Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Live Live to the Fullest

"Live Life To The Fullest" is something I tell myself all the time. I post it all the time as well. It's a pretty vague term that is hard to define. I believe it to mean something different to each individual person. Not everyone needs to skydive or climb Mt. Everest or travel the world to live their life to the fullest.   

Are you living your best life?  That's what I am trying to do. It's a work in progress everyday! Some days are easier than others.

When I first got my Jeep Wrangler back in 2013 is when this new adventure began for me. I knew something was missing as I was sleep walking my way through life. So began this adventure I am still on. 

I started with finding my passion, getting healthy, and de-cluttering my life. I found my passion, and am still de-cluttering. Just recently after not being happy with the body I saw in the mirror, I am getting back to healthy as I slipped. But isn't it always two steps forward one step back.

I set goals, created a bucket list, and started new hobbies.
Now I am on the next level of Living My Life to The Fullest. Time to look at myself and my life to figure out how to get to the next level. It is always a constant re-evaluation.

Recently, I came across a minimalist article and started down that path. I thought I had gotten rid of the clutter cluttering my home and life, but realized I still have a ways to go.

Minimalism isn't about having less, but getting rid of the stuff that prevents you from doing what you want and love. 

"The goal of minimalism is not to own as few things as possible… nor is the purpose to be constantly chasing less and less. The goal of minimalism is to be living your life centered on your passions and values."

Another great blog - Becoming a Minimalist

So on to the next level... What that is I'm still working on it but will keep you posted.             

This blog gives you 101 Ways to Life Your Life to the Fullest.


It gets pretty deep if you want to go that route. Here are 5 of the ways I picked out that I have been working on for myself. 

Live every day on a fresh new start. Don’t be held back by what happened yesterday, the day before, the week before, the year before, or even decades ago. Life is short, so live in the present moment.

Be true to who you are.Stop trying to please other people or to be someone else. It’s better to be an original version of yourself rather than be an exact duplicate of someone else.

Quit complaining.Don’t be like the howling dog, always howling and never doing anything. Stop complaining about your problems and work on them instead.

Rather than think “what if,” think “next time”. Don’t think about the things you can’t change (namely what has happened and other people’s thoughts) or unhappy things, because these are disempowering. Instead focus on the things you can action on. That’s the most constructive thing you can do in any situation.

Let go of unhappy past. This means past grievances, heartbreaks, sadness, disappointments, and anger.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Distracted

My goal each Sunday is to post a Jeep Momma's Garage video on You Tube. However, that didn't happen this Sunday. I was inspired by a post I was tagged in on the Becoming a Minimalist Facebook page.

Ever since I became a Jeep owner I have been on a life journey to Enjoy My Life more. There has been a lot of self discovery and a lot of throwing out the old. It's all about simplifying and de-cluttering all aspects of my life. 



Just when I thought I maxed out the things I could de-clutter I was proved wrong. That post on Facebook had me re-evaluating the things in my home. 




So I spent the weekend getting rid of at least 15 bins worth of stuff. I threw out two large recycling bins of paper and threw out three bags of trash.



I know have found several things to Ebay and if those items sell I will have Jeep Parts money. I will also be having a yard sale to sell the rest. The fun part of this time is getting my family involved. 



I was able to get most of my family to join in on the purge. I still have one son to convince about how unimportant saving things can be.  

My family still has a long ways to go but we are getting there. I don't think there is an end to this. It is a constant work in progress, but during the process we are going to be living our best life. 




Here are some of my de-clutter, simplify my life blog posts with some good tips.






Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Top 15 Blog Award


Monday morning I awoke to an unexpected, but fabulous email from the Founder of Feedspot. It was a high-five, congratulations email. My blog, JeepMomma, was selected by the Feedspot panelists as one of the Top 15 Jeep Blogs on the World Wide Web. 









Top 15 Jeep Blogs on the Internet

They picked me!!! I'm #12!!! 

These Top 15 Jeep Blogs are one of the most comprehensive list of Jeep Blogs on the internet. They were selected from thousands of Jeep Blogs on the web using search and social metrics.

They were ranked on the following criteria:
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

I am so honored and humbled to be a part of this group of bloggers. I am ranked up there with the likes of some very popular blogs like Jeepsies to JPFreek Adventure Magazine. 

   

My blog originally started out to be my journey as a Jeep Mom. It still is about that journey, but now I strive to share my experiences along this journey in hopes to inspire others to get out there and Enjoy Life and Live Life to the Fullest!  




What is Feedspot? -- Click here for more information 


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How To's


I have turned my YouTube channel into more than just my off-roading videos. It has now become my Vlog. I call it Jeep Momma's Garage. 




It is a place to find out about Cool Jeep Stuff from Jeep Tips to Jeep Momma How To's to my Off-roading Adventures. 



I also share all the cool Jeep Accessories I find and the Jeep Modifications I make to my Jeep. I also share the cool places and trails I have wheeled. 


Go check it out! And when you check it out please click on that subscribe button! 

Below are the latest videos I have posted. I found that there are a lot of Jeep Wrangler owners out there who know very little about what their Jeep Wrangler is capable of so I thought I would share some of the basics of the Jeep. 



