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Veteran Uses Exercise to Tame His Demons

Posted by YWM on January 17, 2014

By Liz McLean: Liz is a staffing advisor at Hewlett Packard, a veteran, Ironman triathlete and guest blogger.

How does one cope with stress?  Common methods are journaling, lighting scented candles, working in the garden or perhaps ferociously shopping on Amazon.com.  More harmful methods include turning to alcohol, excessive sleep or withdrawing from society.  All that being said, when you suffer from stress as severe as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and treat it with alcoholism….in the end an outsider looking in can only hope the outcome is positive.  For Aaron Autler, a 28 year old Marine Infantry veteran, the healthiest methods to cure-all was introduced…..an intense exercise regimen to cope with the demons.  That is the journey that Aaron has started and I am here to help him finish not a 5k.…but an Ironman.

When we think of the typical homeless vet, we envision the older toothless gentlemen with a frayed beard on the street corner, dressed in military garb simply wanting a handout based on the merits of his cardboard sign.  We don’t think of a strapping young, physical specimen of a then 25 year old boy who simply couldn’t cope with reality.

When Aaron returned from his deployment overseas in 2010, there was not a welcoming team to ensure he was on the precise path to civilian populace integration.  Aaron returned to the US without a sense of belonging and without believing he truly deserved a chance to be a contributing member of society.  Fighting the medical systems to get the help that needed and deserved, Aaron’s biggest obstacle was his PTSD.  This (coupled with a faulty reintegration process) left him questioning his purpose and ultimately vet americamigrating on the streets as a homeless veteran.  My personal awareness of the homeless vet population was reinforced from my competition in the Inaugural Miss Veteran America Competition in 2012, where I represented Final Salute in the quest to remove women vets specifically from the alleyways.  Staggeringly, approximately 131,000 homeless vets line the street corners on any given night.

In the instance of Aaron, while on the streets the entity that quieted his dismal voices the most was alcohol.  Sadly alcohol became Aaron’s closest ally as he removed himself further away from the eyes of those who were capable of lending a helping hand.  Fortunately, over time those who saw his struggle eventually reached out and he was pulled from the downward spiral as a date was set for him to enter the Men’s Trauma Recovery Center in Menlo Park, CA.  Through the detox, the torment and countless hours of counseling, the once stellar athlete was then introduced to the art of cycling.  With hours of practice and the support of his trauma group, Aaron was able to not just meet, but exceed all expectations.

Now one year sober and working on his path to become a functioning member of society, Aaron is on the quest to become not just a triathlete…but an Ironman.  Having been a veteran myself who has dealt with personal traumatic struggles and competes in Ironman events, I was elated to coach Aaron on his journey.

The most recent contribution to Aaron’s success was made by Joe Santos of Davis Wheelworks in Davis, CA.  Joe selflessly santos and Autlerreconstructed Aaron’s gifted road bike into the dream triathlon bike.  Joe is a globally respected biomechanic whose precision in the art of cycling has led countless cyclist and triathlete victories.  Thanks to the help of Joe, his astute cycling knowledge and compassion, Aaron will now be able to take the next steps of traumatic recovery by putting his body to the ultimate test in an efficient way.

autler with tri bikeThe discipline of training and the adrenaline of completing a goal that less than 1% of the world’s population has completed is a triumph for any human being….but for someone like Aaron Autler the quest has an entirely new meaning.  Autler says,  “ I want to compete in Triathlons because I love to be challenged; that is why I became a Marine.  It allows me to train in multiple sports and helps occupy a lot of time by keeping my mind focused on improving myself and off the things that keep me stuck and moving backwards. It is a long and short term set of goals and I can measure the progress by competing in events and it is something I can continue to improve for the rest of life.” Cheers to athletics being civilization’s best medicine.

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B P What?

Posted by YWM on April 26, 2012

Our guest blogger is Sarah Zink

In early 2000, I was introduced to Business and Professional Women (BPW) by a friend of mine. Sue Wallace was one of those women who never said the word, “No”, and who never heard the word when it was said. She believed in the power of the “Just Do It” theory.

