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Cheri is wearing: Top $348 available at Rodes For Him | For Her, 502.753.7633; Skirt $325 available at Rodes For Him | For Her, 502.753.7633; Hat, $350 available from Haven’s Millinery, www.havenhat.com

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After she raised her children, Cheri Simms moved to Tanzania for three months to be a teacher in a small Maasai orphanage. She says the experience had a profound impact on her view of adversity. “Living in [Tanzania] not only gives one perspective as you see how happy, even joyful, people can be despite the difficulties and obstacles, but also just the sense of accomplishment that I could live with less, adapt to a different culture, and find there is so much in this world by letting go and rally up the courage to ‘do it’!,” she says. When Cheri returned, she became a realtor with W*R Realtors and competes in regional ballroom competitions.  

Extra tidbit: Being emotionally strong when you aren’t sure you can

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