Trading Hate for Hope

By: Taylor Shifflett

This August marks five years since I began my recovery from Anorexia and Bulimia. I suffered silently for three years before treatment was my only option.  Recovery is the most rewarding journey I have faced. I have learned more about myself in the past 5 years, than some people learn in their own lifetime. I'm self-aware, I am thoughtful, I am compassionate, I'm wise, I'm strong. I know God chose me for this because I will fight loudly against the voices in my head.

August 29, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Brenda's Story

Meet Brenda! She is kind and soft spoken, with a passion for learning and you would certainly never guess all that her life has endured. We are so thankful for her incredible vulnerability as she shared with us all of the mountains and valleys her life has seen. Over the course of four marriages she has endured poisoning, cheating, and abuse. Brenda shared that she always seemed to pick all of the wrong guys, but her experience has taught her a lot about life, choices, and perseverance. We can all learn from sweet Brenda!

August 28, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Nelda's Story

Nelda - 72

Meet Nelda! She is 72 and is a cancer survivor that knows how much attitude can change your life. Having endured multiple cancers, molestation, and robbery, Nelda inspired and encouraged us to never stop fighting. Her beautiful words on choosing life and loving others were powerful and provoking. We hope they speak to you the way they did to us!

August 21, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Jack's Story

Meet Jack! Jack is 72 years old, and his precious smile is sure to brighten your day. A man with interests in business and politics, Jack works hard to keep his mind working and active. Having lived to see the stock market crash, Jack has a lot to say about life, being yourself, and how to press on.
August 14, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Barbara Lee's Story

Say hello to our friend Barbara Lee! She is 74 and she stole our heart from the second we met her. She is a free spirit who loves travel, and wishes that she’d done a lot more of it...

August 07, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Intern Spotlight - Alyssa's Story

Like many people, I grew up in a loving, supportive home and I was lucky enough to have parents that pushed me, encouraged me, and were proud of me. Also like many people, for the longest time, I thought that this love and support from my parents, authority figures, friends, and even God was entirely reliant on my performance.
August 03, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Intern Spotlight - Josh's Story

My life summed up into what I actually experienced in my life. The good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful.

I was brought into this world raised in a wonderful family who cared for each other more than themselves. I’m an only child, so you could say there were good times and hard times. But instead of running away from writing this, here we go..

August 03, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Intern Spotlight - Suzi's Story

Like most fifteen year old girls, I dreamed of finding the perfect boyfriend in high school - a story straight out of A Cinderella Story or The Princess Diaries. As all of my friends got their first boyfriends, first kisses, and first heartbreaks, I looked on, growing more insecure by the day.

August 03, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

Loudis & Oscar's Story


Oscar and Loudis are 79 and have been married for 54 years. A former beautician and architect, these two have some of the most caring hearts that we have seen. They value patience, self-care, and consistent love, and they had some great advice for us!
July 31, 2016 by Maddie Harkey

The Golden Years

You're not going to want to miss this. A few weeks ago we visited a retirement community to learn from the wise. To learn what the valleys and hill tops truly look like over the course of 60, 70, 80 and 90 years. This week we launch the stories we've gathered.

July 31, 2016 by Maddie Harkey