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A place where I openly share my personal experiences and thoughts to connect, motivate, inspire and journey through life with you. 

One Woman’s Stage IV Melanoma Cancer Journey And Her Advice For Others

Meet the women of the book, “Make Your Mess Your Message – More Life Lessons From And For My Girlfriends.”   Joining me this week is Shay (Chapter 25), as a newlywed and just 31 years of age, she received a devastating diagnosis of Stage IV melanoma. Shay shares her journey and advice for others […]

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Trans Person Identity, Transphobia, And How To Become A Trans Ally

Trans Person Identity, Transphobia, And How To Become A Trans Ally Joining me this week is Gage, a Trans advocate and cohost of the Girl-ish podcast. Today we talk about coming out as a trans person, trans visibility in the media, experiencing transphobia, and how to be a trans ally.   To view the interview, […]

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3 Tools To Navigate Life’s Obstacles From A Professional Obstacle Course Racer

We all face obstacles in our life, many that seem to pop up out of nowhere. This past year has certainly been a year filled with obstacles for many of us – as we’ve had to navigate school, work, relationships and financial issues during the pandemic.  Joining me in this week’s interview which can be […]

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A Small Business Owner’s 3 Tools For Success During The Pandemic

In recent years, economists have estimated that 600,000 US businesses have permanently closed each year. Due to the pandemic, that number has skyrocketed with an estimated additional 200,000 permanent closures of businesses — or about a quarter to a third above normal. How can small businesses make it in our new normal?  Susan Slater Cotter […]

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One Woman’s Personal Story of Living With A Diagnosed Anxiety Disorder

While we all experience anxiety, suffering from an anxiety disorder can be paralyzing. It effects 18% of American adults. It can take away from the enjoyment of daily life – causing the sufferer to avoid work, school, family get-togethers, and other social situations that might trigger or worsen today symptoms. As today’s guest describes her […]

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A Mom’s Heartfelt Story: Autism After High School – 3 Tips For Families

It is back to school time! Transitioning back to school can be a challenge for families with children who have received an autism diagnosis and those challenges don’t just end at high school graduation. Navigating what life after high school looks like for a young adult with autism can be daunting for parents of adult […]

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ONE QUESTION. 52 WOMEN. 50+ INSPIRING LIFE LESSONS.

MAKE YOUR MESS YOUR MESSAGE:MORE LIFE LESSONS FROM AND FOR MY GIRLFRIENDSby Shari Leid Life is messy. Yet, through many of the challenges we face, weoften find our strength, our perseverance, and our resilience toovercome the difficult times. In her new book, Make Your Mess Your Message: More LifeLessons From and For My Girlfriends [978-1954920118;$17.95; […]

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My Difficult Decision to Get My Second Covid-19 Vaccine Shot

According to a New York Times article, (Robbins, Rebecca (2021, April 28). Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of Covid Vaccines. The New York Times), more than five million people or 8 percent of Americans have missed their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Until a few days ago, I was a member […]

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Seven Tools For The Adult Daughter Who Pines For a Better Relationship With Her Mom

This Mother’s Day article is dedicated to all of my girlfriends who pine for those beautiful social media picture perfect bonds with their mothers. Let’s not be ashamed to admit the hard truth, Mother’s Day is not easy for everyone. It is a day that some of us dread because it is a reminder that […]

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How To Not Just Survive But To Thrive When Faced With A Lazy Co-Worker

Here are 5 Practical How-To-Steps from a Life Coach In a 2018 poll conducted by Pew Research, Americans rated their jobs and careers as having a substantial bearing on how highly they rated their satisfaction with their lives. Jobs and careers were mentioned by a third of all respondents when they were asked to describe what […]

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