Joelle Jarvis

Grateful Every Day

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” My life has been a story of highs and lows. What I’ve learned is that while you can’t control…

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Lucie Dickenson_Anxiety

Anxiety Would Not Defeat Me.

I absolutely believe we are more alike than we are different. We all have a story and your story may not be my story, but mine is just different in…

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Greer Hendricks_Grit and Soul

Chapter Two Starts at Age 50!

I recently found a drawing from when I was a lot younger. It showed me with a husband and two children. In the picture, I am holding a book that…

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The Bergdorf Goodman Guide to Animal Welfare

There is an old expression that says gifts sometimes come in strange packaging. I hadn’t thought about that quote in a while. But it came to me early one morning…

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Change Advocates


Jamie Sussel Turner_Less Stress

How I Learned Living With Less Stress Was a Choice.

I’ve always experienced a lot of stress. As a shy girl I hid behind my mother, blushed bright red when called on in class, and had many skin issues (triggered by stress).   The transformative experience…

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Donna Ongsiako

On a Mission to Help Survivors of Violent Crimes.

I’ve lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, my entire life. My daughter, Kiersten, was born the day after I turned 20.  I was young, single and unprepared but I had a lot of support from…

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Menopause Meets Its Match.

Growing up in the northeast of England in a working class neighbourhood meant that there was lots of opportunity for me to be led astray.  As I started high school and, in a concerted effort…

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THE RESILIENT


Against All Odds: The Triumph of Christine Carter Love

Marguerite Grace King was a domestic worker from the deep South who cleaned office buildings for a living. For many, this meager job was merely an income, but for me, the long corridors of the…

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Lynn Regan Profile

Saving My Son from Addiction Changed the Lives of Others

Looking back, the worst day of my life was also the day that began the journey of getting my son back.  My drug addicted son, Daniel, had spiraled out of control and was in trouble,…

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Donna Ongsiako

On a Mission to Help Survivors of Violent Crimes.

I’ve lived in Monmouth County, New Jersey, my entire life. My daughter, Kiersten, was born the day after I turned 20.  I was young, single and unprepared but I had a lot of support from…

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UNCONVENTIONALS


Suzanne Lecht Grit and Soul

From Rural American Girl to Art Impresario in Vietnam

As I grew up in rural Kansas, I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams the course that my life would take. My journey to becoming an art dealer living in Hanoi is an…

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Career Transformation from Nurse to Goat Farmer!

I grew up in Oyster Bay, Long Island surrounded by animals.  My dad brought home a lot of strays and we had a menagerie that included horses, dogs, cats, turtles and even an injured owl….

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How a High School Dropout Became a Successful Educator

At 86 years old, I’m a widow, mother of four boys, one granddaughter that I raised as my own, and retired educator. I was born on July 31st, 1931 in Newport News, Virginia. My six…

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CAREER SHAKERS


Greer Hendricks_Grit and Soul

Chapter Two Starts at Age 50!

I recently found a drawing from when I was a lot younger. It showed me with a husband and two children. In the picture, I am holding a book that I had written. Just before…

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After Breast Cancer, a New Career Blossoms

Sometimes when the absolutely, most horrible thing happens to you, a beautiful gift eventually reveals itself. You must try to stay open to see the signs. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I was…

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Patti Pao Grit and Soul

Twenty-Five Years to an Overnight Success!

Full disclosure, I grew up hearing I was ugly, dumb, fat, lazy and wouldn’t amount to much.  I heard this from my parents.  My father, in particular, would tell me I should be further along…

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