A Moment of Vulnerability

Can you identify what YOUR biggest strengths and biggest weaknesses are? Think about it. Take a moment to be vulnerable and put some thought into it. Now, if you were to ask your colleagues, significant other and/or friends, would they have the same answers for you? Can you guys guess what mine are?

As a lead in the company, I was tasked to read ‘5 Dysfunctions of a Team‘.  Just a quick background about the book; The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a business book by consultant and speaker Patrick Lencioni. It describes the many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “row together”. This book explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. Like most of Lencioni’s books, the bulk of it is written as a business fable. While it’s directed toward business, you could really apply this book to your personal life as well.

Here’s a snapshot of what the 5 Dysfunctions are:

  • Dysfunction #1: Absence of Trust The fear of being vulnerable with team members prevents the building of trust within the team.
  • Dysfunction #2: Fear of Conflict The desire to preserve artificial harmony stifles the occurrence of productive ideological conflict.
  • Dysfunction #3: Lack of Commitment The lack of clarity or buy-in prevents team members from making decisions they will stick to.
  • Dysfunction #4: Avoidance of Accountability The need to avoid interpersonal discomfort prevents team members from holding one another accountable.
  • Dysfunction #5: Inattention to Results The pursuit of individual goals and personal status erodes the focus on collective success.


Now, for the good stuff. In our leads meeting  last week we were to come up with one word that we believe to describe our own strength and one word to describe our weakness. Then, in today’s lead meeting each of us would either confirm and/or develop off those strengths and weaknesses with further conversation. I’d almost like to call it a ‘roast’ of your peers, but not nearly has harsh.

When it came to my ‘roast’ this is what was communicated to me…


my strengths were that I’m Passionate, for the company and for causes and care alot about the people I work with, including charities and the community, while my weaknesses were a Passive attitude (not to be confused with passive aggressive), shuts down and not assertiveI’d say they nailed it.

Now when I asked a handful of friends to ‘think fast’ and give me their input on what they believed my strengths and weaknesses were, this is what I got:


  1. Loyal
  2. Caring about friends and wanting to protect them
  3. Compassionate
  4. Ability to talk to anyone and make them feel like they’re the only one in the room
  5. Love people regardless
  6. Able to empathize
  7. Certainty – going for what you want, regardless of the outcome “life is short mentality”


  1. Too Forgiving
  2. Being too invested in situations, even when it hurts you deeply
  3. Trusting everyone
  4. Too Giving
  5. Spread yourself too thin – you put yourself out there so much that you may forget to care for your needs first over others.

I’ve often wondered if my weaknesses were a result of me being an only child for 16 years and never being picked on by siblings, etc. or if there was some other factor that played a role? With two military parent’s you’d think I’d have thicker skin, and stand my ground a bit more but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

In reviewing both my strengths and weaknesses from my coworkers and friends they seem to very much coincides with my personality results from the Myers-Briggs test  (ENFJ-T aka The Protaganist) and my The Archetypes test (pictured below).



So in a moment of vulnerability I welcome you to share any strengths and weaknesses you believe you possess and any additional ones you think I possess. I’d truly love to hear them. I’m not perfect but a work in progress, and what better way to work on oneself than to gain insight from a wide spectrum of peers.

– With Ambition


My Bucketlist

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

In July 2009 I had set out to accomplish a bucket list of 30 things before  my 30th birthday and well, life happened as did excuses and I put my list on the back-burner. There are soo many things I have always wanted to see, experience, do and feel and now I’m determined more than ever to grow my LIFE bucket-list and take action and mark them off as accomplished.

For now, this is my bucket list of things I’d like to accomplish and I will try and grow this list over time. If you see a ✅ that means I did it. I’d love to hear any other goals/ideas you may have on your bucket-list to help me build mine out!


