By Sheryl Brown, Director of Social Media Development

I’m finally ready to talk about something very personal. Something which affected my home even though I work in financial services.

On Friday, May 5, 2017, my mother-in-law, Mary Madjlessi, died at 2:45am in a state-aided nursing home. She died in a bed just 10 feet from another resident. There was no privacy when we grieved; there was a sheet hanging from the ceiling. When she died it was all very business-like: Collect her things and move her out; there was another person waiting for her bed, and they needed it that day.

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By Meghan Wilke

I write this from one of the most humble places you'll find me (because, let's face it, I'm not that humble). You can't be successful, have great kids, great friends and have it all if you don't have the courage to risk it all. The only force on this earth strong enough to humble me is my own ego. My own desire to do more, be more and prove points has taken me to places I could have never imagined.I write this from one of the most humble places you'll find me (because, let's face it, I'm not that humble). You can't be successful, have great kids, great friends and have it all if you don't have the courage to risk it all. The only force on this earth strong enough to humble me is my own ego. My own desire to do more, be more and prove points has taken me to places I could have never imagined.

At 9PM is when I am at my weakest. My "work day" is done but I have so much more work to do, my kids are in bed, and I have a moment alone with my thoughts and my calendar. These are the times where I feel I'm going to fail before I've given it my all and where any negative feedback from the day sinks in and can convince me I’m not strong enough. Sometimes the weight of it all pushes me straight to the Rosé, but if I focus my energy on positive affirmations and gratitude I can see through the madness to the beauty of it all.

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By Jane Blaufus

My coaching clientele is predominately comprised of businesswomen as I enjoy working with women for three specific reasons: they listen, embrace feedback and implement what we discuss. These are the top five strategies we work on to help them to grow their business so they make more money, sleep soundly at night and have fun along the way.

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