Life Lessons

Silver linings

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Within the past year, I’ve become very good at finding silver linings. Everything that I have experienced throughout this past year has shown me the value and importance of always having a positive outlook, regardless of the situation. Optimism is a choice. You decide how you want to look at…

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Circle of life

Circle of life

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The passing of Nana has come at a time when I’ve been surrounded by experiences which remind me of the circle of life. I spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas in Pittsburgh this past year. Being in Pittsburgh always used to remind me of my grandma, who passed away almost 3…

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Pure mazel

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I attended Nana’s funeral, or celebrated her life (as I like to think of it), on January 9, 2014. The fact that I was able to be in New York to do so was largely up to chance. (See: Buffalo blizzard) I was fortunate that the polar vortex hit exactly…

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Lessons from Lil

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My grandmother is one of my greatest heroes. Lillian Silverberg, otherwise known as L’il Lil, has been my hero and role model for as long as I can remember. Despite the fact that she is 91 years in age, I still have a hard time thinking of her as “old”….

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It’s a choice

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So much of what happens in life is beyond our ability to control. Natural disasters happen. Couples break up. Lay-offs occur. People get sick… There are endless combinations of external circumstances that affect our day-to-day lives. For those of us who enjoy the feeling of control, it is only natural…

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One step at a time

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The past few months haven’t been the easiest for me from a physical and medical standpoint.  I’ve been having back problems and some ankle pain, so I haven’t been able to work out, go running or even long walks. Working out is one of the activities which helps me to…

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Bumps in the road

Bumps in the road

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During my visit home this past weekend I learned a valuable lesson about bumps in the road. My first day home (Friday, March 22) went a little something like this: the morning started wonderfully; the sun was shining as I drove my mom to work. After dropping her off, I…

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Grabbing chances

Grabbing chances

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“Chances multiply if you grab them.” This past weekend I got the chance to meet, and spend some quality time with, Steve Rannazzisi. Rannazzisi came to Buffalo to do stand-up at Helium Comedy Club. His stand-up routine was clean, relate-able, and hilarious. My boyfriend and I had the good fortune…

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