My son has faced many tough adversities including his father walking out when he was two, in high school when his best friend, in an attempt to save another close friend who fell through ice and couldn’t swim, both tragically died (on Martin Luther King Jr’s day) and a long fight to overcome crippling dyslexia to accomplish his dream of being Marine Intelligence.
This fine young man, he choses to serve our country and protect others.
One of my son’s favorite motivation quotes is…
“Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf
It reminds me … we all have a choice.
I chose to relentlessly move forward and be one of the strong ones. Won’t you join me as our country and fellow citizens need brave hearts, stoic thoughts and relentless love.
For transformative, engaging and empowering workshops, training and event speaking, contact me. Working together we change lives by making a choice and commitment to create “good times” a possibility for everyone.
What is your constructive response for wounded veterans when people say or leave a note “You can’t park here – you’re not handicapped!”
In our Wounded Warrior Project workshop, this came up as an issue even with disabled veterans’ license plates.
Wounded veterans reported this also happens inside stores and restaurants regarding their service dog and being told they don’t look like they need a service dog.
Not all wounds are visible.Not everyone sees that.
Your insights could help educate others on invisible wounds and empower those who have them.
Army Veteran Paul Peng and I are teaching this Wounded Warrior Project workshop monthly. If you are a WWP Alumni, please sign up for this proven workshop – Mindset: Healing & Empowerment Through Marksmanship.
Please contact me if you would like more information or to bring this powerful workshop to your organization or non-profit.
Together we make a positive difference in changing assumptions and people’s minds. Together we create empathy and healing.
On this evening … all I want to say is, from my home to yours … thank you for loving this wonderful country and our fabulous citizens!
FYI, this photo taken by a Navy veteran from my living room waiting while I was on the phone helping a new Marine family whose child is leaving tomorrow for boot camp. Something I’ve been through … twice.
We are truly ALL in this together.
Love of country.
Love of family.
I truly care about you, your family and our country. If you have someone you love going into the military or through a career transition to civilian life, it can tough. Please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll do my best to be of insight, value, support or encouragement. No charge. Just authentically caring and sharing what I have learned as a military family.
With love, we unite!
If you’re interested in our work, we offer customized workshops and programs for corporate, CEO leadership, military and veteran non-profits. Please contact us for more information or to register for an upcoming event.
Sorry for the awful video quality! The message is more important than my ego wanting it to look perfect. 🙂 An impromptu 25 second talk at Martin Luther King Jr’s church when asked “What life message would you like to share with these school children?”
Fun Fact – This is from Martin Luther King Jr’s church in Montgomery, Alabama.
Giving a shout-out of support for D.U.T. Games on Saturday, March 27, 11:00am – 2:00pm MST that is benefiting the Warrior Bonfire Program, a Veteran non-profit serving Purple Heart recipients.
Warrior Bonfire Program provides opportunities that improve the lives of enemy combat-wounded veterans—Purple Heart recipients—on their lifelong journey of recovery and healing. Your donations create activity-based, stress-free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing.
Build Support Communities.
The D.U.T. (Daily Ultimate Training) Games is a non-profit event to raise money for their non-profit partners. $20 requested donation for athletes and spectators. Registration is not necessary for spectators.
For more information about the games please contact UFC Gym Lone Tree, 7824 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124 at (303) 925-0269.
Have you tried stand up paddle boarding? I’ve done it on small lakes, a large ocean and even through some Colorado river rapids…that got my heart beating fast! The acronym for stand up paddle boarding is SUP, which is about as straightforward of a name as you can get! You literally stand up on the board and navigate on the water by using a long handled paddle. You need to be aware of what’s around you because trust me, you don’t want to fall into Lake Dillion where the water is 46 degrees by the warmest part of summer. Brrr! However, with very little instruction, I’m confident everyone can stand up and feel the rush of self-empowerment as you glide over the water.
Why don’t we stand up more often in other parts of our life? For example, when we are in an unhealthy friendship or see a friend in a rocky romantic relationship, why don’t we stand up and say something? As a SHINE Girl community, you have created a strong tribe by sticking together and protecting each other. So, why are there still unhealthy situations in teen dating and relationships? I think it is because we haven’t had enough instruction to “SUP” and once we do, all of us can all stand up for ourselves and each other.
In the world of relationships, SUP stands for:
Safety. Unity. Personal Responsibility.
Safetystarts with recognizing what is unhealthy or abusive behavior. To make it easier to understand and recognize, I describe it as “Repeated mistreatment, where one person uses manipulations to gain and maintain power and control over another person.” These are the dangerous rapids we have to recognize so we can successfully navigate and avoid them. Rapids can look like one person treating the other with: Continue reading Stand Up & Say Something
THANK YOU for the hugs, winks and high-fives of encouragement to be authentic and vulnerable in telling my life story. Fighting my way over big emotional hurdles, I was the keynote speaker at The Crisis Center’s Gala on Friday, November 10th. Nearly 300 people empathetically listened and warmly responded to my speech where I shared my very personal experiences of childhood abuse and domestic violence as an adult. I was honored to also share my message: Enlighten, Empower and End Abuse…now and for the future of families.