Thursday, December 31, 2015

Just A Number

Just a number, another day

Each day is its own day.  A new gift. 

So as many people see December 31 as a line in the sand.  A line that marks the end of the old year and the dawn of the New year.  It is.  Yet it's also just another day. 

Whether it be January 5, March 7, July 12 these days are days unique to themselves.

These days are the tomorrow you mentioned or the "Someday" you referred to so often before. 

These days are the days you make them. 

So if you look back at 2015 and over the "To Do List" you wrote on December 31, 2014 or January 1, 2015 and find there are things left undone do not be discouraged.

Each day arrives with a clean slate and a new opportunity "To Do" the things you said you wanted to do. The things you said you wanted to do in high school yet still haven't done.  The things you said you wanted to do in college, when you finish college, when you get a good job, when you ... (You fill in the blank ). 

Make that day today.  Even if the day you are reading this post is February 1.

Year's end causes reflection yet I say to you any day you decide to start achieving your dreams and goals begins a new year, a new journey in your life.

Are you ready for a new start towards your dreams ?

First step : Write down your actual dream. Make it very clear. 

For example : "I want to be debt free by the end of the year."

Second Step : Write down WHY.  Why is this goal important to you ?

Third Step : write down what your life will look like when you have accomplished your goal. 
What will you do ? Will you live in a different place ? Be around different people ? 

Fourth Step : Be very specific.  Do not just jot down superficial notes.

You are planning a journey towards your goal.  A road map.  There will be stops along the way.  Necessary stops. What will they look like ?

This is just a few tips to wet your appetite as you begin 2016.

Let's walk the journey together. If you want to join this journey with me. Email me at ChaplainDow@yahoo.com and share your answers to the four steps proposed here. 

Let's see what will happen once you've cast a clear vision of your goals for 2016.

Look forward to hearing from you. 

Happy New Years Eve !!! 

Blessings for success,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain 
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Thursday, December 03, 2015

So Very Blessed

Do you believe the words that are coming out of my mouth? 

Do you believe the words that are coming out of yours ?

Why speak any words that are not useful, encouraging and kind ?

It is about how we speak.  How we speak to others and to ourselves. 

The power of life and death are in the tongue.  Out of the mouth the heart is heard. How's your heart ?  What's flowing through your veins and out of your mouth ?

Reflect on this.

Do you speak life ? Do you speak blessings over others and speak gratitude about the things that bless you life ?

Thanksgiving has past in most countries that observe it as a holiday.  I encourage year round Thanks Giving.  Daily awake and give thanks for the blessings you have in your life.  Your health, your house,  your family, your job, your friends, everything you appreciate having in your life. 

Count your blessings. 

Write it down.  Each and everyone. Make a habit of it. Daily. First thing in the morning and again right before bed as you retire for the day.  In the morning Give thanks for being awaken and at night Give thanks for safely making it through the day. 

In our profession the reality is seeing the end of shift is not guaranteed.  Live a life full of thankfulness.  Share the ritual with your family and friends. 

Trust me once you put this into practice more things to give thanks for will enter your life. 

I look forward to your Thanks Giving Reports.

Blessings,

Tamia Dow
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Monday, November 30, 2015

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Fall back - where did the time go ?

Now is the time to move your clock back one hour. This gives you an extra hour of rest today. It gives you more sunlight during the day and also marks 60 days left in the 2015 calendar year.

As I changed the time on my clock and removed October to show November on my paper calendars I looked at my vision board. In January I put together a vision board. A visual picture of what I desired to occur in 2015. The progress is amazing.

Just by having the vision board in front of me every day I have accomplished more than half of what I've placed on that board for 2015.

Now I look back and celebrate the accomplishments. I also look forward and set goals to accomplish the other things I have there.

What does your last 60 days of 2015 look like ?

What does your 2016 look like in your mind's eye ?

Create a vision board for  November and December and see what having your goals visually in front of you will do to help you accomplish your goals.

Blessings for success,

Tamia 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

All Treats, No Tricks

All Treats No tricks 

Everyday our email inbox is full of Offers to help us Do this or Do that with a promise to change our lives yet there is only one person who can do that ...

That person is looking back at you in the mirror.

It is you.

It all begins with choice.

What do you choose to do? 

How do you choose to spend your time, talent and resources ?

What is important to you ?

How important is it ?

And when will you act on it ?

