L.I.V.E. with Courage
I’m Christina— a Veteran of the United States Air Force and the founder of this awesome community.
It took me a long time to be able to say I am a Veteran. I was a terrible Airman (that story is coming to my podcast soon). But now, I’m an awesome Veteran.
I help those that struggle with their identity outside of the military by identifying the gap between purpose and service and empower those that feel left out.
Being an Airman was the journey I needed to become a kick-ass advocate for Veterans.
I created a course (The Struggle is Real) and a podcast (Transition Tales) that combine my love of storytelling, transitioning in wellness (not stress and confusion), and providing the tools and knowledge to be successful.
With authenticity, inclusion, and courage.
A little bit about me
I moved around a lot as a kid, but Southern California (Long Beach represent!) is where I spent most of my childhood. Now, I live in the great state of Texas (yee-haw). Completely different worlds.
I joined the Air Force in 1996 just out of high school. My experience was...is interesting the right word? We will go with that for now. There were some ups and a whole lot of downs.
But now, looking back, I understand that everything that I went through as an Airman made me the badass Veteran advocate that I am today. Especially for those who feel like they don’t fit neatly into the box that is a “military member.”
Experience is the best teacher—sometimes an asshole teacher, but a teacher nonetheless.
Transitioning out of the military in 2008 took 11 years.
Yes, you read that right. It took me 11 years to fully “transition” and step into the purpose I had been denying myself for so long.
So, if you are worried because you are a few months from your transition or you transitioned months ago, and you still feel confused, lost, numb, overwhelmed, overly excited—don’t fret.
Our transition is so unique to our culture and has no expiration date.
That’s why I started my podcast. I wanted to create a community where people could share their stories and maintain that tribe they feel they are leaving behind as A.D.
And to show you that you are not alone. And it’s perfectly normal to feel all sorts of feelings.
My life in numbers
24+ school changes
11 years active duty Air Force
8 years military spouse
6 years resilience & suicide prevention educator
Awkward questions from me, answered by me.
What do you do?
That’s like asking what you can get at Buc-ee’s. Is it a gas station? A hobby store? A restaurant? Is it a wonderland full of magical surprises?
Yes, it’s all of those things. Just like I am a lot of things.
First and foremost, I am an active member of the Veteran community and help provide resources through my podcast and self-paced e-course.
I am also currently a doctoral student with an emphasis in Performance Psychology.
At my very core, I am a problem preventer. I can solve problems once they occur, but my superpower is finding the kink in the hose before the water is even turned on.
I am also available for speaking engagements on topics such as suicide prevention, resilience, military transition, performance optimization, and more.
What did you do after you transitioned from the military?
It’s been a crazy ride! Too much to tell you here.
But in a nutshell, I had and raised 4 daughters. I completed a BAS in Project Management and an MSA in Human Performance Technology.
I worked as a civilian contractor with both the big blue Air Force and the Special Operations community. During that time, I also became a certified instructor in safeTALK and a Master Resilience Trainer.
A couple of years ago, I decided to make a change and move to San Antonio, and start living out my purpose as a resource and empower Veterans.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Simply put, I want to be famous. Notice I didn’t say rich, because money isn’t something I value.
I want to be famous so that my resources are available and visible to all that may need them. More than that, I want to be able to help as many people as I can.
It’s easy to provide services to those that fit in and have it all figured out. But what about the people who don’t? What about the people who take to Google at 2:00 am and search for resources from the comfort of their own home? Or people who crave that community and understanding after leaving the military?
I want to be that person who they look to. I want to do the hard work for you.
Transitioning out of the military starts with an approach that is unique to you.
Let me show you how your uniqueness and curiosity can help you grow and excel.
What's with that phoenix logo?
In mythology, a phoenix is a bird that goes out in blazing flames and then regenerates itself from the ashes. So majestic and badass, right?
Like the phoenix, the military community often faces challenges. We rise to meet them, through trial and tribulations and become the majestic person we were meant to be. Even if we have to do it over and over again.
But reinventing yourself after transition can be hard. But with the mentality of the phoenix, we can embody the strength and resilience to try. And try again.
There isn't a "one-shot" and "one opportunity", no matter what Eminem sings. There is only resilience, perseverance, and the willingness to blaze your own path.