5 Off Season Projects

The shooting season runs longer and longer every year. In 2014 my first match was January and my last match was the beginning of November. As much as I love all the travel and competitive shooting, I think it is important to set a few projects for the time I am home. If I don’t plan it, it won’t get done! Here are 5 things I want to do this December:

1) Exercise- Yes, I know that this is the worst time of year to work at getting back in the gym. However, for me this is the best time to set up a more regular schedule. I have missed running (I know crazy!) and I want to get back to it this off season.

2) Attend a Local Match- Not exactly a non-shooting goal, but an important one. I am on the road so much that I don’t get to do as much local shooting as I want. Local matches are SO important, I want to make it a goal to hit one while I am here.

3) Visit Family! I am so blessed to have very special grandparents and wonderful sisters, nephews, aunts and cousins. This December I will get back on the road, but only to visit them!

4) Cook! Traveling is wonderful, and terrible. There are lots of good things about traveling, as well as plenty of hassles I could do without. One of the hardest things for me is eating on the road. I get tired of the fast food and restaurant food and all I want is a home cooked meal.

5) Loading- If you want to shoot a lot you have to load a lot. Now is the perfect time to get it done. The 1050 is running (fingers crossed) so now is the time to get those bullets stacked up.

It sounds weird, but for me, schedules, plans and goals help me make sure I don’t miss out on special times. Do you have to plan your non-shooting goals or do these activities just come naturally to you?


Mental Game: Get Back on the Horse and Shoot

I am sure that you have heard the old saying, if you fall off the horse the best thing you can do is get back on. I am not a fan of horses, (never actually ridden one) but I think the same concept applies to all activities, including shooting.

A post by one of my favorite bloggers, Gretchen Rubin, who was quoting Open, by Andre Agassi  talks about how winning changes nothing and how the good of a win is not as big as the bad of a loss. This blog post really spoke to me, as I recently had one of those bad matches that I was having trouble shaking.  So, I had to come up with my own  crash course plan to “Get Back on the Horse and Shoot!”.

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5 Ways to Make Dry Fire Easier

Dry fire practice has done more good for me over the years than any other practice. It is relatively cheap (usually only costing time), very diverse and amazingly easy, well, easy in theory. I am always happier when I dry fire but sometimes I struggle to make myself do it. But never fear, I have come up with some great ways to make it a little easier.

Disclaimer: These tips have worked well for me. They may not work for you but hopefully it will spark some ideas to help you get started.

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Why I Love Working at the NRA Annual Meetings

If you have never had the opportunity to attend the National Rifle Associations Annual Meetings you are missing out on some of the most fun you can have off a shooting range. Literal acres of guns and gear, tens of thousands of people and visiting cities all over the United States make for a weekend of fun!
 While I absolutely love attending the show, I really enjoy working the show as an exhibitor. Work! That is right, I said the four letter word, but I have my reasons.
 Working the show gives me one of the greatest thrills- seeing a ginormous empty room become a veritable city of firearms gear. What starts out as an empty convention center becomes a room full of booths, gear and people in only two days. The process is amazing and even though it is work to set up, it is exciting to see the process from start to finish.

 Working the show also gives me the absolute best opportunity to meet more people! I have attended the NRA Show as just a spectator and all that walking around makes it difficult to connect with anyone. Cell phones never seem to work in convention halls so being at one (or two) places for the whole show gives you the chance to see everybody you already know, and to meet a whole group of new friends.

 While the work may come at the price of sore feet, sometimes it also gives you the bonus of insider information and opportunities. This year I was really lucky that along with signing autographs and answering questions in the Smith and Wesson booth I also got to see and be a part of the live podcast! Really exciting stuff.

While no one ever wants to go to work, I feel very blessed that my work takes me to such unique events and opportunities.