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Susanna Blanchard – Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Posted by on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Sometimes the things we see every day, no matter how exceptional or amazing they are, become ordinary to us. Flying in a plane becomes commonplace once we’ve done it a few times; the intricacies of the flowers in our yard are ignored; and the mother raising four kids and balancing a full time job is unimpressive because we’ve seen that story often. But, if we take a step back and truly take in the miracles of nature or appreciate the ... Continue Reading

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Dee Dee Brimmage – Redefining ‘To Have It All’

Posted by on Friday, July 25th, 2014

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase ‘have it all’? For some it might be a big house, an expensive car, and a job they love. For others, it might be a spouse, a few kids, and the ability to work from home. And there are still others who would say it’s being single, owning a business, and traveling the world. The opinions are personal and the variations on ‘having it all’ are limitless, but in our society, ... Continue Reading

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Lindsey Houser – Driven to Persevere

Posted by on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Life has a way of throwing a lot at us all at once. It often feels like any additional weight will surely sink the lifeboat we are desperately struggling to keep afloat. Our lives are packed with household chores, family emergencies, grocery shopping, and kids' recitals and games. Finding a way to navigate through it all can often seem impossible. Lindsey Houser has always believed that perseverance is the key to success and, through her own life experience, has learned ... Continue Reading

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Kyla and Anna McKelvey – Finding Fulfillment

Posted by on Monday, July 21st, 2014

We all are the authors of our own stories, but that doesn’t mean the first draft is always the one we want to write. Sometimes, we take a look at what we’ve written and decide it doesn’t fit. That's when we can pick up a pen, explore different options, and attempt to write a different ending. Knowing they both wanted a shift in direction, and hoping to venture onto a fresh page together, sisters Kyla and Anna McKelvey discovered they ... Continue Reading

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Stephanie LaFlamme – Always Ready for a Challenge

Posted by on Friday, July 18th, 2014

Some of us are intimidated by challenges, the fear of failure holding us back from trying new things. Others are excited at the opportunity to take on something new, fueled and ready to prove they can do it. Whether it’s skydiving despite a fear of heights or starting a business after years away from the working world, facing obstacles with vigor and determination is something Stephanie LaFlamme is passionate about. Unsure how exactly she was going to get back to ... Continue Reading

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Tracey Forbes – Refocus Your Vision

Posted by on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Whether we like it or not, life goes on around us, and we can either get frustrated with the interruptions or we can work around them. Some obstacles are bigger than others, but it always comes down to making the effort to get through it and come out trying our best. This often requires a refocusing. When jumping a hurdle, if our mind wanders and concentration wavers, consumed with the inevitable distractions of life, we’re never going to make it ... Continue Reading

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Joe Tedrick – To Live Authentically

Posted by on Monday, July 14th, 2014

Where can we be our true authentic self? It's human nature to avoid vulnerability, in an effort to protect ourselves. But, if we can overcome our fears and embrace all that we are, strengths and weaknesses alike, we open ourselves to incredible opportunities to connect with others. And when we all recognize and celebrate each other's differences, a community is created where we can let our individuality radiate. Joe Tedrick knows the power of being authentic, and the value of ... Continue Reading

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Letisha Pittman – The Journey Has Just Begun

Posted by on Friday, July 11th, 2014

When starting a new journey, we never quite know what the exact destination will be or how we will have changed when we finally get there. The process provides ample opportunities for growth, as we prepare ourselves for the worst, packing our survival skills and resilience, and we hope for the best, making sure to tuck away plenty of hopefulness and courage. Whether we discover a new passion, make a friend, or acquire a skill along the way, we always ... Continue Reading

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Donna Griffin – A Rewarding Model for Success

Posted by on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The lessons we learn as children often stick with us for a lifetime. Having been taught polite manners, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ become automatic. Or our parents may have instilled strict morals and a strong work ethic into our upbringing, so that the determination to succeed is ingrained in our outlook. Whatever the foundation we stem from, our roots influence the person we become and the beliefs we hold. Donna Griffin knows firsthand what a significant role good values ... Continue Reading

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Keyea Webster – Funding Your Dream

Posted by on Monday, July 7th, 2014

What goes through your mind when identifying goals? Setting yourself up to achieve success is a process. Hard work and discipline play a large part in attaining this success, and passion makes a huge difference. Hours of practice go in to learning a concerto on the piano, while quiet mental concentration may precede horse jumping at a grand prix. Beyond the rigors of groundwork and training, many passions require money to pay for lessons or equipment as well. And, unfortunately, ... Continue Reading