Reposted from September 2019


The Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund made its first grant in July of 2019. We were very excited to be able to support The Path4Life, one of Wendi's favorite places to support. The Path4Life Student Center is a Christian based non-profit, which provides a place for kids and teens to gather after school. They provide activities, food (because many of them will not have dinner waiting for them at home) and a comfortable place to hang out or do homework.


We supported The Path, as it is known, because that is what Wendi would want. The Path supports students in the Tom Bean (Grayson County, Texas) community in various ways including social aspects, education, and mentoring. You can Follow the Path on Facebook and see how our funds have helped at https://www.facebook.com/thepath4life/



In the future, as we continue to provide free Mentor Workshops and support, we hope that others will support our efforts as well. All funds donated to the Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund go directly to a charitable fund. Not one penny is spent on mailers, websites, workshops, supplies .... nothing. All of it will and is donated directly to a 501(c)(3) that is supporting people through mentorship programs.

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Previously posted on June 26, 2018

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Let's admit, there are times when life is stressful. Life can be more of a challenge for some than others, but it's the way people handle stress that matters. Wendi was always great at hiding stress, and I learned from her different ways to handle stress. Some things I do to switch from Stress to Zen include taking a break at work, reading something thoughtful, or listening to music. One of my favorite blogs is called Zen Habits by Leo Babauta. It really drives me to relax and really savor life and the moment. I am re-posting a post from Leo here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


It’s Not a Problem, It’s an Experience

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ~Pema Chodron

By Leo Babauta

Life has its down periods: your boss is unhappy with you, your business is struggling, you get into a fight with the love of your life, your finances are tight, you aren’t getting good sleep, you get sick or have chronic pain. Our way of dealing with this is usually to do one or more of the following:


Get away from the problem — quit your job, break up with your partner, or stop caring. Anything you can do to exit.

Ignore the problem — just don’t think about it.

Pretend nothing’s wrong.

Think about anything else. Comfort yourself — drink, smoke, food, TV, Internet, porn, social media, games.

Anything to take your mind off the difficulties.

Complain — lash out at someone, rant, moan about it to a friend, feel resentful, tell yourself that the other person is the problem (because they are, right?!).


There’s nothing wrong with any of these things. Don’t feel guilty if you do them. Sometimes, they can be soothing or helpful. Talking to someone about your problems, for example, is a good idea. Giving yourself some rest so that you are better prepared to take on the world’s problems … that’s not a bad idea too. But trying to avoid the problem, exit from it, or even comfort yourself — these have limited effectiveness. We know that by now, because despite our best efforts, the down times keep happening. We get in a slump, we get miserable, we feel down.


Here’s a mental shift that might help: when you’re feeling hurt, sad, angry, overburdened … think of it not as a problem, but as an experience.

Fully feel whatever pain or sadness or anger you’re feeling.

Stop avoiding it and just feel it. Truly allow yourself to feel it.

And as you feel it, don’t think of the difficult feeling as a problem you need to solve. A thing you need to get rid of. Think of it as an experience you’re having.

It’s not a problem, it’s an experience.

That’s all it is: an experience, a feeling. Nothing to panic about. (Unless you’re feeling panic — that’s OK too.) It’s something you’re experiencing right now, and it’s not good or bad. It’s just an experience. It might not feel good, but that’s not a problem. Not all experiences feel good, right? Sometimes we just have to experience cold, heat, storms, and pain. It’s part of the experience of life, and we don’t have to shut it all out.

Feel your difficulty fully, with as open a heart as you can muster. Allow it into your heart, as you would a good friend. And just be with it, no judgments, no need to do anything. It’s just your present experience.


Whatever you’ve done to comfort yourself — no judgments with that as well. That’s not a problem, just an experience. You can find peace with whatever that experience might be. Now it’s time for action.


From this place of peace about who you are, what you’re experiencing … you can take the next step. It might be something like:

Love the feeling, the experience, the pain. Love the person who is in front of you, hurting. Feel them. Love the world. Give the world your gift. Take a small step toward making your situation better.Take a small action to realize your life’s mission . Be silent, so you can listen. Be still, so you can experience.


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Usually, at the end of the year, I think about how Wendi Rogers was taken from this world suddenly on a New Year's Eve day, and how the world is without a great human. This New Year's Eve, however, proved to be more upbeat and I have a smile on my face. In trying to put my finger on it, I realize that through Wendi, we have created a legacy, positive moments, and a plan to continue learning, helping and giving; and thus, no need for dwelling on the negative.


In 2019, The Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund spread awareness, helped others, made new friends, granted our first gift, and hosted another successful mentorship workshop. Despite simply thriving on a few volunteers and a small amount of donations, we were able to make an impact. We partnered with the Dallas Area Paralegal Association to bring together members and non-members for a combined mentorship workshop hosted in Downtown Dallas. Through this effort, we made new friends and promoted our cause.


We also made a $500 grant to The Path4Life, known as "The Path" to the after-school students that rely on it for a safe place to go, study, and hopefully get a meal. Not only did we provide our first grant, but we also gathered a trunk full of school supplies for kids in need for the fall of 2019. We truly appreciate working with Alyssa Mathes who helps run The Path, and know that this is what Wendi would have done.


Last, several individuals reached out to our co-founders for assistance and mentorship. I'm proud to say the three of us were able to help several people just starting their careers and some who just needed us to ignite the rocket boosters.


I am happy and smiling because I know 2020 will be even better! Don't forget that even the smallest gesture can help someone.



From top left to right, 1st pic: Melinda and Mia, 2nd Pic: Wendi Atwood Rogers Memorial Fund Co-Founders Cynthia, Debbie and Kristine with Alyssa from the Path, 3rd Pic: Heather and Aaron from the Dallas Area Paralegal Association, bottom left, Heather, and last, a beautiful thank you note from Alyssa at The Path.




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