Hard Truths About Transition/Change Learned From Military Service


  • Transition/Change is a journey and is not easy, no matter who you are.


  • Whatever the reason for transition/change (voluntary or not), mind-set is a big factor in how to identify where you are, where you want to go, and what you do to get there.


  • Transition/Change is often an individual journey to which each traveler may or may not be well-equipped to understand self, destination, and/or action steps.


  • An effective action plan requires the following:

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  1. ​understanding one's current situation and resources,
  2. acknowledging gaps for achieving desired outcomes,
  3. equipping or aligning yourself with the assets necessary to progress on goals,
  4. committing to execute the actions in the plan, and
  5. staying accountable to yourself, team, and organization to realize the vision.

Emma Toops


  • I am a retired Army Major who served nearly 18 years on active duty.


  • The military taught me the importance of individual talent, applying appropriate talent to task and purpose, communication is critical, and outcomes (good or bad) rely on people, systems, processes, and action plans. 


  • My passions are life-long learning and serving others.


  • My purpose in life now is applying my life-long experience and passions to Bridging the Veteran/Civilian Culture Gap™.

About Us

Toops Consulting, LLC helps individuals and businesses navigate more effectively to transition/change in their life, business, or career.


Our expertise applied in your area of concern will result in more effective and efficient progress towards your priorities and goals.  

We live our purpose through Consulting, Coaching, and Connecting.

David Toops


  • I am an Information Technology (IT) Specialist and was a Military Spouse for nearly 18 years.


  • The military taught me the importance of empathy, teamwork, organizational vision, operations management is through systems and processes, information security is imperative, and automation can highly elevate operational efficiency.


  • My passions are life-long learning and serving others.


  • My purpose in life now is applying my life-long experience and passions to IT Solutions Development and IT Operations Management.