Category: physical strength

A Warrior-Strong Mindset, Part 1: Aisha

Months ago, I read a book by Sherry Jones about Muhammed’s youngest wife, Aisha. (The Jewel of Medina) It was a fictionalized account of a historical figure and her life which stirred up a lot of controversy in the Muslim community, controversy which I have NO interest in engaging. Let me be clear: no controversy […]


2016 CDF: Warrior-Strong

Several years ago, one of the books or blogs I was reading about feminine identity discussed the use of military language in success and business literature. It identified the terms as appealing more to men, of being “masculine” in nature. It suggested that the use of words like “battle,” “strategy,” “weapons,” along with a focus […]


Self-Defense vs. Martial Arts

I have been practicing self-defense strategies on Damian Ross’ website (http://www.myselfdefensetraining.com/)¬†while my daughter has been practicing Karate at the local community center. An acquaintance recently criticized my decision to enroll her in the karate class, saying that martial arts is “just” a sport and won’t do her any good if she is ever attacked. I […]


To Supplement or Not?

I have been riding the fence about dietary/health supplementation. On one hand, I know that even when I’m eating well, seeking out organic whole foods, I can not get the nutrition my body needs from my diet alone. But there is so much conflicting information about supplements, and so many impure synthetic supplements on the […]


The Strong Minds Mission

I was talking with one of my amazing stepdaughters a while back and, as usual, she said something that lodged in my brain permanently. She is an incredible, strong, talented and inspirational songwriter and performer, who said, “I work hard every day to be the very best version of “me” that I can be. I […]


Fight AND Flight

Once upon a time, when I was young and fit, I never ever wondered if I could defend myself against a physical attack. I KNEW I was strong and quick. I had trained diligently and practiced hard. I watched for new defensive techniques to add to my arsenal, and constantly upgraded my skills. Fast forward […]


Stay Safe: Stay Alert!

According to Damian Ross of the Self Defense Company, “BEFORE the assault is where real self defense starts.” He goes on to explain the 4 stages of attack and the concept that once you have been attacked, any attempt at self-defense is a “salvage operation, at best.” Instead of “salvaging” your safety, would you like […]


Train Hard!

Recently I’ve been examining my own definition of strength as I write for this blog. I believe in my heart that true strength encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. As with everything else, “you are only as strong as your weakest link.” In recent years, my weakest link is my physical strength. I am […]