After a week at The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) Leadership Conference, I'm re-energized and ready to get back to teaching and instructing! I was fortunate to be able to participate in the TWAW Certified Instructor Course and learned so much about how to better teach and reach women who are seeking to learn to shoot. There are so many differences between men and women -- physically, emotionally, and mentally. If you've been on the fence about learning to shoot or carry a firearm for personal protection, please let me know. I'd love to help you!
It's been quite awhile since I've added a blog post and a lot has happened in the meantime! My daughter is home from Venezuela, is halfway through her first year of college. My other two girls are busy with high school and middle school work and other activities. Firearms classes have been filling up for the last few months with many on waiting lists! Busy, busy! To meet the demand, I'm scheduling classes during the evenings, weekends, on holidays; you name it...doing everything to accommodate as many people as possible. With the craziness of this country, it's hard to tell what might happen tomorrow. Better to be prepared!
Some of you who know me probably know that my oldest daughter is spending the summer in a foreign country. Being that she's my oldest, this is the first time I've had to "let go." Sure she's spent a few weeks away from home at her grandparents' house and summer camp, but not two months across an ocean! She gaining independence, learning about a different culture, and understanding how good we really have it in the United States! I'm going through the process of adjusting to life, minus one child, and filling my time so that I don't dwell on the missing piece of my family puzzle. I know that I'm not alone, every parent has to let their children try their wings at some point, but it doesn't mean it's easy. Our job as parents are to prepare them for life. I can only pray that we've done our jobs to the best of our ability. One quote reads, "Sometimes love means letting go, when you want to hold on tighter." -Author unknown. So very true.
I recently read an article where the author was telling about a trip to her hair salon. In the course of conversation, the topic of gun ownership came up. The hairstylist replied, "you don't look like a normal gun owner." So what does a "normal gun owner" look like? Personally, I've had a few people say to me that they would never have guessed that I was concealing a firearm because I was dressed nicely. As the author in the article mentions, I guess the stereotypical woman gun owner should look frumpy, makeup-less, and style-less. What do you think? Are there stereotypes that you've heard or seen? Let's change that mindset, ladies! Be yourself while being armed!
Blogging is a new adventure for me, even though I write often. And although I've used computers for years, I find that they're still confusing, frustrating, and hard to operate at times. This means that often times this "old dog" has to learn "new tricks." It's easy to get stuck in our ways and resist opportunities that will stretch us. One of my favorite movies, Shawshank Redemption, had a quote that said, "I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying." I think living means that we should always be moving forward...Learning. What are you learning? Or what would you like to learn? Get busy living and go do it!!