  1. Lose 75 lbs
  2. Research my family tree
  3. Get Married (and start a family)
  4. Accept myself for who I am
  5. Write letters to my teachers whom all made a significant impact on my life
  6. Hangout on a bands tour bus and watch movies 
  7. Start a crafty side business
  8. Make someone else’s dream come true
  9. Own a gun 
  10. Be a mentor 
  11. Be a vegetarian for a month 
  12. Get my yearbooks back from Kelly (from our high school reunion)


  1. Start a 401k 
  2. Pay off student loans 
  3. Buy a vehicle on my own 
  4. Open up a ROTH IRA
  5. Buy a Harley Davidson
  6. Purchase a home on my own or with a loved one
  7. Buy a home


  1. Earn my Bachelors Degree 
  2. Take Yoga Class 
  3. Go to Motorcycle school
  4. Earn my Masters
  5. Take a firearms course


  1. North America 
  2. South America
  3. Antarctica
  4. Australia
  5. Europe
  6. Africa
  7. Asia


  1. Grand Canyon ✅
  2. Pinetop ✅ 5.30.2016
  3. Prescott ✅ 
  4. Pine/Strawberry/Pine ✅  7.1.16
  5. Jerome ✅ 6.4.16
  6. Sedona Red Rocks ✅ 6.4.16
  7. St. Xavier Cathedral
  8. Havasupai Falls
  9. Antelope Canyon
  10. Tombstone
  11. Lake Havasu London Bridge
  12. Saguaro National Park 
  13. Horseshoe Bend
  14. The Rim 
  15. Goldfield Ghost town 
  16. Hoover Dam 
  17. Montezuma Castle
  18. Hike Natural Bridge  7.4.16


  1. North America
    • Hoover Dam ✅
    • Statue of Liberty ✅
    • Tour Alcatraz
  2. South America
    • See Head Statues on Easter Island (Chile)
    • See Machu Picchu (Peru)
  3. Australia
    • See the Sydney Opera House
  4. Europe
    • The Pathenon (Greece)
    • The Louvre (France)
    • The Eiffel Tour (France)
    • The Colosseum (Italy)
    • Sistine Chapel (Italy)
    • Heidelberg Castle (Germany)
  5. Asia
    • The Great Wall of China (China)
    • Taj Mahal (India)
  6. Africa
    • Pyramids of Giza (Egypt)


  1. North America
  2. South America
    •  Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil)
  3. Europe
    •  Ring of Kerry (Ireland)
  4. Asia
    • Mount Everest
  5. Antarctica
    • Deception Islands Hot Springs


  1. Go Snowboarding
  2. Helicopter Ride ✅
  3. Go White Water river rafting
  4. Hot air balloon ride
  5. Get hypnotized
  6. Go SCUBA diving
  7. Get Legally ordained
  8. Go in a submarine ✅
  9. Try out a chiropractor ✅
  10. Get a professional massage ✅
  11. Ride a camel ✅
  12. Have a song written about me ✅
  13. Go to a TED conference
  14. Go on a major cruise
  15. Go Zip-lining
  16. Go to a rodeo ✅ 7.4.2015
  17. Ride in a Gondola
  18. Build a snowman ✅
  19. Play a round of REAL golf ✅
  20. Swim with dolphins
  21. Stay the night somewhere known to be haunted
  22. Peg the speedometer
  23. Stay in a cabin in the woods ✅ – 5.27.16
  24. Stand in the 4 corners
  25. Attend a Hockey Game 
  26. Ride a horse
  27. Make love on the beach
  28. Have my palm read or my future told
  29. Meet one of my favorite musicians, Travis Barker 
  30. Learn to sew
  31. Karaoke 
  32. Try paddle boarding
  33. Drive a golf card 
  34. See snow fall 
  35. Become a god-mom 
  36. Be a maid of honor
  37. Be a flower girl 


  1. Give a homeless man my lunch 
  2. Volunteer at a children’s hospital
  3. Organize a toy drive ✅ 12.2016
  4. Collaborate with Ronald McDonald House Charities ✅ 6.1.2016
  5. Sponsor a child
  6. Sponsor a family

Made the News with AZPRO

If you happened to catch 12 News at 10pm last night you may have caught the story about “Valley company beautifies medical devices” The story covered how my company, azpro, is taking what would normally be a bland and boring white DOC Band and designing a creative wrap to dress up the band and bring more life to the medical device.

