52 Real Women

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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Game Changer – Pamela Walker

Game Changer I had always felt like I had put my life on hold when I decided to stay at home to school my littles and live on one income. Shortly after the arrival my last child was born in my mid-forties, my parents moved in with us and a lot more of my plans…

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Time-Honored Sisterhood – Catherine Stier

Time-Honored Sisterhood Years ago, my British-born grandmother told me a true tale of romance and adventure set in WWII England. Grandma’s story went like this: Despite the terror of nightly bombing raids and fears of invasion, romance still blossomed in war torn England.  Some young British women and the allied American soldiers stationed in Europe…

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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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