Kammie Kirkpatrick – Empowerment Coach Empowering Your Life
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My name is Kammie Kirkpatrick, and I am an Empowerment Coach. I am faith-filled, brave, fun, compassionate, loving, and adventurous. Whether it is skydiving so a friend’s dream could come true, or doing stand-up comedy just because it sounded awesome, there are no limits to my desire to experience all the joy life has to offer. For more than ten years, I have been training in the area of personal growth and development through an organization called Landmark Worldwide. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful beyond words for my life.
My business, Empowering Your Life, was created in October of 2018. I organically developed my business to make a difference in the world. A heartbreak in my own life, and an excited teenager (with a huge dream) helped me realize why I was created…to empower others. From that moment, I haven’t looked back. I have come to realize, as human beings, we are either struggling with something or have a goal we want to accomplish. Whether it is through my creative one-on-one sessions, or powerful seminars; my goal is that people have someone committed to their success, and a partner to share their journey. I give people permission to dream. I also encourage everyone to expand their view of themselves, and most importantly, of life itself. I want to live in a world where people are blown away by the unique experience of who they truly are. Few things are more powerful and world changing than an empowered person. I believe it is why we were created, and it is my pleasure to serve you.
When I think of empowering a veteran, I don’t need to look any further than my very own father. He served in the US Army (C-Company, 3rd Brigade of the 47th Infantry) during the Vietnam War. That’s the thing about veterans… they’re everywhere! They are our sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, cousins and nephews, and yes, our mothers and fathers. It is why the topic of empowering veterans is so important. Veterans are a huge part of the world as a whole, and sometimes our whole world.
For this article, I decided to go straight to the source. My Dad. A friend suggested it, but I have to admit I was a little hesitant. I never know if my Dad wants to talk about his time in the war, and to randomly bring it up seemed harsh to me. What if it was the farthest thing from his mind that day, and I brought it to the forefront? I received an answer to that question almost instantly. “Not a day goes by that I don’t remember or recall what happened over there,” replied my Dad. His answer gave me courage to continue.
Fighting back tears, I realized my not wanting to talk to my Dad about his time in the war had more to do with me than him. It brought to the surface my own fear, heartache, and sadness, that someone I loved so much had experienced something so traumatic. As my Dad said, “It’s just not something you can get away from.” So, today, we didn’t try. Today we shared our hearts and our experiences. Even though I have never been to war, I could relate to times when I didn’t let fear win over courage, when a spirit of camaraderie was all that kept me going, or when my heart ached to make a difference where God planted me, and my intentions were misconstrued.
From our conversation I realized the best way to empower my vet was to listen. Really listen. Without trying to comfort, change, or lessen his experience. To let come up whatever came up until the next conversation, and to make sure there is another conversation. Feeling alone is death to any human being, especially someone who has experienced the reality of war. I highly recommend listening to your vet today.
My Dad described one of the many profound moments he experienced in Vietnam. It was the first time he arrived in country, and his platoon was circling over an airbase while rockets were exploding below. “In that moment, I accepted whatever was going to happen to me. If it was my time, it was my time.” I have to believe not much can rattle a man after an experience like that. Especially not a loving conversation from his sobbing daughter who just wanted to let him know he was not alone. Thank you for your service Dad, and thank you for my life. And thank you to everyone who took the time to read this.