To Veterans and transitioning military seeking career opportunities, the search for a career can be frustrating after about the hundredth application you have completed.
But here are some tips to keep you motivated during your career search:
1. "Positive Energy Yields Positive Results": This is one I personally use. Focus on the positivity in every situation, and see how the glass is half full instead of half empty.
2. Stay Focused: Stay focused on your goals. Also, remember the achievements you have made thus far to help you see the next goal is reachable.
3. Never Give Up: No matter how many no's you may have received, never give up! A yes is bound to come.
4. Seek a Mentor: I love this one! Seek a mentor who can give career advice, tips, best practices, and guidance. A mentor can be the most valuable resource during your career search.
As always- Thank you for your service and sacrifice!
Today I joined thousands of people in Junction City for a moment to hear the truth about what is going on with our military and Fort Riley right now. I was able to arrive a few hours early, mix & mingle before the event started. Thousands of people packed the conference center, the hallways, parking lot and even stood outside as the dignitaries and Pentagon officials discussed the overall goal.
Those who chose to stand up, made their points about how Fort Riley is their home and a troop draw down could affect the lives of active duty and the community that supports them. Out of curiosity, I had asked a friend to pull up the 2011 Budget Control Act and see who voted "Yes" for such a bill? I was surprised to see that 3/5 politicians that arrived to brief the pentagon and talk about how important Fort Riley was, were in fact 3 of the "YES" votes for the bill. Many thoughts ran through my head as I watched these people up at the front talking about the importance of the base and how Fort Riley is an instrumental piece of history for Kansas... but again, they voted yes to cut back our military even when we are at war in not ONE, but two countries.
While many people today wage their own war on our government, at one point will it be realized that if our military is cut back, we will have a war in our community and in our backyard and not even have the manpower to protect our families.
Below is just one of the stories about today, I encourage you to read it and then google the budget control act, what are your thoughts?
February 9, 2015 By Cathy Dawes
More than 3,000 people showed up at the Courtyard by Marriott in Junction City to show U-S Army officials their support of Fort Riley, in light of possible cut-backs to the military post. Seats were available for 1,200 at the Monday afternoon event, with a standing room only crowd filling the convention center–and an estimated 1,500 people standing outside and not able to get in. While Junction City and Manhattan communities were featured, areas from as far away as Wichita, Lawrence,Emporia, and Salina were also represented.
An official with the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce indicates the official count going by the remaining “We are 1″ stickers was 4,203. Another 3,000 plus individuals viewed online and a small parking lot sample showed license plates from 16 Kansas counties. KMAN aired the session live.
Presentations were made by Army representatives, as well as governmental and community leaders. Veterans and military spouses also had their say during the close to four hour session–with many of the comments leading to applause and in come cases, standing ovations.
Moderator of the event was Governor’s Military Council Executive Director John Armbrust, who first introduced Brigadier General Eric Wesley, who is currently serving as the Acting Commander of the Big Red One, in the absence of Major General Paul Funk, who is now stationed in Iraq. Wesley was met with applause as he talked about the synergy of Fort Riley.
Brig. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr., who had a tour of Fort Riley earlier in the day, told the crowd he was humbled and honored to be at Fort Riley, admitting the Pentagon and Washington D.C. are a long way away. He explained he hoped to take back to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff the “texture” and “granularity” of the post–admitting to the tough situation facing the Army with the law of the land, which is calling for a possible reduction from 490,000 troops to 450,000 or even an eventual 420,000. The war time peak had been 570,000.
There was also a pre-recorded message from Major General Funk, who described Fort Riley as the best place to train in the Army and the “best place to come home to.”
The entire Kansas Congressional Delegation offered comments, with U-S Senator Jerry Moran receiving applause when saying the Budget Control Act makes no sense when our country is in jeopardy. Senator Pat Roberts described proposed cutbacks as a meat ax approach to our military, when it ought to be done with a scalpel. Others making comments were Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and Congressmen Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo.
Others making comments were Kansas’ Adjutant General, Major General Lee Tafanelli, School Superintendents from USD 475, Manhattan/Ogden’s USD 383, and Chapman’s School District. KSU President Kirk Schulz talked about the unique partnership between the university and Fort Riley, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback told the Army officials, “We love Fort Riley and we want you to stay.” When the Governor suggested moving other operations here, the audience broke out in applause.
