New Awakening

This past weekend was one of the best that I have ad in a long time. One of my best friends, who I have missed since she moved away, visited this weekend. One she is one of those friends that no matter how long it has been since we have seen or talked to each other, it’s like no time has passed and we just pick up like it was yesterday. It was so good to see her and we had such fun. And along the way, there was a re-awakening.

We talked, laughed ate and drank. We talked of old times and people we knew, how they were and where they had been. We talked about our lives, our family and our boyfriends. We went to our favorite hangouts, our favorite stores and she laughed because even after several years, I am still clumsy as I ever was. And I told her some incredible news.

But mostly we talked about our plans and dreams for the future. We talk about our plans for our lives, our careers and the lives of our children. We traded ideas and suggestions of how to accomplish what we have set out to do. We talked about our hopes and fears, what we thought had held us back.

And as we talked of all that is to come, we both git so excited, and that is when the re-awakening happened.  A re-awakening of my enthusiasm, my hope, my energy. I have been taking care of my family and it is taken most of my energy. And there are things that I have set aside until it is a better time. That better time is now. And I have much to do.

Surround yourself with positive people who love you, support you  and believe in you. Those who will be your cheerleader and encourage you to reach higher than you thought you could.  And your life will be filled with many awakenings.


Team Cantore

So…posting every day on the weekends can be a challenge as this is a very busy time of year. However, if I post enough to make up for what I missed, it will equal out to one every day, it all will be good. At least that is what I tell myself…

There are many, including myself that say you should always give back. Give of your time, your talent or your money. Always give back, volunteer, choose a charity, help someone out who needs it. Not for the bragging rights, but because it is the right thing to do. And because somewhere down the line, it may be you that needs help.

This weekend was a wonderful weekend. One of my best friends came down to see me. Friday night she hosted a wonderful event raising money for Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s is a terrible debilitating disease that steals your life away, a little a time. There is medicine to help slow down the progress, but eventually it does get worse. If it sounds familiar, it is because Michael J. fox has it, and has campaigned tirelessly for research to find a cure.

This fundraiser I attended with my best friends, was put on by a great woman by the name of Tamara Cantore. It was the 10th year she out this show on, and it indeed was a truly unplifting experience. In addition to several country music artists performing to raise money, there was also a silent auction and a live action – which were both great fun. There were many people there, and it truly was a very close knit community attending.

There were lots of hugs, smiles, catching up and, of course, dancing to the great live music. The food was delicious and the bar was cash.

And it was wonderful to see the local community come together to raise money for one of their own. To care not only about other in the community, but to help those everywhere who suffer from this disease. To help fund the research it takes to find a cure, to help those who suffer now, to help their friends and family, and to be in the presence of such caring and generous people, left me with a smile on my lips, joy in my heart and faith in Humanity.

For more information or to donate to this worthy cause, please go to