The U.S. Marine Corps: The most Respected & Revered Fighting Force on Earth

Last week I flew to the west coast to attend a Marine graduation. Before that occasion, I knew little to nothing about the military. You know when you read something but your eyes just skim without making a connection?

From now on, the word Marine will forever stop me in my tracks.

Family

What I learned about honor, courage, and commitment in two days made me hold my own shoulders back, put my chest out a bit, and walk taller. We could all learn from these Leather Necks. These Devil Dogs. These Marines with a capital M. (more…)

Release Your Past for a Powerful Present

I don’t need anyone.

This was the vow I made to myself as a little girl. I was probably six or seven. To be honest, the details of the memory aren’t that clear, but the message I gave myself was.

This girl will not depend on anyone.

We were at an outdoor event and I had to use the toilet. My parents pointed out the Johnny-on-the-spot, but I didn’t want to go alone. I wanted someone to hold my hand and go with me.

I remember feeling teased and razzed that someone needed to hold my hand to go to the bathroom, and to combat the shame I felt, I made a vow to toughen up.

Screw that. I don’t need anyone. (more…)

How to Face Fear Once and for All

16845710338_e474c10974_bThe fears we don’t face become our limits.

Raise your hand if the fear of what others think, the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, or the fear of letting someone down or not being enough has ever stopped you.

(insert cricket chirp)

Fear is a theme. Deep inside everyone I have worked with, there is a fear of some sort. (more…)

One Solution to all your Problems!

imagesWant a quick fix to all your problems? Ask yourself this question:

How willing am I?

This answer to this question is the awareness you’ll need to move beyond your “problems” into solution-oriented living.

How willing am I to see this situation differently?

How willing am I to consider another point of view? Am I willing to heal? To move on? To fail? How willing am I to truly succeed?

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Why it’s really okay to Receive

With the season of giving still lingering, a blog about receiving seems reasonable.

For many, Christmas is the celebration of Jesus as a gift in Whom all sins of all people who beimageslieve in Him are forgiven. Humanity is free to fellowship intimately with a Higher Power dwelling right inside them – to be loved and known and in communion with a Creator, who in His own image, created them. “He lives in me,” a song reminds me.

Here’s the phenomenon however: many struggle accepting this gift with a simple “thank you”. Most feel they “have to, ought to, or need to” do certain things or act a certain way in order to really redeem this gift. (more…)