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Difficult Pregnancies… But Worth It!

Did you have an easy pregnancy or a difficult pregnancy?  Mine were horrible!  I was ill the entire nine months during both of my pregnancies… but I came out of it with two beautiful boys! Read More »

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A Beautiful Life Worth Living

Doctors have the thankless job of delivering what is often the worst news a family can receive: the terminal diagnosis of a loved one.  Hear how Dr. Janel Ward copes with those conversations, and the challenges that inspired her to become a doctor.   Read More »

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Knowledge Is Power

Karen Hanberg and her daughter, Heather Lindsay.  

Back in October 2016 a childhood friend of mine, Shelly, passed away at the very young age of 35 from a long battle with Breast Cancer.  She left behind a husband and 3 beautiful boys. Before being diagnosed with Breast Cancer she had no idea that she carried the BRCA 1 gene.

Shelly Taylor Cuevas & Melessa Bills Paynter in Washington DC 1997.

This post is dedicated in loving memory of Laura Twilley & Shelly Cuevas.   Read More »

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Perfectly Imperfect is Perfect

Did you know self-doubt is the BIGGEST hurdle to success?  Far too many of us are too afraid of taking a leap for the fear of revealing our own imperfection…
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Believe In Your Own Power

Sanni Brown is a TV / radio personality and voiceover artist based in St. Paul, MN.  She hosts “Candy Freshon the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), appears on TV for Evine LIVE, fills in as a DJ at 89.9 KMOJ, and has done voiceover work for the likes of Target, Pandora, KDWB, and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Her charisma, charm, and positive energy kept me smiling throughout our interview and photoshoot.  She made my day, and I know that her story will brighten your day, too! Read More »

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A True Story About Forgiveness & Love

I believe hands down the best way to teach others how to love is through actions and example.  Here is one woman’s extraordinary story of overcoming hate, overcoming the loss her son and forgiving her son’s killer. Read More »

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Bringing an Idea to Life

Starting a business can be incredibly challenging, especially when you and your potential partners all have full time jobs and personal lives.  But when you have something you believe in you’ve just got to go for it! Molly Mogren, one of the co-founders of Namakan Fur, share’s how she and her friends took a great idea and turned it into a business.
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A Love Based on Self-Sacrifice

Krynn Ledah Umm shares the “hard path” she walked through heartache, sacrifice and joy.  Out of respect for the privacy of those mentioned, all names have been changed along with some minute details, but this is her truth and a small glimpse into her journey to place her child for adoption. Read More »

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Book Review

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By Laura Roth

I love historical fiction.  Since it often revolves around wars, particularly the Civil War or the World Wars, those periods have been the backdrop for many of the books I read.  So, when I saw Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer, a novel set in Panama during the building of the Panama Canal, I was immediately intrigued to learn about an unfamiliar-to-me era.  When I realized that Saffire is the name of a little girl who is searching for her mother who has disappeared, my mom instincts kicked in, and I was hooked. Read More »

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From Broken Spirit to Spoken Word

By Laura Roth

 As Melessa and I finished interviewing Terry McDaniel (read that post here), she told us about Karla Smith, a spoken word artist whose day job is running a photography studio where Terry often works when styling photos.  We met up with Karla at her work and loved learning about her inspiration to become an artist, as well as how she overcame some incredible challenges as a young mother and artist, and how they have influenced her now, as an older mother with an adopted two-year-old son!

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