Ice-inspired insights

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The virality of the Ice Bucket Challenge has me thinking about the tremendous and influential role that social media plays in our lives. I’m a big fan of this campaign, as it combines two of the things I love the most: social media and giving. It’s been incredible to see…

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Unhealthy changes everything

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When you’re unhealthy, you’re completely out of commission. On July 21, after three days of experiencing the most excruciating stomach pain I’ve ever had, I was rushed to Buffalo General’s emergency room by my doctor. When I got to the emergency room, my mind immediately jumped to the worst case…

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Curve balls

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Life throws us curve balls when we least expect it. Just when we think we have everything figured out, we get dealt a big dose of reality to remind us that life isn’t easy. A lot of shit happens that we can’t control or change. As much as you plan,…

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Work less, do more

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I read a great article in Forbes the other week which provided 10 tips to work less and accomplish more. While I didn’t find all of the tips to be helpful, there were a number that I felt strongly about. I share this with the hopes of making myself and…

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The simple life

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I spent the last week with family at a cabin on Loon Lake in the Adirondacks. Our cabin had no internet access or cell service, and the shortest drive to get a bar on your cell phone was about 25 minutes away. It was the first time (since starting my…

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Life is precious

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I feel strongly about making the most of every single day. We only have one opportunity on this beautiful planet, so we’d better make it count. We’re often reminded of how fragile and cruel life can be, which is why I feel strongly that when you have a good day,…

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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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Seasons of love

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My great aunt, who is 82 years old, married her partner of 54 years this weekend. When I first heard word of the plans, I immediately started crying tears of joy. I couldn’t believe that after 54 years together, they finally decided that they wanted to get married. My tears…

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Do the work; make a routine

Do the work; make a routine

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Our daily routine has an enormous influence over our attitude and, I believe, sense of satisfaction with our life. I also believe that, given our differences, everyone has a routine that works best for them. For me, finding time to blog, Skype with family, exercise, read, visit with friends, take…

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We’re resilient

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My friends and family have gone through the emotional ringer lately. Someone I know or love has passed away every month since the start of the new year, and 2013 wasn’t necessarily much better. There were times throughout the past year when I acted like the life of my own…

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