Be yourself, everybody else is already taken.
On September 30, 2020, I wrote my third blog for Lady Shooter Lifestyles magazine’s website entitled, “Start by Starting.” The title originated from a quote by Meryl Streep. At the time, I was the editor of a new magazine and enjoying my Miranda Priestly moment (from “The Devil Wears Prada”) and beyond excited for the future that lay ahead. I find myself equally drawn to that same quote almost exactly one year later as I sit down to begin one of many firsts.
Today, I write my first blog for my newly created (manifesting future brand), Girl Gone Grateful. Today also brought my first real pre-competition practice session for my first 12 gauge FITASC competition. I realize that that many of you may not know what FITASC means, so I will get into that tomorrow…
When I wrote my first blog last year, I had not written anything in a creative manner since college. When I wrote my first article a few weeks later, I had not written anything like that since high school. Having had limited experience with the task at hand, the thought of what I was about to do was slightly scary, and equal parts intimidating and exciting. I had spent months holding onto the interviews of the three ladies who were the heart and soul as well as the most gracious subjects of my first to-be-published article. In order to get the words flowing, I sat down to write a much less intimidating blog, and it was like the floodgates of words opened up from my mind and came out through my fingertips on the keyboard.
It has been almost a year since I got to see my words and the creation of my story around these incredible women in print, and I couldn’t be more grateful for every single second of that journey which led me here to this moment and where I am today. That journey led me to publish many more articles which gave me the opportunity to meet some of the most incredible women I know and respect. It led me to discovering more about myself and pushed me to challenge myself. It also led me to realize that I did not want to be Miranda Priestly like I thought, nor did I want to be the editor of a magazine more than I wanted to maintain the incredible independence offered by entrepreneurship.
My facial and skincare business brings me the most humble sense of purpose I could have ever hoped for. I get to go to work every day and help people feel better about their skin and about themselves. I always say it’s like going to play with life size barbies that talk back. It doesn’t even feel like work, and I get to use science and data to form custom skincare treatment plans for my clients. Because of the flexibility of running my own business and making my own schedule, I am now able to build a life I truly love, which includes teaching shooting lessons to new and beginner shooters. If you had asked me ten years ago how I saw my life going, I would have said nowhere special. At that time, I was unwed with a baby, I had dropped out of college to have the baby, and I was working forty hours a week in the Oil & Gas Industry, feeling completely miserable because I wanted to spend more time with my baby.
The first time I picked up a shotgun was November 17, 2012, a perfect Saturday afternoon just days after my 26th birthday. My older brother took me as a birthday present. The course of my life was forever altered that day because I simply fell in love with shooting clays. One year later, I purchased my first firearm ever: a Beretta A400 semi-automatic shotgun. I spent the next several years shooting as much and as often as I could. I shot my first competition in January of 2016, and haven’t stopped since. The picture above is from my second dove hunt ever last weekend, which took place just two weeks after my first dove hunt ever. It took me years to get from sporting clays to hunting, where most people who shoot sporting clays start off hunting.
Life is so incredibly beautiful in its simplicity, juxtaposed with the complexity of decisions and moments that define you, change you, motivate you, and sometimes break you. I assure you that I have experienced each one of these moments, and I look forward to sharing them with you on this blogging journey…it’s gonna get deep. In the writing I have done thus far, I have always strived to maintain a complete sense of transparency and integrity to the reality of any situation. Therefore, I will not only be presenting or writing about not only the good that happens, but also the bad.
“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
2 Corinthians 12:19 NLT
I truly love the Lord with all my heart, and that plays a big role in my life and how I view the world. Through this blog, I pray that my words will be inspired by my faith. I want to share with you all the wonderful ups and downs of my life, and how learning to be grateful for both has given me the life of my dreams.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Matthew 6:33 KJV
When I started seeking God in everything I did, all the pieces started to fall into place like Jesus magic. Through an extreme and humble sense of gratitude for all that life has brought me thus far, I have been able to learn what it truly means to be alive and live a life worth living. And I can’t wait to share that with you.
In this blog, you can expect to read all about my life and how gratitude helps me get through it all.
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I am a mother, an esthetician, a competitive sporting clays shooter, a shooting instructor, a writer, and above all a child of God with lots of life experience to share. I love living life in the most authentic way, being grateful for the good and the bad.