Other authorities such as John Broberg from Mercy Regional Health Center and Robbin Cole with Pawnee Mental Health talked about assisting troops and wonderful partnerships. And transportation matters, housing, quality of life, and low crime numbers were also mentioned by other city and community leaders.
A standing ovation followed a presentation by military spouse Christine Benne who said after 22 years and 10 moves with the Army, Kansas and the Flint Hills is home.
Following the planned presentation by local leaders, nearly 40 other members of the public spoke up with their own personal stories of the partnership between Fort Riley and the community and what it has meant to them.
A decision is expected by late spring or early summer regarding possible cut-backs nationwide.
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Sadly, marriage has lost much of its meaning in today’s society. Growing up in a household where my parents have been together over 35 years and my grandparents over 60 years, I was always under the impression that marriage meant forever. It is a pledge, a promise, a commitment to another human being to be there for them and with them through thick and thin. To be their teammate and their partner in love and in life.
Unfortunately these days, ‘Until death do us part’ has become ‘until I get bored of you,’ or ‘until times get rough.’
With celebrities spending millions on marriages that last 72 days, over 50% of American adults being single, and a higher-than-comfortable divorce rate, one may begin to ask themselves what exactly is going haywire.
I think a big part of this problem is that people are not fully aware of what it really takes to commit to a marriage. They are rushing love, getting engaged (or pregnant) before they really know someone, and before you know it – a few years have gone by, and the divorce lawyers are collecting another pay day.
So – if and when we are going to make this important commitment to the person we love, what exactly is it that we need to be able to promise them for the future?
“I promise to stick by you through tough times.”
I’m starting off with an important one. I have said it before and I’ll say it again – anyone can stand by your side during the sunny days. The real test of character is whether or not they will hold the umbrella over you during the stormy days.
When making a lifelong commitment to someone, you are committing to being there for them “in sickness and in health.” Sickness – may not be a common cold. It may be a large, life-altering challenge. It may be the sickness of a family member. Maybe, your own sickness. It may not necessarily be a literal health challenge, but perhaps a rough patch in life that tests your commitment and love. You are not pledging to be a fair weather spouse and only be there when times are good. You are pledging to be there – always.
“I promise to always make us a priority.”
Yes, strive for success. Yes, go for that promotion at work. Yes, hustle to take your business to the next level. But be very careful not to destroy your relationship through neglect in the process. Before you were a CEO or a high-powered attorney or a doctor, you were a man or woman who fell in love. You are a human being who is intimately and emotionally connected to another human being.
Even the greatest accomplishments in life lose their meaning when we have lost the person we always wanted to share them with. The key is to find a balance. To build off of your relationship as a foundation. To appreciate your teammate as part of your success as he or she supports you along the way. Letting the scales tip too far in either direction will only lead to disaster
“I promise will never let you forget how much I love you.”
As an extension of the previous point, sometimes life gets crazy and we lose sight of things by accident. One of these things can easily be letting our significant other know how much he or she means to us, daily. One of the biggest problems in long term relationships is lack of gratitude. When someone feels taken for granted it can easily breed resentment and a whole slew of other problems that will eat away at your foundation.
You’ll know you’ve found the right partner when they keep showing you how much you mean to them, long after they’ve already committed to you.
“I promise I will not lose my identity.”
In any happy, healthy relationship, it is important that the two individuals who are together still remain two individuals. Of course your lives are combined into one and you have become ‘us,’ but if either partner begins to lose sight of their hopes, dreams, hobbies, or whatever makes them, them - it can bring about a deep dissatisfaction that could be projected onto the relationship.
This is another reason why self development is so important, as well as personal growth. We need to be sure to not only grow as a couple, but also as individuals alongside each other.
“I promise to keep things exciting.”
A step beyond consistently reminding someone you love them is literally taking action to keep the spark alive. Spontaneous candle-lit dinners. A bath running when they get home from work. A weekend getaway for no reason.
