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Thriving in the Martial Arts

A first-person series written by Chris Hershberger on how he went from being a "poor punk kid" in Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

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No one has it all figured out. No matter our station in life, when faced with problems, big or small, it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to do. I turn to trusted friends, family members, mentors and experts for advice on big and small things regularly. 

This will probably be the only article that I write for this Thrive series in the first-person, partly because I like my recipe articles to remain less like directives and more like teachings or guidelines.

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MANSFIELD — There are parts to every job that may be tedious or have someone questioning “why am I here?” but if those thoughts are an ongoing occurrence, that person may need to ask themselves if that negativity they’re bringing into the office will affect their co-workers. 

My first grader Eloise needed to make a Valentine’s box this weekend for her party at school. This is the first year that we’ve been responsible for making a box for the Valentine’s party at home. Eloise loves to craft and create, and our house is littered with kid-appropriate craft supplies…

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Thrive Correspondent Colleen Cook is launching an advice column about living well. Drawing from her life experience as a wife, mother and working professional, Cook will weigh in on a range of topics. 

Editor's Note: This is part VI of a series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach. 

I was back to work following a seven week maternity leave after my second daughter was born. The entire maternity leave, I was antsy, eager to get back to it. Yet, I always struggled to leave the baby that first week. Luckily, I had a boss that encouraged me to bring her along that first wee…

Editor's Note: This is part V of a series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach. 

For years, the Enneagram has been an insightful personality tool for me in developing a deeper knowledge of myself and deeper grace for others. One of the insights of the Enneagram is the way it highlights a “deadly sin” that impacts each personality style. For me, as an Enneagram 7, that si…

Editor's Note: This is part IV of a series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

One of the most pivotal moments of my life happened in second grade. Our class sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” as our music teacher, Mr. Wilson, walked through the room, listening to each of us and tapping individuals on the shoulder to go to the front of the room. Those lucky few selected wo…

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MANSFIELD - Three years ago, parkrun came to Mansfield. Since then, the level of outreach has rallied a community together to reach goals, get healthy and meet new people. 

It was a particularly hot June, and I was two days away from my due date. I was overheated, swollen, uncomfortable, exhausted and desperate for this baby to make her exit from my womb. Then I heard the news: My friend who was due nearly three weeks after me had delivered her baby that morning.

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MANSFIELD - In 2013, Nikki McBride dropped out of college, had a DUI on her record and crashed her car due to intoxication. Today, she’s celebrating being over 1,000 days sober.  

A few weeks ago, our family had a particularly rough week. Over the course of two days, we suffered injuries, violent stomach bugs and the death of a loved one. It was brutal, exhausting and a bit overwhelming. 

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MANSFIELD - Julie Schwartz, head of Discovery School, wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. for a cup of hot tea and breakfast. Afterward, it’s a couple of miles on the treadmill, and then a shower before waking up her two kids. Once ready, they all leave together for their separate days at Disco…

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MANSFIELD - With more technical, entrepreneurial advances being made every day, it’s the perfect time to begin a new career, and for some, possibly even change it.

Editor's Note: This is part III of a four-part series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

Life can change forever in a moment. We all know that on some level, of course. Either we’ve been there, or we’ve witnessed someone we know whose entire life was upended by a random moment that stopped everything dead in its tracks.