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Transformation Story: True Identity

Transformation Story: True Identity

“I think I was always just trying to fill something inside of me and I tried to do that with people. I need attention, I just wanted it in some form, and did not care what I had to do to get it.”
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Coming Together

Coming Together

It’s been a wild ride these last few years. The United States of America, one of the best countries in the world, is again in disarray. Its people divided by retrospective mindsets that seemed to lay dormant then arise like a thorny plant inside a harvest.
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Why Gratitude Improves Our Lives

Why Gratitude Improves Our Lives

We all know we should be more grateful in our day to day lives.  But what if it feels like you have more things to complain about than express thanks for?  As a society, we are exposed to tons of ads telling us what we should have.  This often makes us feel as though our lives aren’t good enough.  It can be hard for us to express gratitude when all we can think of is the things we lack.  Reverend Bill Stearns, of the Franklin Evangelical Free Church, gives us some advice for cultivating gratitude in our daily lives.
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Transformation Story: Unconditional Love

Transformation Story: Unconditional Love

Health, is a blessing many of us take for granted until our health or the health of someone close to us begins deteriorating. Once it is affected, we realize it's importance. What if someone you loved had a lifelong disease, something that would never change for the better, only take turns for the worse... How do you think your life would be affected?
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Transformation Story: Becoming a Better Person

Transformation Story: Becoming a Better Person

In one month my husband and I will be having our first child. I can’t begin to describe the whirlwind of emotions I’ve experienced over the past 9 months. There is part of you that is so excited to meet this new person but there is also a part of you that must let go of the old you. The old you that always put myself first, I didn’t have consider other people with my actions. I slept when I wanted, I drank when I wanted, and I ate what I wanted. Of course everything within reason but you had control over your life, I got up and traveled when I had the chance. All that changes when you’re pregnant, your body is not yours alone. You have to be considerate of this other precious life you are responsible for. Now that the pregnancy is almost complete I’m beginning to think beyond the physical responsibility and how to become a better person for my child.
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Transformation Story: Optimism

Transformation Story: Optimism

On the outside, her world seemed perfect. Highly intelligent, beautiful, charismatic...she lived in a picture perfect home with a picture perfect family. If you weren't already her friend, you wanted to be . Positivity oozed from her pores and affected everyone that came into contact with her. Her friends told me, “We called her Miss Sunshine back in highschool. You know those people you run into that are always smiling, everything leaving their mouth is dripping in positivity.. well that's her.”  I had the pleasure of talking with both the woman and her friends, and this allowed me to see into two sides of her life...
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Transformation Story: Belonging Part II

Transformation Story: Belonging Part II

The last article explained a young man's journey through adoption. It spoke of the struggles and adjustments he went through to get to the happy place he is at today. Now I would like to share the adoptive parents side of the story...
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How God Made Me Smile

How God Made Me Smile

I jokingly say to her, "do you have any jalapenos?" She said, "you know what, I do have something!" She came back with a small plastic bag with four hot peppers!!!
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Transformation Story: Belonging

Transformation Story: Belonging

Humans instinctively search for a place to belong. The first place most people feel this, is within their families, but some are not so lucky. I had the opportunity to interview a young man that was adopted. I wanted to understand what his search for belonging was like, and to begin to see life through his eyes.
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Transformation Story: Passion Turns Dreams into Reality

Transformation Story: Passion Turns Dreams into Reality

Many people see thriving businesses and only wish they could have one. What they lack to understand is the person behind that business, put in hours of blood, sweat and tears, made sacrifices, and failed numerous times before their business came to life. They were not handed their dream on a silver platter, they were not dealt a different hand than anyone else in life... they just believed enough in themselves and their dream to go to whatever lengths necessary to see it come to life.
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Voting is Empowerment

Voting is Empowerment

As September begins, the nation is moving steadily towards the 2016 Presidential Election. Along with the election comes the dreaded political ads and lots of mudslinging courtesy of politicians. But the people who run polling stations in rural America on Election Day have a positive outlook on the political process. According to Deb Klingenberger, the Election Commissioner for Webster County, NE, even small town America counts at the polling booth. Webster County is mostly rural with five polling stations spread across the county and a total of 25 workers.  
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Social Interaction: Key to Keeping Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Patients Engaged

Social Interaction: Key to Keeping Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Patients Engaged

How do you keep a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia engaged and positive? The disease, which greatly diminishes mental capacity, can make planning activities extremely difficult. Ranae Pool, Activity Director, at a nursing home in rural Nebraska, finds focusing on social interactions improves the day to day life of residents.
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