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Our Response To Simone

Imagine training your entire life for the opportunity to have the whole world see you at your best. All the things you had to give up, all the hours you spent in grueling exercises, all the times you fell short of everyone’s expectations -- especially your own. Now...

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When you want to become more resilient

Resilience is a term for the ability to bounce back from difficult situations or challenges in life, whether that’s some kind of professional setback or a personal loss. You can become more resilient by following three remarkable simple strategies: 1. Be present. Many...

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When we’ll be happy “if only”

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” When Nitebirde spoke those words on “America’s Got Talent,” the nation that listened to the young cancer patient sing also heard a valuable lesson. If you weren’t watching, the 30-year-old...

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When we vow “never again”

“I’ll never let anyone get that close to me again!” We don’t often make vows in life, but when we do, it’s usually something momentous or important … and something that’s very difficult to overturn, even if we later change our minds. That’s especially true about the...

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When our critical voices won’t stop talking

There’s that inner voice again. You know it. The one that tells you nothing in your closet looks good on you. The one that tells you you’re going to fail at whatever you try. The one that whispers “he really doesn’t like you” when you meet someone interesting. Just...

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When we carry pain from years ago

Bad things happen to everyone. Some of us survive traumatic incidents. Others get through difficult ends to romantic relationships. Sometimes we lose someone who is dear or important to us. In other cases, it may involve someone who treated us badly. Sometimes, we’re...

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When those around us don’t know

Can you think of a time when someone hurt you without realizing it? Perhaps they said something they intended to be completely innocent, but because they didn’t know about something in your past or something you were feeling, it left you in pain. Or maybe other people...

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When you don’t feel good enough

It’s been said that comparison is the thief of joy. In other words, when we measure who we are and what we do against other people, we diminish ourselves and what we’re capable of doing. We see what aren’t, what we don’t have, and maybe how we’re missing out. And...

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When people or circumstances define your worth

She waits at the corner for the school bus, trying to look calm but shaking inside. Will the other girls like her outfit? Will they think she’s pretty enough to let her sit with them at lunch? Those middle school years are tough on girls (and boys, too). We survive...

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When showing your feelings makes you feel weak

To be human is to have emotions. Read that again. Emotions are perfectly normal, and they can be extremely or sometimes overwhelming. We often find ourselves reacting strongly to situations and may not understand exactly why. Sometimes, well-meaning people in our...

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