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Overcoming Obstacles by Finding a Way #WATWB


Welcome to the “We are the World Blogfest” (#WATWB ). The #WATWB was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Peter Nena,
Inderpreet Kaur UppalShilpa Garg, Roshan Radhakrishnan, Sylvia McGrath and myself.

Our next post will be on August 31st, 2018. If you would like to join us please click here!


“If it’s important you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~ Ryan Blair

In life, many face challenges that to some would seem impossible to overcome.  Whether it’s health-related, situational, financial…sometimes many just give up. Not Thirty-three-year-old Laurel Burns though. Laurel recently graduated from college with a degree in Medical Administration. Laura did it as a single mother of two children who attended night classes towards her degree, helping her children with homework, driving them around, doing her own homework and understandably multitasking in order to accomplish her goals. Although there are many single-parent families who face the same rigorous lifestyle, Laura faces another challenge, she was born with no arms.  Laurel doesn’t let anything stop her and although she admits at times she faces anxiety she also tries to push herself to find a way to overcome obstacles.  She has learned to type quickly and has also found time to draw and paint and she sells her artwork on her Facebook page (see link below). Laurel is one of those people whose enthusiasm and determination inspire all those who face challenges they think are insurmountable.

The video below tells Laurel’s story…

Check out Laurel’s Facebook page to learn more about this incredible woman. https://www.facebook.com/laurelshome/

10 thoughts on “Overcoming Obstacles by Finding a Way #WATWB”

  1. Laurel is truly inspiring. I saw some of her artwork on her Facebook page and was very impressed with that as well as her ability to type instead of using voice recognition software. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB.

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    1. I thought so too. She doesn’t give up and she has that where there’s a will, there’s a way attitude which I admire so much. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to post me a little note. Hope you have a fantastic weekend! 🙂


  2. I am in awe of Laura and her determination to succeed despite the challenges. She is a perfect example of can-do attitude. Thanks for sharing her truly inspiring story, Belinda!


  3. Hi Belinda – gosh what a story … so heart-warming and challenging for us – who so often take the easy route out of things … wonderful to see her achieve so much … incredible – her boys will be so helpful soon – but I’m sure she’ll continue in the best way she can … onwards and upwards for that family – great read: thank you – Hilary


  4. The difficulty will provide us the necessary strength to overcome it. And very happy to read about Laurel and her hard-earned medical degree. kudos to her power and strength.


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