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Forgiveness freed my soul

I always used to focus on the bad things that had happened to me and think negatively about the people who had wronged me. These thoughts would always be in my head, swirling around in my mind. It used to …

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Anxiety will not silence me any longer

For two years now, since gaining a significant amount of weight, I’ve been suffering with terrifying, uncontrollable panic that rises up inside me at the thought of being in certain social situations. To avoid this feeling I have tried everything …

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A change in life’s plans that broke my heart

I met, fell in love with and married a kind-hearted, burly Police Officer, named Errol, who was a keen sportsman and represented Australia in rowing. His job took us to a small country town in New South Wales, where we …

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The car crash that set my dad free

My dad was raised during the Second World War, where “the sworn enemy” was the topic on everyone’s lips and the national mood was grim. People hungrily scoured the papers for War propaganda and cheered when Japanese forces were captured.  …

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Buffett’s rise from a crushing defeat

Today Warren Buffet’s name is synonymous with financial success. However his life wasn’t always an easy road. In Buffett’s Biography “The Snowball” Alice Shroeder describes a time when Buffett encountered what he perceived to be a devastating stumbling block. After …

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From the confines of communism

We grew up in communist Romania, under the dictatorship of Ceausescu. As children, it was all we knew. Our families were loving and life was secure, so we had very happy and normal childhoods. It wasn’t until our teenage years …

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Lifting the veil on my mum’s illness

I grew up knowing my family life was different from most people’s, but I didn’t really understand why. My parents, who were Argentinian immigrants had good hearts, strong morals and strict temperaments. As teenage girls, my sister and I were …

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What goes up must come down

In 2003, fresh out of college as an 18 year old, I experienced a massive change in life. I began full-time work in my career, had my first serious relationship with a girl, and bought myself a car. I was …

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Climbing out of hell

The odds were stacked against me from the beginning.  I was an ‘accident’, born to a 16 year old heroin addict who saw me as a big inconvenience; after all, riding on the back of a Harley with a baby …

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Finding heaven on earth

Having grown up in South Africa, I was acutely aware of, and always loved helping, those less fortunate in our community. In 1995 I came to visit my mum on the Gold Coast and found, in my opinion, heaven on …