Change the World

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Favorite Things, From the Heart

Last month while scrolling through my Facebook wall, I found a video. The video was a graduation speech given by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven. In the speech he spoke of the trials set before each Navy Seal recruit during BUD/S training. Being the self brutalizing people we are in my family, we have huge love and respect for this program. My oldest, Alix was set on attending this program from the time she was 8 years old. (unfortunately, no girls allowed…yet). This is the type of program that makes me want to be a man, so I could have tried to go through it.

Anyway, in his speech the Admiral outlines what steps one needs to take in order to change or make a difference in the world. PS I LOVE this type of instruction. Seriously, just give me a list and I’ll do it! I want to make a difference in the world. I want to leave a gaping whole when I split from this life. Every day I try to do something that no one else can do in my place. Just something, no matter how small it is.

Of course, I took notes while watching his speech and will give you the written list of the steps to take to make a difference in the world. However, I highly suggest you watch the actual speech right here!


  1. Make your bed
  2. Find someone to help you paddle
  3. Measure people by the size of their heart not by the size of their flippers
  4. Get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward
  5. Don’t be afraid of the circuses
  6. Sometimes you have to slide down the obstacles head first.
  7. Don’t back down from the sharks
  8. Be your very best in the darkest moments. keep calm in the keel
  9. Start singing when you’re up to your head in the mud (remember the power of hope)
  10. Never, ever, ever ring the bell.

Life is a battle, fight it well.

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Just a girl, on a journey. Thankful for love, thankful for friends and family, and thankful for forgiveness. Full of passion, conviction and hope.

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