Take Heart

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In the last few weeks it seems as though things have began to spin out of control- beginning with Paris there have been countless events to follow that … Continue reading Take Heart

Before You Ask- Life During Deployment

A year into military life and it's amazing how much my mindset has changed.  Things that once seemed foreign and confusing, words or phrases that meant nothing, timelines and dates that had no relevance are all familiar parts of my life now.  Two months shy of meeting Chris, I told a girl engaged to a … Continue reading Before You Ask- Life During Deployment

Tell Us About Yourself

"We will go around the room- share your name, what company you are with and something about yourself..."  That is pretty much how our FRG (Family Readiness Group Meeting) opened tonight.  An FRG is a military organization created for families and soldiers as a form of communication, support, unity and involvement.  One by one I … Continue reading Tell Us About Yourself

See You Soon vs. Goodbye

Upon entering the timeframe for our first deployment in 2013 I was instructed that it is never "goodbye" but instead, "see you soon."   I didn't understand this at first.  I do now. Goodbye indicates the ending- a season, relationship or conversation.  With the right inflection or timing, this can feel or be perceived as … Continue reading See You Soon vs. Goodbye

Everything Walks the Talk

This past week I began reading Inside the Magic Kingdom- 7 Keys to Disney’s Success by Tom Connellan. I love learning the small, minute and what some may perceive as “overkill” to attention to detail Disney takes. For example, the fact that all the hitching posts on Main Street are re-painted every night, the trash … Continue reading Everything Walks the Talk

Catalyst Women: Lean Into It

Mentors can be hard to find.  Especially women who lead in multiple mediums that you aspire to eventually achieve as well.  This past January I was fortunate to meet Lisa, a KY native entrepreneur, passionate about her work and supporting her husbands career in the military.  We have enjoyed countless lunch dates and her approach … Continue reading Catalyst Women: Lean Into It

Catalyst Women: The Decision is Ours

Today I get to highlight an incredible woman who is a wonderful mom to three amazing girls and an active, supportive wife to a solider.  Yolanda has become a dear friend of mine; one who I can volunteer beside for endless hours, talk on the phone and laugh over silly daily activities and share dialogue … Continue reading Catalyst Women: The Decision is Ours

Catalyst Women- We are In the Boat Together

Military Spouses are Catalyst Women:  Women (spouses & service members) who lead with their strengths and make a difference in what they do Today I get to highlight an amazing military spouse whom I am personally a fan of, she was one of the first friendly faces for me upon arriving at Ft. Hood.  A past … Continue reading Catalyst Women- We are In the Boat Together

To Change! Cheers

I like to think that pruning, cutting things away, yields fuller growth in the end- Vines yield better grapes, flowers grow better and more full and trees are healthier. I have gone through a few "pruning" periods in my life: When I was 16 and I needed to change my surroundings because I wasn't heading … Continue reading To Change! Cheers

We all Have Lids

"The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader's Day" by John Maxwell may be one of the best gifts I have ever received.  I genuinely love learning about leadership and thankfully one of my leaders recognized that and invested in me.  Thank you Jenni Catron for this gift! "Every leader has a lid on his … Continue reading We all Have Lids