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Don't Rush the Ring

A ring is just a symbol of what can be a very beautiful union when it's done right. But when it's done wrong, or done in a rush or under pressure, it can be a very ugly and painful situation with long-lasting consequences.
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20 Years Later. So much more than I ever expected.

When I entered my senior year of high school in 1996, I couldn't wait for it to be over. Not because I didn't like school or people there because my school, Jackson Central-Merry, was amazing. We were award-winners and record-setters both academically…
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What Happened When I Told It

When I started writing my first book, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, I just wanted to tell my story. Mainly, I wanted to encourage every teen mother not to give up herself, not to quit high school and…
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How My Life Became a College Course

When I walked onto the campus of the University of Memphis as a freshman and mother of a two year old in 1997, the last thing I ever imagined was that I would one day be a professor on that same campus. When I chose business as my degree the…
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Me in Joplin was No Accident and No Coincidence

As with every invitation I receive to speak, I am honored and excited. I love sharing my story because I have been so blessed to see audiences light up when I share it. And it feels amazing to see people line up to talk to me afterwards. My…

Summer School- Class 6: Get Bold

For the last three weeks, I have held Summer School, a short series with tips to help us make the most of our summer "break". Wrapping up the series with Class 6, I want you to... Get Bold: Build Your Confidence and Make It Happen. It's time…

Summer School- Class 4: Life Check

Two weeks ago, I started a short series with a few tips to help us make the most of our summer "break". This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to keep moving forward. I last suggested The Purge:…
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Summer School- Class 3: The Purge

Two weeks ago, I started a short series with a few tips to help us make the most of our summer "break". This summer, this Summer  will hold Summer School with a focus on using this season to keep moving forward. Last week, I focused on the Mid-year…

Summer School- Class 2: Mid-year Reset

I used to think Summer School was punishment. Even in college, I hated using my summer to take classes. Now, not only do I take classes during the summer, but I look for ways to learn every day.  I sometimes feel like I'm behind and there is…