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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/21/2019

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Today as we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the nation’s largest day of civic engagement, I encourage you to ask yourself that question, “What are you doing for others?”

Dr. Martin Luther King embodied what it means to be a man for others. He has paved the way for individuals like myself to have the freedom and opportunities I do today. Dr. King has lit the torch and it’s up to us to carry it. One of ...

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Coffee with Kim

1/13/2019

What happens when life shatters? When your hopes and dreams are no longer possible, can one, can you, can anyone truly triumph over tragedy?

These were the questions asked to open my conversation on “Coffee with Kim”. Listen to the podcast to hear answers to the most critical questions we all ask ourselves when dealing with tragic events and circumstances. 

  • Learn how to overcome obstacles time and time again to find purpose after tragedy using my 6 Step Guide to Overcoming Obstacles
  • Learn how God broke me to get my attention and redirect my life ...
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Crush Your New Year's Goals

1/6/2019

For many people the start of the new year begins with reflecting on the previous years' accomplishments or setbacks, readjusting, and setting new goals and resolutions. 

I’m no exception!

I’ve written down all my goals for my work as the Director of Maryland’s Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism, Safe Alternative Foundation for Education, VanBrooks.com, and the other organizations I’m a part of.  I’ve also written a strategic plan for each.

Now as you know, many people won't achieve the goals they’ve set or stick to ...

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Not so Merry Christmas

12/30/2018

A family tradition my parents and I have had over the past decade and a half was to spend the weeks of Christmas and the New Year in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Two years ago, was the first time the tradition had been broken. I didn’t want to take the 8-hour drive, so I decided to stay home.

Thinking about it now, the idea of breaking the tradition didn’t stand out because I spent the entire day with a close friend and their family.

Last year, my parents and I went back to ...

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Live, Love, & Laugh

12/22/2018

I’ve nearly had the same routine for every Thanksgiving Day in the past decade. First, I’d go to the Turkey Bowl football game between the rival schools Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall then I’d have dinner with my parents. However, Thanksgiving Day five years ago was different. 

I still attended that game in the frigid cold and sat on Loyola’s sideline talking with my good friend John. However, after the game I ate dinner alone because my parents were traveling. Not wanting me to be alone, John invited me to go ...

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Van, You're Out of Shape

12/14/2018
Tuesday of last week I had a doctors appointment to get a check up to make sure I'm healthy. Before my doctor came in, the nurse took my weight and to my surprise she said I was 183 pounds.
 
"183 pounds" I responded, "that's the biggest I've ever been since my injury!" I typically weighed in around 170 pounds.

I'm not saying I gained that weight in a few weeks but due to a busy work schedule, I had missed a few gym sessions. So guess what? The next day I ...
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