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By Steven Greenberg Has somebody ever told you to let go? In my journey, I have realized that the most important thing in being free, in being happy, is letting go. That being said it is also the hardest thing to do. We are raised a specific way, and are constantly told to act the way we are supposed to. We place all of these expectations on ourselves and try our best to strive for the ideal. With all of… Read more »

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by: Christina Estrada CAFFEINE OVERLOAD!! Can’t Stop Shaking. Heart is POUNDING. Barely feeling like you’re able to breathe or speak. I wish what I’d felt was a caffeine overload. That is the best way I can explain to someone what an anxiety attack feels like, although the symptoms get worse. Trying to get up, but the feeling of almost passing out would overcome my body. The worst thoughts in my head would take over my brain, and I couldn’t help… Read more »

Encourage Courtney

I am not what I have done but what I have overcome Courtney Jones (23) was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in February. Due to an infection in her stomach, the Dr’s had to amputate both her legs in order to save her life. Courtney epitomizes COURAGE. I didn’t know Courtney until her best friend Caroline (a remarkable person herself) called me to ask if I could photograph the first fundraiser she was organizing. Courtney spent 5 months in… Read more »

Think happy thoughts! Think happy thoughts! Have you ever found yourself repeating this in your head over and over again? We’ve all that day where those thoughts are the only thing keeping us going. Well, at least I have. Whether I didn’t sleep the night before or I’m reeling from some news I received, think happy thoughts plays like a song on KISS.fm over and over again in my head. Throughout my life, I was always told things like mind… Read more »

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By: Allegra Cohen Happiness isn’t wanting for anything more or less. It’s in finding the stream of gratitude that runs through our veins in the present moment. It’s in the in-between of setting a goal and watching its successful completion. It’s in knowing that if the goal isn’t completed, it’s ok. It’s taking in the positive breath and breathing out what doesn’t feel right. It’s fully accepting where you are now—without judgement, just a peaceful understanding of life’s ebbs and flows. 2be or not 2be… I… Read more »

“Have a good life” I heard her say.  I was standing in line at the optical department at Costco…uploading to my Instagram, and I looked up to see an older woman speaking to a teenager. “I can help number 10″ an employee said. I was holding the little pink tab numbered 11. Oh great, not too much longer I thought. “You know why I say have a good life?” she asked him. Now I was curious. I love to hear wise… Read more »

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Steven and I were having lunch one day when he said “If a lesson is not painful in life, do you really learn and grow from it?” 23 years ago Jill (not the real person) who was 12 yrs older than me told me I wasn’t ready for marriage as I hadn’t suffered enough, and my life was too easy. I may not have a good memory, but I remember that clearly because I remember through feelings. Surprise, confusion, sadness,… Read more »

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My scar makes me happy. That could sound strange to a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Like the stem of a flower, it keeps me grounded and growing. It represents the most challenging hurdle I’ve faced: Crohn’s Disease. I understood that even in the depths of survival, if I had a positive attitude, I could do anything. I don’t choose to attach my scar to painful memories anymore. I choose to see the scar pointing upwards, as my own personal “yad”, guiding me to… Read more »

Metamorphosis

by: Steven (age 15) No one understands. No one can help. Here I am crying in silence, lost in a world of my own creation.  I stay here all day and night, but there is no difference. Time passes indistinctly; a blur of suffering and agony.  The only emotions to be found here are anger and sadness. There is no end to my tears, I cannot break free. I have tried before, only to be rejected by this uncontrollable mind… Read more »

Courage

“Courage is found in unlikely places” - J.R.R. Tolkien …for a person to find positivity in difficult times… that’s true courage. Can you think of one person that you have known in your life who ALWAYS has a smile on their face? Hayley was such a person. No matter what health issues Hayley faced, I recall her all through high school and later when we reconnected as a truly inspirational, positive and appreciative person. Hayley’s brother shared this yesterday and when I… Read more »