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Overcoming Adversity

4 Things I Learned About Childhood Adversity at a High Security Prison

Brian F. Martin | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime
Brian F. Martin

This April, I was inside a high security prison. The plan was to talk to the men there about the work does and to educate them on the connection between childhood adversities and the potential impact. While I believe I educated them, they also educated me. Here is what I learned.

I Won't Let The Memories Of High School Haunt Me

Valeria Laura Rigo | Posted 06.09.2016 | Teen
Valeria Laura Rigo

It was my first year of high school, and after 4 months, I had finally decided it wasn't so bad. Where were all those insults and bullies I had seen i...

Just Another Manic Monday

Leona deVinne | Posted 06.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Leona deVinne

I don't usually dread Mondays, I actually like getting back to work and this Monday looked glorious, I had a day free from any obligations and I was g...

From Hell's Kitchen to Higher Ed: A First-Generation Googler Shares His Experience

Carol J. Carter | Posted 06.06.2016 | Education
Carol J. Carter

Jaime Casap is an Education Evangelist for Google. He will be one of several big-stage speakers this week at the GlobalMindED Conference this week, Ju...

Healthy Ways to Handle Setbacks

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

Repeatedly in her early career, Jahren's grant proposals were denied or didn't produce the funding she needed. She was not accepted at conferences by her peers in ways she would have preferred. Her life did not go as she had hoped or planned.

How I Stayed Grateful During My First Year in a Hospital

Lisa Cox | Posted 04.19.2016 | Good News
Lisa Cox

I clearly remember the morning I woke up in the hospital and realized nine of my fingertips were going to be amputated. It was a few days after I'd been told my leg would be amputated and I was still emotionally raw from that news.

11 Life Lessons From a Grieving Mother

Julie Garner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Julie Garner

While my heart remains broken, I want to share what I've learned from the front lines of the greatest battle of my life. These lessons haven't healed me completely, but they have helped. And I hope they help other people who, God forbid, have to fight through tragic loss.

Holy Sh*t! I Just Gave Birth... to My Uterus!

Darah Zeledon | Posted 04.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Darah Zeledon

And if you have a body, which I'm fairly certain most of you do, love it and appreciate it as well. Not because it's perfect or centerfold-worthy, but because it's all yours.


Rani St. Pucchi | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Rani St. Pucchi

Time heals all wounds as the saying goes. But try telling that to someone going thru a life altering experience and they will tell you that you wouldn't understand because you have not lived thru their traumas.

Two Girls, Running ... Well ... Like Girls

Mina Samuels | Posted 04.12.2016 | Women
Mina Samuels

Of course, this year the race has taken on a new dimension. Kaia says, "It feels like more of a big deal. By knowing that I'm going to race, it seems like my recovery happened a lot more quickly. I don't care where I come in. I just want to do it."

Is Your Past Controlling Your Present or Propelling Your Future? 3 Tips for Moving Forward

Haley Snyder | Posted 04.04.2016 | Women
Haley Snyder

I am the first to admit that I lived in a space of victim-hood for a long time - and it was necessary. It wasn't something that I could 'snap out of'...

Overcoming Racial, Gender and Cultural Bias: A STEM Role Model Tells How She Reached the Stars

Carol J. Carter | Posted 03.30.2016 | Science
Carol J. Carter

Zyola Mix has overcome many difficulties in her personal life, as well as cultural obstacles, to pursue her dream of working in the space industry. Her road to becoming a Mechanical Designer at SEAKR Engineering began during her childhood in Hawaii.

Empathy From the Devil: A Unique Perspective on Depression

Matthew Williams | Posted 03.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Matthew Williams

A sense of greater purpose in life, empathy and the opportunity to help others -- granted they're not the latest iPhone but the novelty soon wears off with one of them and anyway, you'd only need to change it every couple of years to make sure you've got the latest model. My gifts -- and these are just a few of them -- can last a lifetime. How's that for value?

8 Ways to Stay Motivated Even When the Chips Are Down

Shawn Doyle | Posted 03.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Shawn Doyle

I am sure you realize this -- there are going to be times in your life when the chips are down. You may lose a job, have health issues or suffer throu...

To Those Who Believe I Use My Triad To 'Stand Out'

Brittni Wendling | Posted 03.09.2016 | College
Brittni Wendling

The moment I saw this video, my heart dropped, and I felt absolutely horrible. Embarrassment, shame, and utter sadness swept through me. I just couldn't understand why someone would take the time to make me feel bad about a machine that I need to help me get around.

10 Women Who Told Their Stories and Changed The World

Haley Snyder | Posted 03.07.2016 | Women
Haley Snyder

Sharing our stories can be daunting... even terrifying. Sharing our stories can also save lives. By getting vulnerable, we are able to touch the heart...

Most Don't Make It, But That's Not My Story

Melissa Gil | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gil

I started writing about my personal journey with epilepsy because I felt that those of us who can should start a cycle of sharing. The more we talk about a condition that has so often been whispered about, kept in the shadows, treated as a secret, the better off we all will be.

5 Ways Our Life Experiences Bring Us Happiness and Success

Sean Ackerman | Posted 01.18.2016 | Business
Sean Ackerman

We all have experiences in life, some good, some bad. Life is hard, and things don't always go as planned. During those moments you have a choice to make, you can either give into the circumstances or use those experiences as a life lesson and overcome them.

Finding Beauty in Adversity at Work

Stephanie Ciccarelli | Posted 01.05.2016 | Business
Stephanie Ciccarelli

What do you do when ugliness invades your workplace? How about at home or in the public square? Whether it is a disagreeable co-worker, an irate custo...

The Joy List: How to Recapture Joy After Loss

Shawn Doyle | Posted 01.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Shawn Doyle

Just because I worked some small moments of joy into my life did not mean that I was not grieving, and it did not mean that I was not missing my wife. I was miserable enough grieving -- why would I want to sit around and continue to be miserable? I never understood that mindset.

4 Mind Shifts That Turn Adversity Into Advantage

Taylor Tagg | Posted 12.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Taylor Tagg

Adversity has a way of defeating us and making us feel used up. But somewhere inside, we want to be able to make sense of our difficulties. We want to make them count for something positive, that all the pain we endured wasn't for nothing.

Coming Together in Difficult Times: 5 Ways to Connect

David Magone | Posted 12.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
David Magone

Recent events in Syria, Paris, Lebanon, Mali, the U.S and other places around the globe have been heartbreaking to witness. Equally disheartening is t...

Traditional Thanksgiving After a Non-Traditional Childhood

Brian F. Martin | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Are you growing up in a home or did you grow up in a home where you faced adversities? Because if you experienced adversities like physical abuse, Ch...

Standing up to My Fears (and Finding My Voice Along the Way)

Bryan Behar | Posted 11.03.2015 | Comedy
Bryan Behar

There are a lot of reasons that I'm a writer and not a performer. My nose has more turns than Google Maps. I have a comically oversized head that would only really work in a Munsters reboot. But I decided to try stand-up comedy for the first time since 1988.

It's Just About... (Helping Another) Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Mark Brodinsky

We all know it can happen in the blink of an eye. We just think it won't happen to us. But life happens. For nearly the past two weeks Brian Granek's life has been happening as a series of life-changing ups-and-downs, literally from one moment to the next.