Girls Night

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We reached our goal of walk/run/biking to Afghanistan!!! Love these goofy girls. The theme for girls night was "back to school".

New Beginnings

Monday, August 18, 2014

As of last week, we have officially moved to Fayetteville, NC to be closer to Vizcaya Villa, our wedding and event center that was formerly the Fayetteville Museum of Art. Today I started my classes in Forensic Science and Justice Studies at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. Yes...a double major. If you know me, I'm the classic overachiever. I love making and exhibiting art, but I don't have the same passion for teaching. Therefore, I decided to make a career change and do something that really interests me and pays very well: Crime Scene Investigation. I'm excited and determined to excel in this new adventure. I'm blessed to have been awarded the Post 9/11 GI Bill as well as a prestigious Presidential Scholarship. Plus, 95 credit hours transferred,  so I'm well on my way.
I do plan to continue my creative endeavors - I can't stop making art, it's who I am and how I express myself. I have several upcoming exhibitions, so stay tuned for news and announcements about that. In the meantime, I'm also training for another half marathon and a full marathon in January. In fact, I ran 15 miles today after school.

Global Leadership Summit - Day 2

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wow! Yet again I am on a high. Soaring with encouragement, inspiration, and energy. The speakers today have been incredible.
Joseph Grenny, Co-Founder of VitalSmarts and Social Scientist for Business Performance talked about mastering the art if crucial conversations; Don Flow, Chairman and CEO of Flow Companies Inc discussed ways to integrate Christian principles into the work place; Allen Catherine Kagina, the Commissioner General of the Uganda Revenue Authority talked about how God changed the corrupt ways within the tax authority offices of Uganda; Wilfredo De Jesus, Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago and Time's 100 most influential people of 2013 talked about combining prayer and action to effect change in our communities; Bill Hybels Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek church said many profound things about living out our full potential; Tyler Perry!!!!! gave an incredible account of his life and personal faith in Jesus; Ivan Satyavrata, the Senior Pastor of the Assembly of God Church in Kolkata, India talked about having the courage to be a leader in environments where the needs seem endless; and Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City church and Founder of the Passion Movement offered so many insights that I can't wait to get my hands on his book: Passion The Bright Light of Glory. whew! My mind is officially blown.

Global Leadership Summit

Thursday, August 14, 2014

An amazing day! The line up of speakers included Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor of Williw Creek Community Church; Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, (named Fortune's Most Powerful Woman in Business for six consecutive years); Jeffery Immelt, President and CEO of General Electric; comedian Michael JR; Susan Cain, best selling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking; Bryan Loritts, founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis; and the very entertaining Patrick Lencioni, best selling business author, and founder/president of The Table Group. Tomorrow's line up looks just as inspiring.