Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Wow, I went more than an entire year without blogging. That's pretty impressive, or not. lol
Last year included two new jobs, more travel than I've ever done in one year (work and pleasure), my entry into competitive sports, and a brief but scary false alarm regarding breast cancer (the lumps were benign). I made more friends this past year than any other. It's been a whirlwind and most of my hobbies (including writing) were left by the wayside while I pursued new skills related to competitive pistol shooting. What an incredible journey! And it's not even close to being over.
Jason is incredibly supportive, as is my employer, and the competitive pistol shooting community has been the best group of people I've ever met. Finally a place where I feel welcome and embraced by men and women alike. I've met amazing world-class shooters like Julie Golob, Randi Rogers, Ashley Ruark, Bob Vogel, Nils Jonasson, and Ben Stoeger. And shot along side some incredible local talent as well!
My job at Wargaming has been stable and yet daunting with the amount of work ahead of me. I'm excited to be a part of such an impressively high-caliber team of BI professionals. And the trips to eastern Europe are interesting to say the least. lol
2014 included the loss of 2 beloved dogs, Abby and Bosley, and the addition of 2 new dogs, Blake and Dylan. We're fortunate that everyone remained healthy in 2015 and hope that trend continues.
This year I plan on continuing my journey into the world of competitive shooting, taking classes from world-class competitive shooting instructors, beginning the firearm instructor certification process and learning about competitive 3-Gun. Competitive shooting is by far the most expensive hobby I've taken on. But it's also brought multi-faceted benefits in terms of stress relief, confidence, independence, physical fitness, friendship, security, and finally a construction avenue to point my competitive spirit....and my barrel lol!
If you'd asked me in the beginning of 2014, before my first pistol class at KR Training, if I'd be shooting competitively, becoming a firearms instructor and flying across the country with firearms to compete in major matches, I would have laughed at you. I have a llllong way to go to be a really good shooter, but I've done well for the little practice that I've put in so far, I know that this year is going to have to involve a lot more practice if I want to move up competitively, and I am hoping I can find the motivation to do just that!
2015 was a blast. I expect 2016 to be no different!