Author: Donnie


Why Meditate?

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou wilt always look.” – Marcus Aurelius When I meditate, I am putting my world on pause. If even for a moment, I put everything else to the side and I concentrate on simple sensations such as my breath,…

Carry The Weight!

I really don’t have a specific message in mind as I write this. I mostly just want to get a few thoughts out in the open. Spoiler alert, I’m going to ramble a little bit. I posted a while back about being capable of exploring all the different routes to take with a non-profit. My…

Are you making the most of this?

It’s been more than 2 months since I’ve written anything. After losing one of my Marines to suicide in March, I guess I sort of lost my way a little bit. To be honest, I just wanted to crawl inside a hole and isolate myself for a while. I wanted to spin questions between my…

The Quest for Resiliency

Sadly I am here to report that we lost another brother to suicide this month. This one hit hard mostly because we never expected this to come from him. The month has been extremely trying for all of us involved but I was blessed to be in the company of 3 brilliant men as we…

Don’t give up. Someone is watching you!

Even though I’m the one that actively went out and aded myself to about half a dozen veteran social media groups that claim to be centered around PTSD Support and Recovery, I find myself at odds with the posts I see on a daily basis. “I keep looking at my pistol.” “When will the nightmares…

The Gift of Desperation

First let me start by saying that I’ve been there. I’ve had the thoughts and the sleepless nights, the nightmares and every thing else that comes with it. I can appreciate the heartfelt and raw honesty that comes with putting yourself out there, but how are any of us going to move forward without taking…

The long road home…

So this is something I’ve been wanting to write about for a long time, and while I’m sure I’m going to upset a few people with this, I am excited to hear what some of you have to say about it. I retired in June of 2016 and went to work as a white water…

The Journey Begins

So I guess for any of this to make sense, I should start with an introduction. My name is Donnie and I am a retired Marine. I’m a father of 4, 3 girls and 1 boy. The two oldest girls are my step kids but nobody could tell the difference in how I treat them.…