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Second Chances

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As the first seven days of the new year wind down, many of us are taking inventory of ourselves and the way we live. We call them “resolutions” — the decisions we make at the start of a new year that are meant to improve our lives. Among the most popular new year’s resolutions are drinking less alcohol, losing weight and saving money. But not all resolutions are inspired by the calendar page turning. Some are born from enormous struggle, even tragedy, which manifests as a second chance in life.

Bad habits can be hard to break, and making major changes takes real commitment, often with the help of others. One homeless Ohio man’s story of a second chance has gone viral on YouTube. But for most of us, our dramas are quietly played out day to day.

Have you experienced a life-changing second chance? Has there ever been a turning point in your life that forever changed the way you live? What is your New Year’s resolution?


  • Tom Hallman, Jr.: Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for The Oregonian
  • Jodie Barrum: Had a second chance at stability after poverty
  • Zoe Francesca: Had a second chace at being a writer
  • Jennifer Branfield: Had a second chance at parenthood
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