Life giving friendships

This Sunday I went to an Impact a Hero Gala. I was blown away by a story after story of post traumatic growth. Yes, post traumatic growth, not post traumatic stress disorder statistics that I am used to hearing and accepting. For example, there was Sergeant J.P. Lane who had his legs blown off, went […]

Confidence in God’s multiple plans

Last week I went to the Lone Star Veterans Association’s Discussion of Faith and Service. The speakers were this inspiring couple who found each other through the many trials and tribulations of the Vietnam war. In particular, the lady’s first husband was MIA (missing in action) for a year. I heard that term before, but […]

What shooting a 1 minute video has taught me

On Monday, I went with Terry to the Buffalo Bayou Park to film a promotional video for the VEL Institute’s Personal Development Course.  This was my first time filming so as is typical for just about everyone doing something new, I was very uncomfortable. So much so that I sent Terry a confirmation text the […]

No Sacrifice = No love

Monday morning I came across the following picture quote on facebook by Mother Teresa “Love to be real, must cost, it must hurt, it must empty us of self.”  Then I looked below and noticed the following comment “Mother Teresa was a sadist.” To be fair, when I first read that quote, I got a bit […]

How to take action like a Marine

Last week I went to a VEL Institute Keynote event where two retired Marines talked about their careers to date, mainly focusing on what made them successful. I took quite a bit of notes, and today I wanted to expand on a concept that I think is most relevant to where I am in life.  […]

Fantasies and relationship with God

Last week I attended a talk where the speaker said: “Our fantasies reveal that we haven’t entrusted our lives to the Lord.” At first, the statement struck me as odd. I mean, Isn’t imagining a future where you get the perfect promotion, kids or house something healthy? Something that will keep us hopeful for the […]

Humility as a path to greater love

The more I walk by love, the more I appreciate the importance of humility. I’m sure that being humble is something that I will continually grow into over time and so today I’d like to write some thoughts down to support this process … If I define love as a demonstration of giving in words […]

Taking a break from doing what you love

This week I am out on a honeymoon in Florida, where I get an opportunity not only to relax, but to watch other people relax. Some read a book on the beach Some drink by the pool Some watch their kids play in the sand And some strike up conversations with strangers. Are there any […]

To reach satisfaction in all, desire satisfaction in nothing

Last weekend I went to a morning retreat on St. John of the Cross. There is much I am still digesting, and as part of the process, I felt compelled to reflect on the following quote: “To reach satisfaction in all, desire satisfaction in nothing.” I think the reason why this line intrigued me is […]

Focusing on what you have, because likely it is plenty

Given my size and weight, many people find it surprising that I do yoga. Up until now I’ve been doing Bikram style, which has been great, but there was a part of me that wanted to try some fancy poses … please don’t judge:)  So on the side I started working on the forearm stand […]