Eye to Eye With Hurricane Irma

I heard about Hurricane Irma many days ago. Every time I hear of such an event my first thought is, “I hope it does not come here.” Being a person who believes in positivity, I take it a step further and wish good thoughts that it would absolutely blow away. This time, my powerful good thoughts did not work, and I found myself facing Irma, eye to eye, and wondering which of us would win this match. The few days leading up to one of the worst storms in Florida, one that affected the entire state, seemed very long. There...

Bravery is the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Do you consider yourself brave? Neither did I. Not until I started to assess the world around me and decide that I was going to step up to the challenge of making it a better place. Where would I start? How would I do it? These are the questions you can ask yourself, as well. Asking the questions is not the difficult part, but answering them is. The definition of bravery is: the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty. I think that you can find a part of your life...

On The Road Again

On a warm and beautiful summer day in Tennessee we began our road trip home to Florida. That is when it happened. A belt broke in the car, followed by a radiator failure, and we were forced to pull off to the side of a small two-lane highway. We got out of the car to survey the damage, and it was not good. Even worse, it was Sunday. There are very few stores open on Sundays there and no car repair shops. My husband called for a tow to the nearest auto parts store. In the meantime, several Tennesseans stopped...

4 Ways Women in Martial Arts Earn Respect from the Opposite Sex

Women are awesome martial artists, there is no doubt. They have come a long way from the days when they were not allowed to practice martial arts at all! There are still some growing pains, but those nuances are being eliminated by younger generations of girls and women who are moving through the ranks, and making a difference. Those of us who have been around a while know that the journey to where we are today has been riddled with ups and downs. Women martial artists still struggle at times to gain respect in some instances. There are some men...

Make It Happen

Many people think that they can never reach their dreams. I have never understood why. What is so impossible about defining who you want to be or where you want to go? From where does your disbelief in yourself come? All of the possibilities in your life, and your potential, are limitless. This explains why some people are very successful, and some are not. Even if you use wealth as a sign of success, unless they inherited money, most worked very hard to get where they are today. Wealth, however, is not the epitome of happiness, is it? If we...

Sliver of Hope

Every time I fly into the great big sky, I am in awe. As I sit right now in the plane from New York City back to Tampa, Florida, I cannot help but marvel at the vastness of the earth as it stretches out before me. It is a night flight, and the sky is slowly melting into orange and blue and into the darkness. There is a sliver of a moon starting to emerge. Incredible. Fascinating. Powerful. We take it for granted. I know how superheroes feel, with their silky capes flapping in the air. With human likeness, but incredible...

5 Ways Martial Arts Can Change the World

If you think your contribution to martial arts does not matter, think again. You are keeping our world moving in the right direction. 1.Leadership Children who learn martial arts will be children who have leadership core values. When you practice martial art skills, even as a child, you face your weaknesses and your fears and overcome. This promotes a feeling of empowerment that carries forth into your life and the world around you. Our world is full of strife. If we can use the tenets of martial arts, such as integrity, humility and indomitable spirit, plus focus, discipline, and determination...

Find Freedom In Who You Are

I finally realized after I turned 50 years old a few years, who I really am. It was a combination of the writer that I have been since ten years of age, and the martial arts I began to learn when I was 26. So many years of my life seemed to pass until I finally allowed myself to be happy about who I was and to fully engage my gifts and talents. Does this story sound familiar? You may be in the midst of your life wondering if there is more, or why you do not feel fulfilled. Focusing...

Life Upside Down

Have you ever opened your eyes to a new day and thought, “Life feels upside down?” Maybe someone said something to shake you up, hurt your feelings, or even hated you for whatever reason? Perhaps someone you trusted even disclosed your personal conversation to others. There are some days that will not turn out the way that you expect. How can you save the day before it falls into the depths of ruin? First things first. You cannot control the actions, thoughts, or words of others. They can say what they please. After all, we have freedom of speech and...

The Martial Art Sisterhood

There is an unspoken layer of family in martial arts. It is quiet, privileged, and appears more readily in moments of crisis, but can reveal itself in everyday martial art matters, too. Women martial artists of all walks, rank, background and nationalities share it. “Thank you, sister,” one of them says. “Great photos, sister,” another says. It is the sisterhood, and it exists because it is linked by femininity, womanhood, and martial arts. Its fibers run deep, like the strongest of ropes. When a woman martial artist realizes that for the first time another woman has called her “sister,” she...