Learning to climb has been an adventure which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I’m sure a huge part of that enjoyment comes from the fact that learning to climb has also meant spending extra time with my husband which, to me, is always a good thing. He says that I’ve come a long way since I’ve started, but I don’t always see the improvements as I tend to see all the things that I can’t do. When I was able to push past the final moves of a boulder and top it, it was a pretty huge deal.
For me, it’s not always the going up part that is the most difficult. Yes, finding the finger and foot holds can be trying and sometimes, downright impossible on some of the slabs, but I always have that little nagging thought in the back of my mind that what goes up must come down. It’s that thought which makes it difficult for me to make the final moves to top a boulder. If I top it, that means I need to be able to find a way to get down. Down climbing prior to topping the boulder tends to be a bit easier – at least, it is on the lower end boulders that I’m working. 😉
Last week, we headed out to the park to do a little climbing. We found a boulder that wasn’t as tall and had some solid hand and foot holds. The goal was for me to move past the head games and top the boulder. I was able to immediately climb the boulder, but it took several tries and lots of coaxing from D for me to make the final moves and actually top it. Coming down was a whole other ball game that was not fun or easy, but thanks to an awesome husband, I got through it. 🙂
It wasn’t a huge boulder. It wasn’t a difficult boulder. It was the first boulder that I topped. It will probably be a boulder that gets worked on more as a way for me to try to work through the whole “I don’t want to top it because then I have to find a way down” syndrome that I have right now. lol! And yes, I tend to deal with that in the rock climbing gym as well. There are certain holds that I won’t commit to going for which means I don’t top the route.
One step at a time, I’m getting better at climbing and achieving goals. Some things are physical accomplishments while others are mental accomplishments. Both are critical to my success as a climber. At this point, it’s all about pushing myself to do just a little bit more and climbing out of my comfort zone just enough to keep moving forward. I’m fortunate to have an amazing husband at my side cheering me on all along the way.
Several months ago, when I first started climbing, I did not imagine I would be doing what I am today. It felt like I’d never be able to make certain moves or grasp particular holds. Yet, I am getting better even if it doesn’t always feel like it. One hold at a time, I’m reaching new heights….
Our little chicks are all grown up. Their custom, fermented feed seems to have lead to happy healthy chickens. We were just waiting to finally see our first eggs. They were showing all the signs of getting ready to lay, but I wasn’t seeing any eggs. I even put out crushed egg shells for them in preparation for them laying their first eggs. They happily gobbled up the crushed egg shells.
While we were waiting for them to lay their first eggs, I decided to redo the nesting box as I wanted something that was easy to access without needing to go into the coop or chicken run. With a few modifications to the coop, we were able to add a 3-box nesting box to the outside of the coop. Once again, pallets were used for the box. We did use a little plywood this time as we already had it on hand.
The nesting boxes were installed just in time to see our first egg laid in the coop. To say that I was excited is probably an understatement. When you raise them from itty, bitty chicks, it’s truly fun to see the process come almost full circle. One day, I hope to see our girls raising their own little chicks. For now, just collecting that first egg was a fun experience. We’re definitely looking forward to having eggs on a regular basis.
prAna sent me the Mantra pant and Ravena top for the purpose of writing this post.
As soon as we had a break in the high summer temperatures, we knew that it was time to hit the trails and the boulders. D had a long weekend thanks to Labor Day, so while we did have some work that had to get done, our main focus was having some fun in the park. We decided that we’d split our time between climbing at the gym and hiking and climbing in the park. We’re fortunate to live in an area that is rich in outdoor activity opportunities.
Since my new Mantra pants didn’t come in a short length, I still needed to shorten them about 3 inches before I could wear them. With everything going on around here, I hadn’t made time to shorten the pants, so I decided to wear my prAna Halle pants instead. They are one of my favorite pairs of climbing/hiking pants as they’re light weight and super comfortable with a nice stretch to them. D wore his light weight prAna Breathe pants. They’re not only great for hiking, but they make excellent climbing pants. Both the Halle and Breathe pants have held up well to climbing all over some pretty abrasive boulders and rocks. We’re all about durable, comfortable clothing.
We loaded up on water, grabbed the bouldering book, and off we went in the Jeep. We did end up tossing the bouldering pad and climbing gear in the back just in case we found a sweet spot to climb. It turns out there were a good number of locations, but they were a little more difficult than we were ready to tackle. As the sun was starting to set, we found a bouldering playground that we plan on climbing when we have more time. Even though some of the boulders were off limits due to historic artifacts, there were still so many boulder problems to tackle. I liked that the level of difficulty varied greatly which meant both D and I will be challenged at a degree which works for our skill sets.
Mantra Pants in Black Herringbone
After D went back to work, I finally got around to hemming my Mantra pants. I really wish these came in the short length as it would have made my life a little easier, but it was worth the extra effort as they are super comfortable and cute. The wide elastic waistband with a drawstring allows for a custom fit on the waist. I like the addition of the drawstring as it’s not always easy for me to get the right fit on the waist when the rest of the pants fit my curves. These pants have a wider leg which I think makes them not only nice for various physical activities but also every day wear. Yes, they are comfortable like yoga pants but they look dresser when you’re out and about. They are a soft blend of 53% hemp, 44% recycled poly, and 3% spandex.
