Meaning: To Win; Conquer; Victorious

Victory comes through failure. The lessons learned in each disappointment bring us closer to our goal. When we view the letdown as ‘the fail’, rather than thinking of ourselves as ‘a failure’ – we’re able to recover and improve our situation more easily. Our success ultimately depends on our response and willingness to learn.

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Meaning:  Laurels; Bay Laurel; Victory; Success

Laurel wreaths began with the ancient Greeks as a symbol of victory. It was made from the Laurus nobilis, a hardy tree with fragrant leaves. During the Pythian Games, a prestigious tournament similar to the Olympics, athletes competed in music, painting and poetry – along with foot races, chariot races, boxing, discus, javelin, long jump and wresting. Winners were crowned with bay laurels in honor of their achievement. Eventually, this tradition was adopted by the Romans.

Coins displayed a portrait of the Roman Emperor crowned with a laurel wreath, to symbolize rank and achievement. Generals were also given laurel wreaths as part of their triumphal award. It was worn and displayed as a parade proceeded through the streets, in honor of martial victory.

In addition, early Christian artists would incorporate the laurel wreath into their works – a way to signify victory over death and the Resurrection.

This symbol permeated various societal activities exemplifying triumph over circumstance.

Victory occurs…

• With each obstacle we overcome
• With each lesson learned…

In life – we win, one step at a time


Meaning:    Strong; Vigorous; Enduring

The tradition of Valentine was inspired by a saint who before being executed, wrote a note to a girl he’d prayed for, signing it – “from your Valentine.

He was believed to be a Roman Priest who would secretly marry couples, defying the order of the Emperor. This decree of banning young marriage was based on the assumption that single soldiers made the best fighters. Valentine was eventually caught and jailed.

Legend suggests while in prison he met and prayed for a girl whose eyes were destitute of sight. His compassion, and ultimately, her healing led to her father’s belief in Christianity.

St. Valentine was later sentenced to a 3-part execution. The patron of love became a Christian martyr.

LOVE is…

❥❥❥♥♥ Embrace those you love – cherish them – always and forever


Meaning:  Place of Pleasure; Delight; God’s Garden

In the beginning… Our story began on the African continent.

The great migration of mankind ventured from Africa to parts of the Middle East then along India, and Southeast Asia. Shortly after, another migration reached beyond the Middle East, eventually colonizing other parts of Asia and Europe, far and wide. It was approximately 30,000 years after this second migration when Asian hunters trekked into the Americas. HUMANITY began in one place. Track our ancestral footprint.

Bigotry seems imprudent considering our ancestry.