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Dear Frontline Workers

"The coronavirus pandemic has permanently changed all of our lives, but certainly none more than yours. We are living through a grueling period in history. Since the moment the pandemic entered our lives, you accepted the challenge to support the collective whole. You have made countless sacrifices to commit to your duties, and gracefully displayed your servant’s heart in the process. None of us saw this coming. I imagine you had no idea you would serve during a global pandemic."

How Michelle Poler is Keeping Me Optimistic

"In this historic period of uncertainty, daily disruption, anxiety, and chaos, I remind myself that I can face the unknown bravely. I’ve learned from Michelle’s work that I can deal with the unknown, embrace change, and redefine fears surrounding the novel coronavirus as obstacles that can become opportunities. On any given day, millions of people worldwide are understandably fearful as a result of coronavirus and the implications it has physically, economically, mentally. And even though these are not hand-chosen fears we’ve chosen to pursue voluntarily, there is something to be said about how much braver we will be when we get to the other side of this."

How Sudden Loss and Grief Helped Me Build Resilience

"Before this time in my life, I had always strived to be in control of as much as possible. But when I found myself crying hysterically on the couch in my grief counselor’s office as I began to work through my feelings, I realized that change is inevitable. It wouldn’t be a matter of if something unexpected happens again, but when. Even though I felt like I had grappled with being in control up until this point, I learned to accept that life is unexpected, and I won’t always have control over what happens."

Giving from Afar: Combating Loneliness Virtually

"We’ve used our skills, knowledge, and resources to act upon an idea and identified a way to give from afar. Even though she’s no longer my professor, I continue to learn as her student. Our lessons were once textbook focused and pre-determined by educational requirements, but today I’m learning life lessons on thinking outside of the box, being brave enough to run with an idea, and how to spread generosity and kindness in a world that feels clouded by chaos."

Chasing Change: Why I Left a Job I Was Damn Good At

"I’m in the early stages of developing my career. I don’t have a lot of experience, nor am I an expert in any field. I’m still finding myself, still forging my own path, and am still in the developmental stages of building a career path. My story is far from pretentious. My story isn’t extravagant, and it might not even seem impressive, but of this, I am sure, despite my early-stage career path and lack of experience, I took a leap that not many would have the courage to make."
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