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“I AM IN CHARGE OF HOW I FEEL, AND TODAY I AM CHOOSING GRATITUDE” How many times have you sat on the side of your bed before getting up and said these words? When we declare this is how our day will be we mean it…and then our feet hit the floor and every obstacle…

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Really Living

Randy Pausch, a computer science professor diagnosed with terminal cancer literally gave his last lecture a decade ago. It wasn’t about dying, it was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, enabling other’s dreams, and seizing every moment. Essentially, it was about living and living with intention. Pausch said, “We cannot change the cards we are…

By Michele Gooch |

Is This Bullying?

Sometimes as parents we are quick using the word “bully” when are children are having negative situations with other children.  The difference between being mean and bullying is the consistency. As children develop they all say or do things that are not nice to friends as part of developing boundaries and testing friendships.  Your child…

By Sarah Webb |
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The Best Mentor of All

Fourteen years ago, I married into an amazing family that might be considered an old-fashioned family maintaining values that are being passed down through generations. Our family is large with siblings galore, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and even a few great-grandchildren. This family was begun by the most loving husband and wife who taught each child…

By Tricia Medrano Bridges |
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Mentoring and Being Mentored

We can all think of a time when we had a mentor. Maybe a relative, a teacher, a colleague, even just a friend’s mom. And boy, isn’t it easier to mentor your child’s friend rather than your own! I longed for a mentor for my son since my husband and I never seemed to be…

By Noor Saadeh |

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Career & Money

If I Knew Then What I Know Now

I remember growing up with the desire to get married and then start a family. I actually WANTED to be a stay at home mom, taking on the role of room mom when my kids (at least 3, maybe 4) became school age. I don’t believe this desire was based on the stereotypical “gender roles”…

By Courtney Cooke |

Mentor or Coach?

“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself…”  Oprah Winfrey Mentor or coach – which do you need now to help guide your work, career or Life? Let’s explore what the differences are – and what they might both have in common… Mentors: Share their experience and expertise to someone…

By Jude Olson |
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Hindsight Is 20/20–How I Try To Be An Effective Mentor

I wish I knew then what I know now. Hindsight is 20/20!!! I am 57 and will be 58 in October. If I knew at 27, what I know now, it would have saved me a lot of unnecessary worry. Guess what? Most girls in their teens and twenties are very self-conscious and worry what…

By Meg Henderson Wade |
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Are You Hearing What I Am Hearing Out There?

Dear Fearless Warrior… and yes, that’s YOU, What started out as an attempt to write a very meaningful piece about the importance of creating a plan for September (because, really, it does feel like the New Year to me), took a sudden turn today. Instead, I’ve found myself divulging a rather personal experience, as if…

By Rebecca Liston |