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    4 Steps to a Happy Holiday Season by Judy Davis, The Direction Diva

    With Thanksgiving exactly a week away I guess the holidays are officially upon us. I am actually trying to understand where this entire year went but that’s a blog for another time. Today we are going to talk about what you can do to make the most out of the next couple of months. So here we go …. 4 Steps to a Happy Holiday Season Step 1: Realize that our society has officially lost their mind If you question whether or not this is true, just walk down the isles of your local super store late on Halloween day. Gone are the discount candy displays (they are actually WAY in the back in…

  • All posts,  Emotional Wellness,  Military Lifestyle Advice

    Expectations: Bigger isn’t always better

    I see it everyday in military life. Disappointment from expectations that miss the mark. People build things up in their mind and are disappointed when what they have envisioned doesn’t actually occur. We plan for the perfect deployment homecoming only to wait for hours in a staging area running after impatient kids. We spend weeks coordinating the perfect special event only to spend it without our service member. And often our expectations fall short of the reality that is our life. I  remember years ago hearing my mother say to my father “Jack, don’t build it up in your mind”. It was as if she knew that he would be disappointed when his expectations didn’t turn out just as he…

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    3 Steps to Getting Your Military Life Back on Track

    Do you feel as though you’ve lost your way? Perhaps it seems as if you’re going in circles and don’t know what to do. Maybe you’re just tired of the same old grind, or know you were meant for more than this. Today, more than any other time in history, people are dissatisfied with their military life. Are things really that much different? Are they any harder? Or is there something else at work? When most people say their lives are a mess, they begin looking for the thing that caused everything to slip away. Was it their finances, their jobs, their relationships, their stress level? Was there a cause at…

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    Finding Your Way When You Feel Lost…

    Do you feel as though you’ve lost your way? Does the start of a new day have you overwhelmed? Perhaps it seems as if you’re going in circles and don’t know what to do. Maybe you’re just tired of the same old grind, or know you were meant for more than this. Today, more than any other time in history, people are dissatisfied with their lives, and hoping that the start of a new year will turn things around! When some people look back on the good/bad of the past year they flip-flop between saying that their lives are a mess and being grateful for all the good that happened.  Some may even begin looking…

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    Who Are You Surrounded By…It Matters!

    “Natural talent helps, but you have to have the drive and people around you who encourage you.” ~unknown Have you ever wondered if it really matters who you spend your time with or who you choose to be surrounded by on a daily basis? There is a saying that you may have heard which states that your income will be valued right in the middle of the 5 people who you spend the most of your time with. Fascinating right? But it really makes sense. The people who we are around, affect us in many ways. They become our sounding board, they give us opinions and even judge what we do. We…

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    The Stress of Priorities…

    Priorities…Is any one thing really more important than another? As many of you know, my children are grown and we are expecting our first grandchild very soon. So…. in an effort to be pro-active on a business and personal front, I decided to make a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish before I “get the call” and have to leave to go help my daughter  hold that beautiful baby. Ten minutes and 2 pages later my jaw dropped and I laughed. No one could accomplish that list even if they had a staff of 5 to help. But the “issue” became a question of what takes priority…and the answer that was…