Investing in Loss

May 2018 First, I want to apologize for not posting a blog in April. I have been committed to posting at least one a month and last month I just let too many distractions prevent me from taking the time to sit and write. Time seems to go by so fast lately. Next thing I […]

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Failure

Another CrossFit Open season is over and the one thing that I know about the Open is that it reveals where you have failed in your training. This year was no exception. I’ve been contemplating about my failures recently, and not just in my workouts or training regimen: I have failed in meeting my nutrition […]

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Compromise

February 21, 2018 Lately, I’ve been thinking long and hard about the concept of compromise. To many (and I used to be one of them), this term connotes weakness or a lack of principles and/or discipline.  Therefore, compromise is typically something to avoid for the most part especially if you didn’t want to experience that […]

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The Year of Ownership

December 15, 2018 It’s that time of year when I reflect on the past year and do a self-assessment on what I’ve accomplished, where I failed, and what should I improve on throughout the upcoming year. When my sister and I turned 35, we started our own tradition of using our birthdays (7-27NOV) as the […]

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“It’s the Culture!”

November 30, 2017 Last month I went to the Hampton Roads (HR) Cyber Summit and at the end of the day was a panel discussing the various problems of cybersecurity businesses in this area. The audience and some of the panel members stressed how Hampton Roads needs to market the kind of lifestyle offered here – […]

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Leaders Create Fun at Work

October 30, 2017 Not many people believe that fun can truly coexist at work. Work is supposed to be serious business and should be taken seriously.  As a Navy cyber defender, I am part of a team in charge of defending the U.S. Navy’s networks and systems; therefore, what we do is paramount to our country’s […]

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Operational Pause

September 2017 There are times throughout one’s life that something happens, something so horrendously impactful that it forces one to simply stop in their tracks and reflect on what just happened. For most, the event is a tragedy or crisis where one feels a significant loss – it could be a life or lives, a […]

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A Letter to My Leaders

July 16, 2017 My Dearest Leaders, I cannot express how deeply saddened I am to see you all go over the next few months.  I  should be accustomed to it by now, I work for the Navy after all and it is par for the course. During my 6 years at NCDOC, I have served […]

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Inspire a Culture of Learning Using Design Thinking

June 30, 2017 I have had the honor to work at Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) over the last 6 years – a Navy command that strives to operate as a Learning Organization (Senge, 1990).  We have a designated team of NCDOC facilitators who are passionate about helping our teammates think more critically, solve […]

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Culture Shock

May 31, 2017 In my last blog post, I wrote about the lessons I learned during my mission trip to the Philippines. The following weekend, I shared the lessons I wrote about including my feelings of being a stranger with our church group. Afterwards, one of the ladies approached me, and told me that I was […]

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