Friday, October 14, 2016

Langston Hughes Hold On Fast to Dreams

“Hold fast onto dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly” Langston Hughes

    This quote by Langston Hughes is incredibly poignant for an individual that has sustained any sort of a life altering injury. A person going through difficulty needs to hold on tight to the dreams that they have. I suggest always trying to foster dreams to develop so that an individual will always have aspirations and hopes. It is sometimes very easy to lose sight of where you want to be. By holding onto your dreams you can maintain a sense of ambition and motivation as you proceed forward on life’s path for you. Life is all about motivation and there are many different ways in which to attain this. The best is to awaken a sense of motivation within you. Internal motivation is often the most difficult to come by, yet no doubt the most useful. Individuals need to assume some responsibility for their own dreams and happiness. Life sometimes gets in the way; yet there are always several ways to solve a problem. From my experience I have found that people generally want to help an assist one another as they are trying to get through life. I have been extremely forthright in regards to the integral part in my life that role models have played. They can help to inspire and serve as role models as you are trying to build the fabric as to what will be your life. I think that people can be incredibly valuable to a person who is trying to establish a career. An individual always needs to keep a grasp onto his/her dreams. A person should never lose sight of where they envision his/her self. I think that dreams are essential to maintaining motivation. An unmotivated individual can do nothing but harm the culture of workmanlike individuals. An unmotivated individual can upset the whole balance of a culture. People want to be useful and feel as though they are pursuing his/her dreams. I thank you so much for reading and I would love to read any thoughts that you may have!


Monday, October 10, 2016

Gail Devers

“Every accomplishment begins the same way; with the decision to try.” Gail Devers

Gail Devers helps people to realize that every single accomplishment in this life all had begun the exact same way. Every accomplishment has begun with the decision to attempt and try. Nothing in this world begins without any effort. Without effort people lack the motivation to become motivated and try for bigger things. People always have to want more. We all need to feel as though we can improve and go bigger, stronger and better. No matter how big or small the feat or desire is people always have to want to improve. If we are not striving to forever improve; we simply exist. To truly live is to attempt to improve and to make life better for yourself and those around you. I have found that by opening your horizons people are further open to experiencing life on a far bigger scale. By experiencing life on a far bigger scale we can become open to all of the wonders that are available to us. I believe that people all need to realize that we are all far more alike than we are different. People have to have a desire to improve and make things better for those around them. There has to be a culture that believes in helping one another along the path of life. If a person never allows him/herself to feel the desire to improve and change, then a society will no longer seek for improvement. With this upcoming election, we are all hearing from the candidates and what his/her views are in relation to change and improvement. Gail Devers quote allows us to realize that life is forever about the decision to improve and change. It greatly helps individuals to simplify things out to understand what is required of them. Those that are able to summon desire within them are forever in a far better situation. I encourage all of those who are able to encourage others who may benefit from hearing from you. We are all the same inside. We are all people and we all have challenges that we attempt to negotiate daily to get through life. Younger people are looking to grow up and admire us. As individuals we all have the responsibility to lead by example and help to pave out a path for those that will follow in our footsteps. A person has to always remember that every accomplishment no matter how big or small all started out in the same way. All achievements began in the exact same way. There has to first be the conscious decision to try.

I thank you all for reading and I would love to hear any reflections that you may have.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Bethany Hamilton

Recently I became aware that one of the most inspirational athletes that I have ever become aware of is traveling to my area to give a speech. Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark doing what she loves to do more than anything. She has always been an avid surfer and surfing was not only a way of life for her but also her family. The culture of Bethany Hamilton’s life was never to give up. After she was attacked by the shark I am sure that she needed to reflect upon this constantly. I will attend her speaking segment with my family so as I can hopefully absorb some greater inspiration as I am hoping to tackle the challenges in my life. People are by far the greatest influencers I feel. What I have come to learn is that life is all about challenges and how you tackle them. An individual such as Bethany Hamilton is incredibly inspirational to me. She did not let any physical disabilities get in her way. Despite getting mauled by the shark Bethany was has still been able to maintain a champion. Champions are all around us but they need to be acknowledged. Since sustaining my injury I am much better able to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who have gone through difficulties in life. Survivors now stand out to me as heroic because I know how tempting it is to give up. I have often reflected upon who she is and what she has been able to accomplish despite her disability. Bethany has often said that she is in a far better situation to affect a great many numbers of people since she has sustained her injury. She instantaneously was transformed into a hero for all people overcoming disabilities. I will certainly attend her speech with bells on because I feel that any inspiration that I can gain off of her would be inspirational to my being. I am incredibly excited to see Bethany in person. She has served as a role model for me for sure. I do not have the same celebrity status as Bethany Hamilton but I still know that I help to inspire and show survivors the way to building a better and more enthusiastic life for his/her self. I am absolutely enamored of Bethany Hamilton and I know what it is to have your world turned upside down by an attained disability. I identify with Bethany because she was not born with her disability. Her disability occurred in the wake of an unfortunate accident. She has maintained her faith in spite of her attained disability. Bethany has depended on her faith in God to get her through. Whenever I am having a hard day I reflect upon Bethany and remember just how much she has had to overcome. I would love to hear any reflections that you may have and I thank you for reading.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Betterment of Women

“Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things.”  Ann Brashares

Ann Brashares reminds all of us that there is an incredible power in unity. Last night was the new annual event put on by the Girl Scouts. It was an incredible honor to be recognized by such a fantastic organization. Every female has to celebrate what unique quality that she brings to society. Females must stand by each other and support one another throughout all of the difficulties of life. We as women have come quite a long way that women now have all of the same rights as men. Women deal with childbirth which is certainly a large stressor on the body and in life but they are now respected as intellectually the equal to their male counterparts. Women can band together and help one another. They almost have to in order to continue progressing forward in society. Last night I was at the Phenomenal Woman Under 40 event where I was distinguished by the Girl Scouts. A former professor of mine from college attended with his wife. It meant so much to me that he and his wife traveled down to the event which was far from his house. He is still a professor and it was a school night, yet it still meant enough to him to be there. I felt empowered that every person in the room was there to celebrate all of us honorees who are working to make the world a better place for all; especially women. Hopefully we can help to make the environment give even more opportunities to women. I attempted to share what greatly helped me along the way. My bosses were present as well as some of my family and I know that they are proud of what I was honored for. Sometimes I think that people get too distracted away from the things that help to make the world full of better people. I learned much from being in the presence of the other honorees last night. Each honoree brought something else to the table and each was honored for what they do. Every person there stood for things that the Girl Scouts try to instill within their members. The people in attendance at the dinner paid to support the cause and thus support the betterment of young girls in society. Large goals are accomplished when they are taken on by many fronts. The betterment and equality of women has come a very long way over the years but there is still a long way to go. With the possibility of women officials in government it is very clear to see just how far the country has come in its view of the gender. I am hopeful that you will all support the cause for the betterment of women.

I thank you very much for reading.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Being a Role Model

“Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating...too often people  neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.” -John Wooden

John Wooden reminds us of the importance of role models. Mothers and fathers alike have to assume their role as being a leader and a stand out citizen to those that follow in their footsteps. Each citizen should assume that the younger generation is following them. There are many responsibilities in this life but few that are more important than encouraging the younger generation. I am honored and incredibly proud that I was chosen as a role model by the Girl Scouts. I am hopeful that I will continue to do my part as a stand out female under the age of 40. It brings great joy to my heart to know that there are young women who have yet to decipher their career paths that will look towards me and the other honorees as inspiration as they attempt to find their way. My entire life I have spoken the truth I continue to do so and I do not shy from topics that are difficult to speak of. Certainly the difficulties that we all face as women and people are not often popular to be spoken of; yet I feel that young women who do are heard loud and clear. It is my hope that every person does their duty and seeks to educate those who are younger than them. Every person in society should evaluate who and what they are and seek to help those that are following in their shoes. I feel that this world would be a far better place if every person took ownership over their role and responsibility to mentor others society who fall much more easily into order. I encourage everyone to step into his/her role as a leader to someone less experienced. I will gladly respond to any questions or responses that you may have. I am preparing for an awards dinner where I am being nominated as a “Phenomenal woman under the age of 40”. I feel as though those that have been injured look to me far more than others; regardless I am honored and am enthusiastic to help all those who are younger than I because I realize how difficult it is to make a career pathway yourself. I think that everything in this world is easier with assistance.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tim McGraw

“Don't take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you're going don't forget turn back around; and help the next one in line. Always stay humble and kind.” -Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw’s words speak so concisely and so clearly to me. I am so fortunate to have gotten where I am today I clearly recall just how scared I was when I was initially injured. I swore to myself that I would never forget how difficult the road was which I had ventured on. I remember once a former patient came to visit the rehab that I was in; and after speaking with him my entire state of mind was changed. I swore that I would never forget the impact that the interaction had on me and I am very happy to report that I have stepped into that role for my Healthcare Organization. Daily I seek to turn around and encourage the next survivor in line. Personally I feel precisely where I am supposed to be. There has to be a sense of community and comradery to get through the long and often difficult path of recovery. I have been fortunate to recover to the extent that I have and the least that I can do is help to encourage someone who was precisely where I was. Career wise, mentorship provides a very similar basis for people that are young in their fields. I would love to hear anyone who is willing to share who has inspired them either through his/her recovery or career wise. I thank you very much for reading and am enthusiastic to read any responses that you may have.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Moving Forward

"Looking back isn’t going to help you. Moving forward is the thing that you have to do." - McKayla Maroney

All too often I hear about people who live in their glory days. Recently in church the minister spoke and reflected about how the best days are yet to come. I think that after having sustained a life altering injury individuals often take on a “sour grapes” persona. I myself have hone there at many points throughout my recovery; but thankfully I realized that it does no good for you or the people around you. In all of the relationships that I have fostered with people who have endured trauma similar to mine, I have found that nearly everyone who has not made efforts to embrace their new self is stuck living in a fantasy that is no longer. I believe that a person’s state of mind is the largest contributing factor to how far they are able to progress. There are always stories of people who have succeeded far beyond their potential. Likewise there are many stories of individuals that are “wasted talent” who have never amounted to what they could have been. Since my injury I have certainly learned what it is to work hard. There is not one thing that I perform daily that was not affected by my injury. I am so appreciative now of my abilities that I have retained. Literally my entire life changed in a moment. Certainly a moment changed everything in my world, and I am now mildly disabled for life. Maroney wanted to influence those who have been pigeon holed themselves into thinking that there is only one way to accomplish a goal. There are always at least two ways to solve a problem. Sometimes people don’t want to put forth the effort to decipher which method would be most applicable. I am hugely in favor of knowing that there always are numerous ways to figure though an issue. I thank you very much for reading and I welcome any thoughts or comments that you may have.