So I’m a bit late getting my April blog out!!
Because so much is going on right now, I thought the best topic for this month should be about being healthy. I know; doesn’t exactly sound like a gun-related topic. But it most certainly IS!!
Some benefits of being healthy include:
· Regulates / maintains weight
· Improves mood
· Helps body fight disease and infection
· Improves sleep
· Live LONGER
· Boosts energy, productivity, and RESPONSE TIME!!
Everyone knows that he or she should drink water every day. But how much is enough? Experts suggest drinking at LEAST half of your body weight in ounces each day. For example, for a person who weighs 135 lbs., then that person should be drinking 67.5 oz. of water per day, every day, and more during summer months or increased activity.
MYTH: After a certain age, it is impossible to get into shape.
FACT: Anyone can get into shape at any time. It will have lifelong benefits of choosing a healthier lifestyle no matter what age you begin your training. In fact, my friends at Verum Vi Crossfit in the Katy, Texas, area are available to help anyone get started with a workout routine to fit his or her current skill level and ability. They can also help tailor a meal plan that can benefit his or her workout routine the most.
So how is this gun-related, you ask. Because shooting is a physical sport / activity, maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a balance of diet and exercise can vastly improve accuracy as well as response time if ever faced with a life threatening situation. The more you have properly conditioned yourself with guided strength training, the less likely you will be overcome by fatigue in the moments that matter most. Stress does terrible things to our bodies, including, making us vulnerable to physical injury. We owe it to ourselves to combat the ill-effects of stress with proper adjustments to our diet and exercise routines.
Exercising on a regular basis not only makes us feel rejuvenated, but also makes us more coordinated, flexible, and increases stamina. Whether you exercise with a partner, perform yoga, stretching, weight-lifting, or jogging, be sure not to overdo your initial workouts. Causing injury to ourselves in these early stages of a new life-changing routine can cause discouragement and will kill anyone’s enthusiasm. Be sure to work with a trainer to get your routine established so you can work out at your own pace that is comfortable for you.
As always, shoot straight!
Winged Lion, LLC now offers archery!
Be on the look out for classes coming soon!!
Most classes will be lead by instructor Lane Flores.
I want to try a new adventure – BLOGGING! I will make an effort at posting new information on a monthly bases, at a minimum. Most of my topics will probably fall in line with subjects I plan on covering in my monthly The Well Armed Woman (“TWAW”) Houston Chapter meetings. That being said, my first TWAW meeting will be in February 2016.
Meanwhile, BIG THINGS are happening in Texas come January 1st 2016. This leads me to my first blog topic – Changes In the Law.
Open Carry (HB 910) has passed and will become effective January 1, 2016. Please do not confuse “Open Carry” with “Constitutional Carry.” They are NOT the same. In order to carry concealed OR openly, one must still go through the process of applying for a license and taking a class from a licensed instructor (me).
The steps to follow should be:
1. Go online to the Texas DPS site: http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/chl/index.htm
2. Follow the links to start your application.
3. Follow the links to schedule your fingerprinting (FBI background check fees are included in this step).
4. Take a class to obtain your CHL-100 form. This can only be provided to you upon completion of a class. The fees you pay for the class are separate from the fees you pay online for your application and fingerprints.
Once you begin the online process, you will have one year to complete the remaining steps.
Please note that if you currently hold an active CHL, there is nothing additional you need to do to obtain your LTC (License to Carry). Your CHL automatically becomes your LTC.
MYTH: If you qualify with a revolver, then you are only allowed to conceal carry a revolver.
FACT: Regardless of what you qualify with (revolver or semi-automatic pistol), you can carry either one. There is no longer a designation for which one you need to carry.
Current Penal Code 30.06 language:
Effective January 1, 2016, Penal Code 30.07 language:
If a business wants to prohibit both conceal and open carry, BOTH signs must be placed conspicuously at each entrance.
If there are topics you wish for me to discuss, please drop me a line. I would love to hear from you.
Any ladies are welcome (and encouraged) to join a local chapter of The Well Armed Woman:
Shoot like a girl,
I have some great news for the ladies out there. I have been accepted as the new chapter lead for a women's shooting organization.
I will be hosting one night per month at two different ranges.
Stay tuned for more exciting details...
I'm so excited to finally start offering CHL classes in Houston and surrounding areas. I teach in multiple locations. Please contact me and let me know what part of town you're in and date you want a class. I'll coordinate a time that's best for everyone. After the new year, my plan is to have a more regular schedule (i.e. First Saturday of the month).
As always, INDEX!!
Getting a business up and running has been a slow process for me. However, I try to do a little something each day to continue making forward progress.
Today, I got another marketing idea. I am an avid user of lip balm. When I was at the local pharmacy yesterday, I thought about buying some as my stash is low. When seeing the prices, I thought I would shop online for better deals. I came across a wholesale site where I can buy pre-filled tubes of lip balm (with a variety of flavors) along with form fitting labels! Great!! I'll put my company logo and information on these beauties and pass them around! #AffordableAdvertising.
Yesterday, I had a conference call with a company that wants to sell me their gift card services. They also provide a POS service that works in conjunction with their gift card services. And while they offer great ways to track purchases, I just don't have the customer base at this time to justify that cost. So I came up with another idea. Vistaprint!! I decided to get pre-printed holiday card-style cards. These will serve as gift certificates. #AffordableAdvertising.
Earlier this week, I've also looked into other club memberships, discussed forming a club with others, and have brainstormed about hosting a clinic for next year.
I have so many ideas and ambitions.
Please share any thoughts you have with me. Is there anything you would want to see in a future club membership that may not be done right now? Maybe can be improved? Or should definitely NOT do!?
I'm hearing Christmas music already. It must be time for gift-giving again.
I am super excited about the future of this company! I know I have just started this company, but I have such great things in mind. I will strive to improve my firearms knowledge every day. I have taken a couple of tactical training classes to date. I want to take more training before I am comfortable making my own curriculum for teaching that on my own. In the meantime, I am now certified by the NRA to instruct in Basic Pistol and RSO. Those are the classes I will focus on for now.
The foundation of this company is to help new shooters become comfortable with the firearm of their choice. If you have your CHL but have never taken a basic firearms instruction class, I strongly recommend you contact me. I want to teach you these basic skills. Too many people fall victim to their own firearms due to lack of skills or knowledge.
Don't be a victim.