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When I saw this mug I immediately starting thinking about all the things we have endured. Physically I challenged myself to try out the whole Army thing. I did the training, had my first ever “camping trip” on a field exercise, ran miles and miles more than I have ever done before. As a leader I deployed overseas to locations I wouldn’t wish on anyone. My plan was to just “try it out for 3 years …yet retired at a little over 17.

I purchased my first Harley and rode it back in 2003. When I got on it I was terrified yet exhilarated. It was awesome.

In 2010 I met amazing people while attending an Army school in Leavenworth, Kansas who challenged me to do my first ever triathlon. I was so addicted that I signed my kids up for one as well.

In 2015 I started writing my thoughts and feelings even if they scared me. I knew I needed an outlet or I was going to explode. In 2016 I decided to create a website so that I could share these so called feelings in hopes that maybe I could help someone else.

4 months ago my daughter and I were in horrific car accident. Instead of screaming at the top of my lungs I had paramedics and bystanders help me brave through it. God took over and calmed me down. My daughter was able to get back into a car 3 weeks after and brave her way through driving. It still amazes me. I still don’t know how we survived but I will leave that up to him.

Overtime I realized that I had so many amazing people that helped me be “Brave” enough to get through it. Without them and God, I would not be here today.

What makes you Brave?

Being able to accomplish something that you never thought you could….

These are just some of the things from my life that come to the top of my head.

Being Brave is a word that doesn’t make me feel like Wonder Woman, but it does make me feel like I am blessed enough to still be here today.

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