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May 29, 2018

Memorial Monday MURPH

The “Murph” workout has become a staple of the Memorial Day holiday weekend for supporters of our Military and fitness buffs alike. It’s the perfect workout. It’s tough, gut wrenching, seems like it will never end, and leaves you completely drained when it’s finally done. It takes guts, endurance, commitment, and fortitude to get through, and embodies everything its namesake, Lieutenant Michael Murphy, lived and represented. Which is probably why it was one of his favorite workouts.
As with many things on Memorial Day, it’s easy to get lost in the symbology and forget about the reality, and the reality is that Memorial Day was created to remember those people who died in the course of their Military service to this country. In recent years, Mike Murphy has had a dramatic, life changing, impact on my life. It wasn’t just what he was as a Sailor or a SEAL, not the awards and the accolades, and definitely not the Hollywood fanfare. It was Mike Murphy, the person.
It was Mike Murphy, the kid who got in trouble for fighting at school, but only because he was protecting a kid who was getting picked on by a bully. It was Mike Murphy, the person who valued his family and friends with an undeniable reverence and fierce loyalty. It was Mike Murphy, the man who, despite doing some of the most amazing work the Military has to offer, spent more time asking other people how THEY were doing, as opposed to telling them what he was doing. It was all of these things that make the Murph WOD mean so much more to me than just a patriotic workout, it’s about honoring and giving life to a legacy that resonates with me.
How is it that some people can do the same things, accomplish the same things, hold the same positions or titles, but only a select few are remembered and revered by history? Maybe it’s the way they made people feel, maybe it’s how they stood to someone’s guard, placed the wellbeing of others over that of their own. Maybe it becomes less about what they accomplished, and more about how they lived, the type of people they were, and the impact they had on the lives of others, which is what Memorial Day truly all about at its essence, remembering the people behind the uniforms.
A few things with this: 1.) Don’t forget the reason the Murph WOD exists, to remember the man and the principles he represented. 2.) Your accomplishments don’t make you, you make your accomplishments, so live your life with a set of core values that transcend your accomplishments, and make them worth having to begin with. 3.) Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with the purpose of appreciating the freedoms we have based upon the sacrifices of others, take a moment to reflect on those people, bust your ass on the Murph WOD, and pay respect to those brave souls by taking advantage of the freedoms their sacrifices have afforded you by creating the next story which will transcend time and positively influence others for years to come. -CPT Ryan
May 29, 2018

Rise and Repeat

Trip. Stumble. Fall. Rise. Cry tears. Succumb to fears. Go through the bad years. Rise. The hate. The doubt. The naysayers. Rise. It didn’t happen today. It won’t happen tomorrow. And it may not happen soon. RiseSomeone lied. Someone cheated. Someone stole a piece of me. Rise. A failed vision. A failed plan. A failed try. RiseCould have done more. Could have done better. Could have kept going. Rise. Why didn’t I try? Why didn’t I do ____? Why did I quit? Rise.
At the end of every downfall there is an opportunity to rise, as long as you are willing to recognize and seize it. More times than not, you will be faced with an occasion to rise from, as opposed to having an equation to rise to. But know this: the occasions you rise from are ultimately what give you strength when there is an occasion to rise to, so embrace the process every chance you get, because it’s forging a path you won’t be able to see until you’re able to look back at it.
Remain in a state of rising to your top. Not THE top. YOUR top. The place that is the best for YOU. Teach yourself to rise from the little things, so you can train yourself to rise to the big things. That all starts with staying in motion. The first step after your last hit, that is where you start your next rise. Whether it’s simply a wrong turn, a bad decision, or even a success you could have put more of yourself into, keep rising, every time, and your next bottom could be the beginning of your next top. -CPT Ryan
May 28, 2018

Privacy Policy

Christmas Abbott

Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy

5/27/2018

 

Background:

Christmas Abbott understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your information is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits Our Site and will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and Our obligations under the law.

 

This Policy applies to Our use of any and all data collected by us in relation to your use of Our Site. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of Our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of Our Site.  If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy, you must stop using Our Site immediately.

 

  • Definitions and Interpretation

In this Policy the following terms shall have the following meanings:  

 

“Account” means an account required to access and/or use certain areas and features of Our Site;
“Cookie” means a small text file placed on your computer or device by Our Site when you visit certain parts of Our Site and/or when you use certain features of Our Site. Details of the Cookies used by Our Site are set out in section 12, below;
“Our Site” means this website, www.canutrition.co and christmasabbott.com
“USA and EU Cookie Law” means the relevant parts of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015; and]
“We/Us/Our” means Christmas Abbott.

