Positivity, Life Lessons, and Martial Arts for Everyone
Thank you to all those who support and endorse me!
I am so positive that your book is going to be a huge success because your blogs are just purely inspirational. I can’t wait for the book to be published and others may enjoy your talents as a writer as well. You have a gift to get people to be happy and bring joy to their day. They will find that you are a real, genuine person who cares about life. -Marlene Yonko, Florida.
Andrea Harkins is SIMPLY inspirational to me. I am totally positive that she is that way for others as well. She is wife, a mom, a Martial Artist, a writer and SO more. And I know she is far from done with her accomplishments in Life. More to come. First the book!!! Yes!!! -Jon Bottomms, Founder and Fellow Practictioner of Phoenix Martial Arts Wellness System. Whole Body, Mind,Spirit.
It is always great to read Andrea Harkins’ blogs which are both inspiring and thought provoking. She manages to speak with authority while also keeping a personal tone, a skill very much needed as a successful blogger. Her blog is a fantastic piece of work and I look forward to her posts every week. – Dan Holloway,http://www.themartialview.com/#sthash.Inu9frPi.dpbs
I just recently discovered this talented writer when I came across her article “I Want to Fight” and asked her for permission to reprint it on my own site. At first glance, it’s obvious that Andrea adds a deeply personal perspective into the heart of anything she writes yet what is most impressive – and for me, really important – is that her writing has the power to change the lives of others for the better. That’s why I’m going to share her writing(subsequently I’ve been lucky enough to receive two further articles from her)with as many people and as many groups as possible. Her passion for the well-being of others must be supported and
encouraged. – Robert Walther, www.thesnowtiger.com
When I think of Andrea, I think a Matriarch Elephant walking her herd across the African Savannah. It is through the matriarch that the herd learns and survives. She remembers the lessons that they still have to learn, she provides the opportunity to learn those lessons. She teaches the herd the traditions that makes them spiritually strong. She is the keeper of knowledge, she is a guide and she disciplines as she is disciplined. My journey was made easier through her sharing of her life experience with me. – Colleen Davis, South Africa
Andrea Harkins was one of the first people I spoke with in early 2014 about starting a project, Kungfu Podcasts. I got to know her, her interests and pursuits along the way. When you get to know someone organically, without expectation and without financial incentive, you get to know them a little deeper than most. Since the first conversation I ever had with Andrea, I can say these things about her without any hesitation. She has always acted in concert with her pursuits. She has always been sincere and transparent in our exchanges. Perhaps the one thing that resonates the most, is that Andrea always wants to do good work, for good reasons. The sort of person that helps us all be a little better. –Sifu TW. Smith, Kungfu Podcasts http://www.kungfupodcasts.com/
There are only a few martial artists who really want to tackle difficult issues in the martial arts world. Andrea is one of these few that not only has the courage to meet these challenges but can also articulate her
arguments in an engaging manner. Her work is always refreshing, entertaining and thought-provoking. –Jamie Clubb http:www.clubbchimera.com
It’s always a real boost to read Andrea Harkins’ blog. Because she shares her personal experiences, I know she’s the real deal. As a beginning student of Karate, I appreciate her expert view on how I can apply what I’ve learned in the dojo to what I’m dealing with in life. I’ve received a lot of encouragement from her posts and am always glad when she publishes something new. I deeply appreciate her frequent reminders to stay the course and be true to one’s calling. -Joelle White http://abeginnersjourney.azurewebsites.net/
Right when you’re ready to give up on life, along comes someone like Andrea to remind you that good, kind-hearted people still exist. Thanks to Andrea’s guidance, I know the world is a beautiful place that’s truly worth fighting for every day! –Ando Mierzwa http://www.senseiando.com/
Since knowing Andrea’s blog a year and half ago, I’ve found it very interesting and could be very inspiring for many other ordinary people, hence I’ve forwarded it and recommend it to many others who are interested in martial arts or simply interested in having inspiration! Personally I truly admire Andrea’s amazing ability in maintaining such a well done blog with so many meaningful materials, while being a mother of four, with a full-time paralegal job, martial arts training… and still finding time for writing this blog to help others… wonderful! -Yau-Sun Tong湯友新 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadahttp://photoart.chebucto.org/photonews.html TaiJi (TaiChi) page:http://chebucto.ca/~taiji
