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Courage

Choosing Courage

“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference.” ~ The Serenity Prayer This prayer was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971). The prayer was later adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs. It has always resonated with me for its simplicity and profound clarity. The Courage part …

Champions in Life

A Champion’s Life

Consider this… you have two hours of free time (or an entire afternoon). What will you do? I believe how we spend our free time determines how our life plays out, even more so than how we show up at work. As Coach Wooden famously said, “The true test of one’s character is what one does when no one is watching.” As the head coach …

Together We'll Rise

Together We’ll Rise

Any time you stand up for something, you risk finding yourself in the middle of controversy.  When I hit “send” on my “Time’s Up” piece back in February, I knew I was opening myself up to misunderstanding, disdain and/or severe criticism. I hit “send” with the vow that I would advocate for a cultural change within our national training regime regardless of how much resistance I …

gratitude lullaby

Grateful Lullaby

I have a friend who works in politics: fast-paced, high-pressure, high-stress, high-tempers… all of which lead to her having substantial anxiety and panic attacks, especially at night. When she would start to wind down at night in preparation for bed her brain would begin a cinematic stream of all of the worst case scenarios of “what ifs?” Those thoughts would lead to a shortness of breath, …

Miss Val Book Title Reveal

Book Title: What’s in a Name?

I‘m super excited that we’re getting close to the launch of my book! And I’m happy I can finally reveal the cover and title with you. But first, I’d like to share with you how I chose the title. Coming up with the title of my book has been daunting. How do you convey a life’s worth of philosophies, joy, pitfalls, confidence, triumphs, leadership lessons, …