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Everyday heroes. What does this mean? To me, everyday heroes are your seemingly run-of-the mill, ordinary people who act in extraordinarily kind, generous and life-changing ways. They are a gem; a rarity.

Last Saturday, Glen Gulino, Keith Gulino, Darin Pizzalato, Leonard Pizzalato and Dylan Pizzalato became everyday heroes. These men are my relatives. They are my father, uncles, and cousins. Like you and me, they are employees, husbands, children, friends and loved ones.

You may have heard that there was a devastating boating accident around 6 pm on the Diversion Canal last Saturday. That evening, my relatives were on their way back from a blissful day on the river when they saw something that “didn’t look right.” My dad, driving his fishing boat, pulled over gently and found a devastating scene: a small, white boat had crashed into a pier leaving its five passengers severely tattered and wounded.

Immediately and without second thought, these brave men swung into action and kept these people comforted until medical assistance could arrive. Glen ran to call for help. Keith slowed other boat traffic so the waves would not disrupt the crashed boat and its passengers. Darin talked to passengers to keep them conscious and alert. Leonard maintained the fishing boat and stayed with Dylan. Dylan, my six year old cousin, looked on hopefully. He later asked, “Dad, why did we stop?” Darin, his father, responded, “Because that’s what we do, son. We help people who need us.” I cannot imagine better people to have arrived on the scene at that very moment to help the injured boaters.

While you keep all those injured in the crash in your thoughts and prayers, I ask you to also keep the selfless men who came to their rescue in your thoughts and prayers too. They are everyday heroes - the most precious kind. They don’t wear special clothes or stand out in any particular ways, but they played a large part in saving the lives of five people that day. I texted my dad today to thank him for what he did, for being a hero. He responded: “We did nothing heroic. Just helping others in need.”

I’ve never been so proud to be a Gulino. To my relatives, I love you and thank you for being not only my heroes, but heroes to people who needed you as well. To the injured passengers, my heart and prayers are with you.

Thank you Dad, Uncle Keith, Uncle Leonard, Darin and Dylan for your selfless service. I can only hope to one day be as heroic and kind as you.

Please reblog!  Lots of love, prayers, peace and strength go out to Chico and all others in a boating accident on the Diversion Canal in Southern Louisiana yesterday evening.  

At the ripe old age of 24, I’m finding myself at a turning in point in life. With graduation right around the corner, I’m about to resume building a career and a life in New York. Naturally, these next few months are going to be busy.

About one week ago, I decided it was time to enlist some resources to keep me focused on my dreams and enlightened in all aspects of the word. I don’t have much time for pleasurable reading; however, I DO have plenty of time to listen to books in the car. (Side Note: May I suggest to those of you car dwellers and subway riders?)

First book to download? Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michael’s Unlimited which is basically a realistic self improvement masterpiece. Now, let me back up a bit. For quite some time, I’ve intended to create a vision board. Oprah, for one, is a huge proponent of these creations, as they play a huge role in making people’s dreams into a tangible reality. I’ve got plenty of jumbo sized dreams, so I’ve known for awhile that, for me, a vision board is a necessity to give me some insertion and direction for my dreams. More importantly, I’m a firm believer that actively fusing intention and action together is what makes stuff happen. So, the vision board is one way to give intention and direction to my life.

I bet you can guess what’s next. Yes, Jillian’s book discussed vision boards serving as a reminder of my desire to make my own VB. Luckily, I contracted bronchitis, took a decongestant before bed Wednesday night, and subsequently could not sleep past 5 am on Thursday morning. So, what did I do? Made my vision board - finally! If I hadn’t gotten sick and taken medicine in a less-than-intelligent manner, I may have never created my vision board. So, yes, I’m lucky to have bronchitis (…or that’s how I’m choosing to look at it). Although I wish I weren’t still sick, looking at my virtual vision board on my laptop screen reminds me that everything has a reason and purpose. Bronchitis’ role was to finally give me the moment to create my vision board. So, bronchitis = lucky in Amandaland.

Here are a few of my entries on my VB:

- buy fresh, organic, healthy foods
- be financially stable
- take a long, tropical cruise
- live in NYC
- complete my Master’s degree
- teach yoga
- run longer distances
- get regular massages
- reach a goal weight by December 2011

The sky is the limit, so you better believe I’m going to be adding more and more visions to my board. Can’t wait until they become reality. :)

Oh, I forgot to mention a very important little detail! If you’re short on time like me, visit Oprah’s website to make your own virtual vision board. You can upload photos, type text, and download, email and share your creation if you wish. Just google “Oprah Vision Board. “

Happy dreaming!



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