At one point or another, many of us have probably flirted with the idea of making big, sweeping changes to our lives.

Maybe we'll learn a new language. Perhaps we'll change careers or finally learn how to play an instrument. These grand ideas come to us without warning, but most are swept aside or forgotten about after some real talk or a good night's sleep.

But sometimes, on rare occasions, we take the risk. And truly amazing things can happen.


Teej knows all about this. After a health scare, she decided she wanted to take better care of herself. For most of us, that might mean taking a few more walks or switching to decaf in the afternoons. But Teej went bigger, much bigger and decided to sign up for a triathlon.

Hours of swimming, biking, and running in a highly competitive environment? That's one way to jump-start a fitness routine. She spent the next year training for her big race.

Preparing for your first competition is daunting for any triathlon novice, but Teej had an even bigger hurdle to climb.

"I don't know how to run, bike, or swim," she says. "So I had to kind of teach myself how to do these things."

But she surprised herself, toughed it out, and made it to the starting line — only to discover her biggest competition wasn't the racers lined up beside her, it was the little voice in her head that said she wasn't an athlete at all.

Listen to Teej tell the story of her first triathlon and the boost of confidence and new friends she gained along the way.

And give a little more consideration to your next big, sweeping, grand idea. It may just change your life.

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Trump has been one of the most anti-immigrant presidents of recent memory. His Administration separated undocumented families at the border, placed bans on travelers from majority-Muslim countries, and he's proudly proclaimed, "Our country is full."

George W. Bush's legacy on immigration is a bit more nuanced. He ended catch-and-release and called for heightened security at the U.S.-Mexico border, but he also championed an immigration bill that created a guest worker program and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.

Unfortunately, that bill did not pass.

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Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away—it prolongs resolution. There's a whole lot of harm to be remedied and damage to be repaired as a result of racial injustice, and it's up to all of us to figure out how to do that. Parents, in particular, are recognizing the importance of raising anti-racist children; if we are unable to completely eradicate racism, maybe the next generation will.

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While that sounds awful, it's important to know that trafficking children in the US is not all of that. I can't say it never is—I don't know. What I do know is most young trafficked children aren't sitting in a basement tied up. They have families, and someone—usually in their family—is trafficking them.

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