Day 2193 – How Mini Golf Gave Me A Lesson In Pride

As I’ve been thinking about our trip, I realized I got a really good lesson in pride when we went to the beach.

Pride is something I’ve struggled with for a long time and only a few years back realized I had a problem. I had so much pride, I didn’t think I had a problem. Once I became aware of my pride, which seemed to be in every ounce of my being, I started taking steps to be humble. To not think more highly of myself and to not think less of others for things I saw on the surface. I think I’ve had some growth in this area, but I realize it will be a life long struggle….

When we went to Monterey, California, we played a round of mini golf…3D/black light mini golf! On the first hole, I sunk the ball on only two strokes! On par! Bret ended up taking seven strokes. I had a thought pass through my mind, “HA HA! I will crush him!” On to the next hole….Bret finished in five strokes….and I finished in eleven. Ouch. I don’t think I fully realized how pride had reared it’s ugly head at the time. After that I just played on and had a blast. After a few more holes, it was evident this was a “just for fun” game.

Our end totals were 38 and 45 on a course with a par of 18. 3D really did make it harder! Goodbye depth perception!

So all in all, I learned that I am still a big fat sinner and will continue to be. I’m just thankful I have a husband that still loves me, despite my sin.

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Day 1299 – The Hardest Thing I’ve Had To Overcome Working For Myself

My whole working career, whether photography or 9-5 jobs, I have worked extremely hard. I feel like it’s a bad day if I haven’t put out 110%. Heck, I even worked through mono. I don’t know how…no, I do…after trying all kinds of over the counter stuff for a cold (which is what I thought I had)…I realized the only thing that “worked” was Mountain Dew. Knowing what I know now, that was probably the WORST thing I could have had. Anyways, I had been programed that you couldn’t miss work. I have only ever called out of work 2-3 times in the 14 years I worked for others, and those were dire circumstances. I was programed that you HAD to get up super early for work.

And this is how it was for several months working from home. I would be so hard on myself if I slept even minutes past 7 or 8. I would push myself to work through sickness. It took probably 3-4 months to realize I didn’t HAVE to get up at a certain time for work…unless I had a job or appointment of course. While it was hard to accept, I finally did.

But that wasn’t the hardest part. The hardest thing has been letting myself rest when I’m sick and not feeling bad about it.

The past few days, I’ve been feeling worse and worse. At first I thought I was just moody…”got up on the wrong side of the bed, can’t figure out a reason why” kind of moody. But then yesterday, I realized, no, you’re sick woman. As much as I fought it last night into today, I am sitting here with a stuffy head, in a fog and feeling completely worthless.

The reason most people go into small business for themselves is because they want to work for themselves. They want to make all the decisions. It’s incredibly liberating. But the other side of the coin is this…if you are a one woman (man) show, if you’re sick, your company is closed.

This leaves me with two main choices. Keep working, put out sub-par work and make myself even worse off. Or, I can ensure all my HAVE to work is done and I can rest.

So, as I sit here in a fog, trying not to look at my 6 page to-do list, I decide I will rest.

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Day 1275 – Pride, It Comes In All Sizes

Yesterday, I modeled for K&B Bridals and Event Planning. It was SO much fun! I felt like a brand new person. It was AMAZING. I’ll share more pictures as they become available! It was a great time of being on the other side of the camera. (Boy, do you guys put up with a lot! Juuuust kidding)

I have shared a little before about my pride problems. It is a sin that I didn’t realize I struggled with until about 3-4 years ago. Now, I’m not talking about “good” pride. Like, I’m proud of my work or proud of my husband. I’m talking the deep seated, I’m better than you pride.

When I sat down to get my hair done, I made a few comments about having awesome hair and how I planned on selling it one day (I’ve heard you can get like $500 bucks for hair!) I didn’t really think about these comments too much until I got home.

I noticed at dinner after the show that I had hair extensions in! I had NO idea they were in there! When I got home and started pulling out the bobby pins and hair, I found I also had a doughnut sized fluff thing to give me more volume.

Then it hit me….wow….there I was thinking I had this great hair and they had to do SO much to it to make it look good. That’s when I realized pride had risen it’s ugly head again.

This makes me so thankful that Christ has already paid the price for my sins. Even ones as “insignificant” to others as pride in my hair.

For giggles, here’s a picture of everything that came out of my head!

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Day 1219 – Thank You Veterans!

Today, I want to thank all the amazing veterans! Thank you for your service to our country!

I also want to thank all the restaurants that are giving away free food today and tomorrow! Especially the Green Turtle! Bret and I went tonight! It was a wonderful time. 🙂

I didn’t take any pictures there…but here’s a picture of Bret in his uniform! I am so proud of him for his service in the Marine Corps.