A Small Gesture Goes A Long Way

Giving They say that there is nothing better than to give to someone and never expect anything in return.  I can assure you that the sentiment is entirely true.  One of the things I love about volunteering is the ability to come into people’s lives and be remembered for spreading joy.  To be a messenger of happiness is an amazing responsibility and honor.  I am blessed to work with other like-minded individuals who seek a life filled with helping others and making even the smallest difference in someone’s life.  Though I am a full-time wish granter, I wanted to do something else, something more, before I turned 30. Continue reading

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A Love Letter To Richard Simmons

Dearest Richard,

You have been a part of my life since my mother ordered your Sweatin’ to the Oldies VHS tapes so that she could work out in the living room without needing to get a baby-sitter to hit the gym.  To a five-year-old me, I was eager to join her.  How could I not?  It looked like so much fun with the colorful outfits, the great music, and the smiles on each of the dancers’ faces.  I knew every word, every song, every routine—still do.  Even now more than two decades later, I still catch myself going through the exercises when I hear songs like “Locomotion,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “I Get Around” much to the embarrassment of those around me. Continue reading