Author: Lauren Meeks

3 Things I’ve Learned from Bad Relationships

“Relationships are worth fighting for. But you can’t be the only one fighting. – Unknown” I’ve really run the gamut of relationships lately. Or perhaps it would be better to say that I’ve run the gauntlet. I’ve had people very publicly and persistently attack me with very nasty and unwarranted comments. I’ve had people completely shut me out of their lives because I refused to have a relationship completely on their terms. I’ve felt betrayed on many occasions. I’ve even had people give generously to me, but with the expectation that I reciprocate, thus putting unnecessary stress and expectations...

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From Unemployed to Self-Sufficient: My Story of Personal Transformation

“Life is a grindstone. But whether it grinds us down or polishes us up depends on us.” – Thomas L. Holdcroft A few years ago, I found myself out of work and very dispirited. I had been applying all over the city for months, but so far, had no offers.  I felt like I was running myself ragged, and yet spinning my wheels and going nowhere. When I realized that in my desperation I had started applying for jobs that I knew I would hate even before I got to the interview stage, I knew that something had to...

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How I Overcame Fear and Found My Love of Teaching, Travel and Chopsticks

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” – Les Brown A few years ago I received a terrifying email. “We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea…” Perhaps I should back up a bit. I was in my senior year in college, and had no idea what I wanted to pursue after graduation. I did know that I wanted to think big. I wanted to see the world, to do exciting things, to have a life worth sharing. It was a new...

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