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Unyielding Tenacity

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

I am learning not to allow the past events to fill me with fear, or the unknown of the future to fill me with trepidation, but to live for the beauty that is present in this very moment. Cystic fibrosis may be progressively present in my life, but it will not rule by fear. I will breathe bravely: continually renewed by the strength and tenacity that live within, knowing I am never alone in this fight.

WATCH: Self-Care (It's a Good Thing... Really)

Brad Yates | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Brad Yates

We may have a lot of programming about how we need to take care of others' wants and needs... perhaps even though it may come at great emotional and p...

Kidney Donors Rock!

Jen Reeder | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Bryan and I still to do all of the things we love, like hiking, camping and traveling, and have grown even closer since his transplant.

Waiting For Better Days

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Jankowski

I was not going to die. But I had lost myself in the small space, I was sorry for myself. I wanted a long string of better days. Most of the other people there just wanted more days. Just... days.

How Focusing on God Brings Peace

Brooke Metz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Religion
Brooke Metz

I didn't have the little crucifix with me last night, but I did have the power of the Holy Spirit within me, and I had Jesus sitting right beside me. Why should I worry?

A Day With Alzheimer's As a Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

What does it feel like to live with Alzheimer's every single day? I've thought long and hard about this question. I wondered if I could put into words what I really feel. Then, Mom made a simple comment the other day and it all became clear to me.

WATCH: Got Grit?

Brad Yates | Posted 04.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

It's been suggested by some researchers that the single most important character trait for achieving success is grit. I hope this will help you culti...

Four Reasons to Self-Publish Your Children's Book

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.27.2015 | Books
Sue Shanahan

If you have a story to tell, it's a wonderful time to be alive. Self-publishing gives authors creative control.

WATCH: Feeling Frustrated

Brad Yates | Posted 04.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Frustration happens... it's a part of life. That doesn't mean, however, that we have to sit there and stew in it until the next upset distracts us (a...

My Race to Live, Our Race to Stay Together

Sarah Amento | Posted 04.19.2015 | Parents
Sarah Amento

Recently, I received that dreaded phone call that all Stage 4 cancer patients fear: "Your scans are back, your disease is progressing, and your chemo is no longer effective."

Heart, Hope and the Holy Spirit

Debbie Davis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Debbie Davis

I once asked someone, familiar with the Bible for many years, to explain to me the Holy Spirit. My friend pointed me to read Romans and Acts in the Bible to learn more. And as I read, and studied, it became clear to me.

WATCH: You Matter

Brad Yates | Posted 04.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we may even doubt it -- maybe people or circumstances have convinced us it's not true. But it is true. And even...

The Antidote to Wounded Deerism: A Superwoman Named Emily

Margaret Hession | Posted 04.15.2015 | Books
Margaret Hession

Little, yet fierce. That's precisely how Emily Dickinson, a poet first appeared to me in the pages of an anthology when I was 11-years-old. She would appear again later when my life was splintering away in trauma due to divorce (and I felt like eleven again).

A Little Girl Asks, Where's Heaven? Part I

Michelle Frost | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Michelle Frost

Carpools and T-Ball practice, which once ruled my schedule had now been replaced by something called a roadmap. A roadmap, that if closely followed, would come close to maybe guaranteeing a 70 percent cure rate. In the blink of an eye I had become a mom with a 30 percent chance of having their youngest child die before she reached her 7th birthday.

The Valentine's Day That Almost Wasn't

Kristen Mae | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Kristen Mae

As I type this, it is day thirty-eight. Ryan still has a very long way to go to heal his body and it has become clear that the damage to his brain is significant. Everyone close to him has been forced to accept a new reality.

Life Can Turn on a Dime

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

The saying, "Life can turn on a dime" neatly encapsulates a precautionary tale. You know how it goes: "Live your life for today, because tomorrow you could walk out and be hit by a bus."

The World Can Turn the Corner on Climate Change by 2020. Here's How

Fred Krupp | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Fred Krupp

When it comes to climate action, it's a good thing that smart people keep building scenarios for cleaning up global energy production. Those visions of the future are necessary -- but they tend to lack an essential ingredient.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Why Life Is Beautiful

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 04.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Adedayo Fashanu

I write for anyone wondering and asking why am I here, why should I keep on going, what about this life is so beautiful that I should want to smile in my day?

WATCH: It's Okay to Succeed

Brad Yates | Posted 04.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brad Yates

We often avoid doing what would lead to greater success because, at some level, we don't think it's okay to succeed. That may not seem logical -- but...

For 'Ultimate Survival Alaska' star James Sweeney, mixed feelings about reality TV fame

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.11.2015 | Entertainment
Alaska Dispatch News

If you've watched the reality TV show "Ultimate Survival Alaska," you know James Sweeney. In a field of mild, mostly upbeat competitors, he stands ...

4 Simple Questions to Uncovering Happiness

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

One key to overcoming this negativity bias and uncovering happiness is learning to recognize and get space from the self-critical mind and also encourage the positive beliefs about ourselves that the critical mind has buried.

The One List I Found Myself Unable to Make

Beth Whitley | Posted 04.05.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Five weeks after Hannah's diagnosis (five years ago today, hence the reflective post), I had six weeks off work, less because of the emotional trauma we'd been through and more because of the magnitude of the lists that needed to be dealt with.

The Positivity of Givers and Takers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 04.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

It seems that we are both the givers and the takers; it's only until we tip the scales of justice that we truly see who is the true giver of us all...

Off the Grid Into the Heart

Sister Jenna | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Sister Jenna

As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to get off the grid, slow down, feel safe, and loved.

Six Months Later, Grief and Hope in Ferguson

Steve Lawler | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Steve Lawler

I have been thinking a lot about this Anne Roiphe quote as Ferguson approaches the half year mark since the killing of Michael Brown. "Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life."