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The Optimists Journal

Heartfelt Anecdotes and Practical Resources to Help You Create Wellness for Life.

Wendy Jones

New Beginnings

People care, or they are curious, or both:) When people ask me what happened to my ankle, I tell them […]
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Wendy Jones

Beginner's Mind

When I learned to play volleyball, there were nine players standing on a blacktop volleyball court on the playground of […]
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Wendy Jones

Epiphanies

Epiphanies have always come to me in the water.  As a swimmer, I used to wish that there was a […]
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The Trust Bar

The BE BETTER story isn’t about me. It’s a story of relationships that helps remind us that we are strong […]
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