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plant in hand

Building a Creative Forest One Seed at a Time

The past two years I have shifted into high gear to accomplish everything on my “bucket list” sooner than later because… we never know how many days we get. See Hamilton on Broadway. Check! Since witnessing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece, I keep thinking… “How did he conceptualize such a unique and brilliant production?” What is my gift? Do I have that level of artistic gift in me …

Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Spirit: Working to Be the Best in the World

The life of an Olympic athlete isn’t all sunshine and rainbows—every thing they do every day of the year is calculated as to whether it will help them achieve their goal—to be the BEST IN THE WORLD. Imagine a society where we ALL had this drive and determination to be the BEST in the world. Imagine having the fortitude to repeatedly crash, and then to …

anxiety

Is There a Benefit to Being Anxious?

I was driving when I got the call from my doctor, “Could you pull over so we could talk about your results?” I pull over. “Your tests have come back positive. You have breast cancer.” At that moment my world stopped… my mind immediately went to the horrific experience my mother went through 30 years earlier with colon cancer, which eventually resulted in a very …

Miss Val behind fountain.

GET TO vs HAVE TO: Perspectives from my Chemo Spa

I GET to go to chemotherapy. I GET to have poison shot into my vein that will hopefully kill the cancer in my breast. It all started when my oncologist said, “You’re going to go through a year of chemo and surgery, but you’ll be fine.” I went home, sat on my couch, and E-X-H-A-L-E-D… then it slowly hit me and I started chanting and …

Heart shaped hands

The Importance of “You’re Welcome”

“We can do not great things, only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Teresa “You’re welcome” is the dance partner to “Thank you.” Think about a time you said “you’re welcome” to someone’s “thank you.” It felt like you had a “moment,” a small connection with that person, didn’t it? A sincere “thank you” offers a pause in the discourse of an interaction with …