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Liza Talusan Has Chispa

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Liza Talusan: Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Cousin, Friend, Doctoral Student, Facilitator + Warrior What have you overcome? “Over the past few years, I have whispered to God, “Isn’t that enough? Haven’t you tested me enough, God?” My family story has been filled with cancer. Just a year after I married my husband, my mother-in-law was…

Dr. Sandra Bishnoi Has Chispa

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Dr. Sandra Bishnoi: Lecturer and Research Scientist at Rice University, plus Mother of Two Children and Hero in Pink What have you overcomed? “I say my ‘new reality’ instead of ‘new normal’ because there’s nothing normal about chronic illness. Knowing that you’re going to die from a disease you have no control over—there’s nothing normal about that.…

Ginalisa Monterroso Has Chispa

Ginalisa Monterroso: Mother, Fighter, and Founder and President of Medicaid Advisory Group What have you overcome? “Twenty years ago, my daughter Tara was born with Down syndrome. The happiness I felt after giving birth was quickly taken away by doctors who encouraged me to give Tara up for adoption. They promised if I kept her, we would…

Allison Diaz Has Chispa

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Allison Diaz, grown from a mix of Georgia Red Clay and Canadian dust, a southern girl with a heart for God, her family, and big dreams, is a warrior for Jesus, her husband, and her family. What have you overcome? “We live on the northwest corner on the ninth floor of a high-rise condo building.…

Jennifer Heegaard Has Chispa

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Jennifer Heegaard: Happy Wife, Proud Aunt, Loving Sister, Loyal Friend, Humble Board President of Dress for Success Miami, and Driven President of JEJE Consulting, A Public Relations, Branding and Events Firm. What have you overcome? When I was younger, I was overweight. I grew up in a society where being beautiful meant being stick thin and to…

Karen Shayne Has Chispa

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Karen Shayne: Daughter, Entrepreneur, Leader, Business Partner, Philanthropist, Best Friend, Fighter and a Sister Survivor, and most importantly and what I am most proud of, I am a WOMAN. What have you overcome?
 I am an overcomer of cancer in so many ways. Cancer became a part of my life by no choice of my own,…

Alison Feliciano Has Chispa

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Alison Feliciano: Mother, Widow, CEO, Speaker, Author, Credit + Debt Coach, Sister, Friend, Worship Leader, Prayer Warrior. What have you overcome? Since the age of eight, death has been a part of my life. I lost my mother at eight in April of 1978 and every year or two after that someone in my life passed…

Sonia M. Puopolo Has Chispa

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Sonia M Puopolo: Author, Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Inspirational Speaker, Publisher, Multilingual and Multicultural Brand, Image and Communications Specialist, Mom to her Lhasa Apsos, GodMother to Becca and Bella, and last but most important, Daughter to her best friend and most precious DAD in the world. What have you overcome? “Life is all about possibilities. There is nothing in life…

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Christmas Shopping Made Easy

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Tory Burch loves color—and has chosen three distinctive shades for this unique, limited-edition set, each designed to flatter a variety of skin tones. These modern formulas represent the ideal balance of sheer yet vivid color and rich texture with a weightless finish, each subtly scented with notes from the Tory Burch fragrance—cassis, grapefruit, and mandarin. Encased…

Ariel Swedroe: She’s An Entrepreneur; Oh Yes, and She’s 12

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Having just turned 12 this past August, Ariel Swedroe Weinberg, a 7th grade student living in Surfside, Florida, is very petite; fortunately, being small for her age doesn’t hamper her from doing anything. This includes challenging homework assignments, making art gifts for family and friends, demanding physical activities, oh yes, and did we mention she’s…