CATEGORY: INSPIRATIONAL

Olivia Cummings is that girl whose kind of life you're jealous of. From her Instagram to her business, it seems like she's got it all figured it out -- world travels, beautiful jewelry and an impressive style. She's got friends all over the world, from Paris to Istanbul, she's seen and done it all. But how did this Australian entrepreneur create such a life?  How does she travel 365 days of the year while maintaining her own business? The main ingredient: passion. While studying at Melbourne University, she became enchanted with languages, but none more than French. After many trips back and forth across the Indian Ocean, Olivia finally moved to Paris. Her days were filled with wine and cheese, her vacations with adventures around Europe, India and Turkey...

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I still hadn't heard a word back from the casting agency about the movie role I’d gone for, months prior, and I was convinced it was because I was fat. In fact, it had to be that. Otherwise, I was perfect for the role. That was the very reason I was now here, cold, crying and running laps around an athletics track, at a ‘fat farm’. Know who this woman is? It's Oprah Winfrey. She gave numerous television interviews with journalists, following the news that she’d been offered to play the part of ‘Sofia' in the movie “The Color Purple” -- Her dream role. Oprah credits, not only scoring the movie role, but also the success of her entire career to something we all have - a brain. Actually, I lie, she credits ‘positive thinking’ and the law of attraction...

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I've always been a fan of the ballet. I remember reading a New Yorker piece about Misty Copeland three years ago which explored her past, her present and her indisputable mark on the ballet industry. Considered a prodigy, Copeland did not discover dance until she was 13. This is about 10 years too late, a lifetime in ballet years, to start training. On June 30, 2015, Copeland became the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in ABT's 75-year history. Startling late was not the only hurdle in Copeland's life, however. By age 15, her mother and ballet teachers, who were serving as her custodial guardians, fought a custody battle over her. Meanwhile, Copeland, who was already an award-winning dancer, was fielding profession...

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