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    Focus on the Good Stuff For A Better Life

    A few weeks ago on the Direction Diva blog we talked about how one word can change your life. That blog post talked specifically about how the word FOCUS can inspire and motivate you to turn things around and begin living your best life. Today we continue the #FocuswithJudy theme as we talk about what you should be focusing on to create a better life. You hear people talk about how focus is the “key” to so many things.  If you focus you will do well in school.  If you focus you will lose those last 10 pounds.  If you focus you can….”DO ANYTHING”. Why is that? When you focus you…

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    How to Ask & Get What You Want

    Asking for help when life becomes overwhelming is something I advocate for and discuss a lot here on the Direction Diva Blog. I believe asking for help is critical especially with regard to depression, mental and behavioral health issues and so much more. I even talk about how the military community needs to do a better job of asking for and offering help in general here. But today I want to take this concept to a different place, I want to talk about asking for help to create a better life for yourself. Asking for help is something that has gotten a bad rap. As we grow up, we are programmed to think that asking for help, support or direction…

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    Are you a survivor?

    “Tomorrow the sun will rise, and who knows what the tide will bring” – Tom Hanks in Castaway   The other day we were sitting watching the movie Castaway. I have always liked the movie, and Tom Hanks is incredible, but this time it really hit home. It was like an AHA moment for me, and it made me think about my life. Castaway was a story about one man’s life journey. It was a story about a character that grows and becomes a survivor, and I wondered if I would fare so well given the same circumstances. What would happen if I suddenly found myself lost in an environment that…

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    7 Tell Tale Signs Your Teen is at Risk for Suicide

    My phone rings again. Another mother with a child in crisis. This time a head on collision with a tree. Thankfully the young man is alive and getting the help he needs. Many times that isn’t the case. Many times we are too late, and their pain had been too much for them to bare. Since sharing our families story about our son’s battle with depression, PTSD and his subsequent suicide attempt in 2012 (learn more at DASIUM) these types of phone calls and emails are becoming more frequent. Is it the times? Is it the environment? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that we as parents need…

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    Military Life: 4 Unusual Tips To Keep You Sane During Your Next PCS

    Last week I shared how technology saved my sanity more than once during our recent PCS. I also shared that this PCS was so different from any of our other moves because the short notice prevented us from being able to schedule movers AND meet my soldiers report date. At first it seemed like an impossible situation but as we sorted through so many different options we settled on a FULL DITY (aka Do it yourself). While I don’t know if its the perfect option for us it did have it’s perks – like the fact that I knew where everything was throughout the entire process! The military surely gives us so…

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    What Can Inspire YOU to Create YOUR Best Life?

    This morning I had to get up literally at the “crack” of dawn to be on an early conference call. When I woke up at 4:50 am, about the last thing I wanted to do was get my butt out of bed. Now I am a morning person, but 4:50 am is a little much even for me. So instead of my perky self, I was annoyed that I had to get up and be “on” so early. And then something incredible happened and my annoyance quickly disappeared. I opened the door to let the dog out and in front of me was the most incredible sunrise. The colors were magical, all…