52 Real Women

Pimples Do Not Discriminate – Monica Drake

Pimples Do Not Discriminate Even a century after the Women’s Rights Movement, women are still, many times, made to feel lesser than their male counterparts. We are taught not to be too pure or too sexual. Don’t be too vocal or too strong or too skinny or too big. And, above all else, make sure…

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Here Comes The Curve Ball – Hope Comerford

Here Comes The Curve Ball! Growing up, I was always told to follow my dreams.  I always have.  What I’ve learned as an adult is, your dreams can change.  If you had told me even six years ago I would be not only a mom, but an owner of two blogs, a cookbook author, a…

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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 – 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? – Stacy Elliott

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 – Tracey Moro

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 – Maryanne MacLeod

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 – Ragen Beadle

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? – Mary Chavez-Calkins

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 – Marie Praet

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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