 

  • Information About Us
      • Our Site, www.canutrition.co & christmasabbott.com, are owned and operated by Christmas Abbott.
      • Our data protection officer is DaKari Williams, who can be contacted at [email protected]
  • Scope – What Does This Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy applies only to your use of Our Site. It does not extend to any websites that are linked to from Our Site (whether We provide those links or whether they are shared by other users). We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and We advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

 

  • What Data Do We Collect?

Some data will be collected automatically by Our Site (for further details, please see section 12 on Our use of Cookies).  Other data will only be collected if you voluntarily submit it and consent to Us using it for the purposes set out in section 5, for example, when signing up for an Account. Depending upon your use of Our Site, We may collect some or all of the following data:

      • Name
      • Email
  • How Do We Use Your Data?
      • All personal data is stored securely in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). For more details on security see section 6, below.
      • We use your data to provide the best possible services to you. This includes:
          • Supplying Our services to you;
          • Responding to communications from you;
          • Supplying you with newsletters and content;
          • Market research;
          • Analysing your use of Our Site through a third party, Google Analytics, Facebook, and Google Pixels to enable Us to continually improve Our Site and your user experience.
      • In some cases, the collection of data may be a statutory or contractual requirement, and We will be limited in the services We can provide you without your consent for Us to be able to use such data.
      • With your permission and/or where permitted by law, We may also use your data for marketing purposes which may include contacting you by email with information, news and offers on Our services. We will not, however, send you any unsolicited marketing or spam and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that We fully protect your rights and comply with Our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015.
      • Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights.  We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following basis applies:
        • you have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
        • processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract;
        • processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are  subject;
        • processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person;
        • processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or
        • processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

 

  • How and Where Do We Store Your Data?
      • We only keep your data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above in section 5, and/or for as long as We have your permission to keep it.  In any event, We will conduct an annual review to ascertain whether we need to keep your data. Your data will be deleted if we no longer need it in accordance with the terms of our Data Retention Policy. Our Data Retention Policies are:
      • Your data will only be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

      • Data security is of great importance to Us, and to protect your data We have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through Our Site.
      • Steps We take to secure and protect your data include:
          • Using websites that include SSL for any transaction or sensitive data.
      • Notwithstanding the security measures that We take, it is important to remember that the transmission of data via the internet may not be completely secure and that you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting to Us data via the internet.

 

  • Do We Share Your Data?
      • We may contract with third parties to supply services to you on Our behalf. These may include payment processing, delivery of goods, search engine facilities, advertising and marketing. In some cases, the third parties may require access to some or all of your data. Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, Our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law. We currently contract with:

Google Analytics, Convertkit, Squarespace, Kajabi

      • We may compile statistics about the use of Our Site including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying information. We may from time to time share such data with third parties such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. Data will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.
      • In certain circumstances We may be legally required to share certain data held by Us, which may include your personal information, for example, where We are involved in legal proceedings, where We are complying with the requirements of legislation, a court order, or a governmental authority. We do not require any further consent from you in order to share your data in such circumstances and will comply as required with any legally binding request that is made of Us.

 

  • What Happens If Our Business Changes Hands?
      • We may, from time to time, expand or reduce Our business and this may involve the sale and/or the transfer of control of all or part of Our business. Data provided by users will, where it is relevant to any part of Our business so transferred, be transferred along with that part and the new owner or newly controlling party will, under the terms of this Privacy Policy, be permitted to use the data for the purposes for which it was originally collected by Us.
      • In the event that any of your data is to be transferred in such a manner, you will be contacted in advance and informed of the changes. When contacted you will be given the choice to have your data deleted or withheld from the new owner or controller.

 

  • How Can You Control Your Data?
      • When you submit information via Our Site, you may be given options to restrict Our use of your data. We aim to give you strong controls on Our use of your data (including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from Us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided in Our emails.
      • You may also wish to sign up to one or more of the preference services operating in the USA: The Telephone Preference Service (“the TPS”), the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (“the CTPS”), and the Mailing Preference Service (“the MPS”). These may help to prevent you receiving unsolicited marketing. Please note, however, that these services will not prevent you from receiving marketing communications that you have consented to receiving.

  • Your Right to Withhold Information and Your Right to Withdraw Information After You Have Given it
      • You may access Our Site without providing any data at all.
      • You may restrict your internet browser’s use of Cookies. For more information, see section 12.
      • You may withdraw your consent for Us to use your personal data as set out in section in 5 at any time by contacting Us using the details set out in section 15, and We will delete Your data from Our systems.  However, you acknowledge this may limit Our ability to provide the best possible services to you.

