Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Today is New Year's Eve. Do you have any plans for tonight? What about plans for 2014?

If you haven't thought about what you want to do, or where you want to go in 2014, maybe it's time to set some priorities.

Some people make resolutions, some people make goals. We prefer setting priorities. If you make something a priority, it will keep getting done, even when times are tough. Sometimes 'resolutions' just get forgotten.

So what might your priorities be? They can be as vast as the sand on the seashore, or as simple as a few words. Take some time this week to think about YOUR priorities. Make a list, or at least write something down for YOU to see and to remind you where you wanted to be focused.

I think my priorities will be something like this:

Reading my Bible
Family time
Spending time outdoors

That doesn't mean We won't still be living the same life. We'll still be working, educating the girls and planting a garden. However I want these priorities to help me make good use of my time by staying focused on what really matters. I find it really helps if I can explain my priorities to my husband Kurt. If I can't explain them to him, how can he support me? It also gives him time to tell me what his priorities are for the year. When we work together, things go much smoother!

Of course, there are lots of other noble goals. Are they going to become YOUR priorities for 2014? Maybe you have some; like getting in shape, eating better, or getting out of debt. Those are all things that can guide your daily choices to lead you where you want to go.

Tomorrow begins a new calendar year. Choose to make it a great one!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Go afield

I really like this picture & quote on the wall at the Bass Pro Shops "GrandDaddy" store in Springfield, Missouri!

"Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forests and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person." -Fred Bear

Whether you hunt with your camera, a bow and arrow, or just your binoculars, the outdoors can make a positive change in your life. Spending time in nature can lower your stress level and improve your stamina. Go outdoors!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Outdoors = Healthy

In a world where we spend our days in a controlled environment, where it seems that 72 degrees is "perfect" and being "real" is not, perhaps we have lost sight of reality.

Have you ever wondered why some people just stay healthier than others? While there are tons of variables, I think the most obvious one we usually miss is this: being outdoors improves your health (both physical and mental!)

When is the last time you took a hike that went further than your mailbox? When was the last time you went camping, or made a snowman, or picked your own flowers? When people spend time outdoors they are usually healthier than those who stay inside all the time.

The goal of this blog is to encourage you to GET OUTDOORS! 

We will be writing about places to go outdoors (especially family-and-budget-friendly ones!) We have several favorite outdoor places around the midwest, and we want to share them with you.

We will be sharing photos of great things you might find outdoors, as well as some tips about getting and staying healthy. Our goal is to motivate you to take charge of your health. Hopefully you will be encouraged to make healthy choices every day.

Won't you join us on this fascinating journey called life? Enjoy it with us, outdoors!