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Amanda Kessler – Life Outside The Ordinary

Posted by on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Amanda Kessler always had an idea of what her life was supposed to look like. As many of us do, she pictured a family, a dependable career and a lovely house on a nice street. There would be the morning rush, and days of work that may be grueling, but they would be worth it because that is what people do. They work for a living, and they keep up with the pace. She never dreamed of any other kind ... Continue Reading

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Bridgette Loughnane – Finding Her Voice and Redefining Happiness

Posted by on Monday, September 9th, 2013

When Bridgette Loughnane and her husband decided to have a third child, they assumed their family would become a family of five. They never thought they would become the parents of four children, but when Bridgette was blessed with the arrival of twins, she saw it as one of life's little surprise gifts. “Our joke is that we wanted three children and God wanted four - and God won.” And from there, more of the unexpected came. Bridgette had been laid ... Continue Reading

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Jessica Edwards – Creating Her Own Happily Ever After

Posted by on Friday, September 6th, 2013

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." - When Harry Met Sally What could be better in the early, blissful days of new love than to wake up every day and know you get to spend it with that special person? Two and a half years ago, Jessica Edwards married a singer and songwriter, and together they planned a life filled ... Continue Reading

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Janet McElligott: Negotiating a Successful Business as a Solopreneur

Posted by on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Janet McElligott is best described as a force of nature. A strong person with a bold personality, she is not the type of woman to sit idly by until she is called to action. Her fortitude and expertise as a political advisor made her the first female in history to advise an Arab head of state, and she continues to advise on hostage situations and serves as an unofficial liaison between the Catholic Church of Sudan and the Sudanese government. ... Continue Reading

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Tracy Willard – A Working Mom Builds a Foundation for Success

Posted by on Friday, August 30th, 2013

In 2007, Tracy Willard was living the American dream. She drove away from her beautiful Montana home each morning to a rewarding job, and at the end of the day, returned to her husband and two little girls. A educator of fifteen years, she had recently landed a position in the department of education at Montana State University, which is a dream come true for a passionate teacher. She looked forward to her days at school and evenings at home, ... Continue Reading

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Barbie Bassett – No Rain in the Forecast

Posted by on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Faith is carrying an umbrella, even when there is no rain in the forecast.” That is how Barbie Bassett defines faith on her blog, Barbie’s Forecasts and Faith. For the past seventeen years, Barbie’s familiar smile has appeared on television screens in living rooms in Tennessee and Mississippi. For most of those years, she graced the WLBT local news channel in Jackson, forecasting the weather and brightening the days of her fellow residents in ways that extend beyond meteorology. She ... Continue Reading

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Jenny Parsons – Working Mom on a Mission

Posted by on Monday, August 26th, 2013

Jenny Parsons is on a mission. She has a vision of what her life will look like a year from now, and she is well on her way there. A devoted wife and mother of three boys, her family is her top priority. With them in mind, she has mapped out plans for the future, and her determination to ensure her family’s happiness is a testament of strength and patience. Five years ago, the Parsons were struggling financially. Their auto dealership ... Continue Reading

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Meribeth Puckett – A New Career for a New Life

Posted by on Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The heat was brutal in Virginia during the summer of 2012. Long, humid August days fatigued D.C. commuters and checked the pace of enthusiastic outdoor joggers. Nightfall offered little respite from daytime temperatures, and the entire metropolitan area became like a pressure cooker, slowly but steadily gathering steam. In a local hospital bed within a cool, quiet room, Meribeth Puckett’s husband lay dying. Having been diagnosed with kidney failure five years earlier, he had now reached a terminal condition. Dialysis was ... Continue Reading

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Amy Byrd – Taking Wing and Becoming Her Own Boss

Posted by on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

If you told Amy Byrd four years ago that she would one day be in direct sales, she wouldn’t have believed you.  “I would have told you that you’re crazy,” she affirms.  A pharmaceutical sales rep of nine years, Amy was already successful in her career, and her sights were set on motherhood, and the children she wanted to have with her husband, Stephan. When the couple began their family by adopting two children from China, Amy traded in her ... Continue Reading

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Ask Me Anything

Posted by on Monday, August 19th, 2013

Any attorney might tell you that the worst thing that can happen in court is getting asked a question to which you don’t know the correct answer. What color was the man’s sweatshirt? requires an answer, and if you’re the one being cross-examined, an “I’m not sure” can cast just the right amount of doubt in the jury’s minds. But maybe you can’t remember. You aren’t prepared for this question. Was it blue, or was it yellow? Your mind races. ... Continue Reading

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