Kristin, Senior Writer

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Once Upon A Time, in another life, Kristin graduated from the University of Michigan with a plan to teach high school math. But then, life happened when she wasn’t looking…. She married an Army guy and 23 years, 3 kids, a few dogs, 7 homes, and 2 continents later she’s now a single mom living here in Colorado Springs. Along the way she volunteered for the Army, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and several schools; managed volunteer organizations, coached judo, trained to be a whitewater rafting guide, biked down Pike’s Peak and even managed to teach some high schoolers a little math before forging new trails writing, teaching and financial planning. She never knows what’s coming around the bend, but she’s learned to handle whatever life (and the Army!), throws at her with a smile and a laugh. She’s pretty sure you can get through anything with those, even if you have to fake it occasionally!!
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Surviving the Divorce Process

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When Dad Cheats – What Do You Say To Teenagers?

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Sexy Mama – Yes, You Still Got It!!

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The Divorce Journey — Words You Need to Hear on the Hard Days

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Understanding Depression: Shining Some Light On The Darkness

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So You’re Thinking About Getting A Dog…

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Let it Go: Put Down that Weight and Carry On

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The Best Financial Decision I Ever Made

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My Favorite Early Books

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