Monday, May 27, 2013


Today is Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember all the soldiers who have died for our freedom. May we never take our freedom for granted.

On a much lesser note, this time of the year is also a personal anniversary of sorts.

A year ago, on Memorial Day weekend, I finally made a decision. I decided to pursue my childhood dream of joining the U.S. Military. The path I chose to take is Air Force ROTC (AFROTC). I'll begin my time as an AF cadet this fall. I know the journey to becoming an Air Force officer will have ups and downs. I know it will not be easy. I am very thankful for my supportive family and friends and I know that most importantly, God will never leave or forsake me.

"If we maintain our faith in God, love of freedom, and superior global air power, the future [of the US] looks good." ~General Curtis Lemay

Monday, May 6, 2013

Launch Your Life by Kenny Silva

Launch Your Life (A Guide to Growing Up for the Almost Grown Up) by Kenny Silva is...well, the subtitle pretty much explains what it is :). There are five main sections: Identity, Career, Finances, Home, and Growth. The author starts with explaining that we need to find our identity in Christ. This reminds me of what my mom tells me and it's an important reminder for everyone. He then talks about dealing with changing relationships/friendships, dealing with fear, and dealing with failure. In the career section, there are tips for networking, interviewing, negotiating, and writing a good resume. In the finances section, he covers saving, giving, and budgeting. I was inspired to put together a sample budget for when I someday have a steady income. This section also made me think about how it'll be wise to start investing in retirement once I have a regular job...the sooner, the better. In the home section, the author helps readers decide whether buying a home or renting is right for them and how to go about doing either one. The last section is about personal and spiritual growth. While those in their twenties should probably already know most of the stuff in this book, it's nice that there is an easy-to-read guide written by a Christian which they can refer to :).

~I received this book from Thomas Nelson/Booksneeze for free in exchange for my honest review.