 

  • How Can You Access Your Data?

You have the legal right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by Us (where such data is held). Please contact Us for more details at [email protected], or using the contact details below in section 14.

 

  • What Cookies Do We Use and What For?

Our Site may place and access certain first party Cookies on your computer or device. First party Cookies are those placed directly by Us and are used only by Us. We use Cookies to facilitate and improve your experience of Our Site and to provide and improve Our services.  By using Our Site you may also receive certain third party Cookies on your computer or device. Third party Cookies are those placed by websites, services, and/or parties other than Us. We use third party Cookies on Our Site from Facebook and Google Pixels. In addition, Our Site uses analytics services provided by Google Analytics, Facebook and Google Pixels, which also use Cookies. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyze usage statistics, enabling Us to better understand how people use Our Site.

 

  • Summary of Your Rights under GDPR

Under the GDPR, you have:

    • the right to request access to, deletion of or correction of, your personal data held by Us;
    • the right to complain to a supervisory authority;
    • be informed of what data processing is taking place;
    • the right to restrict processing;
    • the right to data portability;
    • object to processing of your personal data;
    • rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling (see section 14 below).

To enforce any of the foregoing rights or if you have any other questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us using the details set out in section 15 below.

  • Automated Decision-Making and Profiling

14.1    In the event that We use personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making and those decisions have a legal (or similarly significant effect) on You, You have the right to challenge to such decisions under GDPR, requesting human intervention, expressing their own point of view, and obtaining an explanation of the decision from Us.

14.2 The right described in section 14.1 does not apply in the following circumstances:

          • The decision is necessary for the entry into, or performance of, a contract between the You and Us;
          • The decision is authorised by law; or
          • You have given you explicit consent.

 

    • Where We use your personal data for profiling purposes, the following shall apply:
          • Clear information explaining the profiling will be provided, including its significance and the likely consequences;
          • Appropriate mathematical or statistical procedures will be used;
          • Technical and organisational measures necessary to minimise the risk of errors and to enable such errors to be easily corrected shall be implemented; and
          • All personal data processed for profiling purposes shall be secured in order to prevent discriminatory effects arising out of profiling.
  • Contacting Us

If you have any questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us by email at [email protected]. Please ensure that your query is clear, particularly if it is a request for information about the data We hold about you (as under section 11, above).

  • Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy as we may deem necessary from time to time, or as may be required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on Our Site and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of Our Site following the alterations. We recommend that you check this page regularly to keep up-to-date.

 

May 28, 2018

Privacy Policy Update for Opt-in Options

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Also, please review our privacy policy below as it is in compliance with the GDPR compliance.

Christmas Abbott

Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy

5/27/2018

 

Background:

Christmas Abbott understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your information is used and shared online. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits Our Site and will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and Our obligations under the law.

 

This Policy applies to Our use of any and all data collected by us in relation to your use of Our Site. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of Our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of Our Site.  If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy, you must stop using Our Site immediately.

 

  • Definitions and Interpretation

In this Policy the following terms shall have the following meanings:  

 

“Account” means an account required to access and/or use certain areas and features of Our Site;
“Cookie” means a small text file placed on your computer or device by Our Site when you visit certain parts of Our Site and/or when you use certain features of Our Site. Details of the Cookies used by Our Site are set out in section 12, below;
“Our Site” means this website, www.canutrition.co and christmasabbott.com
“USA and EU Cookie Law” means the relevant parts of the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015; and]
“We/Us/Our” means Christmas Abbott.

 

  • Information About Us
      • Our Site, www.canutrition.co & christmasabbott.com, are owned and operated by Christmas Abbott.
      • Our data protection officer is DaKari Williams, who can be contacted at [email protected]
  • Scope – What Does This Policy Cover?

This Privacy Policy applies only to your use of Our Site. It does not extend to any websites that are linked to from Our Site (whether We provide those links or whether they are shared by other users). We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and We advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

 

  • What Data Do We Collect?

Some data will be collected automatically by Our Site (for further details, please see section 12 on Our use of Cookies).  Other data will only be collected if you voluntarily submit it and consent to Us using it for the purposes set out in section 5, for example, when signing up for an Account. Depending upon your use of Our Site, We may collect some or all of the following data:

      • Name
      • Email
  • How Do We Use Your Data?
      • All personal data is stored securely in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (GDPR). For more details on security see section 6, below.
      • We use your data to provide the best possible services to you. This includes:
          • Supplying Our services to you;
          • Responding to communications from you;
          • Supplying you with newsletters and content;
          • Market research;
          • Analysing your use of Our Site through a third party, Google Analytics, Facebook, and Google Pixels to enable Us to continually improve Our Site and your user experience.
      • In some cases, the collection of data may be a statutory or contractual requirement, and We will be limited in the services We can provide you without your consent for Us to be able to use such data.
      • With your permission and/or where permitted by law, We may also use your data for marketing purposes which may include contacting you by email with information, news and offers on Our services. We will not, however, send you any unsolicited marketing or spam and will take all reasonable steps to ensure that We fully protect your rights and comply with Our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015.
      • Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights.  We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following basis applies:
        • you have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
        • processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at the request of you prior to entering into a contract;
        • processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are  subject;
        • processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person;
        • processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or
        • processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child.

