Reflections on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2019 I began this post at the beginning of the month, at first making my gratitude list similar to what I began seeing my friends post on social media posting each day… and I initially began with the traditional things like health, friends, family, reaching certain goals, making new connections, etc… But then […]

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What Right Feels Like

1 March 2019 It is that time again…CrossFit Open season. I have been doing the Open since I started CrossFit in 2012. I loved it. It is a special time for crossfitters because for five weeks, you are a part of the bigger CrossFit community. Most gyms have their own version of Friday Night Lights […]

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The Uncomfortable Path to Joy

February 2019 What does joy look like to you? To me, my gym time is just one of the many things that bring me joy. The gym is not only the place to release the stresses of the day, it has also been my “playground” to focus on getting better at weightlifting. I usually get […]

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Now You See Me

June 2018 Growing up, I remember our family’s refrigerator was always packed full with leftovers. Typically, we would repurpose the plastic containers from butter, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc.  for our various leftovers after each meal (with a family of 5 children, leftovers were common). Although resourceful, re-using the same containers for leftovers creates a […]

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Failure

March 2018 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 […]

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Compromise

February 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 little […]

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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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