I discovered ‘you’ when I read the article in MASUCCESS. You have such passion and wonderful insight into the martial arts world and how it all relates to real life. Love your articles and am happy to share.-Laura Mack, Kovar’s Satori Academy http://www.kovars.com/cameron-park-school
I randomly found Andrea’s blog through Twitter about 6 months agoand was really intrigued by her writing. So much so that I reached out to her to see if she would like to write for my brand new site (I had no visitors, no incentive, no nothing). She accepted.Why? Because she’s as giving and encouraging as she portrays in her writing.Andrea’s blog stands out to me amongst the many I come across because she has no agenda other than wanting to help and inspire people.I’m not a martial arts woman or any kind of woman actually…but I find myself constantly learning and reflecting on her writing none the less. Each post is filled with personal stories of her successes and failures and how each has molded her into who she is today and how it can help mold you. Through her stories and experiences I was able to find an online stranger I can relate to…and learn that not every failure should be viewed as such. Now I call that stranger a friend, something I’m assuming you will be calling her before you know it. -David Lambert www.enhanceyourdojo.com
Like Andrea, I am a Martial Artist who is female. I enjoy being multifaceted. I embrace my femininity in a predominantly male dominated sport. Andrea has shown me how to keep balance in my life. Her blogs use great metaphors to teach me how to keep things in perspective. I admire the fact that she is nurturing to others, is very active within her Church, and is a great Mom and wife. She values family, as well as often gives back to her community. Andrea often helps me remain positive as she herself is very upbeat. I have always enjoyed her blogs, and podcasts. Much Respect for you Andrea!-Mary Moonen, Bradenton, Florida
The insights to life that Andrea possesses are always positive, inspirational, and useful in day-to-day life. You win just by reading!-A E Lane, Parrish, Florida
Andrea! You have been an inspiration to me in my daily life. I read your blogs and learn so much! Not only do I learn about karate and and how to defend myself but you also hit on so many other subjects for self-improvement. Thank you for coming into my life:-) -Cathy Walker, Parrish, Florida
Whenever I read one of her blogs, it helps me stay focused on my life. Her positive words and examples make me think, can I implement that in my life. Whenever I see Andrea she always has a hug and smile for me. Her positive energy is beautiful. Good Luck and May God always Bless you. -Ventura Hume, Parrish, Florida
Mrs. Andrea Harkins(or Sensei) talks about life in the martial arts as it is. She is not pretentious. As an authority on martial arts, being that she is both teacher and a student of the warrior arts, Sensei Andrea shows us how we can apply the techniques in martial arts to our daily lives. Yes, there are books by other martial artists such as Jennifer Lawler, e.g, the Dojo Wisdom books. Yet, those books seem too impersonal. With Sensei Andrea, she provides readers with countless everyday examples, and a person can feel that she is actually right there talking to them. As a fellow writer, I have found her advice priceless. There have been times when life was real tough and I didn’t feel like there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but her wonderful words of encouragement helped pull me through. In my humble opinion, Sensei Andrea Harkins is one of the greatest people in the world. I am very proud and honored to call her both friend and mentor.-Anwar Walker,Atlanta,GA https://osiaswordpresscom.wordpress.com/
It is so wonderful to have discovered Andrea Harkin’s post’s which are very very inspiring. Andrea is a very gifted and talented writer that takes the principles of the martial arts and aligns them with real life lessons; in other words her positive approach to life comes from many years of martial arts training and the concepts that she’s learned helps the reader come to discover that through the martial arts they to can overcome life’s lessons whether someone is a beginner or if they have been training for many years in the martial arts can benefit from her writings because she covers many different subjects. I am honored to endorse such a wonderful person and martial artists that is helping and motivating many people to fulfill their dreams-sincerely Master Rodney S.Dillard 5th Dan in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do. Mesa Arizona