you better not put that on Facebook!” She informed me that I sound like my mom. For the record, I do NOT SOUND LIKE MY MOM. I do have incriminating pictures of my mom stomping on a cigarette that she was smuggling so I’m guilty here as well.

I realized something that will make them cringe yesterday. While at my moms house, I literally caught myself doing the same thing they do to me, I was laughing at my mother. ๐Ÿ™ˆ Ummm I see they have picked up this terrible habit from me… (I’m hanging my head in shame). My greatest wish for everyone is that they feel love. On that note remember giving is always better than receiving, spread the love and cheer of this season! ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ โค๏ธ

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12