Beyond Adversity

Enjoying Life After Adversity

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Changing Careers

“I hate my job,” she said, “I really hate my job. I am ready to quit today.” Today was not the first time I heard those words, but this time there was a noticeable change in her voice and body language. Rather than offering unsolicited advice, I asked my friend if she wanted to hear my comments. She was open …Continue reading →

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Setting Goals

It is never too early or too late to  talk about, set, or work toward achieving goals. The goals you set today may not be relevant tomorrow. Changing goals is a sign of wisdom not a sign of failure. Definition If your goal is not SMART, you really do not have a goal. SMART goals are: Specific Manageable Achievable Realistic …Continue reading →

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Turning Brain Injury into a New Career

At the time of her injury, Ann Zuccardy was working in what she once considered her “dream job” — as a corporate communications specialist for National Life Group in Montpelier. While traveling in Germany she slipped when stepping into a hotel bathtub and slammed her forehead into a tile wall. Zuccardy was lucky, or so she thought at first. She never lost consciousness, …Continue reading →

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Disclosing Adversity

Excerpt of Article by James Gower| The Guardian Career advisers told me to hide my disability on applications, but being open and turning [adversity] into a strength helped me get a job. Recent research conducted by noted 77% of disabled applicants were fearful of disclosing their disability in case of discrimination. I have cerebral palsy, a physical disability I’ve had …Continue reading →

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Interview Questions They Wish You Would Ask

Disclaimer The article that inspired this post was written by Corey Eridon for Hubspot. Text under the heading, “Article” is an excerpt from the article written by Eridon. Hubspot specializes in inbound marketing, not recovery from adversity or employment after adversity. I chose to write a post about the article because many survivors and caregivers look for (perhaps, even strongly …Continue reading →

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Mr. Sandman

Disclaimer This post has nothing to do with a song written by Pat Ballard and recorded by the Chordettes in 1954. If you came to this blog in search of music from 1954, you are in the wrong place. Introduction “Art consists of limitation.  The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” ~ G.K. Chesterton I have written about …Continue reading →

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Can You See Me Now

Introduction “Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine.” ~ Robert C. Gallagher My last post of 2013, Eye of the Beholder, featured an artist who creates amazingly small sculptures then sets them inside the eye of a needle or on the head of a pin. The artist turned his multiple adversities into a very lucrative business. Even a successful …Continue reading →

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**** About The Author ****

During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.