 

  • How and Where Do We Store Your Data?
      • We only keep your data for as long as We need to in order to use it as described above in section 5, and/or for as long as We have your permission to keep it.  In any event, We will conduct an annual review to ascertain whether we need to keep your data. Your data will be deleted if we no longer need it in accordance with the terms of our Data Retention Policy. Our Data Retention Policies are:
      • Your data will only be stored within the European Economic Area (“the EEA”) (The EEA consists of all EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

      • Data security is of great importance to Us, and to protect your data We have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through Our Site.
      • Steps We take to secure and protect your data include:
          • Using websites that include SSL for any transaction or sensitive data.
      • Notwithstanding the security measures that We take, it is important to remember that the transmission of data via the internet may not be completely secure and that you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting to Us data via the internet.

 

  • Do We Share Your Data?
      • We may contract with third parties to supply services to you on Our behalf. These may include payment processing, delivery of goods, search engine facilities, advertising and marketing. In some cases, the third parties may require access to some or all of your data. Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, Our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under the law. We currently contract with:

Google Analytics, Convertkit, Squarespace, Kajabi

      • We may compile statistics about the use of Our Site including data on traffic, usage patterns, user numbers, sales and other information. All such data will be anonymised and will not include any personally identifying information. We may from time to time share such data with third parties such as prospective investors, affiliates, partners and advertisers. Data will only be shared and used within the bounds of the law.
      • In certain circumstances We may be legally required to share certain data held by Us, which may include your personal information, for example, where We are involved in legal proceedings, where We are complying with the requirements of legislation, a court order, or a governmental authority. We do not require any further consent from you in order to share your data in such circumstances and will comply as required with any legally binding request that is made of Us.

 

  • What Happens If Our Business Changes Hands?
      • We may, from time to time, expand or reduce Our business and this may involve the sale and/or the transfer of control of all or part of Our business. Data provided by users will, where it is relevant to any part of Our business so transferred, be transferred along with that part and the new owner or newly controlling party will, under the terms of this Privacy Policy, be permitted to use the data for the purposes for which it was originally collected by Us.
      • In the event that any of your data is to be transferred in such a manner, you will be contacted in advance and informed of the changes. When contacted you will be given the choice to have your data deleted or withheld from the new owner or controller.

 

  • How Can You Control Your Data?
      • When you submit information via Our Site, you may be given options to restrict Our use of your data. We aim to give you strong controls on Our use of your data (including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from Us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided in Our emails.
      • You may also wish to sign up to one or more of the preference services operating in the USA: The Telephone Preference Service (“the TPS”), the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (“the CTPS”), and the Mailing Preference Service (“the MPS”). These may help to prevent you receiving unsolicited marketing. Please note, however, that these services will not prevent you from receiving marketing communications that you have consented to receiving.

  • Your Right to Withhold Information and Your Right to Withdraw Information After You Have Given it
      • You may access Our Site without providing any data at all.
      • You may restrict your internet browser’s use of Cookies. For more information, see section 12.
      • You may withdraw your consent for Us to use your personal data as set out in section in 5 at any time by contacting Us using the details set out in section 15, and We will delete Your data from Our systems.  However, you acknowledge this may limit Our ability to provide the best possible services to you.

 

  • How Can You Access Your Data?

You have the legal right to ask for a copy of any of your personal data held by Us (where such data is held). Please contact Us for more details at [email protected], or using the contact details below in section 14.

 

  • What Cookies Do We Use and What For?

Our Site may place and access certain first party Cookies on your computer or device. First party Cookies are those placed directly by Us and are used only by Us. We use Cookies to facilitate and improve your experience of Our Site and to provide and improve Our services.  By using Our Site you may also receive certain third party Cookies on your computer or device. Third party Cookies are those placed by websites, services, and/or parties other than Us. We use third party Cookies on Our Site from Facebook and Google Pixels. In addition, Our Site uses analytics services provided by Google Analytics, Facebook and Google Pixels, which also use Cookies. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyze usage statistics, enabling Us to better understand how people use Our Site.

