Monthly Archives: June 2016


White House Encounter- Wednesday Wisdom

Luck is the meeting of preparation and opportunity. I learned that important lesson years ago from the First Lady of the United States. Regardless of your political view, my encounter with Michelle Obama literally changed my life. After being invited to one of her community speeches, one of the local news reporters invited me to the media area to be introduced to the First Lady. The reporter had recently published a story about me, and he thought it would be great for Mrs. Obama to learn about my contributions to the community. After talking for about ten minutes, the First Lady seemed super impressed. "Do you have a copy of [...]

By | June 29th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Life Lesson – Wednesday Wisdom

Ashley Thompson was in her second semester of medical school when one of her professors decided to give a pop quiz. Ashley was a "Straight-A" student, so she wasn't particularly worried about the ten-question quiz. She answered questions 1-9 with ease. Then she paused at the last question. It asked, "What is the first name of the lady who cleans up our department hallway?" Clearly, this was some kind of joke. How was Ashley supposed to know the first name of the lady who cleaned up the department hallway? Yes, Ashley did see that particular janitor every single day, but how was she supposed to know her name? Ashley took her paper [...]

By | June 22nd, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Your Mind is a Powerful Tool – Wednesday Wisdom

During the 1980 Olympics, Russian scientists did a study. They divided the athletes into four different groups. The first group did 100% physical training (meaning all they did was work out their bodies and lift weights). The second group did 75% physical training and 25% mental training (meaning they visualized and did mental exercises on top of their workouts). The third group did 50% physical training and 50% mental training. The final group did only 25% physical training, and 75% mental training. This means that the fourth group spent 75% of their time utilizing visualization techniques and mental exercises, while spending only 25% of their time in the gym. At the end of the [...]

By | June 15th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

RIP Muhammad Ali – Wednesday Wisdom

One of my favorite athletes of all time was Muhammad Ali. He was not only dynamic in the ring, but he was also a true inspiration. Years ago, he was quoted as saying, "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." This quote is so simple, yet so true. In life, we have to be willing to step outside of our comfort zone in order to see true success. We can't always "play it safe." It's sad that many of us in today's society would rather be certain we are miserable than risk being happy. Don't be one of those people! Take risks, and [...]

By | June 8th, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments

Always Do Your Best! – Wednesday Wisdom

Years ago, when I was competitive in gymnastics, I used to always get very nervous before competitions. I remember one time in particular, I asked my mom, "What if I don't get first place?" My mom looked at me with her loving eyes before giving me the following response: "Rae-Rae, I don't care if you get first place, third place, fifth place, or tenth place. All I care about is if you truly gave your best. Someone else's best may be better than your best on a particular day. However, if you truly give your all, you will have no regrets." I still think about that advice, even to this [...]

By | June 1st, 2016|Raven's Blog|0 Comments