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A new year, a new beginning; and my refusal to fail

Sunday, January 17, 2010 15:47 | Jami Price

2010…. A new year, a new beginning; or in my case, starting all over again…


I have been following Mr. Renteria and his organizations since 2003. I was the Key Volunteer for my husband’s unit and had a Welcome Home party that I was organizing. OI had just started, and we were trying to put packages together for our single Marines to place in their barrack rooms just like many other Key Volunteers had before me. The war had just started, and we were trying to make this the best homecoming that our Hero’s had ever seen, not to mention that we wanted to out-do the Unit that they were attached to since they decided not to include us in their festivities…

After my visit to the OI warehouse in I decided to sign up on their e-mail list hoping to help the organization or to use their services in the future. I started to receive e-mails from Mr. Renteria about all of the different activities that he was doing and the different Five years later, Mr. Renteria started his new organization, the Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center. I signed up as a Founding Community Member and have “lurked” in the shadows until now. I kept telling myself that I would sign up as a learner, but just kept putting it off.  In my future blogs, I will explain what finally made me take the plunge and how our Homecoming went so many years ago.

During the orientation, Mr. Renteria and I went over SWVBRC’s SWOT analysis. As we were discussing this, I was putting a SWOT analysis of my life in my head.  Right now, I have many Opportunities in my life that are for the taking that I have been too afraid to take advantage of. My Strengths outweigh my Weaknesses, but I also have many Threats that will test me over the next year. I hope that with my new found “Family,” I will be successful in the journey that I am about to embark on. I have so much “unlearning” and “re-learning” to do and I hope that you join me embark on this journey!

Please join me on my refusal to fail.....


  • Monday, January 18, 2010 12:48 | Deleted user
    Dear Jamie,
    Lurking in the shadows? Nice that you have decided to give up those thoughts and am now willing to come to the surface and allow others to be a part of your life. If you don’t progress, you regress. Nothing in life stands still. Opportunities don’t often knock on your door numerous times. One must not wait for the life raft to float in their direction, but to swim out and meet it with all the strength they have while still able to swim. They should probably bring with them, others that are attempting to survive by assisting those that might not swim as well as you and fear the unknown.
    When I began the learning process, I first reviewed every single blog of the other learners, as well as posting a comment most of the time. And always checked back to see if they had replied. Which is a requirement of the program. Anyone that takes the time to post a reply to a blog, deserves a reply. You might also gain some posted comments to your blog, if you take the time to post comments on the blogs of various learners. In my mind it is “The Golden Rule”.
    I could likely give you some additional tips, but will refrain from such, unless you ask for my assistance.
    Welcome to the program. I sincerely wish you much success and the strength to take advantage of your various opportunities.
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    • Monday, January 18, 2010 16:03 | Jami Price
      Thank you so much Carol. Your assistance and critism is always welcome! I am very outspoken and am excited that I am able to tell my story, learn, and help others at the same time. I always wanted to join, but the time was never right. I have gotten to the point that I could no longer ignore my health and realize that I need to take care of my family and myself first. The way that I have been living will no longer work for us, and times are going to get a lot tougher before they get better. I just hope that my family will be able to adjust to the changes ahead!
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  • Monday, January 18, 2010 14:29 | Deleted user
    Welcome Jamie, Nice job on your first post. I am figuring out that the things running around in your head look a lot different when you put them on paper. The weaknesses don’t seem so overwhelming and the threats are easier to manage, and your strengths are worth more than you realize. The blog is a great place to start, half of the stuff I have been writing, planning, may not ever make it on to my blog, but the fact that it is written down and planned makes the challenges easier to tackle and it really works. Join me over at where we will have more opportunities to share, and become friends.
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    • Monday, January 18, 2010 16:13 | Jami Price
      Thanks Sherry! It has been a rough weekend and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to complete my first post and struggled with finishing it. I know that this is the beginning of a new start for my family and myself and knew that I couldn't put it off even with this weekends events. I look forward to getting to know you through the blogs and hopefully one day in person!
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      • Thursday, January 28, 2010 11:50 | Deleted user
        I answered your questions over at my blog. Fell free to contact me anytime you want to chat or blow off steam. Register for that LearningCircle and we can chat all the time. Phone is ok too. I look forward to being friends.
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  • Wednesday, January 20, 2010 17:16 | Jeffrey Backus
    Ms Price, welcome aboard. As always, I look forward to reading your story.
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    • Thursday, January 21, 2010 02:08 | Jami Price
      Thanks Jeff....How are you doing Sir?
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      • Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:55 | Jeffrey Backus
        Ma'am, I'm doing just fine, thank you very much.

        Also, It was nice to meet you today, and also to chat with Jason.
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  • Sunday, March 07, 2010 22:44 | Anthony Swetala
    I understand that Lurking phase. I too have been lurking...and I too am ready to take the plunge. Good Luck Jamie and I look forward to reading your next blog entry.
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    • Monday, May 31, 2010 16:42 | Jami Price
      Thanks! I haven't been on here for a while, since I started school, but thanks to those curve balls that life throws at you, it looks like I have time to finish my second blog that I started months ago! Have you signed as a learner yet or soon?
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