Sue was passionate about BPW, and talked about it – a lot. I didn’t quite get what she was talking about. I know that I had her repeat the acronym several times, before finally blurting out, “B P WHAT?”  Sue laughed, and then patiently explained to me what BPW was and how it had impacted her life in such a positive way. She invited me to attend a BPW/Metro, TX meeting, and after that, I was hooked. And by ‘hooked’, I mean that the wonderful women of BPW/Metro had hooked me and laughing.

Over time, I became hooked on BPW/Metro all by myself – I enjoyed the camaraderie that we shared; I enjoyed learning about women’s history and the suffrage movement; I particularly enjoyed being around such ‘Power Chicks” as Sue Wallace, Jerrie Schubert, Melinda Johnston, Beth Johnson, and the late Shari Macioch. These women impacted my life by their very being.  Each of them was different, and each of them had characteristics that I wanted for myself. So I stayed with BPW/Metro, learning and growing and being mentored by actions, words, and ‘tough love’.

In the course of the next year, Sue asked me to join the next Individual Development Program* class, and although I said, “No”, I found myself attending. The day that she announced we were going to culminate our training with a speak-off, and we needed to have a 5-minute speech ready, a light bulb went off in my head. I knew, at that moment, what I was going to speak about. “Fearless Living” was my topic, and it carried me all the way to win the National Individual Development Award that year.

BUT – It did so much more than that. It lit in my heart and mind a desire to share with others what I had learned through BPW, and through my association with powerful, successful, loving women. In 2006, I started my first company, Sarah Zink Business Training, which has taken me across the country to speak to thousands of people. In 2007, I had my first radio show and published my first book.  In March of this year, I published my second book, “20 Tips for Power Chicks and started by second radio show, “THINK ZINK – Change Your Choices, Change Your Life”

These things would not have been possible without BPW. The nurturing of strong women helped me become strong. The influence of wise women made me become wiser. The compassion of loving hearts taught me to support, not compete, with other women. I am more whole for having been in BPW.  While BPW might stand for Business and Professional Women, for me – it stands for Becoming Powerful Women.

*The Individual Development Program (IDP), a BPW Foundation Signature, program helps women develop leadership skills while introducing them to BPW’s mission, goals, programs, and issues.   IDP is one way that BPW Legacy Partners help working women, both members and nonmembers, acquire the skills they need to be active and successful participants at work and in their communities, and to be able to speak effectively on issues that concern them.

You can get a copy of Sarah’s book, “20 Tips for Power Chicks” on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  Listen to “THINK ZINK: Change Your Choices, Change Your Life” on blogtalkradio.com/sarahzink

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Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out – From One Woman Veteran to Another

Posted by danielleac on December 19, 2011

Read the latest article of BPW Foundation’s every-other-week Joining Forces feature that brings us the voices of women veterans telling their stories.  If you are a women veteran who would like to share your story, please contact us through our Joining Forces for Women Veterans Facebook page, or email dcorazza@bpwfoundation.org.

Introduction: Years ago, BPW Foundation realized that newly-minted women veterans were faltering, missing crucial steps during the transition process from military service to civilian life. Research into the topic uncovered the startling fact that the transition process was not a linear process, nor did it follow a specific timeline. In an effort to be proactive in addressing these stumbling blocks, BPW Foundation developed the Dear Jane campaign, a collection of letters from women veterans back to active-duty women who were getting ready to leave the military. Although the active campaign is over, we still collect these insights and publish as visibly as possible in order to continue connecting the dots. Below is the latest submission.

Welcome Home!

by Lisa DeBerardinis

Dear Jane,

I am a Proud United States Navy Veteran – Seabee, I served from 1981-1988.

I salute you, The New Greatest Generation, and members of the best armed forces in the world!

There are many things I would have done differently after leaving the Navy.

I wish that I wouldn’t have kept a “gotta be tough” attitude for so long. I wandered through this civilian world from that time until about two years ago, when I’d finally had enough and reached out to VA for help. So being “tough” means advocating for yourself.