Without making excuses and blaming the world, the weather, your coach or your hairdresser (to name a few) look into your Self, You and honestly answer these questions then join me next month for the next part of our journey.

The Treat is You.

Treat yourself (YOU) as if you are a VIP.  You are a Very Important Person.  Many things in life may come in to distract you and cause you to forget this.

Start TREATING yourself better.

You are worth it.  You deserve it. 

Until next time I send you Blessing for success. 

Tamia Dow 
IAWP Chaplain
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Patriot's Day 2015

Patriot day, September 11 Remembrance

September 11, 2001. Today marks the 14th anniversary of this country shaking event.

On this day we remember the lives of close to 3000 people who lost their lives in a coordinated terror threat on the United States.

During these events 37 Port Authority officers, 23 New York City area police officers, and 343 New York city firefighters were killed while doing their duty assisting, saving and evacuating people from the twin towers.

Please take a moment and pause in their honor. 

This is one day in history where everyone can remember where they were when they heard the news or watched the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers on TV.

In the United States today has been named A National Day of Service. 

Last evening my chaplaincy team here in Las Vegas prayed for the men and women in law-enforcement and all first responders.

Today we will be praying throughout the day.  The international turn towards negative sentiment towards law enforcement officers is unacceptable.

In the U.S. our officers have been experiencing increased violent attacks specific to the officer as an officer.  We know that the threat of violence comes with our daily duties yet officers being attacked while putting gas in their car, while eating their meals on shift in a public restaurant or being shot while stopped at a stop light is not good.

While protecting and serving the community we know there is a potential for aggression and violence. 

Please stay alert.  Many agencies if they did not have two person patrol cars now send out their officers as a two person unit.  This tactic helped quickly catch a suspect that shot one of our officers here in Las Vegas.  This ambush style shooting received national coverage (the officer is recovering). His partner was able to chase down and arrest the shooter. 

Situational awareness is key.  A stop at your favorite coffee shop or diner with all the regulars that you know and love could quickly turn into an opportunity for a suspect to take out their anger against the first law enforcement officer they can find. 

Contact and cover is a good tactic to employ when dealing with suspects or even citizen contacts.  You are clearly visible in uniform with a marked police car.  Unfortunately some see it as an opportunity and a target.

Be Alert.  Employ all safety tactics to ensure you and your partners get home at the end of your shift. 

Please have a safe day serving your family, friends and community.

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cardiff, UK

My Cardiff UK Adventure 

Planes
Trains
Motor coach
Automobiles 
Shuttles 
Water taxi
Taxis
Hop on hop off tour bus
Hotel
Airbnb
Friend's house

To Celebrate the 100 years of IAWP enroute to the 53rd Annual Training Conference I experienced all means of travel conveyances to get the full European experience and I documented it by video and journal.

You'll be able to find my adventures soon on my You tube channel.  

Stay tuned. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Celebrating 20 Consecutive Years of Conference Attendance

Celebrating 20 years 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjzsqDyGmI&sns=em


Celebrating 20 consecutive years of IAWP Annual Conference Attendance.

I have not missed a conference since joining the IAWP in Birmingham, England in 1996.

I got my passport and made my way to the West Midlands to join an international gathering of female police officers. 

I was fascinated to see officers from around the world and to learn about different cultures and ways of policing.

Many of the people I met at that first conference I am long time friends with and still keep in touch. 

I believe my membership in IAWP was key in keeping me motivated within my own police service.  Every year I got re-infused with positive energy, great training and encouragement by my fellow IAWP members.

Informal Mentors and constant inspirational stories through the IAWP Women Police Magazine has been priceless. 

Whether you are a new member to of the IAWP or have been attending for 30 years,  this is a family that supports you throughout your life. 

Make the most of the opportunities presented for you at this conference.  

-Network and get to know other officers.  

-Attend all the trainings and visit the exhibit booths in the Exhibit Hall

-Meet and sit with people you do not know on the lunch breaks and meal opportunities. 

-Talk to senior officers and ask them for tips on career strategy.

-Have fun

-and please come up and meet me.  It's been a pleasure to meet so many friends new and old.

