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Why The Poor Are Getting All The Credit For This Economic Recovery

The American economy got off track decades ago. We need less debt, not more. It’s time to take a lesson from the Japanese economy. The nation has gone years without an annual increase in consumer spending even close to the one witnessed in 1994. If the US can recover a lot more rapidly than the Japanese had, many folks here would have a sense that their hard work has paid off.

If you don’t want to be an economic activist, we have no problem with that, but for many folks in the US today, it’s not about economic activity. It’s about finding meaning in their lives, something we see today. It’s about their children, their parents and their own personal goals. This can mean finding the right career choice, meeting your financial goals or just achieving a sense of personal fulfillment.

We thought it was time to give more people a platform to make a difference in their own lives and the communities around them. We hope that by sharing their success stories, you and others can spread greater prosperity and community empowerment. For that reason, we’re offering the chance for readers to be part of something that could make a positive difference in your life.

The story of my life, the one you’re reading now, was created in response to a call from my editor to create a blog post on “how a young woman is doing it all.” I was inspired to share my story based on a question we received from an anonymous reader: ‘How did you get here? And what about this life is special.’ What follows are the words of my friend, Laura, who at the age of 22 is a full-time student, part-time mother and full-time home-care provider of two.

Laura is an example of many real people who are doing extraordinary things to reach their goals. She is an inspiration to others.

Laura is doing everything on her own, in addition to the work she does with her husband, who is in a corporate environment.

Her financial situation, like everyone’s, is tough — but her success is exceptional.

Her parents and older siblings also have professional careers, as do her brother and sister-in-law, who live full-time with her.

Laura’s story, like many others, is unique. She has been a child of privilege and is an example of perseverance, determination and persistence.

The American Dream is for everyone to succeed, not just the elite.

While Laura’s story shows how difficult it can be for the typical American, her story is also a reminder that success for most people in this country has been the result of hard work, commitment and the effort to be open to opportunities in other areas of life.

Laura had a wonderful middle school experience, but her true passion was in sports. She played sports to help with her grades, but her parents taught their children to play any sport they wanted.

She began coaching her school’s softball and soccer teams at about 5. I was there when Laura was 5 when she decided to learn how to play guitar. She began playing the piano at 6 years old, but the majority of the time, I was with her to teach her how to coach softball.

When I retired (in 1998), I was living in an area of the country where soccer was a way of life, so I taught soccer to high school girls from 5 to 18, and Laura eventually picked up the sport to travel with me.

I was fortunate to be able to teach Laura how to coach her softball teams. The next couple of years, she coached me to the first girl’s softball national championship.

She then transitioned to playing for a softball club in my home town.

It was as a volunteer, that Laura began coaching at the high school level. She helped coach three varsity softball teams at the high school level, coached softball at two state-sponsored tournaments and had coaching responsibilities for the football, men’s basketball and tennis teams.

She coached for two years at a junior college in a suburb where the softball program didn’t produce a lot of players. Nevertheless, she found a coach, and in just a few years, became the varsity women’s softball coach for her school.

Laura took the leadership role to develop youth softball programs. She became co-head coach of the high school team. She also was the lead director of the football team.

She was also a part-time volunteer coach for a team in West Virginia, where all the coaches were part-time volunteers. She coached the team for one year until she was able to offer one of her full-time positions. Then she became part of the softball program staff at a smaller high school in Connecticut.

We have a unique opportunity to have a conversation about her journey and how we can use each other’s success as a model for others.