July 4th Makeover Celebration

by Linda Franklin

Shining Service Jul7 4th Makeover I want to wish everyone an awesome Fourth of July and share some photos from our amazing July 4th Military Makeover at the gorgeous L’APPARTEMENT HAIR BOUDOIR.

Our makeovers are definitely an affair of the heart as we take beautiful women in Shining Service July 4th Makeoverservice and make them every more beautiful.  It’s a emotional experience for everyone involved.

Shining Service July 4th MakeoverThank you to everyone who gave so much to make our women feel so appreciated.  If you want to see more of this celebration here’s a link to a great clip from CBS who covered our event.

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Life Leadership: Innocence Lost and Found

Life Leadership:  Innocence Lost and Found Sandra Beck Shining Service WorldwideBy Sandra Beck 

One of the things I know about life is that over time we lose our innocence – especially after traumatic events or situations such as deployment or loss.  It’s like you come back and you are in a plastic box where the whole world continues around you but you just observe it from inside that little bubble. You can feel completely detached and separate from the emotions, but little by little you start coming back.

This is where and when you have to really take stock of your experience and make a decision. Do you want that experience to make you hard, impenetrable, and unreachable? Do you want to take that experience and process it with a friend or professional and let it become the fabric of your life but not your whole life? 

I vote for the latter. When I came out of my own darkness I made a choice not to be bitter, angry, and a fortress that kept everyone away. It was a choice and something that would have been very easy to do. But I didn’t and as a result found a very rich and fulfilling life.  It could have easily gone the other way if I let it. I’m not saying that I don’t have bitter, angry feelings from time to time – but I have made a conscious effort to let them go and return to my original state of innocence where the world is a bright shiny place to explore. 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life.

Life Leadership: Women’s Emotional Cycles

By Sandra Beck 

Life Leadership:  Our Emotional Cycles  Sandra Beck Shining Service WorldwideI am sure I am going to take a lot of flak for saying this but in my experience as a woman, and having women friends, working with women clients and being raised by a passionate loving mother and sister here is what I learned. I checked it out with my psychologist friend and she agreed so I can’t be that far off the mark. 

I think we as women cycle through a set of high emotions in about 45 minutes and through a full emotional cycle in about 3 hours. I noticed this one day when I was really upset about the Commander I have been seeing and my friend reminded me of the 45 minute high emotion cycle. I went for a walk and true to form in about 45 minutes I started seeing things differently.  In three hours from my initial freak out I saw the situation very differently. By the time I did communicate with him I was able to do so in a manner that treated us both with respect and allowed our friendship to flourish not be damaged. 

I’m not a shrink or a doctor but I have spent so much time with women where I see this happening and find it to be true to myself. I hope the next time you are in high emotion think about the 45 minutes and the 3 hour rule. It made a difference for the better in my life. I hope it does in yours. 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8. She is an author, internet brand strategist. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life.

Life Leadership: Getting Counsel

By Sandra Beck 

Life Leadership:  Getting Counsel by Sandra Beck For Shining Service WorldwideWe’ve all gotten bad advice. One time I was told to die my hair red or brown, anything but the natural blond I was born with. I listened. I looked like a witch.  When it faded, I looked like an old witch. Not good.  Not good at all, but the think I learned most about that situation was that my bad hair do was my choice. I chose to listen to the man who ultimately lied and cheated on me.  Not smart at all. 

So the lesson I learned was to think about where I was getting counsel and most importantly why. When I stepped away from myself, away from who I was and what I wanted and sought to please another person instead of myself I began to listen to the wrong voices.  Of course, I had to keep going and not only listen but follow in footsteps that were not mine. 

I survived my wrong choices.  I survived my mistakes and I learned to listen to the most important person in the equation – me.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t need counsel and I don’t ask people for their opinion, but ultimately the responsibility falls on my shoulders.  From my head to my toes, the choices I make now are all about me. 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8.  She is an author, internet brand strategist and speaker. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life

Life Leadership: The Heart of the Matter by Sandra Beck, Military Mom Talk Radio

By Sandra Beck 

 

Life Leadership The Heart Of the Matter by Sandra Beck for Shining Service Worldwide

When I think of leading my boys through their life and helping them become great men I kind of cringe and hide for a moment, sometimes eating chips to ease the stress. Then I go to the gym and curse every chip still wondering how I as a single mother am supposed to raise two great men.  Then I think about all the leadership training I have received and how much I have done for other people.  You’d think I’d take my own advice… 

So today I thought a lot about what makes a great leader – whether we are leading ourselves, our families, our companies or our troops.  I believe it all comes down to heart. 

In my mind true leaders, regardless of rank, put the team goals at the forefront of the mission and put their own agenda aside.  True leaders work hard to possess the confidence that can be elusive, but is so necessary for the job.  Mostly I think they serve out of love for what they are doing. 

I love being a mom. I love being a friend. I love being in service to my country. The only thing common in those statements are I love.  If you love what you do it becomes effortless.  If you love what you do, you don’t need to be afraid.  I had to remind myself that the heart of the matter is the heart. Lead with your heart but listen to your head and you will achieve greatness in whatever you do – and so will those around you. 

Sandra Beck is the host of Military Mom Talk Radio and the single mother of two boys ages 5 and 8.  She is an author, internet brand strategist and speaker. She has worked with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army for over 20 years and is passionate about helping women lead their families successfully the specific challenges of military life.

Honoring Our Military

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks Statement on

Honoring Veterans on this Veterans Day

 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement commemorating Veterans Day:

“Today, I would like to take a moment to honor all of the men and women who have fought for our country in our Military, especially the 400,000 veterans in Metropolitan New York who have bravely served in every conflict since World War II. I also want to acknowledge the courageous veterans who are returning home from multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I believe that not only should we celebrate their courageous service today, November 11th, but we should honor them each and every day.

“Military service is the highest expression of patriotism towards our great country, and I am thankful for the commitment and daily sacrifices that our servicemen and women have demonstrated to protect the security of our citizens and, most importantly, our democracy. I commend all of the military personnel, who have served and continue to serve, and all of the veterans who have fought, died or have been injured for their unyielding courage to volunteer in our military.

“I also commend President Obama’s plans to withdraw all U.S. troops by January 2012 from Iraq; this homecoming for many of our troops will be a great holiday gift to families who will finally be reunited with their selfless heroes. Their sacrifice in the Middle East is one we will not soon forget.

“As members of Congress, we have a duty to address the needs of our men and women in uniform.  That is why I remain committed, along with my colleagues, to fighting tirelessly to address VA services, employment, homelessness, quality healthcare, educational benefits, and related issues for veterans.

“There is no greater service than to be a member of the United States Military, and for that I say, “Thank You.