Spotlight: Nicole Monk-Murphy

Spotlight: Nicole Monk-Murphy

Lifestyle
Healing by Design By Martti Peeples Nicole Monk-Murphy comes from a long line of strong, devout women, including some who have dedicated their lives to helping others through their careers in the medical field. Nicole is the youngest of her parents’ children. Her mother, the late Bernice Monk, was like no other. Bernice taught and led by example, with love at the forefront of everything she did. At just 15 years old, Nicole joined her mother and two sisters, Erika and GiGi, at St. Joseph Nursing Home, working as a receptionist every weekend. Nicole worked her way up to Accounts Payable after nearly seven years at St. Joseph. In 2001, an event happened which would forever alter Nicole’s life. In August of that year, the family matriarch passed away from…
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The Life of a Traveler

The Life of a Traveler

Health and Wellness, Lifestyle
By Martti C. Peeples The year was 2014. I had spent the weekend at Oprah Winfrey’s “Live Your Best Life” tour. Oprah had an exercise in the booklet we received. One of the exercises was called “Capture your new vision.” This is part of what I wrote: “I want to start preparing now to overcome my fear of leaving my current job and home and walking into my next Chapter.” By February 2016, I had resigned from my job and was venturing out into the travel business. Now, how did I get here? Well, between 2014 and 2016, a traveler started working at my job. This person was mentioning how much money he was making doing the same exact thing I was doing, yet making twice the amount. Let’s just…
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It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement… Truly!

It’s Never Too Early to Save for Retirement… Truly!

Finance, Lifestyle
Writer, Ina Fernandez, CPA A 2018 report by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies* made me sit up and take notice. It found that the median savings for people in their sixties, including equity in their homes, was $172,000. That seems like a lot of money until you divide it by the 20 years that most are likely to live beyond retirement. That calculates to $8600 per year, hardly enough to supplement the $17,000 per year from social security that the average retiree is likely to get, and way, way below what most will need to cover expenses in their retirement. So, with pensions now as rare as landlines, we need to start saving for retirement early, as soon as our first job. If we put away small sums that…
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Monthly JOW: A Million Reasons Why

Monthly JOW: A Million Reasons Why

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
The Monthly JOW - Jewel of Wisdom By Sajjiah Parker A Million Reasons Why … “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” --Mark Twain How profound are the words of Mark Twain if you take the time to consider their meaning. Let’s dissect, and delve a little deeper, beginning with the first half of the quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born…”. Stop right there … “THE DAY YOU WERE BORN!” I pause here and place emphasis on this point because I think we all generally take the day we were born somewhat for granted. It is understandable, and I am guilty of it myself given that, after…
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Think’ Bout It

Think’ Bout It

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Majallen Cespedes I can feel myself maturing every day, and I am becoming more independent. But, on the other hand it is scary because with maturity comes much more responsibility and very soon the realities of being a real grown-up.  Even though I want to grow up and have more freedom, I’m not too much in a rush! I suggest you don’t be either. Let’s face it- it just all seems like a lot…work, bills, kids to take care of, a home to maintain, marriage, etc., and that might not even know the half of it! I actually think I can wait…what about you? I think we are better off just planning for our futures now. That’s something else my mom is ALWAYS talking about, and it does kind…
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A Life Coach  Living Life

A Life Coach Living Life

Life & Community, Life Coaching, Lifestyle
by Cynthia Johnson When faced with the challenge from our editor of selecting an article from the ones I’ve written over the past four years, I first thought about the articles about the life lessons I’ve gained from my 8-year- old grandson, a real “tell it like I feel it” or “tell it the way I feel life should be” kind of kid. His lessons include “your socks don’t have to match,” or “so what if my socks are dirty on the bottom, with my shoes on you only see the top and they look clean.” I was tempted to say those were my favorite articles, but as I read through other articles, I realized that most of them had similar threads woven throughout, all of them pointing to living…
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