To get an idea of what 20 consecutive conferences attended looks like, I will list all the annual conferences I have attended:

1996 - 34th Annual - Birmingham, England

1997 - 35th Annual Training Conference - Dallas, Texas

1998 - 36th Annual Training Conference - Anchorage, Alaska

1999 - 37th Annual Training Conference - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

2000 - 38th Annual Training Conference - Toronto, Canada 

2001 - 39th Annual Training Conference - Edmonton, Alberta Canada

2002 - 40th Annual Training Conference - Canberra, Australia 

2003 - 41st Annual Training Conference - San Francisco, California 

2004 - 42nd Annual Training Conference - Boston, Massachusetts 

2005 - 43rd Annual Training Conference - Leeds, England

2006 - 44th Annual Training Conference - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

2007 -  45th Annual Training Conference - Denver, Colorado

2008 -  46th Annual Training Conference - Darwin, Australia 

2009 - 47th Annual Training Conference - Seattle, Washington

2010 - 48th Annual Training Conference - Minneapolis, Minnesota 

2011 - 49th Annual Training Conference (ATC) -  Lexington, Kentucky

2012 - 50th ATC - St John's Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

2013 - 51st ATC - Durban, South Africa

2014 - 52nd ATC - Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada

2015 - IAWP CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 1915-2015 - Cardiff, Wales  

I am looking forward to many more.  Lord willing.

Stay safe and stay tuned for more from #IAWP2015

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

London to Cardiff

1:30pm

Gray clouds and 19C temperature greet me as our plane descends. When we hit the ground in London I smile.  The familiar London Heathrow (LHR) Terminal welcomes me.  I have become accustom to being greeted with fresh newspapers and magazine as I exit the plane and this time was no different.
The immediate ability to know the going ons in and around London. 
I grab the "Daily Mirror" mirror.co.uk and "The Independent " the lead story "e-cigs " both discuss the prescription of e-cigs for smokers.

I expected something a bit more sexy for my arrival day.  Oh well it is what it is. 

Just a few hours in Heathrow as I head to the National Express bus service to Cardiff, Wales. Conveniently located within LHR.  

A three hour journey on a luxury motor coach with comfortable vinyl seats and power plugs to charge up my UK phone and my iPhone.  Mandatory wearing of seatbelts (now that's classy). 

I look forward to the ease of navigation I will have on my return to London from Cardiff as I spend a few days in London enjoying my favorite spots before returning back home.

Most of my fellow board members will be arriving tomorrow.  In the mean time I look forward to my few hours to explore Cardiff after I check in to my hotel. 

3:30pm

What is London without rain. Lol. The countryside was beautiful even in the rain. The large coach windows afforded plenty of opportunity to  view the scenery from high above the passenger cars and trucks on the road.

I am glad I chose this mode of transportation this time.  I've been on just about every form of transport London has to offer. 

I wisely brought my Fall coat and my umbrella.  Even in August England can be cold and damp.  

We road silently down the road with occasional announcements  by the driver and our initial recorded message advising the need for seatbelts and the fact CCTV was in use.

When we changed drivers midway through, he played the pre-recorded announcement too. 

During our journey a burning vehicle on the roadway had set us back by 20 mins.

The passengers did not seem to mind. A few made calls to loved ones advising of the delay,  others just sat there with their headphones on listening to music, reading or playing games.

It was cool to see the reaction of the people around me when they heard me talking to the young lady sitting in front of me.  They picked up my accent and smiled.  Oddly no one asked about my accent directly. 

It was interesting to see road signs in English and Welsh.

A short taxi ride from the bus station to my hotel has me safely settled in at Cardiff. 

Stayed tune for more on my adventure ... 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

IAWP Annual Conference

My 20th annual adventure with the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) begins.

In 1996 I boarded a plane to London as my first stop on my way to Birmingham, England.  

Today I board another plane on my way to London as my first stop on my way to Cardiff Wales to celebrate 100 years of IAWP! 

I have only been involved with the IAWP for 1/5 of its lifetime yet I count it as the greatest resource I had during my law enforcement career and especially now, in retirement. 

Oh...  the people I have met and the things I have seen with many members of the IAWP.

Involvement with the IAWP has taken me to the UAE, UK, Canada, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Uganda, Kenya, and many more places for conferences, board meetings and visits.

I have not missed a conference since I joined our organization. 

Nearly all the conferences I attended were self-funded (I paid) and were on my own time (vacation time most often, sometimes in exchange for training time).

The conferences, education and networking connections were worth the investment. 

I always learn a lot, take home the new tips I learn and then teach and share them with my colleagues at home.   

I am very excited to be joining my colleagues for the IAWP Board of Directors meeting.  It's held the two days prior to the beginning of our annual conference. 

