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5 Tips for Being Thankful When Life is Hard

Yesterday as I driving down the highway thinking about Thanksgiving and wondering what I would do for the holiday, I also thought about how many situations in my life were not where I wanted them to be. As I sank deeper into my woeful feelings,…
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Your Happiness Your Choice

I've been working on a new keynote, and I'm so excited about the impact I believe it will have on helping others to be more resilient. And even happier with life. It comes down to two choices- Accept it (SO What!) or Change it (So NOW…
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My Two New Babies

Did you know that last Sunday was Grandparents Day? At 40 years old, I am in a pretty unique position. I still have two grandmothers in their 90's. And I am a grandmother. Five-year old, Kailey and one of my new babies, six-week old…
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40, Friends, Forever

When I was a little girl, I initially struggled with friendships. In the sixth grade, my class started the "I Hate Summer" club. Even a couple of girls who had been my friends were a part of the club that made talking to me or sitting with me…
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4 Reasons to Ensure Saying "Happy Mother's Day" Helps Not Hurts

Mothers wipe tears, kiss wounds, and calm fears. Mothers love the most, understand the most, give the most, sacrifice the most, deal with the most, and hurt the most. Mothers are imperfect, selfless, and forever hold their children in their…
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5 Things You Must Do To Make Your Dreams Reality

The thing about dreams is that we all have them. Some big and some small. Sometimes they start big, get small, or even go away.  Sometimes we stop dreaming completely or give up on our dreams. Sometimes we keep dreaming. And dreaming. And…
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If I Live to See 97...

"Summer, can you brang me my earrings?" For two weeks I had the privilege of having my grandmother stay with me. She hadn't made the ride to Memphis to stay with me in nearly four years, but this time on my visit to see her she finally said…
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5 Actions to Take to Guarantee Success No Matter What College You Attend

I vividly remember the look of disappointment on my former vice president's face when I ran into him about five years after I'd last seen him. Our sons were the same age, and he asked me how mine was doing and I asked him the same question.…
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What Opportunities Are You Missing Because You Aren't Asking?

I was recently talking to a friend I have known for almost 20 years. She shared with me how her son's ex-girlfriend who she had not talked to since her son dated her at least five years ago. However, she was honored that she had simply called…