JEEP MOMMA HOW TO'S








Thursday, June 14, 2018

Headlight Woes

I swapped out my original manufacturer headlights back in 2016. I replaced them with Auxbeam LED headlights. Wow what a difference. I loved them. Not just the huge difference in the light but how they looked on my Jeep.  





Some months after the install I noticed a flicker as well as one of the headlights wouldn't light up 100%. I was told I needed an anti-flicker harness which I got and installed. 




During my research I found that flickering among LED’s is common. I am told the flicker is because the headlight high and low beam circuits have a PWM regulation on them - pulse width modulation. A mode that basically pulses DC power to keep at average wattage. This is not compatible with LED headlights.





After I added the anti-flicker device one of my headlights went out. I was told it's the connections. They can jiggle loose so I needed to put zipties on the connections. 









Which I did while I was wheeling in Uwharrie back in May. Well... My headlight when out again this past week. So I went in to investigate.






After fiddling with the connections and wires I deducted it's the stock wiring harness. I also recall Jeff at Adrenaline Off Road mentioning he had to replace the stock headlight wiring for a Wrangler just a while ago. 








Right now I have the wiring "just so" that my headlight is working. But once wrong bump and it can go out again. So it's off to Jeff at Adrenaline to help me fix this issue once and for all! 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Krawlin for Cops




Another wheeling event concluded, and I am already looking forward to next years event. 





Krawlin for COPS was started in 2014 at an off-road park in West Virginia by founder Brandt Bartman. That year 40 rigs showed up. This year over 500 off -roaders hit the trails at Rausch Creek Off Road Park. 


It seems Jeepers and off-roaders are a charitable bunch as there are charity wheeling events all over the country almost every week. Any reason to get out on the trails. $42,000 was raised for the MD & PA Chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). 



Friday night was vendor night with lots of vendors at the park. I even picked myself up some 13 Cords grab handles for the rear passengers.  





I love these events because I am able to meet new Jeepers from all over the Northeast. This year I was able to wheel with some longtime Facebook friends. Meeting them for the first time. 




This event I was also able to meet a fellow Youtuber, The Bearded Jeeper. 






During this trip I was able to break out my Warn recovery strap and my soft shackle for the first time. 







The Jeep in front of me got hung up on a rock and needed a little tug from behind. My first time recovering a Jeep and I didn't even need to use a winch. Always something new and exciting on the trails.  



We hit some old favorites of mine like Trail Blue 23 (click for YouTube Video), Trail 14 and Pizza Rock.  










An easy trail "Stout" became a little more difficult and was full of mud. I was also able to wheel some trails I haven't hit before. 


As always I had a blast out on the trails and even wheeling some I haven't hit in the past. Each time I go out  I become more and more confident in my capabilities as a wheeler / rock crawler. 




Monday, June 11, 2018

One Crazy Week



June has started out to be one crazy busy month. I have been wanting to share many Jeep blog posts, but with all the happenings of the week I haven't had much time. 




The first weekend in June started out with a trip to Rausch Creek for the Krawlin' for Cops charity off road event. In tomorrow's post I will share some of my Krawlin' for Cops adventure. 



I left that event early because I didn't want to miss out watching the Washington Capitals game 3 with my family. I wasn't going to switch up how I had been watching the game as I am superstitious when it comes to watching my favorite sports teams. With the Caps in the Stanley Cup finals meant for some late nights (for me) watching hockey - three games during this crazy week. Watching the games were exhausting. They were sit on the edge of your seat the whole game. Not one moment to let your guard down, frazzling your nerves. 




Not only was it Stanley Cup finals it was end of the year celebrations for my kids. My youngest son received academic awards at the middle school awards ceremony. We snuck out early because it went on for three hours. Yes, three hours for a middle school awards ceremony. 



The next day was my oldest son's high school graduation AND game 5 of the Stanley Cup. If the Caps win they win the title of world Champions. The graduation was downtown DC at DAR Constitution Hall in a sea of parents and graduates which meant for a long day. It was an emotional day all around. 




Not only was I emotional, but both my boys were. It was a bittersweet day as my son graduated as an AP Scholar - 6 or more AP classes.  It was a long hard fought battle to get my son to this amazing day. 





That night was almost as emotional as the Caps went on the beat the Vegas Golden Knights to claim the Stanley Cup.










The week still wasn't over as Friday was the Def Leopard - Journey concert, another long night of good times.







Saturday ended the graduation/Stanley Cup celebrations with a jaunt to downtown DC to watch the Nationals play baseball and to our surprise a visit from the Capitals hockey players and the Stanley Cup. 





The whole game felt like a Capitals celebration party. The fans at the game spent most of the time cheering the celebrating Caps players just above our seats in one of the suites on the third level.   


Then it was off to celebrate my son's graduation with one last family dinner as my step son didn't arrive until Friday. The whole week was one none stop week of fun with my family.


So now it looks like I can get back to my Jeep duties - my blog and YouTube videos. This week I will share my Krawlin' for Cops adventure. 






Later in the week, I will also share my final assessment of my "Headlight Woes". Yes, during all this craziness I had to deal with my headlight not working again. Stay tuned as I figured out the issue.