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“In Search Of..”


Approximately 8 weeks ago my dear friend asked that I join her on a mini vacation.  Our trip would change my life forever.  We visited a beautiful New England Island.  Due to my lack of sunscreen application I had a pretty bad sunburn and I was “bed bound” for a day or two. During this time I had time to reflect upon “life”, specifically thoughts about my own “life”. My wants, needs, hopes, dreams etc. (you get the idea) My  next chapter in life and “goal”  was to  become part of this amazing Island community. My research grant for Yale University ended, my son was attending college so I was in the perfect position to make this move. This Island not only has captivating outward beauty but the close, tight knit and supportive bond that the “locals” have for one another is something I have never experienced before.   Of course no one “community” is perfect, but I will share with you that this small community is pretty close to what perfection is/or what many imagine. Since my first trip here I have come to visit every week in search of employment and an apartment.  Well, I obtained a position here and found a charming apartment. I have become a resident of this amazing town.. So, I was “in search of” a tight knit community that would help eachother out during good times and challenging times, a community that welcomes new comers with open arms and a friendly smile.  Of course I miss my home, but I have found a diamond in the rough here with this small Island community.  Thank you to so many that have become a second family to me.  

Take a chance, step outside your comfort zone, you never know what beautiful adventure is awaiting you. Make your next chapter an exciting one.

Maria

“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”


Good Afternoon Friends.

Earbuds in listening to “Your Song”, written and performed by Sir Elton John.  Elton John has been diagnosed with Epilepsy and is also a supporter.  Add this song to your playlist, it is a song of reflection, kindness and love…

As you may have noticed, my blogs have been about relationships.  My goal is to help those maintain healthy and happy relationships. Today I want to touch upon communication.   Communication is the key ingredient to keeping any relationship healthy, strong and long lasting. Try to practice not keeping your feelings “bottled” up. Let go of your fear of sharing your feelings and emotions with your significant other.  Your relationship should be a judgment free zone. Always Keep in your heart and soul that you want to be with someone who brings out the best in you and makes you want to be a better person. Remember to always love one another, don’t lie, stay sweet and kind and always be forgiving.  Never talk about ending a relationship, a relationship is hard work, it is a give and take for both involved.  Forget about your pride, when you say “sorry”, please mean it.   Don’t compare your past relationships with your present relationship.  Most importantly, you must be able to show empathy, have the ability to walk in each other’s shoes and be that person to lean on when needed.. 

“Anyone can catch your eye but it takes someone special to catch your heart.”                  -unknown 

Remember, Epilepsy…. Let’s talk about it.

Keep Smiling 

Maria 

“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”


Good Afternoon…

Earbuds in listening to “A Song For Someone.” By U-2.  The lyrics of this song are extremely powerful and filled with love. Add this to your playlist, you truly will enjoy it. 

Change of any kind can be both challenging and exciting but only you have the ability to change your “story”.  Change can be anything from a new relationship to a new address. Living with the “fear” of change, keeps us stagnant.  Allow yourself to grow and flourish. Step out of your comfort zone. Strive to accomplish something that you would only dream about.  Making a life change is scary, but you know what is even scarier… Regret.  Be the dreamer, the doer, the thinker who sees possibility everywhere. Always be grateful for your family and friends who helped get you to your exciting future. Always keep that special someone part of your dream.

Remember… Epilepsy.. let’s talk about it..

Keep Smiling.

Maria

“Living with Epilepsy.” ” Let’s talk about it.”


Happy First Day of Summer!

Earbuds in, Listening to one of Kelly Clarkson’s hit songs, “Catch My Breath”. The lyrics to this song tells quite the story, that many of us, including myself can connect with. If you do not already have this song on your playlist please add it.  

Change is so very good for the spirit and the soul. Never allow anyone to tarnish your beautiful glow. Don’t let fear keep you from trying something new and exciting that will add to your overall personal growth.  Remember, you are the leading lady/man in your life’s “movie”.   Only allow those who lift you up and make you a better you into your life, not those who use negativity and are judgemental. I believe in you and look forward to sharing your upcoming stories about change and how positive it can be!!! 

You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last.” -unknown 

Remember…Epilepsy..Let’s talk about it.

Keep Smiling!

Maria

“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”


Good Morning friends!

Earbuds in listening to “ROAR” by Katy Perry.  The lyrics to this song are empowering.  Upload this song to your playlist if you do not have it already. 

Never allow anyone to make you feel less than the beautiful, strong, smart person that you are.  Giving anyone the power to make you feel “small” is not only painful but is a form of emotional bullying.  “Words” when used in a negative and hurtful way, on a daily basis, one begins to believe what is said.  No, No!! You have the choice to accept those words!  You are beautiful and smart, turn to your inner strength and begin to believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything you put your mind, heart and soul to.  I believe in you!!!

“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”- unknown 

Remember,  Epilepsy…Let’s talk about it!

Keep Smiling…

Maria

“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”


Good-morning my friends!

Earbuds in listening to “Here Comes The Sun”, By The Beatles.  An incredible feel good song, add it to your playlist, we all need a little musical sunshine to put an added smile to our faces.

Every day I try to “Inspire” through my photography, articles and through my advocacy. My wish is to touch many through kindness, respect and belief.  Believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything you put your mind, heart and soul to.  Never allow anyone to take your vision, passion, drive or joy away.  When that “door of opportunity” opens don’t be fearful to go through it.   Change can be exciting, scary but very positive. Those that love you will always have your back and be there for you, no matter where you live.  Just a reminder, June 24th at 2:00 pm at The Hagaman Memorial Library, East Haven, CT.,myself and two amazing speakers Phil Gattone, CEO of Neurish Corporation and Author and speaker Chris Maxwell will be heading an Epilepsy Event. Special thanks to Casey Hoban for donating Trimino Water, Also thanks to Super Seeds for your kind donation of your delicious seeds.  

“There is no need to be perfect to inspire others. Let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.”

Remember, Epilepsy… Let’s talk about it…

Keep Smiling..

Maria

“Living with Epilepsy.” “Let’s talk about it.”


Good Morning my friends,

Earbuds in listening to “Feel Again” by One Republic. The lyrics as well as the beat are powerful.  Add this to your playlist you will truly enjoy it.

When one is diagnosed with any ailment, it doesn’t matter how young or old, we always ask why, “Why me” or “why is such a young person inflicted with this.” Personally speaking, I truly believe that only the very strong and only those who can help make a change are given the challenge.  You see those who have a belief in a cure, not only for themselves but for all will become the “Voice of many”.  Through my photography I see only beauty and love, I highly suggest using your vision and either write or draw, paint or photograph, this will help you see past challenges, I promise.  I have taken Epilepsy and have become an advocate for those who cannot speak and are fearful to discuss the many struggles that one may go through in life.  You see, never allow Epilepsy define who you are as a person.  Take something that you are passionate about and give it 100%. Everyday try to reach out to someone that is struggling in silence. Even if it is just kind words or gestures.  

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”- Steve Maraboli

Remember.. Epilepsy.. talk about it.

Keep Smiling.

Maria