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The Mashup … with Michelle Peña

Meet the edge of the precipice

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Hot to the touch and rapidly reddening, the condition of my skin was a dead giveaway to my feelings of anxiety and embarrassment. I was about to face one of my silliest fears.

“Hurry mom, we’re running late!” My oldest son quickly fired off the words, but they were ominously muted. My subconscious had shifted into denial. The roles were oddly reversed that morning; I was always the one hustling after the kids to get them out the door on time.

I haphazardly threw the ridiculous weight of my briefcase over one shoulder while reaching for the coffee pot with my free hand. It was no coincidence my favorite travel mug was on the counter, waiting to be topped off.

Emerald green (my favorite color), it sported an empowering message that spoke volumes and had indelibly engraved itself in my own mind: “Fear is a Liar.”

Wrapping my hand around its calming textured grip, ...(register to read more)

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