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The stumbler

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As I walked outside in the sun last week, I found myself feeling completely overwhelmed with gratitude. I have lived a very fortunate life and I have a lot to be grateful for every single day – but lately, I have found myself feeling positively floored by how much goodness…

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The busy excuse

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My yoga instructor asked a simple question while laying in savasana during last week’s practice. Is there anything you’ve neglected lately? Have you recently said “I’m too busy?”  It got me thinking about the things in my life that I’ve felt “too busy” for lately; certain friends, going to the…

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Connecting

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I got an email last week from an old friend that I hadn’t heard from in 2-3 years. It was amazing to reconnect and attempt to catch up on everything that had happened to/for each of us since we had last spoken. The interaction filled me with gratitude and lightness;…

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You’re not alone

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I arrived to Ruckusmakers weekend, on March 6, alone. I left, on March 8, as part of a tribe. Over the course of just two days, a room filled with 79 strangers became a room filled with people so close they felt like family to me. The weekend was the…

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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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One year ago

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One year ago today, I found out that my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and my life changed. My main priority at that point in my life, advancing my career, fell by the wayside and felt insignificant when faced with the news that my mother was sick. My immediate…

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Warrior momma

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For those of you who have the pleasure of knowing Donna Jornsay, you know that she is a warm, caring, generous, thoughtful, fun-loving, easy-going and hard-working woman. Maybe I’m biased but of all the mothers I’ve come to know, my mother truly tops the cake. Donna Jornsay seems to be…

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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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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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