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November 2017 – Harlie’s Adventures

Its been a long time since I posted about Harlie and what she’s been up to. I can’t believe she will be turning two in just seven short weeks.

Since this summer, Harlie has definitely grown into what I’d like to call a confident, spunky pup, who even when around other dogs sticks to herself most of the time and loves to explore.

{exploring with friends}

{one of her favorite places is Knox Farms.. btw how cute is my friend Jen’s daughter Aila!}

While Harlie has made leaps and bounds since I got her, she still jumps and gets really excited when people come over, so that’s a work in progress. I’m hoping as she gets older that will get out of her system.

Since her last update, she is no longer crated {I am so happy about that, I think she is too!}, she loves walks more and more, she cuddles right up against you no matter where you are, she sun bathes, if there is sunshine, she’s basking in it. And she continues to destroy her toys, even the toughest and most durable, she finds a way to tear them a part and put holes in them.

{its a tough life}

Each day my love for her is stronger and stronger, even when she pushes me to the side when my brother and Dad are around. ūüėČ

Until the next adventure, xo

Harlie & B

{she loves this alligator}

Women Who Move Buffalo – The Gals from Love in Motion Yoga

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my women who move Buffalo series, not because I haven’t met some pretty cool people recently, but just because life has gotten in the way. Anyways…last year I was introduced to Kate and Kathleen from Love in Motion Yoga¬†¬†they started teaching free yoga classes at the Outer Harbor on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Jump to today and what I’ll say is you really never know how things will go when you meet new people, sometimes your relationship can be pretty minimal and other times it can grow into something wonderful and that’s what I say happened with us. Since then, we’ve collaborated more, laughed more and they’ve taught me to just live my life.

{the studio}

On Saturday morning before their busy day full of classes they were kind enough to invite me into to their studio to share their story. Check it out below…

{during our interview – a candid shot of behind the scenes work at LIM}

BP:  How did you two meet?

K&K: Kathleen was in the training process to become a yoga instructor and attended Kate’s first yoga class she was teaching in 2008 and the rest is history!

BP: What made you gals want to go into business together?

K&K: It’s been 5- 6 years in the making, we’ve talked about going into business together and knew that was both of our end goals and visions.

BP: How did you both get into the yoga scene?

K&K: Kate: I’m a runner and wanted to stretch {I wish I recorded Kate’s response, it is a lot better than just reading it here.} Kathleen: my sister suggested me taking it up after a phone conversation I had with her.

BP: What do you love most about owning your own business?

K&K: We can do whatever we want.  Any idea or vision we have, if we want to make it happen or just go out and do it, we can. The way we can show up in the community and be apart of something great, is a great feeling.

BP: What is your most memorable experience together?

K&K: {through the laughter} the  time we got pulled over at the Canadian border on our way to teaching a retreat. We had a full cooler full of raw food and they stopped us thinking we were smuggling things in.

BP: What do you love about Buffalo? If you had to chose one thing what would it be?

K&K: The community and the collaboration among small businesses. Collaboration is good for everyone and there is a bigger sense of working together here than if you were in another city.

BP: What is one thing you want people to take away from LIM?

K&K: The sense of coming like you are. Yoga can be fun and there are no expectations, no putting on an act. Its about getting connected and tapping into your body. Its about enjoying the practice, “it’s chill.”

{nothing but smiles at LIM}

One thing I can say is once you meet Kate and Kath your life will change for the better. They bring out the best in people, they do so much for others in the community and always treat everyone with respect and love. They want everyone to be able to practice so if you are financially in a pinch, give them a call and talk to them.

Like I mentioned above, these ladies do so much for the WNY community. Just this week alone they are doing a feel good series at the Buffalo Zoo to raise funds for animal enrichment and Pause in the Park at Roswell Park. And on Oct. 8th check out LIM looonnggg flow w/Kath.  For a complete list of upcoming events and workshops click here.

I’ll leave you all with this.. “there are some people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little bigger, and live just a little bit better.” Kate and Kath do that for me and I can bet money they probably do that for others in this community as well. Thank you ladies for reminding us all to be the best version of ourselves each day.

