Author: Linda

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hen I think of the Girl Scouts, my mind immediately gravitates toward Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties (OMG-Yum!); but having been a Girl Scout waaaaaay...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hat do you get when combine grace and dignity with intelligence, strength and compassion?  You get Michelle Obama.  She is a shero – which is the...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text]This is an encore presentation post! [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] first heard this story in high school.  The author, as far as I know, is unknown – but the story...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']G[/dropcaps]rabbing both sides of a new pair of jeans I jumped up and down in the cramped dressing room, determined to fit into them even if...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hile new mom Anna Crump-Hill was trying valiantly to rock her son to sleep, she remembered that her friend Kayla Pinkley had been featured in one...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text]This Sunday, repeat the following 1,000 times:  I am Enough. Let's unpack that statement just a bit. It means: You are worthy just as you are.  Nothing else needs to be added and nothing...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]t is really hard sometimes to be yourself in the face of peer pressure, mean girls, parents and other authority figures, not to mention society's expectations....

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] think it is safe to say, we can all use a little more positivity in our lives, so I'm just gonna leave this little nugget here...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']D[/dropcaps]o you remember the kiddie song, "If You're Happy And You Know It, Clap Your Hands?" While the song is pretty lame (I just looked it...

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="grid" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css=".vc_custom_1463133938886{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column offset="vc_col-lg-offset-1 vc_col-lg-10 vc_col-md-offset-1 vc_col-md-10"][vc_column_text][dropcaps type='normal' font_size='45' color='#191919' background_color='' border_color='']A[/dropcaps]n African-American friend of mine recently returned from her first trip to Africa.  We met for coffee and, after telling me about the beauty and the...

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