52 Real Women

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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A Time to Grieve… and a Time to Dance – Tracy Willard

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? – Sue Armstrong

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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Appreciate the Small Things – Nicole Wright

Appreciate the Small Things in Life When I was asked to write about what inspires me, as a woman, I initially was stuck.  I am not usually a person that sits and reflects about such topics.  However, as I started to reflect back over the recent events I found my biggest inspiration in life: the…

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Gifts of the Feminine – Gigi Colombini

Gifts of the Feminine As girls, most of us learn that a large part of our role is to take care of others. These skills seem to come easy and we feel good doing it.  As an adult, much of our personal story and self-worth is built around caring for our children and life partners.…

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Follow Your Star – Cindy Reynolds

Follow Your Star The best things in life are not things; instead, they are the dreams of youth, self respect and the ties that bind us. During my seventeenth summer, that magical time between high school and college, I ventured out into the world with nothing in my pockets, except the determination to fulfill my…

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A New Move… And, A Great Escape?

A New Move… And, A Great Escape? Are you running away from your problems or toward improvement? Packing.  It’s the dreaded word that every woman loathes to hear.  The excitement of a new move is overshadowed by the never-ending checklists, boxes, and bubble wrap.  We tend to become deaf to the world around us, and…

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25 Years = Silver

25 Years = Silver I would love to tell you that it has been 25 years of wedded bliss or that my husband is the most loving man I know. I could say that our marriage is perfect, we never fight and we are best friends. However, it’s just not the case. Marriage is hard…

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