Since I was a young child, I knew being kind felt good. It started with being kind to injured animals. As I grew up, I realized being kind to my friends and fellow students in high school was the right way to act. Years later while competing in the Miss Universe pageant as Miss USA,
A reflection on retirement and what that looks like I have been in school for 56 of my 60 years on planet Earth. Seriously. I cannot even remember a time when I was not in school, either as a student or an educator. I have had 56 first days of school, and, come this summer,
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A Journalist Reveals How She Stays Sober Before I got sober, I was VERY unkind to myself, and probably not that great to others either.  For 15 years, I poisoned my body with drugs, pills, and alcohol.  I was proud when my doctor told me that his tests showed I had liver damage- at age 21.
Sports teach you a lot about yourself. They often highlight many of your strengths and expose many of your weaknesses. Great athletic programs teach the importance of teamwork and coming together to achieve a common goal. But most importantly, they taught me how to deal with pain. By they I mean my high school cross
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It goes without saying that most of us want to experience a meaningful life, but how do we get the most out of our life experiences? Our minds have evolved to problem solve. Our cultural tendency is to focus on what’s wrong and what we need to fix. Often we are preoccupied with ruminating on
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Malcolm “MJ” Harris is an internationally recognized financial services CEO and motivational success teacher who has consistently beaten the odds to achieve extraordinary success. MJ’s rise began when he started an insurance agency – at his dining room table as a side business – while working as a Management Consultant for a “Big 4” firm.
How kindness can soften the sting If you are like me and millions of people around the world, you have the same familiar voice in your head that doubts you and tells you that you are not good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, motivated enough.  It may even continue to remind you that you failed

Don’t Let Fear Win

Fear can immobilize us!  It can keep us from setting a goal, or starting a relationship, and it can even kill our dreams.   Over the years, I have been pretty good about not letting fear get in the way, especially when I was young.  I didn’t care so much back then.  Let’s be honest.  A
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