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Protect Your Crown

How many of us walk around wearing a mask appearing like we have it all together? Then when we get home we fall apart because our insides are hurting.  When the going gets tough, how do you power through it? What if it’s just too much to bear and your mind is hurting, too?  Do you think to reach out and find help, or do you focus on your pain and refuse to look up?  One woman stepped out of her comfort zone and decided to reach out and let other folks know they are not alone.  “What do you do when you’ve carried all this weight and you feel there’s nobody there to help you?” People are suffering from the inside out.  Read More »

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Creating Art with Meaning

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I have really exciting news to share!  The My Daily She team is growing!  We’ve got two lovely ladies that are coming on board.  Say hello to Jenny Hansen Lane! She is a beautiful, very talented Artist, Photographer, Writer, Mother and Wife, who truly loves people and serving them with her time and talents.  Living in Lexington Kentucky, she will be assisting with interviews, photography, editing, and marketing.  I am so grateful to have her as a new team member!  Stay tuned next week to meet another new team member.  Take it away Jenny!

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Connecting Creative Women: Inspirational Conference for a Cause

I believe everyone deserves a chance…  A chance to learn, to grow, to find a voice… When we take action to pursue our dreams and passions and then share that journey of discovery with others, we demonstrate that it can be done! That challenges can be overcome! That goals can be achieved and that dreams can be realized!  Read More »

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We All Need Each Other

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Raising a family is beautiful… and hard. It’s important to know you have support and that you are not alone.  Are you a mother of young children looking for some help?  Maybe you’re in need of a mom who’s been there and done that and can offer some advice and encouragement?  Maybe you simply need to connect with other moms and have some honest, real conversations, listen to some insightful speakers, or just dig into a good craft with others like you?  Then you might find yourself right at home with lovely ladies at Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS).   Read how Sara Lewis’s experiences with MOPS changed her life, helped her find balance, and provided her with an opportunity to strengthen and support other moms.   Read More »

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A Force For Good: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

By Jean Strait

In Western Pennsylvania, ethics and hard work go hand in hand. Coal and Steel were the two biggest industries in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where Dr. Jean Strait grew up. The ethics of hard work were passed from generation to generation.  Her mother, would tell you Jean was born a teacher, leading the neighborhood kids in just about anything. It is no wonder she grew up to become a strong advocate for service-learning and community engagement. Read More »

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Neda Kellogg: Just One of the DIVAs

When Neda Kellogg was a little girl, it seemed like she had a perfect life with the perfect parents.  Then her parents divorced when she was seven.  When her mom had a nervous breakdown (and was later diagnosed with catatonic schizophrenia), Neda moved in with her dad and stepmom, which she describes as “a living hell.”  She only talked with her mom twice during her middle school years and not at all in high school.

Neda was lonely and confused, “like a functioning addict,” with no close friends, despite her involvement in many clubs to escape her rocky life at home.  What struck her most at that time, though, was that although she had a huge extended family, no one checked in on her or her brother.  She was hurting so deeply, yet no one ever acknowledged what was going on in her life.  As an adult, she wanted to do all she could to prevent girls from feeling like she did.  And so Project DIVA was born. Read More »

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Terry McDaniel: Environmental Artist

How would you describe yourself?  Not easy, is it?  For most of us, a few labels might come to mind: daughter, employee, mother, reader, gardener.  But who we are is so much more than a list of labels.  Sure, those classifications may help us determine our social groups, but that’s not a guarantee that we’ll find a kindred spirit behind that kindred label.

Terry McDaniel defies labels…even the one we used in this post title!  She is a passionate artist, and she does work tirelessly to protect the environment.  But most of all, she lives to enjoy the beauty of each day, each person, and each thing with which she comes in contact.

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Ana Munro: Native American Advisory Council

When Ana Munro was an eight-year-old girl growing up in Bristol, England, the English teacher (who was also the principal) at her tiny village school loved to read Native American poetry to the class.  Little did Ana know then that her teacher’s love of poetry would influence not only Ana’s career, but her family and entire life’s mission.

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Kids Race Against Cancer

This weekend was the fifth annual Kids Race Against Cancer.  My oldest daughter, Haley, founded the race five years ago, at the ripe old age of eight, to fulfill a service requirement for a church youth program.  I had just run my first 5K, and she knew that the funds raised for that race went to charity.  So, when her booklet suggested to “plan and complete your own activity to serve others,” she immediately announced, “I’m gonna plan a race for kids to raise money for cancer research!”

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Rothana Walbolt, Founder of M3C

When I first met Rothana, we had just moved to town, and I was thrilled to have a friend with whom I could speak some Thai (I served a mission in Thailand for 18 months, and I rarely have the chance to use my language skills).  Over the years, our friendship has deepened beyond giggling over shared pleasantries in another language.  She’s shared bits of her story with me, and with so many refugees throughout the world right now, I felt that we could all benefit from a little insight into what it feels like to leave everything behind, just hoping to find a better life.

 

Former Executive Director and Co-founder of M3C (Minnesota Cambodian Communities Council), Rothana has been a tireless community advocate for the advancement and preservation of rich Khmer traditions through education, mentoring, and community development programs. Rothana’s varied experiences include co-founding the first Khmer Classical Dance Group in Minnesota, managing Red Rose Productions events, and formerly serving on the board of the Asian Pacific Cultural Center.  Click here to watch an interview of Rothana for the Immigration History Research Center.rathana1

Here is Rothana’s personal story of her years as a refugee:

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