Like many of you might, I returned home and found myself a single parent, I struggled with depression which was recently found to be a result of MST. I’ve experienced periods of homelessness, although I am blessed that my periods of homelessness meant staying with this friend or that, traveling from here to there hoping things would change.

This letter does not specifically address how to deal with every issue that we face, there are too many! I finally have found my niche (it only took 23 years! 🙂 serving the people I care about most, my fellow Veterans, especially my Sisters.

My advice is too please not wait to seek any assistance or help that you need! Advocate for yourself. Should you have any questions, need assistance/guidance on how to utilize the VA, and what we have available, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE to contact me! Sometimes, unfortunately, the VA can be baffling and frustrating but I will try to answer your questions or at least know where to direct you to get what you need. Our system is Nationwide, so it’s not a problem wherever you are. I hope to hear from you. I have all the respect you.

And can’t wait to say WELCOME HOME!


Lisa DeBerardinis

Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist

Compensated Work Therapy TVHA- York Campus


Ph: 615-225-3926/615-427-5215

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The Lessons of Eat Pray Love

Posted by egehl on February 14, 2011

It has been a few years since I read the book, and after recently seeing the movie I was reminded again why the storyline has resonated so deeply with me and millions of other women.  Eat Pray Love exploded into cataclysmic popularity for a reason—it struck a powerful chord and unearthed common threads of joy, pain, loss, renewal and the insecure struggle to follow our hearts that we all endure.  

Now that I’ve read the book and watched the film, I keep thinking about why the characters and plot have been so popular worldwide and what nerve did they hit?  It seems to me that when women universally rally behind something it’s usually because it’s touched upon something that’s not being talked about or remains suppressed in our societal dialogue.  

Very similar to the huge female following and response to Sex and the City, which empowered women to talk openly and honestly about relationships and sex, Eat Pray Love uncovered a popular emotion and angst among women about loving and getting to know ourselves, following our passions and happiness, facing our fears and taking a leap of faith, and figuring out what we really want in life. 

Just like Sex and the City ripped away society’s taboo about female sexuality, I think similarly Eat Pray Love uncovered a universal desire that women crave to discover our truths and to find the courage to follow them.

Stories and characters in Sex and the City and Eat Pray Love forced a conversation among women, and between women and their partners, about the relationships we have with ourselves and each other.  And ultimately how those relationships can lead us closer to, or stray us away from, true happiness and why we continually find ourselves in a perpetual state of self-exploration.  

All women at some point second guess their decisions, ruminate about their current life status or try to resolve what’s missing in their lives.  However as women we often never talk openly about it.  In my experience, many women love putting forth a mask of perfection and will paint an ideal picture for everyone to admire to keep up whatever pretense that seems acceptable.  Many of us rarely discuss what’s really happening behind closed doors for fear of being judged, having our actions and thoughts called into question, or opening up the possibility of doubts being planted. 

Unfortunately that has its price and Liz Gilbert in her amazing journey busts all of that open as she lets us into her very personal journey of self discovery through a period of intense depression, guilt and doubt but eventually crossing over to a place where she finally finds peace, self-love and balance. 

I have read mostly positive reviews of Eat Pray Love, but there are some negative ones too.  The negativity usually stems around how she acted in a narcissistic way by leaving her husband for no real reason, and how unrealistic it is for someone to have the financial means and freedom to travel for a year.  Granted, 99% of people cannot experience the full extent of Liz’s adventures, but I don’t think that was her point in writing this book.  She wrote this book for her own breakthrough, not to pronounce that travel is the only way to seek spiritual renewal and self-discovery.  That is what worked for her and while travel is a wonderful way to find yourself, it isn’t the only way. 

What people should gain and come away with isn’t to follow exactly what Liz did, but to seek your own pathway to self-love and inner peace.  Because as women no matter what life stage we are in, what responsibilities we have or decisions we’ve made, it’s imperative that we must not be idle in what should be an ongoing journey of self-discovery. 

