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This first volume of the Shining Beautiful Series highlights the realm of love attained by six people who wondered if they could reach beyond their limits and change the world. Their stories center on Mikelle Learned. Orphaned in Korea at the tender age of three months, destiny took Mikelle by the hand and led her into the arms of a new family in Denver, CO. There, doctors diagnosed her with significant cerebral palsy.

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Her path led her to the halls of Congress as a speaker and then on to the National Press Club as an Honored Guest Reactor. Mikelle speaks across the country, owns her own condo, a small business, and many friends who pop in and out of her world. She loves showing young people how to overcome life’s challenges. Not bad for someone who can’t walk or talk without technology.

Her book will tickle your funny bone, inspire you to move beyond your limitations and show you how to create a supportive community full of love. Shining Beautiful (the English translation of her Korean name) shares tips and strategies for creating a meaningful life, no matter what that life brings.


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  • Party Time… Community Time! Leading by Example on Her Bday

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    Mikelle throws unforgettable parties, and her 30th birthday party today proved once again her uncanny ability to bring together an unexpected community of people in all different places in life with one common denominator: we are all addicted to hanging out with Mikelle. Mikelle expressed herself with her normally unique style that can’t help but […]

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  • Hundreds of Community Summit Enthusiasts!

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    Dropping in after day 2 of our Community Summit at Ellenburg, where we are speaking on engaging the community and connecting those with developmental disabilities. We are so lucky to have a fantastic community that allows us to lead by example, showing ourselves and others every day how to empower those with disabilities to lead […]

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