52 Real Women

That Number!? – Jenna Wiley

That number!? For the past 5 years, I have weighed around 150 pounds.  I have fought with this number, cried about this number, lied about this number, hid my eyes from this number, Googled this number, avoided this number, and envied other, smaller numbers. I like my body, but I hate that number. When I…

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Book of Wisdom – Terri Closs

Book of Wisdom Have you ever come across an expression that made you stop in your tracks, ponder it for a moment, and then say to yourself “How true!”?  I love reading those expressions; they’re little bits of wisdom expressed so precisely that they give you insight into your own beliefs or teach you a…

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In Less Than 2 Minutes – Sarah Zimmer

In Less Than 2 Minutes! My mom and I started a “Gratitude Journal” on a daily basis and the idea is that we email each other three things that we are thankful for that day.  So I email her three things I am grateful for and she replies with her three things.  They aren’t always…

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Controlling Peace? – Jennifer Raybaud

Controlling Peace? I ADORE words!  I devour good conversation like others would a moist, delicious piece of chocolate cake.  So when I put the title of this piece together I felt discomfort when I placed those two words side by side.  Why?  Because one word has connotations of manipulation while the other evokes Zen-like feelings,…

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Being Here NOW – Dr. Lori Warner

Mindfulness & the Modern Woman: Being Here NOW “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  ~ Buddha Are you “here”? Or are you feeling like a rushed zombie?  Churning…

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LIfe’s Lemons – Linda Angér

Life’s Lemons We call the bad things in life “lemons.” We say, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” meaning throw a bag of sugar over it so you don’t see the dysfunction, the mechanical failures, the sourness of your situation. Lemons grow in warm climates, their juice sour and acidic – much like the…

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It’s Really Never Too Late – Theresa May

It’s Really Never Too Late I have always known I was a late bloomer, but when it happened, it was worth the wait. I started practicing yoga in my mid forties to help me de-stress and it ended up changing my life. Much to my surprise I eventually became a yoga teacher, and what was…

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Being ME and Being Ok With It – Melissa Emanuel

Being ME and Being Ok With It I’m not everybody’s cup of tea and I am ok with that, really I am.  I have tried to be likable by everyone in the past and have gone just about crazy doing it.  I have tried to mold into what everyone else wanted/needed from ME and have…

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The Ultimate Cosmetic – Pam Evans

The Ultimate Cosmetic I’ve discovered the ultimate cosmetic! This beauty treatment produces an all-over facial glow, enhances eyes and redistributes wrinkles. Best of all, it’s free! What is this amazing product? It’s called “A Simple Smile”. That’s right ladies! Although all of us have “A Simple Smile” in our arsenal, we may not have read…

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Own Your Beauty & Greatness – Stacy Washington

Own Your Beauty & Greatness My mother named me Stacey because she thought it was a great name for a secretary.  When I was born, women (especially black women) didn’t commonly aspire to be lawyers.  I’ve met and worked with fabulous secretaries who often knew more than their bosses.  I respect them greatly.  But, I…

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