The Quicksand Story

Our story through the quicksand of our own financial crisis

Archive for the month “September, 2011”

I Refuse

I refuse to be one of those people whose life ends at bad news.  I was that person once and it is not a fun place to be.

I am tired of being asked,” So how are you doing, really…..”  and their eyes reflect thousands of innuendos.

Yes I have heart problems.

Yes, I am tired all the time.

Yes, I need to be careful and no I can’t run, jump and cavort like an 8 year old ever again.  I don’t need these things to be a great mom.  I don’t need these things.

I am a Powerful, Strong, Beautiful woman who is on this earth to do more than just sit and be a victim.

I am a Cancer Survivor – twice.

I am a Cardiomyopathy patient.

I am a business woman.

I have lost every material thing in my life – twice.

I am educating people about the mistakes we have made in the hopes to help them make better choices in lives.

I refuse to be a victim.

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The Cipolla Project: Quicksand the Book

Guest post by Anne McAuley, McAuley Freelance Writing

I met Karen at a networking group in Arizona, far from Connecticut where we both grew up. Turns out her husband Paul went to high school with my best friend. Crazy how life happens and how people, places and situations are brought together.

As Karen and I shared our stories it became clear The Cipolla Story was one that had to be told. Our “random” meeting was more than likely part of God’s plan and not coincidence. The Cipollas had gone through losing a family business, losing homes in foreclosure, losing friends, losing material things to Karen nearly losing her life after the birth of their youngest a daughter named Emily.

Karen and I sat in a coffee shop in Gilbert, AZ for our first meeting and at the end I asked, “Do you feel there is light at the end of the tunnel?” After all it had been just a year or so since they had begun a life in Arizona.

Karen replied with her signature smile and said, “Honey, we’re IN the light! We climbed out of a well and are standing on top of the world!”

So here we are launching a blog that is part of a book. The book is part of a story that needs to be told around the world.

Thank you, Karen and Paul, for trusting me to tell your story.

McAuley Freelance Writing was recently featured in the Arizona Republic story of Renewal and Reinvention. We provide freelance writing services and social media management for small businesses. We create and deliver high quality products and service because your business is our business. Contact Anne McAuley at 480-206-6452, and visit our website

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