When we start a fire, we cannot walk out of the room and expect it to keep burning forever. We need to continue to add logs to it and to stoke it. If we keep doing that, it will never go out. The problems arise when we stop giving it the attention it requires in order to continue burning.
Always keep stoking your fire.
“I promise I will do my best for our children.”
I don’t have kids, so I can’t speak to the obviously large challenges that come along with it. But what I can do, is appreciate the importance of making them a priority in your life and doing everything you can to love, teach, and raise them into adults you can be proud of.
You can read all of the books you want, talk to all of the parents you want, and be as prepared as anyone could be – but one can imagine that there are endless unique challenges that every set of parents face. When you make the promise to your husband or wife that you will do the best you can and figure it out together along the way – that’s exactly what happens.
“I promise I will accept and love you fully.”
We all have flaws. We all have insecurities. We all have things we want to change about ourselves. We cannot expect to like every single little thing about our spouse, but what we need to do is promise that we accept all of their traits, and love them to their very core, just the same.
“I promise I do not love you for your beauty.”
Yes, of course you should love someone’s beauty. Yes, of course you should be physically attracted to the person you are with. Yes, of course you should love making love to them. But all of these things are very different than loving someone for their beauty.
My mother and grandmother always said to never fall in love with someone for their hair, teeth, looks, or money – because they can lose all of it. When marriage is part of the conversation, when true love is part of the conversation, all of these things take a back seat to who this person is at their very center. In their heart. Who they would be if everything that made them beautiful got taken away. If it did, would you still love the person underneath it all?
“I promise I will not let myself go.”
Is this a contradiction to the previous point? I think not. There is an important distinction to be made between someone who reaches old age and someone who figures “hey, I’m married now, I can stop trying.” Of course bodies and appearance change as we age, but the point here is to not become a giant lump on the couch just because you’ve gotten yourself a husband or wife.
It is important we continue to live a healthy lifestyle. To eat right. To take care of the only body we have in this life. To show the man or woman you love that you will still put in effort for them and not become too comfortable. Just because you are in a long term, committed relationship, does not mean that your partner deserves a lesser version of you.
“I promise I am in this until the end.”
Scary, isn’t it? The rest of your life. Death. Possible illness. Forever. Hell yes, it’s scary. It scares the living daylights out of me, to be honest. I don’t want to get old, ever. I am watching my grandparents age and it kills me to think that we are all looking out into the same future. It is not romantic or glamorous or beautiful. And for them, they still have each other.
But, it is reality. It is love. It is commitment. And, it is marriage.
When you pledge the rest of your life to someone, that is exactly what you’re doing. I think this is so far outside of our realities that it’s almost not an ‘actual’ promise we feel like we are making. 50, 60, 70 years down the road? Who knows what the future will bring, anyway? We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it…
When you marry someone, though, you are making the promise that you will be crossing any bridges you reach together. You will do it whether you are walking side by side holding hands, or whether one of you is pushing the other in a wheelchair. You will cross each bridge you find along your journey with the quiet confidence that your partner is going to be stepping onto the other side with you.
How can you be sure they will be there?
Because they promised you.
Posted: February 5, 2015 - 5:15pm Via http://cjonline.com/news/2015-02-05/military-veteran-project-topeka-police-deliver-cards-wounded-missouri-officer SUBMITTED Melissa Jarboe, right, Topeka Police Chief James Brown, fourth from left, and five additional officers meet Thursday with Pleasant Valley, Mo., police officer Jacob Baldwin in Pleasant Valley. Baldwin is recovering after being shot twice in the face while initiating a car stop this past December. Related Stories
MVP director Melissa Jarboe, Topeka Police Chief James Brown and five additional Topeka police officers who also are military veterans traveled Thursday morning to Pleasant Valley, Mo., to deliver gifts and words of encouragement to Pleasant Valley police officer Jacob Baldwin, Jarboe said.
Baldwin, 32, sustained two gunshot wounds to his face Dec. 13, 2014, while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in southern Clay County, Pleasant Valley Police Chief Mark Dumolt said in an emailed statement Thursday. While he continues to recover, he hasn’t yet returned to work.
About two months ago, Jarboe’s organization, which provides support and assistance for veterans, issued a request for people to send get-well cards that could be delivered to Baldwin.
