52 Real Women

LIghten Your Load – Cathy Ross

When God Says It’s Time To Lighten Your Load I have always been a sentimental pack rat with a memory attached to every thing. When I decided to move after being in my home for 28 years, a wave of panic swept over me. What would I do with all my stuff? Line it up…

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The Gift – Lisa Caretti

The Gift “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.” That was a favorite quote of mine and yet I spent the Christmas of 2011 frozen in fear, focused on an unknown future. My 11 year old son Joey who had just successfully completed…

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Never Too Late – Claire Cook

Never TOO Late As you’re reinventing your life, it’s helpful to have a North Star of sorts, too. When I’m writing a novel, I write two pages (Times New Roman, 12 point, double-spaced, single-sided) a day, seven days a week. Oh, puh-lease, you’re probably thinking. Two paltry pages? You could write twenty pages at a…

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Catch the Snow – Meg LeDuc

Catch the Snow Today in Manistee, the Tip of the Mitt, a light snow is predicted.  Walking by Lake Michigan, in brisk wind and rain, I realized I needed gloves but soldiered on and enjoyed the walk.  In older homes, people are turning on furnaces. This isn’t fall.  It’s winter.  People react differently: A) With…

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Who Do You Surround Yourself With? – Julie Krumholz

Who Do You Surround Yourself With? In 2001, a co­worker and I decided that we should open our own company.  After much debate and discussion, we moved forward with our plan.  It involved many late nights, early mornings and several weekends of non­stop work.  My husband was my biggest supporter. He never once complained about…

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Who YOU are… – Alexandra Bahou

Who YOU are… Self-discovery is a very intimidating term.  It’s a quest, perhaps the ultimate adventure that we all must embark on in life.  But, like any adventure, while thrilling and liberating, it can also be unnerving. Who am I?  What was I put here to do? Figuring out who we are and why we…

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A Tragedy’s Bright Spot – Wendy McCance

A Tragedy’s Bright Spot Sometimes it takes several hard pushes before you find yourself tripping onto the right path.  Back in 2009, the economy tanked.  I lost a job as a factory worker.  I had gone through a divorce.  I had three children to support. Over the next few years, I lost our home to…

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Are We Really That Different? – Jennie McClelland

Are We Really That Different? Being a mom or grandma, no matter how many children or grandchildren you have or how old they are, is a tough job. You already knew that.  You never stop worrying.  You know that each child needs you in a different way.  You can’t imagine life without them.  Living in…

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Who’s Talking You Out Of It – Jessica Swanson

Who’s Talking You Out Of It? If you had one shot to go after your dream, would you do it? Most of us would say, “Yes! Of course!” but the truth is most of us spend a lot of time thinking about our dreams but never going after them. Is it fear that holds us…

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What’s Your Foundation? – Elizabeth Witteveen

What’s Your Foundation? I like new shoes!  What girl doesn’t?  My daughter, my mother, my sister, my nieces, and my girlfriends love love love shoes.  What is it about shoes that we like? Shoes can range from the bargain rack “I can afford that!”, to designer “Surely the decimal is in the wrong place!” prices. …

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