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Apr 3, 2012

From Military to Civilian: Life Lessons


Dr. Sydney Savion

 I watched the silver sports car pull into the parking lot, its driver quickly and confidently BACKED into the parking space, then stepped out dressed to the nines in classic Brooks Brothers.  I knew immediately I was going to like Dr. Sydney Savion. She walked with confidence, determination, and a smile on her face.  We met for tea at La Madeline to discuss her new book, Camouflage to Pinstripes, and the interview began with her insistence that we add a dessert treat along with a beverage.  Just for the record, she can easily eat the dessert…I shouldn’t …but did!

What I wore to the interview!
Michael Kors Cardigan
eshakti silk,dice blouse
JNY pants from Macys
Target ballet flats

Sydney’s book is for those transitioning from the military into civilian careers, but I was really drawn in by her sound advice which could easily apply to those of us in midlife.  The first words I read after opening the cover were, “Choose the life you desire to live.”  Got my attention!  Read on…
Her research really applies to all of us though the book has specific “real-life” military stories.  For example, Sydney writes, “While life transition is triggered by a marker event and naturally unfolds in three multidimensional states – what I call “questioning,” “seeking,” and “starting anew” – individuals need to be introspective and deliberate about taking control of their lives….Choose the life you desire to live, visualize yourself living it, step into your new environment with high intention, and actualize it as you press toward the ultimate aim of self – renewal.  If you have lived by the mantra “failure is not an option,” then you need to think and act as though success is!”  Her words could speak to any transition situation.

I read the book in one sitting…couldn’t put it down…and I am sure most of you know that I am NOT in the military.  But, if you know someone who is looking to retire and re-enter the civilian world, this book is a must read.  Just go to the website to order.  Or pick up at your local bookstore, ISBN 978-1-61254-033-7 from Brown Book Publishing!



Her future plans include more projects to help our military as she works alongside Dr. Harry Croft.  But, Sydney, till then…if you want to sneak out for more treats…just give me a call…but keep it quite!
Winner announced tomorrow for the Market Place India gift card!


Dresses from Shabby Apple




19 comments:

  1. Good morning beautiful Pam!

    Just thinking of you. Isn't it a wonder to see such a beautiful woman stride in with confidence and grace?

    You are one of them.

    Have a fabulous week. Anita

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  2. Sounds like a very helpful book, and wise advice for anyone in transition, or who wants to be.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting and helpful book.

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  4. Thanks for the introduction to Dr. Savion, Pam. The book sounds great.

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  5. Great interview, Pam!!!!
    Thanks for sending peeps over to win!
    Hugs
    Reva

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  7. Great interview, what an inspiring individual! I love how her words really do apply to any kind of life change.
    Also, anyone who insists on dessert is my kind of person!

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  8. I am blessed to call Sydney "friend". Her book is a delight.

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  9. Pam as usual an uplifting piece... super article!

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  10. Great interview! Sydney's book is an easy read and very informational for all. A Must Read! I am truly blessed to know Sydney and call her my friend.

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  11. I actually read the book in one sitting. It was inspiring and informative. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Sydney's book is not only based on solid research but it is also a reflection of lived experience. Her own transition from the miltary to 'multiple' civilian careers is an enviable success and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person! Sydney is indeed confident and determined with a heart of gold!

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    1. Personally knowing Sydney and reading her book I totally agree with this post.

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    2. Pam you definitely captured the essence of Sydney. As much as she is poised, intelligent, and compassionate, she is just flat out a wonderful human being.

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  13. Cool, timely and fashionable story! I read and highly recommend the book “Camouflage to Pinstripes”. Dr. Sydney Savion answers many of the most frequently asked questions about making a change from military to civilian life or quite simply change in life…period!

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  14. Very good interview and much appreciated, Dr. Savion is a wonderful person. I had the opportunity to work with her and I can say she's special. Very pleasant individual and voiceful. The main thing is that Sydney knew what she wanted and as you can see she's on it. We all appreciate Sydney and all the help that she is giving to others. As God say help your sisters and brothers because in the end we are all as one. Thanks again for the great interview with Dr. Savion and Sydney we love you and God Bless you for all of you efforts.

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    1. Oops God Bless you for all of your efforts.

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  15. Read the book; share it with a veteran. I hear stories almost weekly from veterans about the difficulties of adjusting to civilian life. "Camouflage to Pinstripes"...excellent guide to easing transition!

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  16. Sydney devoted an enormous amount of time and effort into her research into this topic as well as incorporating her own personal experiences to assist other veterans in transiting to civilian life. Not only a read for transitioning veterans but for anyone making transitions in their lives.

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