“We received cards from all over the world: the U.K.; Germany; Okinawa, Japan” and states from across the nation, she said.
In fact, the Military Veteran Project received so many cards for Baldwin — including some from members of the Kansas Highway Patrol and Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office — that delivery of the cards had to be delayed. On Thursday, Jarboe said, the Topeka delegation that visited Baldwin delivered more than 200 cards from well-wishers.
Baldwin, who has served for two years in the police department, is a veteran of the Air Force and a current member of the Kansas Air National Guard, Dumolt said. He serves in the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron based in Salina.
Dumolt said Baldwin has been deployed four times in the past 14 years, including assignments in Africa, Kuwait and Iraq.
Jarboe said Baldwin also serves under Police Chief James Brown in Brown’s capacity as command chief master sergeant of the Kansas Air National Guard. Topeka police Maj. Jerry Stanley, Lt. Scott Gilchrist, Lt. Joe Perry, and officers Ronnie Connell and Matt Cobb traveled to Pleasant Valley with Brown and Jarboe to meet Baldwin.
For the Topeka police officers, Jarboe said, it was encouraging to see a survivor. Topeka police lost three of their fellow officers to fatal gunshot wounds between December 2012 and September 2014.
The visit also proved to be a “great morale booster” for Baldwin, Dumolt told Jarboe in an email shared with The Topeka Capital-Journal. Jarboe said the Topeka officers and Baldwin connected quickly, talking and laughing in a display of “veteran camaraderie.”
Kansas City-area news media reported in late December that a grand jury indicted 31-year-old Omar Maria, whom Dumolt described as a “wanted career criminal,” in Baldwin’s shooting. Maria, who was taken into custody Dec. 14, now faces felony charges of first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action.
“It is ironic that Officer Baldwin was seriously wounded in Pleasant Valley and not overseas in a foreign country,” Dumolt said in his statement. “This is a reminder of how demanding and dangerous the law enforcement profession is and the risk our officers encounter every day.”
A credit union account has been established to benefit Baldwin, Dumolt said. Details are available on the Pleasant Valley, Mo., Police Department’s Facebook page.
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Sgt. Jarboe endured numerous surgeries and struggled for his life. He required special surgery on his neck for an injury caused by the bullet. Melissa could see they needed another opinion and petitioned for him to be transferred to a civilian hospital.
After long days and nights of research and care, Melissa found a hospital and surgeon who was capable of performing the procedure. Dr. Stephen Yang had done the surgery many times with successful outcomes at Johns Hopkins Hospital. However, all 72 of Melissa’s transfer petitions were denied.
A ray of hope shined onto the situation. Surgeon General Patricia Horoho was able to help Melissa and her husband get their transfer accepted, and Sgt. Jarboe was sent to Johns Hopkins for the surgery he desperately needed.
Upon arriving at the hospital, Melissa was told that the medical insurance would not cover the cost. But for Melissa, it was not an option to give up. She sold and liquidated anything she could, left her corporate job and cashed out all her retirement funds. This was enough to cover most of the medical bills from the procedure.
Initially, there was an improvement after the surgery, but months passed and Sgt. Jarboe’s condition began to decline. On March 21, 2012, Sgt. Jarboe passed away. Before he passed, he left Melissa with three final requests: to care for fellow service members, to never go back into the corporate world, and to remember how beautiful she was and go on living her life with joy and love.
She has kept her word to him by creating the MVP. Through the MVP, Melissa has been able to reach out and help countless families and veterans. The project provides transitional housing for veterans and their families and comprehensive support services including outreach and assessment as well as emergency services and case management. Melissa explained that the vision of MVP is to empower veterans with lasting results, help them go to college, get degrees and reintegrate them into the community. Rehabilitation and reintegration for combat veterans helps bring veterans and their families back together. To date, the program has assisted over three thousand cases.
The Military Veteran Project has also come up with effective treatments for those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to improve their function and reduce symptoms. Many of our returning soldiers suffer from PTSD and are overmedicated, making it even more difficult for them to return to a normal life. MVP has come up with several ways to assist and educate veterans, which include planning out a routine schedule, which helps with PTSD symptoms.
