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making good choices to combat inertia
Jill grew up with parents preaching, “Never follow the crowd just because that’s the popular thing to do.” Jill was solving jigsaw puzzles at the age of two (“too bright”), she was a tomboy (“too boyish”) and a Jew living in the “wrong neighborhood” (“too Yankee”). The eldest of four children, her two brothers relentlessly teased her, and she confesses she never dated in high school. Like many young women, Jill had a “when I grow up” scenario. “After graduating from high school I will go directly to college, graduate at twenty-one, marry two weeks later, start my first engineering job,...

Angela Cortez had an eye-opening experience when she shared with her sixteen-year-old daughter that she had lived on food stamps and sacrificed to achieve her career as a newspaper journalist. Prior to that discussion, Angela felt her daughter really did not understand the depth of their poverty because the child had been too young to remember.

Mother's courage with daughters

Angela came to realize it was an important part of her life that she should share with her daughter, especially at a time when the teen was becoming very materialistic. The girl enjoyed a very nice life and was unaware of the significant sacrifices that had helped provide her comfortable lifestyle.
 
Many mothers forget to share their stories of courage with their children. In this case, Angela’s story demonstrated several aspects of a mother’s courage:
 

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groundhog
Were you too busy on Super Bowl Sunday watching the commercials to notice that groundhog Punxsutawney Phil had emerged from his burrow? He saw his shadow and went back in to hibernate predicting that the blistery winter weather much of the country has been experiencing will last for another six weeks. For many of us, winter weather does seem to drag on longer than we'd like. And being stuck at home in February and March doesn't usually lend itself to the same kind of staycation you'd take in the summer. So here are 4 tips to help you cope during the...

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millennials and giving
Although it may be the holiday season, as far as presents go that doesn't mean a whole lot to Millennials. Like so many other issues, they have their own ideas about gift giving. Apparently what they want is cash, mostly to pay down college costs and other debt. So much for the negative stereotype that those born between 1980 and 2000 are lazy and have a sense of entitlement. Millennials are laboring under a collective $1 trillion in debt from student loans and still struggling to find jobs. Yet a survey of 6,500 members of the so-called 'Me Generation' indicates that...
navigating setbacks and change
Remember playing car-racing games at the arcade, trying to stay on the virtual road while going as fast as you can? In those videos, sharp curves keep switching and obstacles suddenly appear, causing you to crash and burn if your reactions aren’t fast enough. It may be fun to play a game, but what about when life itself mirrors this wild ride? Whether you're actually on a dangerous road or navigating the twists and turns of life, you don't always get advance warning of the risks ahead. When these do occur, they can put your carefully orchestrated plans in jeopardy. Do...