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Chloe Smiley
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6/1/15
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Gold Stars & Grey Dots
For every sincere congratulations on my upcoming marriage, there's at least one criticizing remark about the rashness of marrying young or foolishness of not continuing my education.  I don't think the polar-opposite responses are limited to me, my fiance, ...
Gold Stars & Grey Dots
Gold Stars & Grey Dots
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Layers
This is my senior year, last semester.  A multi-layer image of friendships made and lost or faded or stayed. Fun times and hard times, all dictated by the never-forgiving academic calendar and endless stream of lectures, events, chapels, dances, and the occ...
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The Power of Habit
Disclaimer: This is not a review or promotion of The Power of Habit:  Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business   by Charles Duhigg although it has made my semester reading wish list. I believe in Habit.  I believe in having habits just for the sake of havi...
The Power of Habit
The Power of Habit
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Necessary Endings: 5 Ways to Clean Up Your Life
As I eagerly await the beginning of a new semester and school year (t-minus 1.5 hours!), I am thankful for the quiet time to metabolize the experiences of my summer with the intent of building upon those bits of life learning gained throughout this next yea...
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Loving Better
Since May 15th at 7:00 pm, when I triumphantly handed in my last final of my Junior year, I've slept in 8 different beds with 2 more to go before I return to my bright raspberry creamsicle room. I never expected to stay in (multiple) strangers homes, co-aut...
Loving Better
Loving Better
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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
When asked if working hard is very important to them, 80% of Americans said yes.  Yet when that same sample was asked if they were working hard at their jobs, the vast majority (84%) said no. That makes no sense.  We want to work hard, but don't.  Where's t...
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Time Zones
My sister has lived at least one time zone away from me for the last five years.  Minus one, plus two, minus three.  My time, your time, Eastern Standard Time. This summer, my fiance has been in two different time zones.  At first, I consoled myself by thin...
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Red Tape
When I was 4 years old, too young to be left unsupervised ( I was the child who had to learn not to touch burners the hard way ), my mom would take me downstairs with her to the laundry room.  One of my favorite activities during these monotonous times of s...
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"Make your strengths extraordinary rather than making your weaknesses adequate"
I recently heard this quote in the context of leadership development.  It is the mantra of StrengthsQuest , an asset-based personality test.  As a two time veteran of the test and the training program, I appreciate the sentiment.  And I've largely followed ...
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