And Still They Rise

I have a book to write. It is my story. It is our story. It is about a generation of women forged stronger by our longest war. These women walked or flew across Iraq’s deserts and Afghanistan’s mountains. Others were home, not knowing much about “over there” or understanding why. All were war fighters. All lived this war, with sweat and blood and so many tears.

War fighters then became mothers, teachers, business owners, doctors, and caretakers. Again there was sweat, some blood, and likely many more tears. Still they moved forward.

These women lead with sacred love. They are silent and courageous. Most of all, they are strong. With each challenge they rise again – stronger.

I don’t know how to tell this story. Not knowing where to start, I picked up books in the hopes to learn from other authors. In the process I learned more about my story and how tell it. I grew into my story with every page.

Here are some books that guided me along the way. They helped me tell my story. Perhaps they can help you tell yours too.


  • “The Obstacle is the Way”

    August 20, 2019 by

    Author: Ryan Holiday The hard path is the true path. Life is hard. Excellent! My struggle is my advantage. Challenge, setback, failure, loss, and rock bottom are not exactly comfortable. Once you’ve experienced any of these, you likely learned a strong lesson about avoiding them in the future.  That hurt! We have visible and invisible… Read more

  • “Grit”

    August 17, 2019 by

    Author: Angela Duckworth Find your Work. Find your Grit We marvel at people who do hard things and get after challenging goals. People like you…if you choose it. Do something hard! All around us, we see people seeking to find their own personal challenges. We are offered new quests daily, ripe for the taking! Read… Read more

  • Landing 01

    August 13, 2019 by

    On very rare occasions, themes from a few books come together – forming one single coherent thought. The thought forms slowly as the mind tries different combinations of words and ideas.  The closer the thought to forming, the more the mind will race and wrestle with it. Then, in what feels like a flurry– for… Read more

  • “Originals”

    August 11, 2019 by

    Author: Adam Grant Originals – Be Afraid. Act Anyway. We need you. There are many defenders of the status quo – and I am not one. I am Shaw’s “unreasonable man.” Now, what do I do? Adam Grant’s book “Originals” looks closely at the Rebels of our world – Rebels with a cause! Rebellion is… Read more

  • “The Coaching Habit”

    August 8, 2019 by

    Author: Michael Bungay Stanier It is just a question – right? A completely different approach to leadership found through sincere questions. Ask better questions to your employees, your kids, and most importantly – yourself. Unlock potential by having the courage to ask the question. “The Coaching Habit” presents a playbook for using a question-based approach… Read more

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