Ruts Along the Way

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Are you currently sidelined or frustrated with where you are right now?

The truth is that these times are all part of the journey. The key to achieving goals is pushing through all the dips, twists and an unexpected detours along the way. Really that’s where we learn what we most need know.

So how can we push through?

We can find a source of inspiration that will fan the fire (the upcoming NFR is a great source of that for barrel racers!) and do what you can right NOW with what you currently HAVE. Keep the momentum moving forward toward your goal and celebrate the small achievements. It can be easy to leot the imperfect conditions stall us out completely but I think if we wait for the stars to align perfectly we won’t get too far. We have all seen people in seemingly impossible situations achieve amazing things because they simply refused to give up!

I hope if you find yourself relating to this that you take a step forward and do one small act to get you closer to where you want to be today!

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Never Give Up,

Chelsey

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Tyler’S T-shirts for Veterans Day Fundraiser Final Update

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Hey Everyone!

The fundraiser is all wrapped up. We reopened it once and raised even more, plus an auction item from https://www.facebook.com/customgiftsbylinz!

In the end we raised $500 for the http://www.navysealsfund.org/ !

Thank you to everyone who liked, shared and bought shirts! For those of you that missed the fundraiser and want to check the shirts out, here is the link: https://www.bonfirefunds.com/tylers-t-shirts-for-veterans-day-fundraiser .

I am thinking that I will reopen around Tyler’s birthday in February as part of the #RAOKforTyler event we do every year. Unless we get a ton of demand for more shirts. So if you want a shirt go check out the link and say that you’d like one! It will send me a notification.

In the meantime, keep Paying It Forward and Never Give Up!

Chelsey

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Seasons: Everything Is Temporary

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Wisdom is knowing that everything is temporary and life goes through seasons.

I believe that success and happiness should be immediately celebrated. After Tyler died I learned to really live in the moment and be grateful for just one moment of peace or in the joy of a good laugh with friends. Tragedy, loss, and challenges should not drive you to give up. Really, neither one will last. Things are always changing. When we learn to roll through all seasons knowing they are not going to last forever  it is a sign of true wisdom and our growing experience.

When you see people who are very successful that are humble and kind, you are seeing wisdom. Winning lasts only for a day. Quickly that is all forgotten by the world. It is temporary like the summer. It is so important to invest in what really matters and endures.  Which I think is kindness. I think the best use of success is to improve the world around us.

When facing loss, challenges and unwanted change, we could best use those times to learn. We should not let those times push us into complete despair, stopping us from moving forward. We know that winter will end and it won’t be cold forever. Slowly Spring sneaks in and before we know it the whole world is renewed. If we keep moving, we will eventually find ourselves in a totally different place. Good things are always on the horizon, we just have to stay open to them during the hard times. If we let ourselves be defeated and stay down, it is very likely we will be miss the very opportunities that could raise us up and out of that place. We don’t have to stay in difficult times longer than necessary.

Never Give Up!

Be blessed and keep going!

Chelsey

Veterans Day 2014

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Happy Veterans Day! Is that the correct greeting? I am not sure. Either way, today is Veterans Day, a special day meant to honor our past and present Veterans. I can’t not thank my fellow Veterans enough for their service and sacrifices. As well as the families that supported them through their service.

Yesterday was the Marine Corps birthday, which also is Tyler and I’s wedding anniversary. It would have been 7 years. I did pretty well with it this year. It is getting easier to smile at memories, rather than cry. I have so many blessings in my life today to be grateful for that I try to focus on.

Time is the most precious and valuable things we can possess. To sacrifice time with family and friends to serve is something see as extremely important to recognize. After losing someone, every last second with them is precious. Every lost  moment with them is painful. Veterans often miss holidays, anniversaries, the birth of their children, celebrations, weddings, funerals, and the many “firsts” with their children. Not to mention that many put their lives directly at risk to serve. The risk never having any of the moments ever again, so that those they love may live their lives fully and free. It is no small matter and I take it extremely personally and to heart. I hope that you take every opportunity to say thank you to a Veteran today or support them in some way.

I have been really busy, but in a good way. Today an interview I did with Alyssa Barnes, of the Earn Your Spurs podcast for Veterans Day, went live. You can listen here:

http://www.earnyourspurs.com/episode13/

You can also find the interview on the Earn Your Spurs Facebook page. Give them a like and check out the other awesome interviews Alyssa has done. I really appreciate her reaching out, support Veterans, and helping share our story with the rodeo world. Thank you Alyssa!

