Rhonda Cagle

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What I Do vs. Who I Am

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2013 at 8:09 pm

After 20 years of self-employment, I recently accepted a job offer. It’s the first time in most of my adult life that I’ve had a regular paycheck, health care benefits, 401k plan, and paid vacation and sick time.

I almost turned it down.

You see, being self-employed wasn’t how I explained what I do for a living. It’s an innate part of who I am. At the end of the month, when the bills got paid and there was food on the table, it was the direct result of my ability to hustle, work hard, and God’s grace in the process.



I’m writing about the transition from self-employed to senior vice president of communications for a national education organization in my latest column for The Arizona Republic. You can read and join in the conversation http://t.co/iqzcYfdiPB.

Fly Away, Little Bird

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2013 at 7:03 pm

My stepson and daughter are moving out – all in the same week. Piles of clutter waiting to be sorted are everywhere and boxes litter every room in my home. Secretly, I’m glad for the distraction.


Between listening as my stepson gives instructions on how to enroll him for classes in 2015 and arranging for my daughter’s U-Haul, I’m painfully aware that my kids are leaving home. For good.

My husband will soon stand and watch as his boy walks through security at the airport and leaves for a two-year mission to Mexico. It pains me to know he’ll stand at that same spot two years from now, looking for his boy. Instead, he’ll welcome home a man.

I’m trading Pinterest posts with my daughter, helping her decorate a kitchen the size of a postage stamp. And with every piece of Ikea furniture we assemble, I realize she’s leaving my nest for good to begin a home of her own. Suddenly, my nest feels empty.

I’m writing about my kids growing up and moving out and how it feels to help them make lives of their own. You can read about it in my latest column for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. http://t.co/zDQYzqxSuo

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