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Is your legacy your testimony?

Is your legacy your testimony?

“Dear Family, I am sure this letter may be difficult to read. It is difficult to write. It is both painful and joyous. The reason I am writing is to thank you. How do you say thank you that means that because of you and your daughter, I am alive to speak any words at all? I am alive for fifty-one years to continue living. The importance and immense meaning of the gift you and your daughter have given me, truly cannot be expressed in words. I can try, though. I must try because I think you should know that this life…
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Legacy is for the living.

Legacy is for the living.

“Legacy is about life and living. It’s about learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future. Did you know that: The best place to plant a young tree: is in a clearing in an old-growth forest and not an open field. Why Tyra, I’m glad you asked. Ecologists tell us that a young tree grows better when it’s planted in an area with older trees. Now, this is the good part. The reason, it seems, is that the roots of the young tree are able to follow the pathways created by former trees and implant…
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When the most wonderrful time of the year isn’t …

When the most wonderrful time of the year isn't ...

“Lights, lists, carols, crowds, family, the perfect gift, friends. This is often the stuff of a magical holiday. But for those living with loss, they can signal a minefield of emotions, triggers, and questions.  Facing the holidays after a loss can be daunting for a child, teen, or family. Young people living with loss, no matter where they are developmental, can find the holidays as especially conflicted due to the fact that they in large part do get swept up into the energies of the season.  Many often report feeling guilt or shame about wanting to participate fully in the joy and hope of the…
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Do you do more than what is expexcted?

Do you  do more than what is expexcted?

“Do you go the extra mile? Do you do more than what is expected? Do you expect the best? These questions pertain not only to your relationship with the world but also how you treat yourself. Do you go the extra mile when it comes to you, or do you think that the least is enough for you? There are people who believe that struggle, servitude, and sacrifice are the best they can hope for in this life. They look for ways and reasons to be okay with the things they believe are not okay with your lives. Other people…
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Christmas is coming! Do you understand the unwritten rules of gift-giving?

Christmas is coming! Do you understand the unwritten rules of gift-giving?

“Each of us carries within ourselves a set of rules about gift-giving. Seldom acknowledged and rarely discussed, these rules determine what we give, how much we give, and to whom we give. Despite living only in our minds and expectations, the unwritten rules of gift-giving govern everything from the office Secret Santa exchange to the family’s morning under the Christmas tree. Problem is, “unwritten” means that gift-giving rules are subject to interpretation—both in our own minds and in our dealings with others. Even in a single family, it’s common to find members with radically different ideas when it comes to “the…
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How will their “second story” read?

How will their "second story" read?

Picture this: “David has been homeless since the age of 12. He first started “couch surfing”, but by age 17 David ran out of places to visit and ended up on the streets. Even while living on the streets, David worked hard to stay in school. A social worker eventually connected with David and let him know about the youth shelter where he currently lives. Penny says he has been hopping trains for a few months now. Jimi has been traveling for the better part of two years. She took a few months to “kick it” in Los Angeles, but she says it’s…
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What do you know about SCRIP HOP 101?

What do you know about SCRIP HOP 101?

Did you Know? More than 80 million Millennials worldwide represent a collective $170 billion in purchase power. Millennials want to create a positive impact on their community and the world through their work. Millennials will make up roughly 50% of the US workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030.  Digging deeper And it may be too soon to tell. The legacy of Millennials, so new to this world and its conflicts, maybe how they influence the way the rest of the world engages with each other, including their cultural guidance to the generations that follow. Where…
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Trauma; not for women only?

Trauma; not for women only?

We are looking at women’s health as dynamic and diverse and codependent on so many other factors. We are talking about multiple health perspectives to include: physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and financial health. This week we are looking at Trauma. It can impact all of these areas.                So, have you ever, or do you know someone who has experienced an unexpected heart attack, stroke, rape, domestic abuse, torture, genocide, war, mass killings, human trafficking? Horrible? YES! Traumatic? Definitely! Now, listen to the following: Darlene is a young woman in her early twenties who has never married and has three…
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What pajamas should you wear to get a good night’s sleep?

What pajamas should you wear to get a good night’s sleep?

“If you’re not willing or able to shell out for silk, try bamboo, which is both moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic. Yala has some great minimalist options, or check out surfer-chic Australian brand Chalmers. But the real key to picking the perfect pajamas is to make sure they’re comfortable for you. According to Matt Bianchi, the director of the Sleep Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, there’s been very little rigorous scientific investigation into what you should be wearing to bed, so the best sleepwear (or pillow, or bedding, or mattress) for you is “dominated by individual preference” — aka totally subjective. So, if polyester makes you dozy…
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In Sickness and in Health

In Sickness and in Health

It definitely has its delights, but falling in love shakes up your life quite a bit. Devoting yourself to a partner includes taking on new friends, new relatives, and a new living arrangement. Pairing up also sparks sweet dreams about the goals you’d like to reach, trips you want to take together, kids you hope to have. Likely, the last thing on your mind is how your beloved will tweak your cholesterol levels. Yet, a large body of research shows that relationships steer our physical well-being as well as our emotional health. A romantic partner often has more influence on our behaviors than anyone else. Exactly how…
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Tyra's intuition and ability to coach you beyond the pain of your past and inspire you to do the work
necessary to step boldly into your future is phenomenal. She is one of the wisest women I know and I
am delighted to have her in my corner, cheering me on along the way. With Tyra on my side, I am confident that I will move through the challenges life brings.”

Lethia Owens, President/CEO, Game Changers International, Inc.

Disclaimer - Coaching services provide support, guidance and insight for clients and should in no way be viewed as professional counseling or therapy. It should be noted that with any coaching session, outcomes have many intervening variables and many possible outcomes.

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