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Please Help Shower Mathias Giordano With Love

There are some people who take root in my heart. Sometimes these people are complete strangers and yet I somehow find myself emotionally invested. I read every social media post, article and update related to their journey. I study their pictures. I donate to their cause. I think of them often and I look for ways to show my support. I am not sure why some stories impact me more than others, but over the years there have a been more than a few. Right now, the person taking residence in my heart is Mathias Giordano, a 13-year-old Leesburg, Va., boy who is battling cancer. If you have been part of my Facebook community, then you know that I talk of him often, even though I have never met him or his family. I was going to write about Mathias, but I thought it would be better to read what his mother Roya Giordano wrote on their Team Mathias Facebook page. Mathias Giordano is a 13 year old boy in Leesburg who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, cancer of... the bone, in July of 2012. Over the past 28 months, he has endured biopsies, port … [Read More...]

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Love is one of those indescribable intangibles. It’s more than a feeling, but an instinct. A connection with someone outside of yourself that can transcend time and space. A devotion and faith in the idea that your emotions are intrinsically intertwined with someone else’s emotions and feelings. Love is not always about specific relationships, but […]

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So, it happened. The words I didn’t see coming. Ever. “You don’t understand. Things aren’t like when you went to school. Things are different now.” Translation: “You are OLD and out of touch.” I swallowed back my desire to scream, “I’m only 36-years-old! I can bust a move, do the butt, the humpty dance, and you should […]

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After experiencing an amazing weekend at Oprah’s The Life You Want event in Washington, D.C., I felt compelled to write a letter to Oprah about what I felt was missing from the line-up of speakers. So, I did and then I put it aside and instead wrote a recap of the weekend for my blog. But, the letter was […]

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Discovering Inspiration at Oprah’s #LifeYouWantDC Event

*Disclaimer: I was invited to lunch and given a premium plus ticket to Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend in Washington DC by representatives for Toyota. However, I chose to write this post and share my own thoughts and experiences of the event. Have you ever felt like you were meant to be exactly where […]

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