I am the IAWP's chaplain.  I was elected in 2006 and have had the pleasure of serving in this position ever since.

As a member of the BOD twice a year I attend our board meetings held all over the world.

The IAWP is just that,  international. Our board is made up of members from all over the globe.

I am looking forward to this new adventure as I celebrate 20 years of IAWP (for me) and 100 years for our organization in Cardiff, Wales. 

I pray you all have Safe travels.  I look forward to seeing you at opening ceremonies if not in our travels before. 

Blessings,

Tamia

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Double portion

7/15/15

Each day I live, I want to be
A day to give the best of me
I'm only one, but not alone
My finest day is yet unknown

I broke my heart for every gain
To taste the sweet, I faced the pain
I rise and fall, yet through it all
This much remains

I want one moment in time
When I'm more than I thought I could be
When all of my dreams are a heartbeat away
And the answers are all up to me

Give me one moment in time
When I'm racing with destiny
Then in that one moment of time
I will feel, I will feel eternity

I've lived to be the very best
I want it all, no time for less
I've laid the plans, now lay the chance
Here in my hands

Give me one moment in time
- Whitney Houston.


Make the most if this day and every day as you enjoy your double portion.

Take care of yourself.  Stay Safe.

Blessings,

Tamia 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Happy Now

Happy Now

What does it mean to be happy ?

What does it mean to be content ?

Peace? 

Peace in knowing where you are, right now, is exactly where your suppose to be.

Everything you've done or failed to do up until this point has gotten you where you are.

Do not be angry about it.  Make peace with it.  If you do not want to be where you are right now, decide to change your circumstance.

The thought or decision must be followed by a plan of how to get where you want and implementation of what you need to do to get there.

Some people do not make a move towards their dreams or true goals in life until being where they are and who they are becomes too painful/uncomfortable for them. Then they decide to make the change.

Is there something in your life that you need to implement a plan to change ?

If so today's the day.  Now's the time to start moving towards your next step.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Always Improving

Never stop learning 
And don't think you're the only one to think of something that comes to your mind.
(Though you may be the only one to act on what you've thought of)
And if you're not 
You bring your own unique take and thoughts on the subject and topic.

I have spent the past week with some amazing world class trainers in Orlando enhancing our skills and abilities to best serve our clients.  We each have a strong desire to be the change we would like to see and are actively making it happen by the actions we take to improve ourselves.

A true leader should never stop learning and never think they have arrived at perfection.  The minute they believe "that",  it's best they stop what they're doing because if your not looking to improve on your performance each time you do something you are playing small and are doing your audience and the citizens of your community a dis-service.  

Always be improving.  
Always be readjusting.
Always seek feedback.

Leaders are open to feedback.  Servant leaders appreciate it because it helps them stay in tune with the needs of the people they minister to. 

In all you do seek to understand the needs of audience and to do all you can to fulfill it.  This will provide an excellent learning experience for everyone involved.

Have an excellent 4th of July weekend. 

Stay Safe. 

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain 
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Don't Linger Too Long At Closed Doors

Not being selected for  everything you apply for is a blessing.

Everything you want is not always what's best for you. 

God, the universe, fate however you chose to call the divine authority in your life already knows what's best for you.

The desires of your heart are not a mystery or a surprise to Him.  Think back over your life and reflect on the things you desired and did not get.  How did that work out for you ?
What replaced or came into your life because that door of opportunity closed causing you to turn your attention elsewhere.

At the time the door closed you may have stood there (figuratively) looking at it maybe even knocking on it hoping against hope it would open up to you. 

It was not your door to access.  It was a sign and a message from above for you to go to another door that was more suited to your talents, skills and abilities.

The first door may have been a position you were willing to settle for "in the meantime " until you found the position of your dreams. 

An opportunity that, had you taken it, you might have been underutilized or felt an obligation to stay with that could cause you to miss the true calling or project you were suppose to be involved with.

I know it's had to bypass those doors once their closed.  It's seems like a rejection (and in a way it is). Rest assured you are in good company because many a success person, millionaires even have had doors closed and been told "No" or "you can't do that " or "that won't work ".

If they believed that, if they stayed looking at that closed door, they would not be the leaders and world changers they are today. 

So I ask you,  what doors are you still dwelling on that are keeping you for using your talents, skills and abilities to their maximum? 

Make the most of your life.

Blessings,

Tamia Dow
IAWP Chaplain

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