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Reality – What It’s Really Like

Reality – What It’s Really Like

This post is part of a series titled, “A-B-Cs – What It’s Really Like”. Each week a new letter and its word will be revealed. Each word’s explanation will illustrate significant personal meaning, application and ultimately demonstrate, What It’s Really Like… Back in 1998 MTV debuted the reality TV s... Read More »

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What It's Really Like to Lose 100 Pounds | WIRL Project

What It’s Like to Lose 100 Pounds

Today I was at the post office. Handing my I.D. to the clerk, she examined it, looked at me, and looked at the photo again. “Wow, you look really different!” I get that response often so wasn’t too surprised. I’ve considered ordering a new driver’s license since I’m slightly worried I’ll get stopped at the airport for not being the actual Sara M. Borgstede... Read More »

The Harsh Reality of Going Home: Michael Carter-Williams’ Story of Life On and Off the Court

The Harsh Reality of Going Home: Michael Carter-Williams’ Story of Life On and Off the Court

The NCAA tournamet brings a flood of emotions to all of those who follow the action, let alone those who are actually playing in the game. Shrieks, stomping, yelling, and even tears can be normal, but in this case, something seemed really wrong when Michael Carter-Williams looked up and saw his mother distraught and crying. At The Player’s Tribune, he shares his story of why he wanted his te... Read More »

Left Shy Self At Home | WIRL Project

How to Become Financially Independent

  Retirement is a concept that continues to experience transitions. Becoming financially independent is difficult, but it is also possible. Historically, only 5% of people are able to retire and maintain financial independence. Most have never created a financial plan. A plan is critical for achieving your financial goals. “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dar... Read More »

Millennial Bad Reputation

Why Millennials Have a Bad Reputation

Millennials seem to have a bad rap. Many, especially baby boomers, tend to say they walk this planet with a sense of gotta-have-it-now entitlement and a lack of work ethic. They’ve also been referred to as lazy, addicted to social media, and carefree. But is this really the case, and if so, is it their fault? In my opinion, millennials didn’t really have a choice. They were born into a... Read More »

Innocence | WIRL Project

I: Innocence – What It’s Really Like

This post is part of a series titled, “A-B-Cs – What It’s Really Like”. Each week a new letter and its word will be revealed. Each word’s explanation will illustrate significant personal meaning, application and ultimately demonstrate, What It’s Really Like…  This week I was blessed to witness the birth of my second son. Beyond the pregnancy preparation and build up to delivery there is a substant... Read More »

Sunscreen | WIRL Project

Do You Know What is in Your Sunscreen?

With the rates of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) continuing to surge across the United States, protecting yourself and your family from the dangerous effects of sun exposure has never been more important. A whopping 80 percent of the 1,700 sunscreen products that the Environmental Working Group reviewed this year contain harmful ingredients or offer inadequate protection against dang... Read More »

Motorcycle helmet WIRL Project

Dear Motorcyclists: You Look Stupid When You Don’t Wear A Helmet

  Dear Motorcycle Drivers, This is the time of year that you start getting your prized bikes out from the garage and clean them up for a great season of adventure. It is also the time that many people start preaching about safety and being aware of you and your bikes on the road. We hear things like, Watch for motorcycles in the blind spot of your rearview mirror! or, When pulling out at a st... Read More »

Red Is My Favorite Color… But Not On My Skin

Red Is My Favorite Color… But Not On My Skin

  My blemishes are only skin deep. My skin won’t stop me because…. I hate it, but It’s mine. It’s the only one I’ll ever have. I have extremely sensitive skin. My hair touches my neck, and I break out in blotchy red spots. Wearing a necklace?  Blotchy red spots. Give someone a hug? You guessed it! Blotchy red spots! Recently I went to Hawaii to see family. While ... Read More »