 

  • Summary of Your Rights under GDPR

Under the GDPR, you have:

    • the right to request access to, deletion of or correction of, your personal data held by Us;
    • the right to complain to a supervisory authority;
    • be informed of what data processing is taking place;
    • the right to restrict processing;
    • the right to data portability;
    • object to processing of your personal data;
    • rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling (see section 14 below).

To enforce any of the foregoing rights or if you have any other questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us using the details set out in section 15 below.

  • Automated Decision-Making and Profiling

14.1    In the event that We use personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making and those decisions have a legal (or similarly significant effect) on You, You have the right to challenge to such decisions under GDPR, requesting human intervention, expressing their own point of view, and obtaining an explanation of the decision from Us.

14.2 The right described in section 14.1 does not apply in the following circumstances:

          • The decision is necessary for the entry into, or performance of, a contract between the You and Us;
          • The decision is authorised by law; or
          • You have given you explicit consent.

 

    • Where We use your personal data for profiling purposes, the following shall apply:
          • Clear information explaining the profiling will be provided, including its significance and the likely consequences;
          • Appropriate mathematical or statistical procedures will be used;
          • Technical and organisational measures necessary to minimise the risk of errors and to enable such errors to be easily corrected shall be implemented; and
          • All personal data processed for profiling purposes shall be secured in order to prevent discriminatory effects arising out of profiling.
  • Contacting Us

If you have any questions about Our Site or this Privacy Policy, please contact Us by email at [email protected]. Please ensure that your query is clear, particularly if it is a request for information about the data We hold about you (as under section 11, above).

  • Changes to Our Privacy Policy

We may change this Privacy Policy as we may deem necessary from time to time, or as may be required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on Our Site and you will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the Privacy Policy on your first use of Our Site following the alterations. We recommend that you check this page regularly to keep up-to-date.

 

May 14, 2018

#MondayMotivation

Have Promise

Life has little use for promises. As soon as you think something is promised, life will sweep in and wipe the slate clean, leaving you with nothing more than a memory of what you thought was supposed to happen. Whether it’s health, relationships, employment, money, success, loyalty, or even life itself, none of them MAKE promises, they can only HAVE promise, and it’s on you to SEE the promise life has for you.
Things we perceive as being promised by life are actually just hopeful predictions, and those hopeful predictions sometimes have the power to completely derail us when they don’t come true because we give them power they never had to begin with. That’s where you need to have promise as opposed to depending on promise. Having promise is foreseeing a positive outcome given a certain set of facts and circumstances, combined with a vision, hard work, and a little bit of self-generated luck.
Start having promise instead of depending on the inevitable broken promises life doles out to you. Having promise allows you to have flexibility, readjust, adapt to changing circumstances, and even overcome failure. It breeds a positive outlook, sets the tone, and lays out the path forward. Most importantly, instead of worrying about the “What if’s”, it ALLOWS for the “What if’s”, enabling you to seamlessly forge ahead, immune from the debilitating disappointment life has in store for you. Stop depending on promises you know the world can’t keep, and focus on having promise in all that you do, and you’ll find that promise had is even more powerful than a promise kept.

-CPT Ryan  

May 7, 2018

#MondayMotivation

On Your Own

In wolf packs, there comes a point where certain wolves leave, or disperse, from a pack in order to depart from an environment where they have lost power or respect. The “lone wolf”, as it is commonly referred to, leaves an environment of protection, food, and companionship, in search of something better for themselves. Initially, the lone wolf has to be hyper-vigilant, self-sufficient, and self-dependent, often covering hundreds of miles in search of what they couldn’t find where they once were.
If the lone wolf has a strong enough will to survive, they can eventually find another pack to become a part of, and even one day become the alpha leader. No different than the lone wolf, sometimes we need to break away from the pack. Sometimes we are stuck in a pack which has no respect for us anymore, and provides nothing more than a little piece of mind that we will be relatively safe, with food, shelter, and clothing, while simultaneously beating us down through their own drive to be the top dog.
Maybe it’s time for you to stray away and live the life of a lone wolf for a bit. A chance to live for yourself, find yourself, and fend for yourself. To see what you’re made of, and learn what you’re capable of. This journey has the potential to land you in a place where you can become the leader of your own pack, where you’re surrounded by people who will welcome you with open arms, and who can see you for what you truly have to offer. As uncomfortable as it is, and as scary as it will be, venturing away from what you know, and forcing yourself to survive, will reinvigorate your hunger, activate your will, and allow you to live your life instead of just tolerating it. -CPT Ryan