I don’t think you have to travel to a far off land to ruminate and gauge the various things happening in your life.  There are many ways to find avenues for serenity, spirituality and self-learning here at home.   Whatever brings you peace and clear-headedness, whether that’s a yoga class, meditation, walk in a park, swim in a pool or writing in a journal, do more of it.  I believe you can discover the same “aha” moments Liz had in your own backyard. 

Overall what I hope women take away from this story, beyond the wonderful scenery and backdrop, idyllic romance and fabulous characters along the way, is that each of us has the responsibility for our own well-being and ultimate happiness.  It’s easy to fantasize about having a spiritual retreat and traveling around the world like Liz, but underneath all of that was the incredibly strenuous, honest and painful mirror she had to look into everyday to reach the sense of peace and understanding she so desperately sought.  It is our responsibility to figure that out in whatever shape or form that looks like.  And if we take the time to experience that enlightening, sometimes very painful, journey the payoffs will be rewarding and long lasting.

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10 By You

Posted by joyinhome on December 28, 2010

As we say goodbye to 2010, YWM wants to share your fav misbehavin’ moments.

10. Remembering a Woman Who Made History

9. Surviving Divorce by Becoming Your Own Best Friend

8. Top 20 Jobs Held By Women

7. Cool Ways to Make Friends in Your New City

6. The Woman Protecting the Man of Steel

5. Womanism + Feminism= The Color Purple

4. This Day in Our History

3. Debunking the So-Called “Louisiana Purchase”

2. “Men, Babies, It Doesn’t Matter: We’re Soulmates”

Drum roll please…

1. The Fun of Zodiac Signs

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Eat. Pray. Love.

Posted by joyinhome on August 2, 2010

I can not wait for the movie! I wish I could take a year to travel and do some things that I’ve always wanted to do but life got in the way…

In the meantime, I will read the book…

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Surviving Divorce by Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 22, 2010

Our guest blogger today is BPW Foundation Trustee Venita Garvin Valdez, executive director of Monroe County, FL Domestic Abuse Shelter and president of The Garvin Valdez Group.  She contributed a chapter to the new book Becoming Your Own Best Friend.

Wow, I am a statistic – that statistic that roughly fifty percent of all marriages will end in divorce.

Venita Gavin Valdez

At the time of my marriage, I never imagined that I too would become a member of what has been called at times, the failed marriage society. The dissolution of one’s marriage or long term committed relationship can potentially leave you with feelings of self-doubt about yourself and wondering if you are capable of ever experiencing that  “until death due you part ”feeling.  Another divorce statistic that I really don’t like is that typically when divorcing, the soon to be ex husband’s lifestyle is monetarily enhanced by 53 percent, while the soon to be wife’s finances are decreased by 72 percent. These statistics tend to really hold up if there are children involved since the mom typically keeps the children, so the financial support experienced with both parents in the household is no longer available at the same level. Therefore, the soon-to be divorced wife and mother is will most likely experience some negative adjustment in her lifestyle due to financial loss.

I must admit in going through my divorce, although I did not have children, this statistic of a decreased financial base gave me the energy to ensure that I was going to be OK at the end of my divorce journey.  How dare my lifestyle have to change simply because I was getting a divorce!  Read about my journey of divorce in the recently released book, Becoming Your Own Best Friend.  If you are faced with divorce, I hope that you can learn from my experience and come out at the end a better person.  Not only do I believe it is critical that you take steps to assure you remain whole at the end of the divorce journey but you also must to be gentle with yourself and become your own best friend even when faced with such a life altering change. Remember if you are you own best friend, you will always have a friend. 

I like to think I also represent another statistic that does not receive as much attention as the statistic of divorce. I am a successful woman not defined by what might have been deemed a failed marriage.  

                       Are you also a successful woman not defined by the
dissolution of a marriage?
Let me know. Leave a comment here.

Venita's book

To order the book, Becoming Your Own Best Friend, please send a check in the amount of $24.95 (includes shipping and handling) made out to: The Garvin Valdez Group, LLC.  When ordering this way, $3.00 of the purchase price for each book will be donated to the Domestic Abuse Shelter, Inc, serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in Monroe County, Florida.

