Start small

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We seem to operate under the belief that with a new year, comes the opportunity to create a “new us.” However, operating under this belief means we’re failing to realize: if we want to change something about our lives, we don’t have to wait until January. having a laser-like focus…

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Yearning for learning: yoga

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I’ve recently started practicing yoga and as a result, I find myself feeling stronger, more confident and generally happier. I’ve also learned a number of “lessons” that I want to share with anyone just getting into it: Practice makes for better practice: It takes time to learn; with practice comes…

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Snowvember

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This week’s weather made history. Hundreds of businesses closed; hundreds of people were trapped in their homes; dozens of cars were buried. While downtown Buffalo (my neck of the woods) only saw about 1-2 feet of snow, Cheektowaga and Orchard Park saw record heights of 6+ feet. Dozens of national…

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Acceptance vs approval

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My oldest friend recently shared some great insight with me: acceptance does not equal approval. It’s a simple saying that applies to almost every facet of life and since carrying the mantra with me, I’ve been a truly happier person. Oftentimes, our friends or family will make decisions that we…

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Embracing change

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The issues that we currently face as a planet, country, city, and even as individuals, are vastly different from the ones we faced 40, 20, 10, 5 or even 2 years ago. On a local level in Buffalo, we are seeing things happen (development, an influx of young professionals, the…

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My greatest memory

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Summer 2005, spent in Tortola, was the best summer of my life. It undoubtedly changed and shaped me into the person I am today, as it was a summer of personal growth and discovery. I left VISIONS with more insight into who I am and what is most important to…

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Time is precious

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Goodbyes are the worst, right? My dad visited me in Buffalo last weekend and it while it was wonderful, it went by all too quickly. It seems like every time I have a visitor, the weekend ends just a few short moments after it starts. Living in Buffalo, and having…

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