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Growing Forward

GROWING FORWARD
Greetings & Happy New Year, Fiery Friends and Good Vibe Fire Tribe!

It has indeed been many months since we last connected in this way, and I am truly feeling beyond thankful to be in the space to be able to share this with you today :).

As I sit at my dining room table writing this right now, feeling a true sense of clarity, contentment and purpose, I am humbled to think that just under a year ago there were times that even entertaining the idea of feeling whole or okay felt damn near impossible...

So if you - or someone you love, coach, or mentor - is reaching for a way forward, I share this story & article with the intention of sparking some hope; that no matter how dark things may seem or how long you may step away from your true self:

There. Is. Always. A Way. Forward.

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Shortly after celebrating our return from an epic spring road trip at the end of April, 2021, ripe with material for Part 2 of the Onward, Upward & Forward course,
all hell broke loose:

After two surgeries since January of 2021, my brother began chemotherapy and radiation treatments, which led to extreme complications and a 4-month long touch-and-go stay at the
VA hospital with extended recovery time thereafter.

At the same time, my mom's health had declined and her changing needs required moving her 4 times, culminating in a final stay in the Covid wing of our local Hospice house where
she made her transition on August 19, 2021 - all while my brother was still fighting for his life in the hospital.

As the Healthcare Guardian for both of them and sole family member in a position to take an active role in advocating for their well-being, their care became THE focus of my life.

Though I feel truly proud to be able to look back and KNOW I did absolutely everything I could to help my family (and am especially thankful to be celebrating the fact that my brother is now cancer-free), this was an experience that truly shook me to the core.

Had it not been for my amazing husband, loving "soul family," the caring, helpful people I met along the way, a willingness to ask for help when I needed it, the tools I discovered
from "the school of life," and the wisdom gathered from a lifetime with my mom, I would not be here sharing this message with you today.

So on that note, I felt it appropriate & (as mom would say) "auspicious" to begin the journey Onward, Upward & Forward into 2022 with THIS:



May these words & ideas ignite a spark and feed the fires of new beginnings, possibility, and forward motion for YOU :).

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Life Celebration of Rev. Sylvia "Sylvianna" "Dolly" Romano, PhD

For those of you who are local to the Tampa Bay, FL, USA area,
we'd be honored to have you join us for the celebration of my mom's life:

WHEN:
Monday, February 21, 2022
(President's Day & Mom's Birthday)
Time TBA (but it will be 4pm or later)

WHERE:
Unitarian Universalist Church
2470 Nursery Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764

WHAT:
Service will include music & drumming
Get-together (location TBA) to follow the service

WHO:
Out of respect to my mom who passed due to Covid-19,
we prefer that all guests be fully vaccinated...

...But will allow unvaccinated persons to attend
who are well & willing to wear a mask over their nose and mouth throughout the service

For those who are not able to attend, we will be filming the service and posting a video at a later date.

To RSVP:
Simply REPLY to this email with the subject "RSVP Life Celebration"

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Thank you 1,000 times for your love, patience, and understanding during this intense and transformative time in my life.

Here's to CREATING a bright, beautiful New Year
by MOVING Onward, Upward & Forward,
and to living Life on FIRE
for the benefit of ALL :)

Much Love & Big Hugs!

Terez "Firewoman"



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