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Coping through Hoping

“What do you want out of life? That is your hope.â€

 

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I've been stressing over my actions and decisions without bothering to take the time to pin down exactly what ends I hope to accomplish in life.

This... is madness... and also exhausting!  Time to slow down, calm down, and find my inner peace.  Enter my new challenge:

 

MAIN QUEST: Discover Hope.

 

Goals:

1. Awaken to Hope

I've scheduled a date every morning at 6:00 am for the next six weeks with God. This is where I connect with Hope and awaken to possibilities. It's time to see myself through God's eyes and ask that He establish my ways.  Maybe I'll get some clarity on future plans here... and if not, there is still peace to be won!

 

2. Gloved Shovel

I've seen too many posts about people working with sledgehammers to NOT attempt it. The shovelglove website recommends 14 minutes a day. Week one will find me at half that – 7 minutes, 3 times a week - adding minutes through the challenge as I feel ready. Oh, and I'm using a ten pounder to start out.

 

3. Meal Manifesto

Last challenge I did 21 days gluten, dairy, and sugar free and saw no relief from my stomach / GI issues. I've since read that it could take months, not weeks, to clear up my digestive trouble. That challenge now continues, with a few more suspicious foods cut from my diet. I'll also be journaling to record my food and feelings.

 

Life Quest:

1. Authoring Hope

I really benefit from writing: putting pen to paper helps me think through problems and is inspiring. I will write every night to remind myself that my hope is in Christ. Hope doesn't rise or fall on my own failures and shortcomings.

 

Motivation:  God can comfort my heart and establish me. (2Th 2:16-17 ESV) “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.â€

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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I didn't know shovelglove was a thing. That seems really cool. And good luck on your quest.

 

So last challenge I got some great advice on playing with those things from the good people over at Elastigirl's challenge thread.  Here's a link to a post with info from Sloth-Like on his hammer time!

 

Happy New Year and your challenge looks solid :)  I'm gonna be here for ya!

 

YES!  I've got a thread.  I've got the accountability.  Now if only I can make sure that I'M here for the challenge!  Hope hope hope, right?

 

Yay sledgehammer! and hope of course that is good too :D 

 

Hahaha.  Yeah, but lets not lie to ourselves.  We're really excited about the sledgehammers...

 

Great Challenge Goals :D :D :D 

I love the Awaken to Hope one best I think :)

 

Thanks, Bekah!  I've seen you around before and joy seems to follow you!  I think that starting out right by waking up before my boys and spending time with God will be the key to success in all my other endeavors.  Or at least the key to me being calm and content if everything else goes awry...  heh.

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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So I just returned from a trip to my parents' house and they blessed me with an old sledgehammer they happened not to be using every day (go figure) but it needed a new handle.  This was my first attempt at repairing a tool like this.  The new handle is officially on, but I've proven to myself again why I never played sports requiring any sort of coordination.  Smacked my hand with a hammer good while driving the wedge into the top of the handle...  Seriously guys, it hurt.

 

Here's my quick plug for Arnica Cream: rubbed that stuff on my hand right after smashing it and miraculously there is no bruising!  I *love* Arnica...

 

So with a new handle for my hammer, a stocked fridge, food journal pages printed, and a journal ready for my nightly "authoring hope" challenge I think I'm all ready to face my first week!

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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So I just returned from a trip to my parents' house and they blessed me with an old sledgehammer they happened not to be using every day (go figure) but it needed a new handle.  This was my first attempt at repairing a tool like this.  The new handle is officially on, but I've proven to myself again why I never played sports requiring any sort of coordination.  Smacked my hand with a hammer good while driving the wedge into the top of the handle...  Seriously guys, it hurt.

 

Here's my quick plug for Arnica Cream: rubbed that stuff on my hand right after smashing it and miraculously there is no bruising!  I *love* Arnica...

 

So with a new handle for my hammer, a stocked fridge, food journal pages printed, and a journal ready for my nightly "authoring hope" challenge I think I'm all ready to face my first week!

Very impressive that you fixed it. My husband tried to give me my dad's old sledgehammer with a broken handle, and I just sorta stared and said it wouldn't work, I didn't even think I could fix it. I mean, my dad had "fixed" it with duct tape, but somehow I didn't trust the duct tape to hold :D 

 

I love Arnica! 

Wisdom 22.5   Dexterity 13   Charisma 15   Strength 21  Constitution-13

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song, above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" J.R.R.Tolkien

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I've never heard of Arnica.  I must go look it up now!  (PS - I hope your hand is okay!)

 

Great goals - do you have any kind of grading system?

 

Best of luck!  :)

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2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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I've never heard of Arnica.  I must go look it up now!  (PS - I hope your hand is okay!)

 

Great goals - do you have any kind of grading system?

 

Best of luck!   :)

 

Arnica is my friend...

