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KasieSFor most of my life, I’ve envied the girls who had straight hair. I’m guessing it’s the same thing for those who have straight hair. They want it curly right?

KasieSIf you follow my blog, you’ve probably noticed a common theme recently. Juggling the irons in the fire, taking a mental dump…there’s a lot we all have to do, and we need help figuring out how to get it done.

ErikaWest Michigan Woman magazine hit the road and headed to Muskegon last night for the third in a series of focus groups and networking mixers intended to spread the world about our print edition and gather input on what we've done and where we're going as a magazine. The first two get togethers were held in Grand Rapids and Holland. I grew up in Hamilton, so I understand the tight-knit, it's-a-small-world-after-all atmosphere that lingers on the lakeshore and makes its home around every corner of this place. But I was pleasantly surprised at the diversity in opinion we encountered in the various corners of the region.

What makes a good leader? Most often people answer this question with traits or qualities, like someone who motivates, inspires, challenges, has knowledge, and power. But, what makes someone a good leader isn’t about the qualities they possess—it’s the emotional response they evoke in people.

Growing up, my mom had some very memorable phrases. Looking back, I wish I had remembered listened more. Back then, I just thought she was crazy. Now, I realize the wisdom that was behind those statements, whether she intended their meaning or not. So, here are the top five phrases that have stuck with me through the years.

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