• Sweet Honey Iced Tea,  Weekly *Winks*

    Overcoming My Writer’s Block

    A couple of months ago I was ready to bring some new ideas to my blog.  Suddenly my blog wanted to me know something important.  First I had to succumb to the delusion of a local zombie flu.  My blog haunted my dreams while I lay sick in bed.  Lingering on the verge of death I finally decided to crawl my way to what makes for a sick bay in Wiesbaden.  Armed with antibiotics and seasonal allergy meds I made a speedy recovery. There was only one problem.  I was unable to write. Well, Okay. Maybe what my writer’s block needed was a little getaway.  So without much ado we…

  • Book Review,  Christi's Reviews

    The difference between bouncing back and plowing through

    I recently reread a soundbite from Inc.com about 10 things mentally tough people do.  It was titled, Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This. You might have seen and thought it was insightful.  The first two times I read it I thought it was okay.  Mostly because the way it read was not about being mentally tough.  It wasn’t about resiliency. Even though the author of the article shared the definition of Resilience, as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness,” he neglected to show that any of the 10 things mentioned would increase someone’s ability to bounce back from hard times. More importantly while this was directed…

  • Christi's Reviews,  Guest Post,  Laughing Out Loud

    What Darth Vader really thinks about your excuse

    In a recent interview with Darth Vader I asked why he thought he could succeed where others had failed.  “I heard the Force say to me, your excuse will never be enough for someone who has a reason to do what you won’t.  It is the one standard that I expect everyone around me to adhere.” While Vader is clearly the kind of guy that can sense the disturbance of a banana in a room, you don’t need the force to ask yourself why everyone is ignoring a critical piece of information.  Be proactive and analyze it. “If  I don’t have enough information, then I put myself in the middle…

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    Why I Survived Depression and Choose to Live

    Wow. I ran across an emotional post from a year ago. (Down the Rabbit Hole) A post that had ties to a more difficult time. I realized I left a lot of things unsaid. Mostly because I wanted to be a 100% sure I had moved passed it before I talked about it. I discovered that depression is not something you can give up when you’ve had enough.  It was easier to ignore and live with it.  It was like a friend who comforted you by telling you the world was a cruel place.  You shouldn’t dare hope for anything better.  This is all there is. Except I do remember…

  • Living Out Loud,  Living Your Life

    Why You Should Talk About 9/11

    I am grateful that everyone is taking the time to remember this day to honor the sacrifice made on this day.  On the anniversary of this day, our communities come together to share the story of where they were when they heard or saw the towers collapsed.  Its how we heal.  Its how we give ourselves permission to grow. With that said… this is the first year I have not shared where I was or what I was doing.  Suffice it to say that I was serving as a Marine at the time and then as a Police Officer afterwards.  That is not what this post is about. To get…

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