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Deidre Hughey’s personal story of victory in the face of overwhelming odds is an inspiration to youth, parents and educators alike. She is passionate about challenging people to think bigger, live bolder and pursue the goals that inspire them – personally and professionally – with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

Deidre is a nationally recognized speaker and the author of the book I Am Bound and Determined: The Must Read Guide for Women of Childhood Abuse and Trauma. Deidre is also a columnist for Carolina Business Connections, a recognized expert on Love Your Life Again, and the producer and host of Deidre’s 3 Steps Forward on WCOM 103.5FM in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, NC which has been featured in Talk Radio Wants You published by McFarland & Co.

Deidre has been in one form of marketing and personal development for more than 20 years. As a result, she has been a welcome guest on NBC-17 and has interviewed some of the top personal and business development experts in the country, such as: Pam Lontos, Shel Horowitz, Karyn Greenstreet, Peggy Collins, Jacqueline Kelm, and Nancy Solomon. She offers free tips, fun and encouragement in her newsletter which is available at and archives of her radio program are available at

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Today’s Brilliance from Deidre Hughey

Comfort. As an adult, I made comfortable choices. And why shouldn't I? My childhood was a barrage of chores (I grew up on a farm) before the innocence of it all was stripped from me in the form of child abuse. The roller coaster that followed looked something like: fear, self-doubt, self-blame, depression, self-loathing, self-abuse, suicidal thoughts, recovery, more self-doubt, drugs... Once I was able to control my life, my goal was to be comfortable at all costs. I made choices that made me feel good, satisfied, and relaxed. "After all," I thought to myself, "Don't I deserve to be…

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