A case manager from MVP can aid the veterans with the paperwork for getting into a college. Battle Buddy is another great program MVP has started as a way for veterans going to school to reintegrate smoothly and successfully. Roughly 70 percent of their caseload suffer from traumatic brain injury, many of them caused by IEDs. They use aqua therapy and other treatments to help with day to day life.
Another hurdle returning soldiers face is having their military credentials not recognized by companies, making work hard to find. MVP has been working with several businesses, including West Star Energy, to help transfer the skills learned in the military to civilian jobs.
Melissa made a point of impressing that support for these men and women is vital for them to thrive once they are back in the everyday life. Over the next several years, Melissa would like to be able to have adequate staffing, and to grow and train more men and women for the Battle Buddy system. She also wants to make people aware of VA and Department of Defense cutbacks that are seriously affecting the aid our veterans receive.
“We’re training men and women how to come home from war, and reminding them they are the pillars of the community,” Melissa said when asked about the impact MVP is having on veterans and their families.
The MVP and Melissa Jarboe have come a long way since 2012 and continue to support and make a difference in the lives of many through their numerous programs.
Since April 10, 2011 not only my life changed but my body took a toll.... I can still remember the moment I received the phone call the day Jamie was shot, then the first time I would see him in the hospital. paralyzed from the chest down... I can still feel the shock that surged my body the first time he opened his eyes and screamed in agony.. I can remember every single moment of the eleven months I spent in the hospital with him, the moments we laughed, the moments we cried and the moments I just sat in a chair next to his bed giving thanks to God for letting him make it home to American soil.
For eleven long months my senses were heightened, not only did I have to care for myself, I had to care for my husband, my daughters and those around me... because it just came natural. My body constantly changed with out me even noticing and beyond my control.
The day Jamie died, my body once again changed.. this time my mind let it go numb and not feel pain. My body allowed my head to be held high knowing that my husband was willing to die for his country with honor. My body allowed me to smile when the sun shined, the wind blew and the rain fell from the heavens, knowing I was able to live a life denied to many. While my body enjoyed the sheer moments of heaven when the sun shined, my mind stayed in the last moments of Jamie's life lingering, hoping that if I worked hard enough, helped more and gave my life selflessly just like Jamie served his country, maybe he could come home from this deployment and I could wake up from this dream. Maybe I could right all the wrongs in our lives by stopping my life and giving hope to others who lost it.
Maybe, each day after Jamie took his last breath, my body died a little bit at a time and before I even knew it I was dead inside. Answering each call of distress from a wounded warrior, veteran or family members in a moments notice, watching as a little boy held his Iraqi Veteran father's hand while his dad laid in severe pain from depleted uranium, hearing the screams of a young wife begging her soldier not to take his life, looking into the eyes of a marine struggling with survivors guilt knowing he can't see me, consoling a wounded warrior's mother within hours of her receiving the heart wrenching phone call of her daughter being injured. Yea, you can say my body took a toll, but I made that decision to let it. At any time I could have walked away, I had the choice to make and I chose to stay.
I chose to accept the hardships, the struggles and help carry the burden.
I would make the same choice a thousands times over to serve, to help and to live my life the same way knowing that I can do something, no one ever did for Jamie and I .. I can choose to give hope. My body will heal, I am able to walk, talk, breathe and eat on my own.. there are many who can not do any of those let alone one of those. .
Tonight, I am in the comforts of my own home resting with family and friends healing after a day of successful surgery and I feel blessed.
There are no words to express the gratitude I have to each and everyone of you for your well wishes, love and ongoing support. It is because of you each day I am able to wake up knowing a difference can be made and a life can be changed. Isn't life a beautiful thing?
Via Michael Kaplan
Our country is suffering from an enormous deficit that’s growing exponentially every year. I’m not speaking of our mind-boggling foreign debt, nor am I speaking of our dwindling supply of intellectual capital. I am referring to the deficit in Corporate America of the brave and pioneering leadership that made the United States the premier global economy.
The most unfortunate piece of this reality is that we don’t suffer from a lack of qualified leadership to lead us back into economic prosperity. Rather, an insulated business community doesn’t truly understand that this resource is readily available.
