Thursday, March 6, 2014
I can't believe it's been almost 6-months since the City of Trees Marathon. Now that all the training is over, I'm finally at a point where things are settling down and I'm looking back over that long and tiresome race with fond memories—though not quite so fond that I'm ready to sign up for a second marathon.
I was approached by Printcopia a little while ago about trying out one of their canvas prints. Of course I jumped at the chance, since I hadn't had a moment to get one of our marathon prints framed yet and knew it was going to be the center-point for the future "running wall" that will eventually hang somewhere in our house. I've saved all my race bibs and medals over the years, and plan on framing each alongside a photo from that race—each of which was run with my mom.
If you're interested in snagging a good deal on a canvas of your own, Printcopia is having a special deal (thru 3/9) right now for one 18x24 print for $34.99, plus free shipping.
This canvas print is the first piece of the running wall, and I look forward to add other pieces as time goes on (like these tiny printed polaroids!). I'd love to know—do you have a wall of memories in your home? A place for race numbers, trophies, things that hold a special place in your heart that signify an accomplishment you achieved?
Disclosure: While I did receive the canvas for free, I was not paid to write this post. I genuinely love and support this business and can't recommend their services enough.
Monday, March 3, 2014
There I am, little Trainee Rowe up there in the pink!
This weekend was my fourth Student Flight during drill weekend for the Air National Guard. Once again, Student Flight gave me new experiences that I will never be able to have after I return from BMT. Each drill weekend has presented so many new lessons, speakers, and activities—and this month's UTA was no different.
Saturday, I showed up and began to help the other trainees get ready for the day. Just as we were beginning, one of the recruiters came in and asked for two trainees to come help at an off-base recruiting event. Our superintendent picked me and one other trainee to go experience the "fun in the sun" away from Student Flight for the day. We took it as a great compliment—he wouldn't have chosen us if he didn't think we had our memory work and basics down. The rest of the day was spent standing at a table in Cabela's, talking to veterans and prospective recruits, and honestly—having a grand old time. To think—we got paid to chill in Cabela's and talk about the Air Guard all day—it was the easiest money I've made yet! We made it back to the base in time for PT, so not only did we have a super-relaxed day with a recruiter, but we also got to get a good workout in before heading home for the day. If you are in Student Flight and you have the chance to go off-base for an event like this—do it—it's an invaluable experience and not only do you learn about what the recruiters do, but you also get to meet some amazing community members.
Sunday also presented a new and interesting experience. We were able to attend a change of command ceremony, which only happens every few years. We stood in formation at parade rest for an hour (which was actually harder than I thought it would be!) and got to watch our first official Air Force ceremony. What an honor! That afternoon, we held a PT test that included the sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, and 1.5-mile run that we will have to do down at Basic Training. I ended up with 66 sit-ups, 46 push-ups, a run time of 10:00, and 6 pull-ups. If you remember from my BMT Fitness Standards post, that puts me in the Warhawk category, which is very cool, because I was just barely outside that Warhawk bubble before (I took 53 seconds off my mile time!), and I've been training hard for it!
I only have one more drill weekend before I leave for Basic Military Training, so I'm training harder than ever, maintaining a healthy diet, reciting all the basics over and over, such as ranks, pay grades & insignias, the Air Force Creed, the Air Force Song, and anything else I can think of to get prepped for this amazing experience.
If any of my fellow trainees read this post—I just want to say thanks. You guys are so encouraging and it's such a blessing to be able to spend one weekend a month with you. The friendships and bonds we are forming are more valuable to me than anything else—so thank you.
See my other Air National Guard Student Flight experiences here: UTA 1 │ UTA 2 │ UTA 3 │ UTA 4 │ UTA 5 (coming soon)
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Striped V-Neck T-shirt: Gap Body, Jeans: Express, Shoes: Vans, Necklace: c/o StarrJoy, Watch: Timex, Purse: Vera Bradley, Men's Ring: c/o Emitations
This shirt, you guys, is the shirt that I need in every style and every color. It's the perfect tee. No joke. I not only bought it in striped gray & white, but I also bought three of the black crew neck t-shirt version to take with me to Basic Training. I've never worn a more comfortable or versatile t-shirt. Oh, and the shirts run a bit small (they have a "compression" fit), and I'm wearing a medium if you need a reference to size/fit. Plus, Gap is having a 20% off sale right now, so don't miss that.
The fleur de lis necklace I'm wearing is art turned into jewelry by the amazing StarrJoy on Etsy. Starr is an artist who recently began transforming her paintings & art into jewelry—and some amazing jewelry with incredible, feminine designs—I might add. I was torn between this rose print, this leopard print and the fleur de lis, but the fleur de lis reminded me of my sister so that was the winning ticket.
Last but not least, Vera Bradley is having some major sales right now, and the purse I'm wearing, the Little Flap Hipster in Canterberry Cobalt, is on sale for half off! I think they're discontinuing the style, so if you want a small crossbody that holds a wallet (I use this one), phone, keys, gum, chapstick, pens, checkbook, etc.—this is the one to get!! Plus, they have 23 different colors to choose from, so there's a pattern for everyone. Oh, and I'm not making any money or affiliate change for telling you about my favorite VB bags, so take it from me... they're the best!
Well that's enough from me today. I could go on and on about my shirt, necklace and purse... so the least you should do to help me celebrate my half birthday (Why not, right? Happy Half B-day to me—still in my golden year of being 27 on the 27th!) is go check them out & score some good deals!
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Monday, February 24, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I listened to a message at church this last Sunday that was so powerful and I wanted to share it with you. Regardless of whether you share the same beliefs as me or not, this can apply to you. It's so simple—so beautiful—and so incredibly profound.
"Doubt your doubts. Believe your beliefs."How many times have I found myself worrying about the little things (or the big things) and placing too much emphasis on things that I've created in my head—things that aren't even real? Too much time. I can tell you that for sure—whether it's about my marriage, my career, my future, my social interactions, my past mistakes... I have spent way too much time wasted in doubt and worry.
Already this week I found myself creating lies, made-up situations, and worry within myself over things that aren't even true... so what did I do? I told myself, "Doubt your doubts." Sometimes I have to repeat it over and over. Doubt your doubts... doubt your doubts... doubt your doubts.
Because that's all that they are—doubts. They are not real. They are not worth it. Believe your beliefs. Believe what you know. Believe what is true and right in front of you. It's so simple, yet so powerful. It's my mantra right now, and it's a game-changer, I promise. When you have that little bit of confidence in yourself to rid the doubts from your mind, you can conquer anything.
Doubt your doubts.