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I am blessed with the most wonderful accountability partner. She’s brilliant, sincere, caring, nurturing, beautiful inside and out, and we talk once a week for 30 minutes. I secretly wish she lived next door, but she lives in Boston. We support each other, advise each other, and encourage each other. When one of us experiences a big win, we celebrate, when there’s a failure, we help each other re-group and brainstorm on how to correct. Does it sound like we’re a great team? We are. And I would rather swim an icy river than disappoint...

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“What do you want?” I asked.  “What is it that you want?” She stared at me blankly, and said nothing.  She maintained her smile but I saw it slowly fading. For the past 30 minutes she’d talked about her husband and his successes, and what he wanted to do when he retired.  She had spoken of her two kids in college, and their majors, and specifically what they were hoping to do once they graduated.  She went on to describe her mother and how she wanted to go on a trip for seniors touring Ireland, the first...

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