52 Real Women

Show Me Your Closet & I’ll Show You Mine – Lynn Alexander

Show Me Your Closet & I’ll Show You Mine Someone said to me recently, “you always seem so put together.”

 What I thought: I’m pretty sure I have toothpaste in my hair, yesterday I wore my son’s socks to work, when was the last time I paid my cable bill? 

 What I said: Thank you!…

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Accept Yourself by Monique Stanton

Accept Yourself! “Why would I want such a stressful job when I could be at home having babies”? Someone seriously asked me this shortly after I began my role as the President and CEO of a nonprofit organization that serves southeast Michigan.  Age, gender, and leadership are three areas that I grapple with every day.…

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Don’t You Know You ARE Beautiful?

Don’t You Know You ARE Beautiful? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see tired eyes, wrinkles, or split ends?  Do you feel that your ear lobes are too big, that your nose is too wide, or that your lips are too thin?  When you see these things, how does…

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A Dream Comes True

When a dream comes true, everyone gets inspired As editor of a magazine, I know when stories will touch people and be well read and inspiring just from the subject matter. Knowing that stories do inspire, this is about my latest dream come true. A couple decades ago, I had an idea after working at…

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Healthy-Habit Hunting After Ice-Chewing Pica

Healthy-Habit Hunting After Ice-Chewing Pica When you nurse a bad habit for years, you don’t expect to wake up one day and be obsession-free.  But that’s what happened to my ice chewing habit. One day I was chugging back bucketfulls of crunchy bliss, on car trips, at meal times and even in the shower. The next, I…

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Uphill in Tandem

Uphill in Tandem Picture this, you are riding a bike and you see a large hill ahead. As you get closer to the hill you have a decision to make so that you can get up and over the hill to continue on your ride, do you pedal faster and faster burning all of your…

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What Do You Choose?

What Do You Choose? “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…”  President John F Kennedy, September 12, 1962 Much is made of privilege in the media and pop culture, a  voice missing from this discussion is the…

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Be brave

Be Brave I am a fifty year old wife and mother of two. I have always worked while my husband and I raised our kids. In an effort to keep my panic at bay because my youngest is headed off to college; I accepted a new position that required a complete career change. I was…

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A Time to Grieve… and a Time to Dance

A Time to Grieve…and a Time to Dance Sad fact:  life is full of emergencies, urgent situations, grief and illness.  In recovering from such circumstances, we muddle through.  Our focus is limited to those in our immediate vicinity.  “I’m doing the best I can,” we explain to others, and it’s true.  We attend to the…

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Are You Acceptable?

Are You Acceptable? I don’t know about you, but I’m usually pretty hard on myself. Wait, who am I kidding, there is no “usually” about it! I have this bad habit of holding myself to an unrealistic standard, and when I don’t measure up an inner voice points a seemingly real finger at me and…

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