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My Anti-Sress List

Posted by egehl on July 20, 2010

In life, when it rains it pours.  I am stressed.  This month I have been burning the candle at 10 ends, and it’s catching up to me.  I have been thinking about how women deal with stress and what we do to alleviate the intensity and anxiety of feeling overwhelmed. 

I think each of us have our own coping mechanisms, some healthier than others, but the bottom line is we have to be mindful about when stress levels become too much.  Women have a tendency of saying “yes” too much, biting off more than we can chew, and feeling guilty if we don’t put others before our own well-being.  Stress can come from family, friends, work, everyday grind of life and outside factors we have no control over like disasters and communities in distress. 

How do you handle your stress?  What coping mechanisms do you employ to get your mind off the things overwhelming you?

Here is what helps me:

Exercise:  It’s true what they say, exercise is the natural high of life.  When you get those endorphins going it lifts your mood, calms your nerves and makes you feel better.   

Swimming:  While any kind of exercise helps me focus and take a break from my stressors, there’s something about swimming.  Being under water and swimming laps helps me completely break away from the world around me.  During the summer, you can find me in a swimming pool. 

Shopping:  It’s a girl’s best friend.  It may not be great on my pocket book, but when I shop I get tunnel vision and forget what’s ailing me.  And let’s face it as women we all get an endorphin high when we purchase a great find.  The excitement may be fleeting for our new things, but it does take our mind off of life for a moment. 

Laughter:  This should be in tall order when you are feeling extremely busy.  Laughter is a fabulous remedy for bringing yourself back down to earth from your stressed little perch.  So grab that friend or coworker that’s guaranteed to put you in stitches and ask for some entertainment.   

Organize (and clean):  There’s something about organizing and cleaning my house and personal things that gives me a sense of control that may be lacking in my busy life. 

Trash TV:  There is no shortage of trash reality TV these days. Every station has their version of portraying someone else’s crazy life.  You think your life sucks?  Check out some of the folks on TV.  Not only will you get to zone out for a moment, but it will make you feel a lot better! 

Make lists:  While this idea may make some people cringe, lists are my life line when I am really stressed. 

Take a deep breath:  It sounds hokey, but it really works. 

Stop watching the news:  As a news junkie, this is hard but it does help to stop listening to and reading about the trials and tribulations of our world.  There’s a lot of crappy stuff going on, especially if you live along the Gulf Coast, so separate yourself for a bit.  While it’s important to stay informed sometimes it can add to our anxiety, so take a break. 

Disconnect yourself:  We are all about technology these days but being connected to everyone all the time can really add to our stress.  While it’s fun to Facebook, Tweet, email, and IM if we constantly feel as if we have to stay connected to everyone all the time it gets overwhelming.  Give yourself moments to disconnect from your cell phone and computer.  Better yet, shut them off.

Say “no”:  As women, this can be really hard.  We want to be there for everyone, feel guilty not attending to the needs of others when asked, and ideally want to be able to do it all.  However doing it all is what gets us to this place of feeling completely overwhelmed and miserable.  Set boundaries and the people who love you should understand.  If they don’t, then it’s time to reassess those relationships.  I think the older we get the clearer this becomes, but it’s a constant internal battle we always have to keep in check. 

Travel: For those of us who tend to be escapists, there’s nothing better than getting away.  If you can’t take a trip out of town, then travel to your nearest park or somewhere peaceful outside.  There’s something about the quiet outdoors that’s really good for the soul.  

Music:  Listen to songs that quiet you down, clear your thoughts, make you smile and inspire you to sing. 

Glass of wine:  I wouldn’t be honest with my list if I didn’t add this.  Like anything in life moderation is key, but a glass of wine occasionally at the end of the day is a beautiful thing.  

Writing this blog!:  Expressing your thoughts through writing is a wonderful way to vent, relieve stress and alleviate pent up feelings and opinions.  So write in a diary, contribute to a blog or put your thoughts on paper.  

Now that I’ve made my list, I feel better already.

