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Stimulation Nation

Anxiety for me takes many forms. Over stimulation, under stimulation, feeling that I am doing too much, and sometimes the feeling that I am not doing enough. These are just a few that come to my mind at once. But, I am confident in believing that there are many, many more. It is important in this time of transition and insecurity to remain grounded on many different levels. At the end of the day, we all have our shit and are simply trying to make the correct decisions in this life one day at a time at every possible fork in the road.  Moving during a pandemic for me has meant a lot of returns. A lot of trial and...

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State of Gratitude's Second Grant Recipient is... Jarod Leddy!

 It is with great pleasure and honor that I announce our second grant recipient, Jarod Leddy!  Let's all give Mr. Leddy a nice round of applause! When I first saw his application come across my desk, my first response was pure joy. Why? Because I saw an applicant who embodied all the characteristics of someone who I believed would truly benefit from our support.  He is an individual who is not only committed and hardworking, but also very involved in the lives of those around him helping others find their way to recovery. Leddy not only chairs meetings but has also started a book club reading books which help give way to more difficult conversations surrounding recovery. He has already proven himself...

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Blast to the Unexpected Past

I can vividly remember my last trip to Colorado. It was 2015. I had been working some conferences for my dad’s company on the west coast. It was a cute excuse to visit some cities I had never explored as an adult. The weather was amazing (tees by day, light jackets by night). What I didn’t realize, as I boarded that plane from Miami, was that my life was about to forever change . I was about to begin a dark chapter that would take over my next six years. I had first traveled to Seattle with my boyfriend at the time. We did some epic sightseeing while I was also able to successfully work a trade show. Check, check and...

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Dr. Gregg Pizzi (Miami) x State of Gratitude

Hello Gratitude Nation!  Today, I am writing to you today from Salt Lake City, UT. And I am already amazed by its beauty. There are so many places in the United States that I have never been to before and this was definitely on my bucket list! Each city is unique and carries its own character and charm, just like us as individuals. Yes, we all breathe the same air, share the same space, but each one of us is unique in personality and upbringing which makes us all slightly different from one another. We all carry our faults and our strengths, which is why working together to create a community together is the only that we can be successful....

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Bison, Beavers, and Bears OH MY…

I think we have passed more than a couple Boy Scouts of America camping sites on this Wild West RV trip of ours. I know that BSA is going through a lot of issues, and my heart goes out to all the victims of this organization.  Things come and go: individuals, organizations, companies… We all have a shelf life. And what we choose to do with that time, is complicated by each action’s equal and opposite reaction. Simple right? Sounds stupid, right. Well so simple it seems stupid. But really, think about it… Every time I make a decision between almond milk or dairy milk, there is going to be outcome. I’m lactose intolerant, so the outcome if I drink...

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