-B 

{a little advice from the LIM instagram account}

 

 

A “thank you” to my work family as we say goodbye to summer

{the “original” Outer Harbor crew}

Its not the “official” end of summer yet, but with school starting back up and these cooler temperatures that have made there way thru to WNY its easy to say Fall is approaching. While we still have a number of events this next month, I must say this summer, especially this last couple of months have been a whirlwind. One thing I’ve learned is life happens, things change and there will always be problems and sometimes you may not be able to find a solution or answer to those problems, but you need to learn how to move on and be happy with yourself.

{always willing to help me out when it comes to important causes #BisonsFam}

Learning this lesson comes as a real challenge to me as I just want to please everyone whether it be in my professional or personal life, but eventually it will affect you and drive you crazy because you won’t always have the answers or know why things are happening the way they are at those specific times. What I want anyone who may happen to read this post to get out of it is simple, changes take place in all different aspects of your life all the time, some times they are small changes, sometimes they are bigger changes and sometimes we may not know why the hell we are going thru them, but we have to accept them and learn to just live.

{fun times with the gals}

When you are in a career like mine you work very long hours and work becomes your second home. Your co-workers become your second family in a way; you fight together, laugh and cry together, but most importantly you have each others backs. When someone is down or needs help you are there to lift them back up and to let them know everything will be okay.¬†If there is one thing I will stand by its that working together has a far greater reward than working by yourself – a lesson a lot of people could use in today’s world.

{4th of July}

{Jack Craft Fair}

{Thunder at the Outer Harbor}

There are a lot of awesome things that took place this summer and it wouldn’t haven been possible if we didn’t work together.¬†So to my work family at the Ballpark, Canalside and the Outer Harbor, thank you for having my back, making these summer months a very memorable one, picking me up and making me laugh when I’ve wanted to cry and reminding me that “I’ve got this” when I’ve second guessed myself. XO

-B

{the boys}

{2nd to last Bisons game of the season}

{Brunch fest}

{typical Brad ūüôā }

 

 

Handwritten Notes

Did you know that the average person only receives 6 handwritten notes a year? Call me old school, but I love {love!} receiving and sending handwritten letters in the mail. There is something that is more personal and more meaningful to a handwritten note than an email or a text message in my opinion.

The great people at Shari’s Berries reached out to me to tell me about their “Open When Letters.” They have created over 280 open when letters that range from when you want to laugh to when you need to escape and everything in between. This is great for those people {like me} who like to send notes and want to add something special to it. They also have printable templates that you can use too.

If you’re like me and you like to send a note, definitely check out Shari’s Berries collection – click this link to see some photos from their Flickr account.

Happy writing!

-B 

 

Friday Finds

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{inside the barn of Pittsford Farms Dairy – their ice cream is so good! and I love that clock}

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{I love these bridal party gifts I got from Pretty Sugar Paperie! Gina did an awesome job, so happy I learned about her local business}

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{when my Aunt and Cousin come to visit and bring me Swiss Chalet! Its been so long since I’ve had it. It reminds me of when I was younger and me and my family would go to the one that used to be downtown¬†on Main St in the¬†Theater¬†District.¬†Yum!}

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{Jothi in the elephant yard at the Buffalo Zoo a couple weeks ago}

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{working with the United Way is always a fun time, especially when includes the mascots!}

Friday Finds!

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{the Grove Juice Truck is by far one of my favorite food trucks in the area!}

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{Flying kites and hanging out with some of the best local businesses on Sunday was a highlight from this past week}

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{Yoga night success, a beautiful view of the diamond under the lights}

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{unique and pretty cool artwork inside the silos from Silo City}

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{I’m ready to work – inside a tour of Ralph Wilson Stadium this past week}

Friday Finds!

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{Chalk art in front of the First Niagara Center last Saturday}

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{My first Waldfest was so much fun! Can’t wait for next year}

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{Cheers to another successful Wines in the Wild with some great Board members and friends!}

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{I should be a zookeeper}

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{Nothing will ever beat a hand written card sent in the mail}

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