What Feels Like the End is Often the Beginning

When you begin a new relationship, no one ever tells you the bad things that could happen. No one tells you that they could have any angry side. No one tells you that you will end up with bruises on your heart and your confidence. No one tells you that you will give it your…

Choose Joy

With the holidays in full swing and Christmas being only days away, I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to be reminded that joy is not just a season. It is a way of life.  Although it is good to feel joyful during the holidays, experiencing joy year round is something we…

TODAY MATTERS: The Real Trailblazerry Message

When you start a new business, people always want to know why you did it. Did you see a moving trend in the market? Were you tired tired of working for someone else? Did you want to build something of your own? There are a million more questions one could ask, but the truth is…

Finish Strong

The most incredible thing about life is the fact that each day, week, year, etc. offers us something different. We may have some of the same consistencies (i.e. our job, significant other, where we live, what our schedule looks like), but the reality is that no single moment will stay the same. You could be…

No Bounds

Relationships are things we develop the second we leave the womb. In our early lives, we form these special bonds with our parents, siblings, family members, and next door neighbor friends. We grow up, go to school, work jobs, start lives, and this pool of people continues to fill up. Eventually our circles get smaller…

Honor Your Choices

Do you ever come across quotes which shake you to your core? They may be in a book or magazine article you are reading, an online publication you frequent, your various social media pages, or on a billboard you pass all the time. These quotes are everywhere and it is almost as if these words,…

Brick By Brick

People are complex beings, beings who have a vast number of intricacies in their make-up. These unique traits help develop things like character, mindset, decision-making, and overall outlook on life and self. In fewer words, intricacies are responsible for making people who they are. While you may share views and similarities with your fellow man…

Venture Out

It is the day before Thanksgiving and as an outsider looking in, anyone would be able to take a look at my life and tell me how blessed I am. I am in a much different place than I was a year ago. I have solid relationships with my close friends and family. I am…

Take the Risk, I Promise You Won’t Regret It

Have you ever found yourself at a fork in the road, wondering which way to go? This was me in the winter of 2011. I was a transfer student at an amazing university and studying what I thought was my dream major. Life seemed pretty great, that is, until I got blind-sided by something I…

Leave Failure Behind

It is hard to believe that early November could feel like this. The sun is shining and I am walking through the woods with my music and my thoughts, trying my best to make sense of what is going on in my life. I think about these things daily, but walks alone in this weather…

Self-Discovery Through Life’s Journey: Embracing the Unknown

“Embrace the unknown.  Life is truly an adventure if you step aside from desolate complacency.” –Lance Littleton   I’ve had a lot of firsts in the past year. I moved to a new state on my own, bought a motorcycle, flew solo for the first time, and successfully hitchhiked for the first time.  It has…

Do What You Love

I woke up this morning in a brand new place. Fall is in the air, rain and wind sweep through the northern Illinois landscape, and I am now the owner of my own business. It is crazy to say those words after all these years of sitting on the sideline planning my move, but I…