There is no question that the New York City grind can unconsciously prevent you from stopping to smell the roses. You get wrapped up in the fast-pace, competition — and ultimately, yourself —and likely, without knowing, lose the importance of love and intent for yourself and others.   

My mother’s sage advice on how to best combat this is to focus on someone other than you, give back and help those less fortunate. Visits, phone calls or letters to loved ones or an invested interest in an organization that has a much bigger initiative are super important.

Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s and dementia have affected several members of my family — most recently my fabulous Aunt Babsy, who suffered a ten-year battle with the disease and left us way too early.  This organization supports the advancement of research to enhance care for all affected and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Achilles International
Cameron Silver introduced me to the impressive organization that enables people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement, accomplishment and self-esteem. Watching both young and old disabled runners and walkers complete a race is the most heart-warming experience — I can’t help but scream and cheer everytime I see a yellow t-shirt-clad runner in Central Park — I look forward to being a guide next Spring!