Recruiters and Human Resource personnel can debate indefinitely regarding which Ivy League institutions have the best business schools in the country, and which produce the most highly qualified graduates. That said, I believe very few people will disagree that the top leadership training program in the United States is, and will continue to be, the U.S. Military.
Given the fact that we have no shortage of MBA graduates – yet we still show signs of a deficit in true business leadership – I have a suggestion for our business and corporate communities.
Start hiring proven leaders and teach them your business instead of hiring business graduates and praying they become leaders.
There are 6 lessons in particular that I leaned in the military which I’ve found to be critical in my 25-years of business experience. Irrespective of the position or career level, these lessons apply to every business model.
1. Taking the first step is always the most difficult decision.
Ideation without execution has no value, and they’re many more “dreamers” than “doers.” Those who don’t hesitate in taking the first step – taking the difficult assignment and accepting additional responsibility – are a valuable commodity. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
2. Accepting RISK is a requirement, tolerating RECKLESSNESS is not.
In the business world, the ability to be able to make a distinction between mitigated risk and recklessness is critical: mistakes in judgment can cause entire business units to lose millions of dollars and fail. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
3. Faith in your team, training and equipment significantly reduces fear.
It doesn’t matter if your business employs business consultants, hair stylists or vehicle mechanics. Those employees who have developed this mindset manage their fear response and stress levels much more effectively than those who haven’t. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
4. Never forget the reason you decided to pursue your mission.
Intolerable conditions exist in all business environments: abusive managers, terrible clients and co-workers who would sell out their soul (and you along with it) at the first chance possible. Many times, the first reaction is to quit … unless you have the mindset to persevere. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
5. Despite the best planning, unforeseen things happen.
Things regularly go wrong in the world of business. Pipes break, contracts fall through and expected promotions don’t happen as planned. It can be confusing, stressful and even demoralizing. The employees who survive these situations psychologically are the ones who have been trained to do so. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
6. Successful accomplishments make the journey worth the effort.
While this lesson may seem the most obvious, it is also the most difficult to follow. One can never truly know this until one has survived the adverse circumstance and persevered until successful. After numerous adversities and numerous successes, this belief becomes intrinsic and non-negotiable. A textbook on business leadership may convey this concept, but it can’t convey the experience that makes it real. The military teaches this to its personnel every day. It’s called “LEADERSHIP.”
I fully understand that graduates of our country’s top “leadership school” must still acquire the education and skills necessary that will allow them the opportunity to be successful in the civilian business world. With all due respect to Corporate America and the Ivy League business schools, however, the coveted skills piece is the easy part.
The mindset, character and experience that create true leaders of industry are what are missing. And that’s the piece our country most desperately needs.
The next time your company is required to choose between a 24-year old MBA with no life experience, and a leader willing and able to acquire the skills you need, choose wisely.
Cultivating the next generation of business leaders who can lead our country onto a path of economic prosperity is the primary line-item of your job description that matters most.
Michael Kaplan is the author of “The Prior-Service Entrepreneur” and the creator of “The Fundamentals of Veteran Entrepreneurship” training program. You’re invited to connect with Michael on LinkedIn and review some of his previous articles listed below.
5 Lessons the Special Forces taught me about Business
Mother of two daughters here and trying to juggle a busy, healthy and happy lifestyle! I saw this recipe, so I had to try it! I got out my cupcake pan, poured a little bit of virgin olive oil, sprinkled black pepper, placed pieces of kale and cut small pieces of turkey then after the oven was preheated to 350 degrees and watch the yumminess bake for 15 minutes!
Make A Week’s Worth Of Healthy Egg Breakfast Sandwiches in 15 Minutes
I stumbled across this brilliant little idea on Amy’s Kitchen Creations where you can easily make these awesome egg breakfast sandwiches for an entire week in 15 minutes. Sort of like McDonald’s Egg Muffins. The eggs will be ready to go each morning. Just grab your english muffin or bread of choice and you’re good to go. So easy and quick. Perfect for large families too!1
1. Spray your muffin pan with some non-stick cooking spray.
2. Throw in Spinach if desired (The spinach sticks right to the cooking spray… No floating!)
2. Crack one egg into each well.
3. Sprinkle the eggs with a little salt & pepper or whatever seasonings that you’d like.
4. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 15 minutes.