There are some really great things coming up here quickly that I will be sharing on Facebook as well, so get on over and visit my page at: www.facebook.com/chelseystimon

I am also on Instagram and Twitter so find me there!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day celebrating our brave men and women in uniform,

NEVER GIVE UP,

Chelsey

Veterans Day Fundraiser for the Navy SEALs Fund!

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Usually for Veterans Day I do some #RAOKs (Random Acts of Kindness) in Tyler’s honor for Veterans. This year I am hosting a fundraiser for the Navy SEALs Fund, an awesome non-profit taking care of the community, even after they leave active duty.

I noticed that I really needed a red shirt for #REDFriday. Since I am a redhead, I have minimal red in my wardrobe, basically I have one red shirt. So I was lead to designing one and then ended up turning it into a fundraiser. They turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself! The front says “Never Forget” and “SO1 SEAL Tyler Stimson” and the back says “Never Give Up”!

As of today we have raised over $200! I am really hoping to hit $1000 after more shirts and the auction items sell.

I am excited and humbled to say that a fellow female Veteran, Lindsey Figgins, contacted me to donate one of her custom wood burning plaques to be auctioned off! Check out her page here: https://www.facebook.com/customgiftsbylinz

October 27th will be the day of the auction, and it is the last day the t-shirts will be available too! I have now added 5 more auction items, including Tyler’s Never Forget wristbands, Flag magnets, the very last of the Tyler decals and a Navy SEAL Fund stickers. All proceeds go to the Navy SEALs Fund.

Here is the event link on FB where you can bid on Auction Items: https://www.facebook.com/events/335737186587370/337234566437632/navySEALs fundScreen shot 2014-10-11 at 12.55.56 PMScreen shot 2014-10-12 at 11.04.41 AMSEALsticker

Here is the link to the fundraiser where you can buy your T-Shirt https://www.bonfirefunds.com/tylers-t-shirts-for-veterans-day-fundraiser

And as always, you can visit my Facebook page to keep up with what is happening in my world! https://www.facebook.com/chelseystimson

NEVER GIVE UP!

Chelsey

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My First Radio Interview!

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I was selected by Alexis Bloomer to be on her show Off the Record on Sirius XM’s Rural Channel 80.  It was my first time doing an official interview and I was really excited/nervous! It turned out great when I listened today! Alexis was great and extremely supportive. I was happy to share Tyler’s memory, our story, and what I am trying to accomplish with my barrel racing. 

We recorded it while at a barrel race this morning so you get to look at the dash of my truck and hear horses whinnying in the background. I think it is fitting. 🙂

On another note, Gigi and I are having a great weekend of barrel racing! She is making a strong comeback and I am so grateful for her!

Enjoy!

PART 1 http://youtu.be/u0dFjEY8srE
PART 2 http://youtu.be/5u8UXCq14uQ

 

Never Give Up,

Chelsey

Don’t You Dare Give Up

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Are you struggling today?

Does a dream seem impossible all of a sudden?

Are you facing unwanted changes in your life?

Are you facing another day as you carry the weight of your grief?

I am here to tell you to hang in there! If been in some tough situations myself.

I’ve thought of giving up, settling for less, or sometimes that I wasn’t good enough. If I get really frustrated I have learned to sleep on it and usually the next morning I will have a better mindset. I try to listen to motivating music, read about the great things people are doing to help one another and remember that God is with us even when we feel alone. I look at the blessings I have in this very moment and find contentment, no matter how small, sometimes it is just a good cup of coffee or a trail ride with Gigi. 

Will this stuff fix everything?

Nope!

But it helps me to keep going and sometimes that is all we need to do.

Keep going.

I’ve found that if I hang in there and keep making progress, no matter how small, good things are going to happen. So don’t you DARE give up! It’s not easy to make your big dream come true, it’s not easy to endure consequences from a mistake and I know it is not easy to survive the loss of someone you love dearly. But you CAN do it! And remember to share your struggles and your resulting victories!

Seriously. Comment below!

You never know who needs to hear your story today or the healing you might experience.

#NeverGiveUp and #Never Forget

Chelsey Stimson

http://www.facebook.com/chelseystimson

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