Follow Your Passion!

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Joanne Guidoccio

Welcome to my Second Acts Series!

Today, we have Tina Frisco sharing the rich and varied experiences of her multi-act life.

Here’s Tina!

tinafriscoThank you, Joanne, for hosting me on your Second Acts blog. I’m delighted and honored to be among so many talented artisans.

My ACT ONE began with knowing that I wanted to be a nurse at age five. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, I attended parochial school for twelve years and academically pursued the fields of science and math. The nuns were excellent teachers, and by the time I graduated twelfth grade, I was well-prepared for further study in these areas.

Eager to leave the nest, I moved to New York to attend Nursing School. Back then, hospital-based schools were still in existence and proved to be far superior to college and university nursing programs. My class scored above all other programs in New York…

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10 Things I Do to Preserve My Mental Wellness

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Wonderful story of inspiration despite adversity! A must read!

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome life coach Catherine Simmons to the Power of 10 series. Today, Catherine is sharing her common sense approach to mental wellness.

Here’s Catherine!

1. Get enough sleep

2. Spend time with people who inspire me

3. Be true to my values

4. Be mindful

5. Think positive

6. Explore my spiritual side

7. Let go of guilt and trauma

8. Exercise

9. Eat well for who I am

10. Spend time with nature

serenity

In 2002 I was diagnosed with a mental illness and since then I’ve been on a journey of discovery. I firmly believe in recovery and that mental illness is transient. My power of 10 are the things that make the most difference in my life to keep me mentally healthy, and I know instinctively that they work for others too. They’re not rocket science, in fact these few common sense things can make…

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Summer Lovin’

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Kiss and Thrill

Boy diving into swimming pool

After surviving my first New England winter, I find myself appreciating summer even more than usual. Here are a few of my favorite things about the warm season, humidity aside.

There’s no snow!

Snow in front of house

Everything is green again.

Minuteman National Park, MA

Going to the farm for fresh produce.

Pick Your Own produce board

Farm produce

Farm produce

cherry tomatoes

Fruit!

watermelon

blueberries

With luck, a trip—or two or three—to the beach.

Shell Beach sunset

Flowers.

Flowers on farm

Sweet William flowers

Sunflowers

Being able to grow plants inside and out. (Our house is so dark in the winter that my houseplants have to crowd around the living room window just to survive.)

coleus plant

dianthus flowers

Did I mention the lack of snow?

Snow on front walk

What are some of your favorite things about summer?

Join us next week when Rolynn Anderson stops by to chat about her new book Fear Land.

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