 

 Okay, so I haven't really figured out a good grading system.  I'm really trying to set up good life habits, and that requires serious consistency... Even if I don't get 100%, if I can look back at the end of the challenge and know that I've made progress in setting up those habits I'll say it has been a success.  I just probably will not give myself a lot of attribute points... that's sort of what happened last challenge.

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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Ahoy there lass!! I be following ye from the Cutlass challenge. Welcome aboard the Northern Star! Ye challenge looks awesome, looking forward to hearing about your adventures. *pirate*

 

I love the focus on hope for your challenge! How was your first day?

 

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Level: 8   Race: Wood Elf   Class: Ranger at Heart -  Training with the Adventurers

 

Current Adventure: A New Hope

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“I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams†- Eleventh Doctor

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Ahoy there lass!! I be following ye from the Cutlass challenge. Welcome aboard the Northern Star! Ye challenge looks awesome, looking forward to hearing about your adventures. *pirate*

 

I love the focus on hope for your challenge! How was your first day?

 

Blessed!  My first day was a little crazy (had repair guys at the house from 8 - 2 and then lesson planning/prep work all evening), but my challenge goals were met.  Most importantly, as I was meeting said goals I was reminded over and over again why I'm doing them in the first place.  Building relationship with God, with myself, even with my food.  I'm going to bed content with no food cravings, and I'm 100% exhausted.  I hope that means I'll sleep really well.

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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Randa! My champion! 

 

 

I'm glad the challenge has started well for you. =]

 

Since you're focusing on bettering yourself, your center, and your connection to God, what about a grading system based on how you feel at the end of each day?

 

Emotions are powerful and, thus, we have a lot of words to describe them. So, if day one you are content with your exhaustion and feeling blessed... I'd say that's a pretty good emotional standing. You can base your 'grade' by comparing what descriptives you used to explain your feelings at the end of each day. 

 

*shrug* Just a thought.

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL TOMORROW!

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Did you get a chance to play with your sledgehammer yet?

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PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

2013: 6/1/13 - 7/24/13 - 9/15/13 - 11/6/13   2014: 1/5/142/19/14 - 4/9/14 - 6/6/14 - 7/24/14 - 9/11/14 - 11/5/14 

2015: 1/2/15 - 2/20/15 - 4/9/15 - 6/2/15 - 9/10/15 - 10/26/15   2016: 1/1/16 - 2/28/16 - 3/28/16 - 6/6/16 - 9/19/16 - 10/26/16 - 11/26/16   

2017: 1/1/17 - 9/17/17   2018: 1/1/18 - 2/5/18 - 8/13/18 - 11/26/18   2019: 1/7/19   2020: 9/13/20

 

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Okay, so I guess I should actually answer all of you instead of just goofing off...

 

Randa! My champion! 

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Since you're focusing on bettering yourself, your center, and your connection to God, what about a grading system based on how you feel at the end of each day?

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HAVE A WONDERFUL TOMORROW!

 

1. I'm a champion?  A real live CHAMPION?  Note that there will be a Queen song lurking in the back of my mind as I respond to the rest of this...

2. Emotions: I love 'em and hate 'em.  Love because emotion can lead us to do crazy brave and amazing things!  Hate them because when I base things off how I "feel" I often get nothing accomplished.  "I don't FEEL well.  I don't FEEL like I can get up and play with my boys right now. Blah blah blah."  But I think what you're suggesting helps me focus on the positive aspect of my feelings and pins down something I'm reaching for during this six weeks.  Hope!  I pray / journal right before bed now, and it is helping me remember the good and look forward to tomorrow.  I think even if I miss other goals, if I can go to bed feeling HOPEFUL then I have succeeded.  

3. THANKS I DID!

 

Did you get a chance to play with your sledgehammer yet?

 

I'm curious about this too!

 

Me three!

 

WeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  Haha.  Yes, I've done it twice this week.  I actually played around this weekend pre-challenge to see if seven minutes was ridiculous.  I felt like I could go a little longer, so I changed my time for this week into just getting through two rounds of 5 specific moves which has been 8-9 minutes for me.  My hands are getting blistery... can't wait for calluses to kick in.  I'm not going to lie; I envision myself actually chopping, digging, and building fences as I swing this thing around in the morning... and I like it!

 

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I'm a CHAMPION!

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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1. I'm a champion?  A real live CHAMPION?  Note that there will be a Queen song lurking in the back of my mind as I respond to the rest of this...

2. Emotions: I love 'em and hate 'em.  Love because emotion can lead us to do crazy brave and amazing things!  Hate them because when I base things off how I "feel" I often get nothing accomplished.  "I don't FEEL well.  I don't FEEL like I can get up and play with my boys right now. Blah blah blah."  But I think what you're suggesting helps me focus on the positive aspect of my feelings and pins down something I'm reaching for during this six weeks.  Hope!  I pray / journal right before bed now, and it is helping me remember the good and look forward to tomorrow.  I think even if I miss other goals, if I can go to bed feeling HOPEFUL then I have succeeded.  

3. THANKS I DID!

 

 

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I'm a CHAMPION!

