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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 […]

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The Ultimate Do List
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The Ultimate “Do” List

By Michele Gooch - Feb 27 2017


Gary Chapman, well known for teaching us about the five love languages, provides us with a great to-do list for this month of love. Hug If you have a friend or family member that greets you with a bear hug, physical touch is probably their best expression of love.  They hold on to you just […]

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What's EQ Got To Do With It?
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What’s EQ Got To Do With It?

By Jude Olson - Feb 20 2017


The biggest challenge for moving up as a manager is not how smart you are ( IQ) , it’s how you treat people—your Emotional Intelligence (EQ). When you entered the workplace, you were an individual contributor focused on using your technical expertise to achieve results.  As you grew your career, you added skills and experience […]

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Heart to Heart
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Heart to Heart

By Rachel Haugabook - Feb 13 2017


There were times in my past when my heart felt like a destination; a house that I was aching to fill. I was in search of a responsible, thoughtful, tenant; someone who would lovingly end the vacancy. Maybe someone who could move in and fix me up from the inside out. My own occupancy left […]

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Solidarity: Standing Together
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Solidarity: Standing Together

By Noor Saadeh - Feb 13 2017


Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: it is they that will be successful. (3:104) I’ve always been inspired by this verse of the Qur’an. The essence of it encouraged me to join the ranks of the […]

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Five Steps to Make 2017 Your Happiest and Healthiest Ever
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Five Steps to Make 2017 Your Happiest and Healthiest Ever

By Deni Abbie - Feb 06 2017


Start this year off with the mindset that you are ready to become the best version of yourself! Notice you are not focusing on trying to be anyone else, just becoming the best you – This is about loving yourself enough to really want to become the healthiest and happiest you’ve ever been!   Five Actions Steps […]

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5 Key Lessons from the Movie Hidden Figures
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5 Key Lessons from the Movie Hidden Figures

By Alicia Morgan - Feb 04 2017


“HIDDEN FIGURES “is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s […]

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By-Oh-Diverse-ity
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By-Oh-Diverse-ity (and Adventures at the Women’s March in Austin)

By Kimberly Olson - Feb 04 2017


Last month, I marched in Austin with thousands.  In the sea of humanity that poured into the streets of our state’s capital was such a diversity of people.  Alive with cheers, the power of presence, and an incredible display of freedom of speech, it was the best of democracy.  These moments of history can instill […]

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So, What's the Problem?
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So, What’s the Problem?

By Rachel Haugabook - Jan 30 2017


During the holiday season, we are often reminded to “Be thankful for everything we have,” but how about exploring gratitude in a less conventional way this year? I am on a personal journey to be thankful for everything I experience, including things I would typically call problems, and discover how in each circumstance the experience […]