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RealLifeExperienceD episode 1 (round 2), Simply Complicated, explains how life experiences can be an amazing personal development tool that can be used to enhance your productivity and happiness. What is great is that sharing your experiences with others can help them to not make the same mistakes. At 23 years old, I have been through more than I ever thought was fair. After dealing with mental illnesses, self-medicating, addiction and having boundaries crossed at a young age, I thought I had already been through enough but that was only the beginning. I failed my first semester of college at 18 and came home in an attempt to get my life together. I ended up pregnant. I gained 100lbs during my pregnancy and struggled immensly with having to deal with the weight gain, relationship problems and the fear that I wasn't going to be a good mom. My daughter Heidi was born on December 20, 2008. Unfortunately there were complications during her birth and seizure activity afterwards. We took Heidi home after 2 weeks in NICU but as time went on noticed some developmental delay. After years of doctor visits, tests, and second opinions, Heidi was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This disability effects her physically but she steps up to the challenge everyday with a smile. She started walking at age 3 after starting school and still falls sometimes but stands right back up. She learns from each fall. She motivates me to continue to patch up the consequences of choices from my past and to learn from them. Watching her overcome her physical limitations daily with such a sweet and positive attitude has changed my life. I hope to help others as much as Heidi has helped me by sharing my life experiences and what they have taught me. Personal development and productivity books, websites, worksheets, programs and life experiences have taught me that it's best to keep things simple. This may seem like an easy challenge, but keeping life simple is complicated.
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