Alayah with her new princess DOC Band

Crazy fact… 1 out of 50 children has the condition that could require them to wear a cranial band and cranial bands cost upwards of $3,500 and usually not covered by most insurance plans. At azpro we offer to wrap the docbands free of charge for these kiddos. I’ve seen quite a few come through the office since I’ve started and nothing beats the priceless smile of the parents and child receiving the wrapped helmet.

Alayah, was our spotlight baby on last nights news and she received a pink wrap with a gold tiara.  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome and look forward to bringing more smiles to parents and babies.

To take a peek at the full story and video segment you can check it out here on 12 News: Valley company beautifies medical devices

And If you are interested in getting a DOC Band wrap, please email star@azprogroup.com.


#WorldSuicidePreventionDay an Issue Close to my Heart

Every 40 seconds someone in the world dies by suicide and every 41 seconds someone is left to make sense of it.

Three years ago, I lost my Uncle. My step-mom lost her brother. His parents lost a son.

This year my step mom is walking on September 20th to raise money for suicide/depression awareness. She’s so very close to her goal so I wanted to share in hopes that you can help kick her over the top! You can take a peek at her page here: Out of the Darkness – April Baker-Padilla

you are worth it

Lastly, to anyone who’s every been there in my time of need, through my countless anxious moments or depressed times, Thank you. You can’t begin to understand how much you may have helped me and those two simple words, ‘Thank you’ can’t even begin to express my appreciation for you.

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault


Just remember…


YOU are worthwhile.

YOU are loved.

YOU are amazing.

Don’t let anyone ever tell you any different.


If you are in crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

I Will Always Remember You, Laurel May Bond

It is with a heavy heart, I write this. Laurel May Bond, you were absolutely one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Your love for life, your quick wit and ability to find comedy in almost every situation was admirable. By far one of the strongest women I have ever known.

laurel may bond

Not only am I going to miss having you around, I’m going to miss your comical holiday cards featuring Manchester.

Thank you for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to write for you. I am forever grateful.

While I’m sad, I’m happy to celebrate your stellar life. Love you lady!

Writings by  Laurel

Cancer is the New Black by Laurel May Bond



My Little Friend Atticus Needs YOUR Help

I ask the biggest favor of you all, my subscribers, friends, family, social connections, and business professionals… please share the following post with everyone you know to help Atticus.

My friend Krys and his family are up against one of the toughest battles I would never wish upon anyone or any parent. Atticus was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma (cancer) – a tennis-ball-sized tumor on his adrenal gland, a smaller one on his liver, and other metastases in his lymph nodes, bone marrow, and bones (including legs, arms and skull). he has a “high risk” assessment and treatment

It pains me that Atticus is going through all of this. Krys and Melissa, his parents are some of the strongest people I know as are his sisters.


I Love you guys. My prayers are  ‪#‎TeamAtticus‬

You can find the full story and donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/AtticusNY

Egg White Omelette Bites

Egg White Omelletes


I made some delish, egg white omelette bites this morning for breakfast this morning. Super simple process and ingredients.

Check it out!

What you will need:

Cupcake Pan

Olive Oil spray (or something to grease  the pan well)


Green Onion

Green bell pepper

Sliced turkey

Egg Whites (the carton is the best/easiest for this)

Tater Tots

Shredded cheese of your choice


Basically, I greased the pan threw in 3 tater tots in each cupcake space baked it in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. I then pulled out the pan smooshed the tater tots to the bottom of each cupcake space, sprinkled in bell pepper, sliced turkey, green onion and poured the egg whites from the carton almost to the top of each cupcake space and sprinkle your cheese at the top.

Let that cook for 20-25minutes at 350 degrees and voila! You have yourself some delicious egg white omelette bites! These are great to prep and have to grab and go for busy morning work weeks. You could really put any ingredients you’d like, and I have a number of different combinations if you’re looking for some other creative twists on this recipe.

Hope you enjoy! And be sure to share your recipe combinations in the comments!

am·bi·tion | A strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination & hard work