Ravena Crew Neck Top in Baltic Print
I received the Ravena top in the baltic print. It’s a 54% recycled poly and 46% organic cotton blend that’s breathable, soft, and comfortable. I normally like solid colored shirts, but the prints on these shirts are quite fun. The fit allows for easy movement no matter what activity you’re doing. I can do all of my stretching in this shirt with no binding or tugging. The length is good, but I’d like it to be just a few inches longer. The sleeves are not tight and a little on the long side which I like.
prAna clothing looks great and performs well.
Of course, I don’t purchase prAna just to look good. It’s needs to perform well in a variety of activities. I already knew that it worked well for yoga, but I wanted to test it out hiking and scrambling on the rocks. Clothing around our house needs to be durable as we tend to be hard on our clothes. That meant that I really needed to head back out and do some more exploring. It’s the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, so it only makes sense to spend as much time in our local park as the weather (and time) allow.
While the Mantra pants allow the flexibility to move around, they are definitely more casual pants rather than climbing pants due to the style. Since I’m short and curvy, the pants are not quite as flattering on me as they would be on someone who has longer legs and is a little thinner (like Munchkin). That being said, I still really like them as they make a great alternative to traditional yoga pants for every day casual wear. As I stated before, I really like the Ravena shirt, but I wish it was a little longer so it wouldn’t ride up as much when I’m lifting my arms, stretching, and reaching. It’s all a matter of personal preference and body shape. prAna does not disappoint on quality of materials and craftsmanship. Their clothing is well made and designed to last.
prAna is known for their quality climbing and yoga apparel, but they also create stylish, sustainable clothing and accessories that work for all types of activities from spending time outdoors to running errands. They care about positive change in the community and promote conservation by using sustainable materials like organic cotton, hemp and recycled poly. They support Fair Trade and Renewable Energy initiatives. They stand behind all their clothing and accessories with great customer service.
Visit prAna.com or follow them on their social media accounts to stay up-to-date on their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers.
prAna has graciously offered my readers a 15% off discount code. Just enter code MMLPCORP at checkout. The code is valid through October 31, 2016 and can only be used once per customer. It is not valid on gift certificates or with any other offers.
I received a copy of these books from the publisher for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links.
I try to approach each day with a positive attitude. Some days are easier than others but trying to have a good outlook seems to make even the hardest of days go just a little smoother.
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” ~Proverbs 17:22 ESV
365 Pocket Morning Prayers
Recently, I’ve started reading the 365 Pocket Morning Prayers book each morning. It’s not a full devotional or Bible study. Each entry is simply a themed paragraph with a passage of scripture. The little tidbits get me going and help me focus for the day.
I don’t know about you, but when I first get up, I’m not ready for a deep Bible study. I save that for when I’m a little more alert. At the same time, I want to make sure that I start my day with some time with the Lord. The mini devotionals with scripture are a nice way to spend some time with the Lord before I get everyone moving in the morning.
At only 6.5″ X 4.25″, this journal can easily be tucked into a purse or bag for reading throughout the day. While each entry is labeled for one day of the year, you can also looks things up according to topic.
Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal
A gratitude journal is another way to relax and focus on the positive things in life. This gratitude journal is a hardcover journal which includes words of encouragement, scripture passages, journal pages, and activities meant to deepen your faith. It’s set up to not only be a journal but also a faith-based coloring book. The pages are heavy, so you don’t have to worry about bleed-through if you prefer to use markers rather than pencils.
Tyndale has made some of the pages available on their Pinterest creativity page, so you can print them out. You can also see some of their other journaling products.
In August, the National Park Service celebrated their 100th birthday. Unfortunately, we didn’t get out an explore like we wanted due to a crazy schedule and high temps in August. Thankfully, the temps decided to cool down over the holiday weekend, so we were able to get out and enjoy hiking, exploring, and climbing at Joshua Tree National Park.
It’s always fun to get out and hike through the park. D and I are trying to make physical fitness part of our normal routine together. I’m looking forward to continuing to date my spouse. I’ll take these hikes and climbing over going out to eat or going to a movie pretty much any day.
There are boulders and Joshua Trees all over the place. We always enjoy checking out the rock formations.
There are so many different shapes and sizes of boulders and rock formations throughout the park. It’s always interesting seeing the various rock types. Munchkin is our little geology person, so it’s nice when she’s able to go with us as she’s great at identifying the types of rocks. We usually get into a conversation into how the formations came to be.
Sometimes checking out rock formations and boulders means climbing over and up fields of boulders. I like to climb through crevices and explore the caves and tunnels. D prefers to climb up and over the rocks. Admittedly, he makes me a bit nervous at times. I tend not to follow him on his little rabbit trails when they go up, up, up… Waiting to see if we’re actually going to head in that direction before making a decision on whether or not to follow his path or find my own tends to serve me well.
I’m not a big fan of up as I have a fear of getting hurt again, but it’s something that I’m working through it as I get more into rock climbing.