Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Finally, A Local Mechanic That We Can Trust!

Tired of wondering whether or not you can trust your mechanic? If you live in or near Dayton Ohio, you are in luck!
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In all business, trust is the best business!

Finally, I have a trusted mechanic. How bad does it suck when all of the sudden your car is making some outlandish sound similar to a garbage disposal, and you have no idea where to go? If you are like me, you can't trust a mechanic because they will overcharge you for work that you do NOT need, and they will charge you a ton of money for labor because the mechanics work off of commission.

Well, if you live anywhere near Dayton, OH, your worries are OVER! I found out last minute that I had to drive over five hours for a business meeting, and my car was in serious need of an oil change. Usually, I just go to Walmart, but their shop wasn't operating today, "CRAP!" So I Google shops around me, and I find this small little shop right up the street with great reviews: Kettering-Oakwood Automotive!




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Let's start with the phone call. I call the shop, after reading some immaculate reviews, and Terry (who also happens to be the owner) greets me with a calm and attentive greeting. I am not sure what he said, but what I heard was this, "Hello there, I am here to help you with whatever you need, and I will do it with a smile." I literally thanked him immediately for such great service and scheduled an appointment. He made sure to get me in the same day so I was set for my trip. I immediately called my girlfriend to tell her about how pumped I was to meet this guy (not my usual reaction to getting work done on my car)!

A few hours later, I get to the shop, meet Terry (yes, he is awesome!), and they get to work on my car right away. I decided that I would wait on the car so that I could observe what goes on and see if I would want to come back in the future. I will definitely be back. First, I talked with Terry about how he acquired the shop. Come to find out, Terry has only had the place for two years. Before that he was working at a dealership (which is how he knows they charge way too much) and was also running a shop out of his house. The guy worked over 16 hours a day to get his own shop, you bet he wants to do a good job!

But Terry's story wasn't what hooked me. In the course of a little over a half-hour (way faster than Walmart), I got all of my fluids topped off, my tires filled with air and a full car inspection. But even better, I saw something I would never expect, the reason why I will always trust this shop. One of the mechanics walks into the room, and says to Terry, "I know it took a little extra time, but I found a way that we can fix this guys wiring. We can save him at least a couple hundred."

At this point, I am mind-blown that a shop is trying their best to save the customers money. Then, as I am sitting there in awe, a lady walks in and asks if the shop had an air pump so she could put air in her tires. Terry politely responds by saying "Just pull up to the third garage, and we will fill them up for you, no charge." Wow, she didn't even have to get out of the car. Is this place too good to be true?

I thought, maybe they don't have enough work or something. So I ask Terry how the business is going, and the guy has tons of business; he just knows how to effectively manage his time, keeps an awesome team of mechanics and genuinely cares about his customers. This guy is the best!

To sum it up, Kettering-Oakwood Automotive is a gem. As a writer, I feel personally responsible to inform our local community about such a valuable resource. Their prices are competitive, they only use the best products (full synthetic oil & fluids) and they even LOAN YOU A CAR while your work is being done. I now have a trustworthy mechanic, and nothing tops that peace of mind!

Cover Image Credit: Kettering-Oakwood Auto Facebook

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To The Girl Who Had A Plan

A letter to the girl whose life is not going according to her plan.
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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

Cover Image Credit: Megan Beavers Photography

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When You’re Facing Your Fears, You’re Stuck Between Doubt And Desire

"You're standing between doubt and desire. One of them is keeping you from your dream, one of them is fueling your dream. Choose wisely."

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Yesterday, I was running, and for the first time in seven months, I was truly running. I could feel my veins expanding as the blood rushed through them trying to supply my body with every last drop. My lungs felt as if they could burst; no amount of oxygen was enough. My legs were numb, but yet completely exasperated.

To me, that is running.

Most days, I go for a run. I don't stress over time or my pace, but yesterday, I was running. There's this place that runners go on the bad days; maybe it's their favorite trail or hills. But it doesn't exactly matter where they are. Most importantly, it's what they find. What they find isn't a physical object, but a state of mind.

This state of mind is survival mode.

You seem to forget what you got on your test, or who pissed you off today, or the bills you have to pay tomorrow. You are on the verge of a complete blackout. It is the most intriguing feeling.

Your ears are ringing, and all you can hear is your unsteady breath and your feet pounding the pavement. You have no intentions of stopping. You are in your zone.

Yesterday, I found that headspace I have been dying to feel for far too long. I had one manta I found myself repeating over and over again each time my legs felt fatigued.

"You're standing between doubt and desire. One of them is keeping you from your dream, one of them is fueling your dream. Choose wisely."

I couldn't shake this thought. As I was in the back of the pack trying to keep up with my old teammates, I knew that the easiest thing to do would be to turn around and quit. I could've told myself that I am not the runner I used to be, and never will be.

With that attitude, I am absolutely right. That's the doubt. But holding on for one more second, one more rep; when I feel like I can't go on anymore, that's desire.

Desire isn't a feeling you can learn. Desire is engraved in you from the moment you decide you're not giving up. Yesterday, I made the choice to see what I was capable of. I saw that fear has been holding me back from so many accomplishments.

That's not just with running or sports, but school and my future. I always sell myself short; I have the passion to do anything I set my mind to. I have the work ethic to achieve all of my goals. Yet, I let my fear and doubt stand between me and my dreams.

It's exhausting to doubt yourself 24/7 when you're pouring 100% of all you have into your goals.

Imagine if I allowed my body to feel the way about my future that I did on that really hard run. What if I stop holding myself back and tap into that freeing state of mind, where I can't feel my body and I'm totally numb, but in a way, that's putting me closer to my dreams?

Is that even possible? Or will I live in doubt for a long time? I decided to not wait around to find out. Instead, I'm going to wake up every day and decided to chase not only my dreams but my desires, too.

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