5. You could cook them for a bit less if you wanted a runny yolk.
Store your cooked eggs in a tupperware container in the refrigerator for about a week. Use your judgement though. If they look/smell bad, I wouldn’t eat them. If you can’t get to them in a week then freeze them. I haven’t tried this myself, but I heard it works just fine.
1. Toast your English Muffin or bread of choice
2. Microwave your eggs for about 30-45 seconds (microwave times vary)
3. Enjoy a tasty breakfast in less than a minute (maybe longer depending on how long it takes for the muffin to toast )
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Let me know if any of you guys try this and what you think!
The question plaques me at times and at other times never bothers me. Knowing that it's been nearly three years since I last felt Jamie's touch, his love and looked into his eyes.
How do widows date? Better yet, how do you trust or let someone into your life when you have devoted your life to honoring your husbands sacrifice?
Let me guess, you're going to tell me to try, take a chance and when it's meant to be.. It will be.
For those of you who have read my book, you know Jamie's three last wishes and I know he was right.
Here's the link to my book, if you want to read it..
Women, we brace ourselves for the worst, proceeding with extreme caution during the first few months, for fear of falling victim to the aforementioned debauchery in which so many men partake.
It’s a welcome relief, then, when we stumble upon those few true gentlemen. They exude chivalry with even their smallest actions, and remind us that there are still good ones out there.
It doesn’t take a grand gesture or costly display of affection to win a girl over. Often, it just takes a little sincerity and display of genuine romantic interest.
Despite popular opinion, chivalry is not dead — here are 9 everyday gestures of men that prove it:
1. Opening doors
A guy who takes the time to come around and open the car door for you is a keeper, not to mention a commodity this winter.
With certain states getting up to five inches of snow an hour, do you want to be left standing outside in a blizzard while your date gets nice and toasty in the driver’s seat?
Recognize and appreciate a guy who puts your comfort and well-being first, even if it’s just for a few extra seconds.
2. Saving the last bite of food
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So, when he saves the last bite for you, it’s basically him saying he likes you more than whatever meal is in front of him. Which, for the record, is a lot.
3. Spending time with your family
A guy who shows an interest in your baby photos, coaches your little brother on how to throw a football and compliments your mother’s cooking is a guy who’s in it for the long haul. These are small gestures, but they speak volumes about his intentions.
4. Suffering through a girly movie
When a man volunteers to endure a girly show or movie because he knows you’ll enjoy it, he earns major bonus points. (Even more if he does so without complaining or expecting something in return.)
5. Sending flowers
I’m not talking about the $100 bouquet you get on Valentine’s Day. I’m talking about the grocery store assortment he picked up on a random Tuesday while thinking of you. There’s just something about unexpected flowers that makes a girl smile.
6. Walking on the outside of the sidewalk
The first time someone does this, you will probably be confused. But then you’ll start to question how come other men in your life have never been concerned about positioning themselves in such a way that you’d be protected should curbside tragedy strike.
It’s not a must, but it’s certainly nice to have.
7. Kissing your forehead
Sure, if you’re hoping to date someone and he does this, it can be a dreaded sign of sibling-like affection.
But, if you’re in a long-term relationship and your guy does this, it’s a small gesture that can make you feel adored.
8. Filling up your gas tank
Much like walking on the outside of a sidewalk, this gesture will probably surprise you the first time it’s performed.
It’s indicative of a man who was raised right and is generally courteous, which is always a welcome surprise.
9. Putting your jacket on
Women are fully capable of putting their own jackets on, but it’s not a question of ability. It’s gentlemanly and kind for someone to hold out your jacket for you or offer you theirs when it’s cold.
These are little ways men show they care, the same way women have instincts to nurture and protect loved ones.
Chivalry is not dead; men can be everyday knights in shining armor. You just have to learn to spot the subtle, more meaningful gestures.
My name is Melissa Jarboe, military spouse, wounded warrior wife and war widow. Today and everyday moving forward, I will honor the sacrifice of our men and women who selflessly serve our nation.