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If you’ve lived long enough, you likely have more than one “story.” That’s Clare’s journey. Picture a camel’s hump, then line a bunch of them up in a row. That’s life, right? Highs and lows, flowing one into the other. From her desert childhood (both literally and figuratively) growing up in Arizona, to a God-rescued Christian now living on Southwest Florida’s lush “Paradise Coast,” Clare has experienced much of the abundance that life has to offer: college and a writing career, a sweet marriage, a beautiful child, travel, great friends.

She’s also experienced the toughest of traveling earthly life: the sudden and tragic death of her spouse, nearly a decade of single motherhood, job losses, fears and doubts about the future. Then, redemption again: a new husband who shares her faith, a daughter who grew up to care for those living in Haiti’s poverty, a house on a little lake with baby ducklings and nightly sunset views.

Her fears and doubts never completely dissipate no matter what her circumstances, but her God is always present and active, pouring out grace, mercy and promises of tender loving care. She rests in that, paints furniture, writes about her own and others’ lives, drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate, watches too much TV news, asks too many questions, and just generally loves everyone she meets. Her most favorite obsession of all is her grandson, Josiah.

8 Ways to Take the Fear Out of Networking

For many executives and business owners, networking is a non-negotiable part of marketing and generating leads. When you are passionate about what you do,

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How to Be Prepared Financially in Case of a Tragic Loss

I have a sweet friend who lost her husband very unexpectedly. In the midst of the shock and grief, figuring out their personal finances

Five Ways to Make Your Job Sweeter

Lots of women love their jobs. That is truly something to be celebrated! But many women are in transition, working one place to gain

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It may be time for all of us to stop obsessing about our purpose. Does that statement shock you? I can assure you it did

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Every One Of Us Can Help Vulnerable Children

In his book Doing Good Is Simple, Chris Marlow issues a profound four words of motivation: “Get in the boat.” Marlow is a North Carolina pastor

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Are-you-focusing-on-the-dot-in-your-life

Grab a piece of paper and put a dot in the middle of it. Now stare at it on the paper. Where do your

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6 Things You Should Do To Protect and Advance Your Career

The biggest mistake you can make in your career is not something you goof up on the job, like forgetting part of your pitch

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How to Quit Your Job With Class

I had a job once with great income and opportunity, but I didn’t like it. Some of the people I worked with were really

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How-to-Enjoy-the-Holidays,-When-Heartbreak-Tries-to-Steal-Your-Joy

My husband died in early spring. When the holiday season approached that year, I was still trying to learn to breath again; successful some

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You Need to Care for Your Heart with Grace

A friend of mine gifted me a coveted Fiddleleaf Fig tree before moving across the country. You know what they are—just open any interior

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Do You Have to Like Your Job

So you have a job that you don’t like or don’t find fulfilling. Welcome to the club! Most of us have had more than one job

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I heard a couple of radio hosts chatting recently about an interview with Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder of Rent the Runway. If you haven’t

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The Seesaw Aftermath of Losing My Husband to Suicide

I have never been able to reconcile my seesawing beliefs about suicide. About the suicide of my first husband, Gary. He was handsome, fit, smart, playful,

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7 Great Makeup Products for Mature Skin

I’m one of those women who go to Yahoo to read her mail and get sidetracked by every promotional story about the latest skin

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When-Life-Gives-You-a-New-Normal

I wouldn’t have given it a name, the gut-wrenching, upside down and inside out change in my life. But I was at a weekend

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Paring-Your-Wardrobe-When-You-Can’t-Commit-to-a-Capsule

I’ve been reading about capsule wardrobes for a couple of years, and we’ve written about them before. You can find that article here. They intrigue

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Growth After Trauma

Posttraumatic Growth sounds like an oxymoron; growth after trauma. But talking with some childhood cancer survivors I realized I know a lot of people

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4-Unique-Shops-That-Rescue-and-Empower-Women

My shopping strategy has transitioned somewhat over the past couple of years since two things happened: I got connected to Instagram, and I stopped

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How-to-Get-That-Job-Promotion

If you’re a professional woman happy with the career you’ve chosen, chances are you always keep an eye out for opportunities to move up

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Three Cords Haiti Life Transformation For At-Risk Women

Colorful bolts of fabric vied with the whir of multiple sewing machines for our attention as we stepped out of the heat and dust

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

We recently had to put a new, expensive tile roof on our house and we didn’t have enough to pay for the entire job,

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The Great Defender

From the time we were little girls, we have had to defend ourselves from something. The whispered lies of self-seeking childhood playmates. The gossip

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