 

 

Not going to lie the moment I wrote 'champion' the song got stuck in my head. YOU DEFINITELY ARE ONE. That's pretty much exactly what I was trying to say. Understanding ourselves and why we feel the way we do is very important. So, journaling every night? EXCELLENT. Then you can look back whenever you (although I hope you don't have to) feel like you're not up to something... you can read back on the day that you did. 

 

=D

 

...NOW HAVE ANOTHER WONDERFUL TOMORROW FULL OF EVEN MORE HOPE!

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Me Four!

Hey wait a minute.... :D 

 

9 minutes of sledgehammer... you are a barbarian champion. WOOT! Yea, I picture myself slaying dragons, knocking down the walls of the enemy, and swordfighting :) 

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Not going to lie the moment I wrote 'champion' the song got stuck in my head. YOU DEFINITELY ARE ONE. That's pretty much exactly what I was trying to say. Understanding ourselves and why we feel the way we do is very important. So, journaling every night? EXCELLENT. Then you can look back whenever you (although I hope you don't have to) feel like you're not up to something... you can read back on the day that you did. 

 

=D

 

...NOW HAVE ANOTHER WONDERFUL TOMORROW FULL OF EVEN MORE HOPE!

 

THANKS!  I LIKE IT WHEN WE YELL AT EACH OTHER LIKE THIS!  AND HOPE.  I LIKE HOPE, TOO!!!

 

Hey wait a minute.... :D 

 

9 minutes of sledgehammer... you are a barbarian champion. WOOT! Yea, I picture myself slaying dragons, knocking down the walls of the enemy, and swordfighting :) 

 

Haha, thanks!  I'm doing every other day so I give my body time to rest.  I don't know WHY I haven't visualized myself destroying things yet!  It's only logical.  And fantastic!

 

So I looked and looked for a picture of a female barbarian to motivate people around here, and all the women were mostly naked... (I still don't understand how fantasy sci-fi women can be both scantily clad and armored at the same time!) and also super tall, which I am definitely not.  So I tried looking up shorter warriors and somehow or another stumbled upon THIS:

 

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I don't even KNOW!  But she motivates me (and makes me laugh all at once) and I realized that'll she needed to make an appearance over here for no good reason.  Maybe that'll be me in the future.  Grizzled and fabulous.  Now to find me a dragon...

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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Sometimes I do silly things.

 

Today I decided I'd had enough of my wardrobe.  I don't do fashion well.   I do not like shopping.  At all.  And most of my clothes are hand-me-downs or thrift store finds. Which is great, don't get me wrong, but it means they don't necessarily create outfits.  This leads to me having issues just dressing myself in the morning.  Not a positive way to start the day...

 

So what did I decide to do about it?  "Oh I know!  I'll just pull out everything I own, spread it out across my bedroom floor, and start matching things up!!"  About an hour into this I was really starting to worry... First of all, it was taking more than an hour, which I didn't count on.  Then there were very few things I actually wear... or like... particularly tops that matched bottoms...  and there were an AWFUL lot of piles of clothes all over my floor...  Matter of fact, they are still there...

 

Tonight I'm going to bed late (chaos in house elsewhere +silly clothes plan = little sleep), but I'm posting here because I think it'll help motivate me to still get up and workout in the morning.  Tomorrow is supposed to be my last sledgehammer day for the week and I'm excited!  Even though I'll have to push the skirts to one side to make room for me to stand on my floor...  ::sigh::  So I'll have to let you know how the whole waking-up thing goes tomorrow.

 

I'll bet that little old lady in the picture never has to worry about what to wear... maybe I can find out where SHE shops...

 

Sleep, ahoy!

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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Looks like that lady makes her own clothes, skins her own leathers, and chops down her own trees :)

 

::Updates her HabitRPG To-Do List::

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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Oh, and I DID wake up this morning and do my workout as planned thanks to the power of accountability.  My room is also still a disaster, thanks to the power of... well, all those other things that have higher priority than organizing my closet...   So, Hammers!

 

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I've finish my first week of exercising with this thing and I'm loving it.  My workouts this week went as follows:

 

10 Reps on each side (so 20 total) of each of these:

  • Shovels
  • Churn Butters
  • Chop Wood
  • Flip Lever
  • Drive Fence Post

Repeat for a second round.

 

So now I'm wondering what my second week should look like.  That little ditty took me around 8-9 minutes to complete.  Do I....

  • Repeat those exercises for a third set?
  • Increase the reps of each?
  • Add in a new move to each set?
  • Try five new moves with the same reps / sets?

I'm tempted to just try five new moves for the fun of it.  Lets see... on the shovel glove site the next five are "Hoist Sack, Tuck Bales, Stoke Oven, The Fireman, and Chop Tree."  OOoh, and unofficial moves with SAMURAI in the title!  Yeay!!!

 

I have the whole weekend to come up with a game plan.  Any suggestions are welcome!

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1 Tim 4:7-8 "...train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value,

godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."

 

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