The Beacon: February 2024

The Beacon: February 2024

February is one of my favorite months. First because it’s my birthday month and second because of “love” day which is what I refer to for Valentine’s Day. Not everyone has a “valentine”, but everyone can have someone to love or someone who loves them. I have so much love in my life from family, friends, peers, colleagues, mentors and my team here at Talents ASCEND. 

That leads me to our topic for the month: passion. 

As an entrepreneur, my passion is to help people. I love to see people succeed, be it a business owner, a candidate, a staff member or partner. Our passion gives us the energy to make our dreams come true. Without passion, we lack the motivation to do something and with passion, we can get through the pain of doing something. It drives us to achieve our goals and to keep going even when the road is long and rocky. 

I often hear people comment that I exude passion when I talk about Talents ASCEND or my grand cherubs. I love what I get to do every day and call it work. I am blessed beyond measure with the life I have. Has it been easy, no sir. Is it worth it, YES!, ma’am!! My passion to make a skills-based hiring model, the new future, has helped me overcome obstacles and truly fuels me forward. My passion to build a legacy and create a more equitable employment model for generations to come is my energy.

I wish everyone happiness in this month of love. I wish for everyone the opportunity to find your passion, in your work, in your business, in your life. Happy Love Day! 

We are proud to be a partner of the Department of Labors Employment Navigator Partnership Program. Through this collaboration, we are helping military families have a more successful transition into the civilian world. 

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Fuel for the Soul

Nila Thompson

Life is short and in this world filled with time restraints and full schedules, it’s easy to lose sight of what truly sets our souls on fire. This month, we want to inspire you to embark on a journey of self-discovery and satisfaction by following your passions. What does following your passions do for you?

 Fuel for Your Soul: Imagine waking up every morning excited about the day ahead. When you follow your passion, every task becomes an opportunity for growth and self-expression. Your passions are the fuel that propels you forward, making even the mundane tasks more enjoyable.

Expressing Your Creativity: Passions and creativity go hand in hand. Whether you’re an artist, entrepreneur, scientist, or educator, embracing your passion opens the floodgates to creativity. It allows you to think outside the box, find innovative solutions, and make a meaningful impact in your chosen career.

Building Resilience: Pursuing your passions often involves overcoming challenges. These experiences build resiliency and a strong sense of determination. When you’re passionate about what you do, obstacles become steppingstones rather than roadblocks.

Living Authentic Self: Your passions reflect who you are at your core. Following them allows you to live authentically and align your actions with your values. Authentic living leads to greater happiness, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose.

Inspiring Others: When you follow your passions, you become an inspiration to others. Your journey can motivate friends, family, and colleagues to discover and pursue their own passions, creating a ripple effect of positivity and fulfillment.

Continuous Learning: Passionate pursuits often involve a continuous quest for knowledge and personal growth. Whether you’re learning a new skill, exploring uncharted territories, or pushing the boundaries of your own expertise, your passion keeps the flame of curiosity alive.


So, how can you start following your passions today? 

Identify Your Passions: Reflect on what truly excites and motivates you. It could be a hobby, a cause, or a professional pursuit. Take the time to explore and discover what makes your heart sing.

Set Goals: Outline clear and achievable goals that align with your passions. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps to make the journey more attainable.

Create a Plan: Develop a plan of action to bring your passions to life. Whether it’s dedicating specific time each day, learning a new skill, or seeking opportunities for growth, having a roadmap will keep you focused and motivated.

Embrace the Journey: Understand that the path to following your passions may not always be smooth. Embrace the challenges, each one is a learning opportunity. Celebrate your victories, all of them, regardless of if they are big or small.


As we navigate through the pages of life, let’s remember that our passions are the compasses guiding us to a more fulfilling and purposeful existence. So, dare to dream, pursue what sets your soul on fire, and watch as your life transforms into a masterpiece of your own creation.

We are so excited to be featured on the VET S.O.S. Podcast with Shawn Welsh and Eric Brew. Don’t miss out on this episode and learn more about how Talents ASCEND is changing how our Military and Veteran families are changing the way the find their next careers.

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#Veterans #MilitaryTransition #FutureOfHiring


Don’t miss out on the great things our partners at are up to!

Did you catch the latest Breaking Barries?

Breaking Barriers with Logan Skees:​

How Robyn Grable Transformed Military Skills into Business Success​
​”Her commitment to skills-based hiring highlights the importance of adapting and growing in the face of adversity. This story isn’t just about overcoming challenges; it’s a beacon for anyone looking to make a meaningful impact in their career. Tune in to learn how resilience, purpose, and belief in one’s vision can transform obstacles into opportunities.”​

​#Opportunities #SkillsBasedHiring #BreakingBarriers


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