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The Power of Friends In and Out of the Workplace

Posted by egehl on July 6, 2010

Growing up as an only child with a small family spread out domestically and internationally, my parents always stressed the importance of making friends.  During my childhood and now into my adult years, friends have always been my life line and vitally important to my social, emotional and intellectual development.  I now realize that learning early on how to make and sustain friendships has been fundamental to my personal and professional well-being as an adult.

Over the years, friends have played such a large role in all aspects of my life.  I consider them family, valued colleagues, steadfast supporters, inspiring role models and enjoyable companions that make me laugh and grow.  I have made friends at school, work, sports games, professional events, summer camp, volunteering, traveling, and through other friends. 

Ideally in both your personal and professional worlds friends will become networks that continue growing and expanding with each new experience.  And as a result more fun is had, jobs are found, things are learned and life feels more fulfilling. 

To be a good friend can be a tricky balance.   You have to give of yourself, but not to the point of losing yourself.   You need to stay true to who are you and go after your goals while at the same time helping others achieve their dreams too.  You need to have a personality that naturally attracts people while at the same time making room for other’s sometimes very different traits. Friendship is always a give and take, but ultimately the best ones have a happy and healthy balance. 

A study revealed that friendships in high school were a strong predictor of increased wages in adulthood — to the tune of 2% per person who considered you a close friend.  In other words, if in high school three people listed you as one of their closest same-sex friends, your earnings in adulthood would be 6% higher.

Cleary having friends is a winning strategy in life, but what about in the workplace?

Making friends for professional reasons is usually referred to as networking, but ultimately building your networks is making friends or acquaintances.  Bottom line is if you’re looking for a job you’d better have strong networks because the number-one way people find new jobs is referrals through friends.  And in this job market, it’s not a luxury anymore but a requirement. 

Understandably networking and making new friends can bring on anxiety for many people.  As we get older meeting people and forming new friendships gets progressively harder and harder, so often times people shy away from it.

However there are various avenues to meet new people in less pretentious and more comfortable ways than simply cocktail parties, work events and other structured environments.  Today’s workers, especially young professionals, join professional organizations, volunteer, take a class, play sports, take on leadership roles in their community or use social networking to meet people.  Whatever you do, just “put yourself out there” and the risk will pay off in the long run. 

In addition, making friends related to your professional development isn’t just reserved for networking and finding a new job.  It’s also important for staying in the job you have.  Let’s face it all workplaces have office politics.  While your work ethic and quality of deliverables should be the defining factor of your success, if you don’t make friends or at least get to know the people you work with your ability to thrive will be severely hampered. 

In the long-run if you build relationships with your coworkers, you will be treated more respectfully, generally well-liked which may increase your chance for a promotion or raise, and possibly less apt to be laid off since it’s much harder to fire a friend.  No matter how secure you think your job is everyone is fearful about getting laid off because of cut backs and financial squeezes.  So to help your cause build relationships and be friendly with your coworkers, it will pay off. 

Friends have been at the backbone of my life both personally and professionally, and brought endless amounts of joy and happiness.  Whether it’s someone to have fun with or a respected colleague in your field that might lead to the next opportunity, it’s important to cultivate friendships.  I don’t know where I would be today without them.

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News to Chew On: Link Love for Lunch

Posted by sherrysaunders on July 2, 2010

Closing the venture capital gender gap [Business Week]

Fact and fiction about Kagan [Media Matters]

Why friends matter at work and in life [Harvard Business Review Blog]

PEW study: Globally gender equality embraced but inequities acknowledged [New York Times]

How we fail our women vets  [Time]

How women changed the Supreme Court and didn’t [NPR]

Polls and public ignorance.  Should not be surprising [NY Times Blog]

Family leave policies: moving towards fairness by including LGBT [InTheseTimes]

Woman CEO explains why companies should hire women for companies own success [Forbes]

NY’s new nanny legislation causing problems with working parents [Wall Street Journal]

Is flexibility a casualty of the recession? [Wall Street Journal]

Diversity programs benefit companies and employees [BostonGlobe]

Labor organizations seeking to provide protections under the law for wider range of employees [Scottrade]

Clothes that fit the workplace [Appeal Democrat]

First women to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame [New York Times]

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