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Living with Depression: A Gift from My Son
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Living with Depression: A Gift from My Son

By Danón Carter - Apr 24 2017


While many people were celebrating Valentine’s Day with gifts of affection and love, mine was a different celebration. Where many received gifts of chocolates and flowers and some special ones received a ring and a vow of forever, I received a razor. See my son suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts. He has never been […]

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Flourish, Prosper, and Thrive
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Flourish, Prosper, and Thrive

By Rachel Haugabook - Apr 24 2017


Within everyone is a desire to flourish and prosper that was placed there intentionally. We each arrived here thoughtfully to make the most of life, breath, and physicality, but forgot that these were always tools and gifts to help us flourish, and in no way indicated we were finished products. We live under the misconception […]

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The Cost of Inaction
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The Cost of Inaction

By Michele Gooch - Apr 24 2017


It had been six years since he started drinking his pain away. With each passing year he become more full of rage and I more emptied of strength. I was doing all I could do — careful confrontations, strategic conversations, good self-care, lengthy reprieves. Upon reflection, I see that those were all excuses for inaction. […]

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What’s the Difference?: Women Leaders with Mentors and Sponsors
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What’s the Difference?: Women Leaders with Mentors and Sponsors

By Dr. Cortney Baker - Apr 17 2017


Ladies, we have a problem. According to research, it’s no secret that strong women leadership equates to more company profits. But, did you know that? Seriously, in all the research I’ve done about women leaders and what we contribute to companies when we are employed on their executive-level leadership teams or boards, I can’t find […]

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Moving from Offense to Compassion
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Moving from Offense to Compassion

By Heather Harbaugh - Apr 17 2017


I watched as the girls whispered and giggled behind their hands, casting glances towards Victoria who sat alone on the other side of the gym. I felt uncomfortable. Not liking to be left out, myself, I certainly didn’t like making others feel left out. It was a silly thing, the kind of silliness you’d find in […]

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Tips To Building and Maintaining A Loving Relationship
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Tips To Building and Maintaining A Loving Relationship

By Deni Abbie - Apr 10 2017


“Where your focus goes love grows.” We should treat our relationship like a beautiful delicate flower; nurturing it; giving it all the loving essential ingredients to thrive; remove weeds as they emerge and avoid toxins, then enjoy the beauty that unfolds as it blossoms and grows. Nurturing our relationships: “Nurturing a feeling makes it proliferate […]

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New Beginnings
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New Beginnings

By Kristin Kaufman - Apr 03 2017


In a few weeks, many will celebrate Easter or Passover, I have heard several speakers and pastors, and read numerous articles on ‘beginning again’. This time of year is indeed the time of renewal, reconciliation, and ongoing transformation. The 2017 year has been the most challenging year of my life. My beloved father passed away […]

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Resistance Journalism
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Resistance Journalism

By Marisa Treviño - Mar 27 2017


This year marks 25 years in journalism for me. It’s a milestone that, had I followed in the traditional family footsteps of the Diaz women, would never have happened. Family expectations weighed heavily on me, as it did for most Latinas of my generation. Outside three family-accepted occupations: teaching, nursing and secretarial, the only other […]

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The Importance of a Strong Community
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The Importance of a Strong Community

By Ashley Garcia - Mar 24 2017


Going to college was a culture shock for me. My first year of college I was bombarded with students asking me to join their organization every time I walked to my classes. I grabbed fliers, subscribed to every email list that interested me and connected with each organization on social media. I wrote down meeting […]

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Change is Change
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Change is Change

By Lisa Harrington - Mar 20 2017


Back in 2010 I wrote about the sky falling. Some days, even now, I still believe it. Back then our economy was in awful shape. Many businesses failed, and others struggle even today with the impact of what happened to our banking, housing, and economic systems. “The economy is at its worst” some even said. […]

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A Culture of Connection
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A Culture of Connection

By Michele Gooch - Mar 20 2017


Legos are the best. When my boys were young, we had legos everywhere. My favorite thing to do with them was build houses, airplanes, tractors, people, castles, dinosaurs, star wars fighters. It’s so fascinating to connect little, tiny, unadorned shapes into something larger and more significant. I experienced a big loss the day we stopped […]

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Self-Worth To Do List: You’ll Be Glad You Did
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Self-Worth To Do List: You’ll Be Glad You Did

By Rachel Haugabook - Mar 17 2017


For those of you who converse with me regularly, you are probably familiar with how I enjoy talking to people about the benefit of doing what they feel like doing and not doing things they don’t feel like doing until they feel like doing them. Whew, that was kind of a mouth full, huh? Usually […]

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Communication Styles That Kill Your Relationship
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Communication Styles That Kill Your Relationship

By Deni Abbie - Mar 06 2017


Divorce statistics have been on the decline over the last two years. It has been hypothesized this new trend could be due to: people marrying later in life; living together before marriage and couples learning how to create healthy relationship behavior. The highly respected, John Gottman, Ph.D. psychologist and relationship researcher, claims that he can […]

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Islam Honors Women: The Story of Haajar
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Islam Honors Women: The Story of Haajar

By Noor Saadeh - Mar 06 2017


Some of you may recall the name of Haajar. Known as Hagar in the Bible, her story is recounted there as an Egyptian, no doubt with skin of a dark hue, often referred to as a concubine given to Abraham by his wife, Sarah. She bore Ismael (meaning God hears), Abraham’s first born, and was […]