A takeaway from Poland

{classic side of the road shot}

It’s been about a month since I left for my trip to Poland with Agnes and Sean and I can’t help but think a lot about that trip since I’ve been back. There is no doubt in my mind that we as adults appreciate opportunities and things we can do in our life much more as we get older.

{the streets of Poznan}

{Cathedral Island in Poznan}

{Wroclaw at night}

Being in Poland has not only taught me a lot more about part of my Polish culture that I wasn’t familiar with before, but it has also showed me how much I take for granted. I don’t think I am a snob and I am not one to not be appreciative of the blessings I have in my life, but after reflecting from time to time over the last 2 weeks, I’ve begun to think of the opportunities I’ve had, that I’ve taken for granted, simple things such as my job, my education, my family and friends. I stress so much {especially lately} because I just want to do a good job and make everyone happy, but what I’ve  learned is you just have to leave some things alone sometimes.

{Wroclaw Poland}

{Wroclaw City Center}

{Wroclaw on our last night in Poland}

Stressing over stuff that is out of your control is pointless {I know that, but its easier said than done for some people} and if there is one “life lesson” I’m trying to take away from my trip, it is that. While I wish I could travel every single month, I know that’s not realistic, so when I can’t wander the world or even my hometown, I have pictures and memories that I can go back to, especially to help me during times like these when I ask myself if I’m doing the best I can. As I approach this “new” work week and our first big event at the Outer Harbor for the 2017 season, I’m hoping to keep this lesson in the back of my head so I can enjoy more and stress less.

 

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Bu

Let them LOL Running Water 5k

I recently started to get involved with Let them LOL a local organization who is helping provide clean water and education to children in Sierra Leone, Africa. One week from today they are hosting there Running Water 5k run or 1 mile walk in Clarence Town Park. Join me there and run for a wonderful cause. We as Americans take so many things, daily things, for granted, lets help those in need one drop at a time.

-B

{earlier last week my coworkers/friends and I helped package meals for children in Sierra Leone. 3,000+ meals and two hours later we felt pretty good knowing we were able to help, even if it was just a little bit}

“Coach’s Gym”

{26 Shirts photo above}

I have featured 26 Shirts on my blog before and now I’m back to help promote Vol. 4 Shirt 13 “Coach’s Gym” to raise money and awareness for Pennies for Penelope at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, NY. There are only 8 days left before the shirt is gone on May 7. Help raise money and look good while doing so! To purchase a shirt you can go here: http://www.26shirts.com/buffalo-vol-4-shirt-13-coach-s-gym.html

 

Happy Dyngus Day!!

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and what better way to celebrate a Monday – than to drink some Tyskie and Zywiec beer and listen to polka music in the historic Polonia district in Buffalo, where Paderewski Drive will be bustling with people later today. It’s been a couple years since I’ve celebrated this day, but I’m looking forward to showing some of my co-workers what Dyngus Day is about and meeting up with some of my friends that I haven’t seen in a while. For more info on maps, places to go, etc. check out dyngusday.com for all the info.

-B 

 

 

Poland

{ Agnes, Sean and I in Wroclaw, Poland – City Center on our last full day in the Country}

It’s currently 11 pm in Poland and I’m sitting in my hotel room writing this post. Tomorrow I’m headed back to the states after what has been an amazing experience to a Country I have never visited before. It has been a few years since I’ve traveled internationally {outside of Canada} and I must say it comes at a time in my life when I needed it.

I needed to get away and focus on me, take a break from the same old norm that sucks me in and focus on my love for learning about different cultures and my family heritage. This trip has so, so many memories, from Polish sayings, to family and Detectives in Action tv, to Hector the Lion and “good nuts” {an inside joke between Agnes, Sean and I}. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my stories on my site over the next week or two, but until I do that I want to just encourage anyone and everyone to take a step back and realize that there is more to this life than the four walls you are consistently surrounded around.

“Of all of the books in the world, the best stories are found between the pages of a passport…”

See you back in USA,

-B

 

Happy Opening Day Buffalo!!

Happy Opening Day Buffalo!!! Even though I’m not there to celebrate opening day in Buffalo, I’m reppin’ my spirit in Poland. Its a great time to come down to Coca-Cola Field and celebrate everything the Buffalo Bisons Organization is doing this spring and summer.  Make sure to celebrate with us as we celebrate this wonderful season.

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

Where Buffalo Roams…

I will not lie one of my favorite places to take Harlie is Knox Farm, but recently I have to say its nice to take her to the Outer Harbor. Not only are the water views beautiful, having the bike path to walk up and down is really nice. If you are looking for a place to walk your dogs definitely check out the Outer Harbor – Wilkeson Pointe is a nice place to stop and check out while you’re there too, you and your dog will enjoy it.

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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