Craving Unity

Balance has illuded me lately. Peace and hope seem to be hanging outside the walls of my heart. I'm troubled. Dis-eased. Restless. But why? Glancing at my mantle, freshly undressed of its Christmas finest, I see it. What I have been missing. Two simple logs resting on one another for 19.5 years, not misplaced or thrown away despite eight moves, four countries and three states.  These twin logs are one (they are one entity in my mind) of my … [Read more...]

I’m Done Being a Hypocrite

By Hilary Bilbrey I’m a hypocrite.  I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that.  Integrity is my core virtue.  I live every day working to try to get my beliefs to match my actions.  I am failing in my mission right now, and here’s why… Like many people, Robin Williams’ suicide hit me hard last week.  I believe in compassion and understanding for people with mental illnesses.  I don’t believe that having a mental illness makes you … [Read more...]

Defining Family

fam·i·ly  - noun \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\ What is family? The Webster definition we  love - and what prompted our name, Inspired by Family is: : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship Could it be a Dad, Mom, Child? Could it be a Grandmother, Grandfather and grandchild?  Could it be really close friends? Absolutely. Could it be aunts, uncles, cousins? Could it be co-workers? Sure! The important … [Read more...]

My Brand: “Codadiva” By Liysa Callsen

My brand is codadiva.  I am one woman with three cultures.  I live them daily.  I bounce among the worlds of the hearing, deaf and CODA.  For those not familiar, CODA means child of deaf adults, and specifically refers to hearing children of deaf parents.  For me, CODA has a deeper meaning.  It is part of what defines me…the true ME. People have told me for years that my story is fascinating.  I went from taking phone calls for appointments at … [Read more...]

Politics, Personal Branding and Ethics

Yesterday’s article in USA Today’s online app about the Presidential hopefuls meeting their fatal flaws head on, inspired me to really reflect on how personal branding relates so closely to this topic.  As I read how each candidate is tackling their character flaws and addressing them to the media before the media has a chance to give their own spin, I thought of two things:  classic persuasion and personal branding.  Let me explain. First, to … [Read more...]

Politics, Personal Branding and Ethics

Yesterday’s article in USA Today’s online app about the Presidential hopefuls meeting their fatal flaws head on, inspired me to really reflect on how personal branding relates so closely to this topic.  As I read how each candidate is tackling their character flaws and addressing them to the media before the media has a chance to give their own spin, I thought of two things:  classic persuasion and personal branding.  Let me explain. First, to … [Read more...]

Lessons from But for God Author, Debra Evans

Last week’s interview with Debra Evans was such an inspirational and humbling experience.  Although her book is one woman’s journey through neglect, abuse and heartache on her way to her current path with God, there are many lessons to be found for all of us. The premise of this book is that women, especially, are tricked into believing that life should be a fairytale and when it is not, they are lonely, depressed and confused.  Debra found … [Read more...]

My Brand: “codadiva”

My brand is codadiva.  I am one woman with three cultures.  I live them daily.  I bounce among the worlds of the hearing, deaf and CODA.  For those not familiar, CODA means child of deaf adults, and specifically refers to hearing children of deaf parents.  For me, CODA has a deeper meaning.  It is part of what defines me…the true ME. People have told me for years that my story is fascinating.  I went from taking phone calls for appointments at … [Read more...]

Joan Steffend…And She Sparkled

As a young girl growing up in Long lake, Minnesota, I remember watching the KARE 11 news faithfully to listen to my favorite anchor, the red-headed, spunky and tender-hearted, Joan Steffend.  She was amazing to me…full of life and so real.  My whole family felt the same when, and when she moved on to doing the national cable show, Decorating Cents, well, we absolutely followed her!  So imagine my surprise when I get an email from her husband, who … [Read more...]

Pushing Yourself to Find Your Ability

Guest Author John Quinn The word disability really bothers me.  Look at the word again.  I am not an English major, but I know that the prefix “dis” means the absence of.  So the word disability means the absence of ability.  If that’s the case, then yes, I have a disability.  I cannot do fractions.  In fact, when it comes to anything having to do with math, I struggle mightily.  When it comes to home improvements or car repairs, I don’t know … [Read more...]