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There Is Always Purpose To Your Pain

Pain. We can’t always explain why our bodies, hearts, or minds hurt. Sometimes we can’t control the hurt… even when that hurt becomes debilitating. And there are legitimate circumstances where there seems to be no end to it. There are legitimate reasons that you can’t control. You know that feeling where your body won’t cooperate. […]

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Essential Oils for Military Spouses

The military lifestyle. It’s not really understood until you’re knee-deep in all it entails. Stress. Abandonment. Stress. Consistent inconsistencies. Dreaming of a glimmer of stability. Stress. Love. Joy. Heartbreak. Loneliness. Did I mention stress? Military families are a rare breed in today’s culture. They love more in a short amount of time than anyone outside the […]

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Disabled Veterans NEED Service Dogs!

150,000 veterans have filed applications for post-traumatic stress related disability benefits to the veterans administration every year since 2010. Even more have filed for disabilities in general. Not all receive the care they need, even after their applications are approved (or denied). The benefits of service dogs are countless. Service dogs alleviate anxiety and panic attacks. They […]

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“But You Don’t LOOK Sick”

If there was one phrase that I most often heard during my twenties, it would be: “but you don’t look sick.” To anyone with unexplained, undiagnosed, autoimmune or “hidden” health problems, this phrase is in and of itself cringe-worthy. No, I didn’t look sick. Not until my face went pale while my eyes rolled in […]

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Now What? Keep Moving Forward

Everyday we wake up to a new day. Sometimes our days are so similar they seem to melt together in our memories, making us feel stuck in monotony. I know this feeling all to well. After separating from the Navy in 2008, I spent several years applying for jobs and being turned down for being […]

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Becoming a US Veteran

Today’s blog is essentially a part two from my previous post “My Military Transition.” It’s an adaptation of the Veteran’s Day speech I performed at Virginia Wesleyan College in 2013 that talks about the journey to becoming a US veteran. Throughout my travels, I felt different from most people. This inspired me to “people watch” […]

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My Military Transition

I’ve discussed my military veteran transition story a bit, including multiple public speeches. In light of Veterans Day this week, I thought I would share it with you too. I enlisted in the Navy in 2002 and quickly developed a passion for my job during my first duty station in Colorado (I know… join the Navy to […]