Shelley Underwood

Deception, Financial Ruin, and Triumph.

I loved my life in Thomasville, Georgia. Married for twelve years, I was living a busy and fulfilled life as a wife and stay at home mother of five boys….

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Andrea Verdone Gorsegner

Infinite Love – One Family’s Childhood Cancer Story

Dan and I met in college through a mutual friend and married two years after graduation.  I was working as a photo editor/producer in NYC and Dan was working in…

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Finding Joy and Purpose in Laos

I was born in Switzerland in 1980, a very sporty and temperamental little girl. During my teenage years, I first studied languages, then sociology and political science and eventually earned…

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Digging Up Your Buried Dream at Any Age

I’ve known I was a writer since I was three. I was one of eight kids, and when you grow up in those great big families, you desperately want something…

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Change Advocates


Stacy Quarty

A Friend to the End: A Story of Loss, Regret and Second Chances

Risa and I met on that first day of college. We were both one of the very few students left by our parents, shortly after the car was unpacked. Most of the student’s families stayed…

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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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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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THE RESILIENT


Andrea Verdone Gorsegner

Infinite Love – One Family’s Childhood Cancer Story

Dan and I met in college through a mutual friend and married two years after graduation.  I was working as a photo editor/producer in NYC and Dan was working in a family business in NJ. …

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From Afghanistan to America: How My Passion For Art Lit the Way.

Five-year-old refugee My parents had to make the decision to flee Kabul quickly. Afghanistan was embroiled in a civil war and had become unsafe for us. It was 1994, the mujahadeen had taken over 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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UNCONVENTIONALS


Christine Sperber

From Ski Bum to Wisdom Seeker

During a trip to Sugarloaf, Maine, in my freshman year of college, I saw snowboarders flying downhill and knew I had found my passion. As soon as the academic year ended, I moved to Colorado…

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Mary Gibbons Profile photo

An Accidental Tour Guide to the Arctic

I’ve taken the scenic route through, well, just about everything in my life! I was married for about 5 minutes in my 20’s (his folks lived in a castle in Portugal, what was a girl…

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This is Not Your Mother’s Menopause

I may be known as Meg’s Menopause today, but the journey here has been full of interesting twists and turns, ups and downs. Everything I’ve done, I dove into full speed ahead, and never looked…

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CAREER SHAKERS


Beverly Adams

College and a New Career After 50

For years through my volunteer work, I knew I had a calling to work with people suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.  Because of my life circumstances and responsibilities, it took a while to…

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Cynthia Bestemann

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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Denise Woodard Partake Foods

My Child’s Food Allergies Sparked a Passion Within Me

My entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to education, were nurtured by my parents.  I grew up in a small town in Fayetteville, North Carolina to an African American father and a Korean mother.  While my father…

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