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Virginia Sullivan is the author of First Class Woman -- a site for those who are looking to reinvent the lives they have -- into the lives they dream of. Her focus is on continual self-improvement, boosting self-esteem and utilizing actionable steps. After many years as a successful marketing and finance executive, Virginia has focused on helping people look good, feel good, and design the life of their dreams.

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When Survivor's Guilt Takes Over

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 4:23 PM

I was married to a psychotic. Yes, I know everyone says that about their ex. But my ex was actually diagnosed as mentally ill -- and wouldn't (or couldn't) do what was needed to help his illness. We married young when I didn't understand it. And, as sympathetic as I...

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Kickin' Ass Over 50: Starting A New Exercise Program

(8) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 7:15 AM

I was never one for sports. Even in high school when I should have liked it, I didn't see the value of exercise. I was one of the girls who was just too cool to do what the gym teacher wanted.

I started running in my 30s...

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5 Things I Learned About Love (and Myself) After a Year Apart From My Husband

(17) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 7:39 AM

In my 23 years with my husband, I've experienced many living situations we've had to make work.

Years ago when the kids were home, we saw each other every night and slept in the same bed. Now that the children are grown, our work demands keep us apart. We...

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4 Great Ways To Break The Hypnotic Spell Over Your Life

(3) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 6:57 AM

In the running world, when you've laid off running for a while the first run you make is the "break the spell" run. No matter how long I've laid off, during that first run I'm able to shake off the lethargy of not running and get back on the road...

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You Interview For Your Next Job Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:51 PM

I don't think I'm a job-hopper. I tend to stay at a company unless there is a reason to move. As long as my boss is good and that paycheck shows up each week -- I'm content to stay.

Still, as contented as I tend to be, I've had...

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Share The Riches From Your Abundant Life

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 5:57 AM

Are you breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday gift wrapping is cleared away and the Christmas tree is back in the box? I have to admit, I am. I get overwhelmed with so many presents, special food, and partying as we celebrate the abundance in our lives.

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6 Steps To Being Happier In 2014

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 5:12 AM

I love New Year's resolutions. I love new goals and New Year's is the perfect time to set them.

However, I realize that time isn't a limitless commodity. I love goals, but successful people can get trapped by continually moving the goal once they achieve it. I've...

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The Best Christmas Gift For My Daughters

(1) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 5:16 AM

My mother was raised to find a good husband. In her era, it was important that she know how to clean a house, plan a party and be a good spouse to the executive she was going to marry someday. Her Christmas activities were to have my dad's boss over...

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9 Ways A Nice Woman Can Be A Bit Naughty

(35) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 10:15 AM

I'm a biker, and I'm regularly out on the road on my husband's Harley. I find it a great break from my stuffy bank executive job.

And it's all about FUN! On a ride the other day, we visited the Harley store. A poster was on the...

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Becoming A Grandma In Your 30s

(36) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:17 AM

I can still remember where I was sitting the day that my daughter called me and told me she was expecting. I had moved to New York with my second husband and my two younger children. I remember the feel of the phone against my ear, the sound of the...

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Can the Silent Majority Save this Nation?

(4) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 2:06 PM

My dad used to talk about the Silent Majority back in the '60s. Millions of people in the U.S. belonged to this group. They were the people who didn't join the demonstrations against Vietnam; they didn't join the counterculture. They just didn't participate in politics and debate preferring to keep...

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Fear Is your Friend, Shake His Hand

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Who likes being afraid of the things in life? Tossing and turning at night, with fears spinning in your head, do you think, Who needs it?

Well, I'm here to tell you that you do. You need to have fear in your life -- and here's why. It is...

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5 Things Romantic Men Know

(48) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:21 AM

Sometimes I have to just ask myself "Why aren't men smarter about showing women how they feel?" I look at the women I know and honestly, we're a pretty predictable lot. It's pretty easy to figure out that we want to feel loved. But so many women feel that their...

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Forming A Posse At Work

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Do you have a posse? You know, friends that you hang with -- I certainly do. They're faithful friends that share your life and all that you love. Well, the best thing I did at work was to realize that I could benefit from forming a posse at work too.

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6 Steps To Employment And Happiness

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 9:57 AM

OK, there's no guarantee of happiness in life. But, I've found it's hard to be happy if you're unemployed and worried. It can take a while, and there are days when you can feel like you'll never find anything. Often, that worry can paralyze you and you don't...

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The Insanity of Self-Improvement: Are We Meant to Be Perfect?

(13) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:13 PM

I'm starting a movement today. I'm calling it "Jumping off the Self-Improvement Treadmill." And, I hope you'll join me!

Now, don't get me wrong -- I have a healthy respect for improving your life. I've made incredible changes in my life by making a plan and working hard. It...

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What I Share With Berry, DeJesus And Knight

(29) Comments | Posted May 17, 2013 | 6:58 AM

"How could this have been their first chance to escape in 10 years?" I've heard people ask when discussing the three women held in the Cleveland nightmare. But, I know the answer.

Years ago, I escaped from 18 years of an abusive situation -- and I know that it...

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Is Your Retirement Ransomed For A Few Trinkets?

(28) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 8:06 AM

I opened my credit card bill today. Yikes! It's almost $10,000. I'm stunned. How did I let it get so out of hand? I should know better. I'm in the banking biz. I've advised people about managing their money for years. Nevertheless, I'm shocked when I see this balance on...

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Aging Gracefully? No Way!

(15) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 12:28 PM

When it comes to aging gracefully, I'm clearly on the rebellious side. Like Napoleon holding fast for the last battle, I refuse to give up, not one single inch. I run half marathons, raft with my friends and go to rock concerts. I'm finally getting to fulfill a life-long dream...

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Another Nail in the Coffin for Disadvantaged Californians

(16) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:26 PM

I love California -- it's an amazing state, and I think it's one of the most beautiful states there is. It's also the land of opportunity and ethnicity. But it's not a state that is easy to be poor in. It's not only expensive to live here, but we continue...

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