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You get what you give

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The other day, my yoga instructor told a story that made me think of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the mirror.” Upon hearing both, I’m reminded of how much our outlook shapes our reality. The story went like this: two dogs walked into a room filled with mirrors. One was a…

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Take a leap

Take a leap

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When I heard about Seth Godin’s Ruckusmakers workshop, I knew I had to apply. Having the chance to interact and spend quality time with my favorite blogger was an opportunity I couldn’t resist. The conference is invite only, so I also knew it was a long-shot. Not everyone (or even…

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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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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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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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A new chapter

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Just one week ago, I lost my job at The Buffalo News due to restructuring and cut backs. Given my tendency to “blog it out”, it shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve spent a large part of this past week writing. As I have been reflecting, I am finding silver linings…

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Bloggerversary

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I started this blog exactly one year ago to the day. At the time, I was in desperate need of a creative outlet. I had always loved writing but had always been hesitant to share my writing with the public out of fear of criticism. I knew that the only…

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A lucky day

A lucky day

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When it comes to writing, I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I know that I have a lot to learn, (I’m a regular AP style offender,) and am always looking to improve. I also thoroughly enjoy writing, so when I write a blog post there are usually around 50 revisions…

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Oh hello, Seth Godin

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Despite the fact that I’m operating on three hours of sleep, I woke up this morning exhausted but excited. My 4:00 am wake up (and subsequent 7:00 am flight out of JFK) meant that I would return to Buffalo in time to see one of my favorite authors, Seth Godin,…

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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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