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Greater than @briansolis Less than briansolis.com

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"Engagement is not something you do; it’s something you are.” via @visioncritical

"Engagement is not something you do; it’s something you are.” via @visioncritical

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Strolling along La Seine. A beautiful night to simply wander and get lost in thoughts and ideas. Thinking about you… (at Musée du Louvre)

Strolling along La Seine. A beautiful night to simply wander and get lost in thoughts and ideas. Thinking about you… (at Musée du Louvre)

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I might be just a bit too far up to enjoy this beautiful Pacifica coast. But maybe you can or are… (at Pacifica Ocean Beach)

I might be just a bit too far up to enjoy this beautiful Pacifica coast. But maybe you can or are… (at Pacifica Ocean Beach)

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There Are Times When Friends Need to Rally Together, This is 1

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Justin Levy is a dear friend to many of us. He’s that guy who’s always happy, always offering to help, always there for you. He’s that guy who always makes you feel better about yourself. I’m thankful and lucky to know him.

Recently, Justin suffered two seizures which sent him to the emergency room. There, he learned that he was suffering from a brain tumor. The seizures were so violent that he fractured his shoulders and required reconstructive surgery on each before he could go in for brain surgery. This picture he shared demonstrates his lovely nature, spirit and also his resilience. He’s wearing dual shoulder immobilizers and polar ice packs to expedite healing.

Here’s Where You Can Help

I’m sharing this with you because Justin and his lovely new bride Laura are currently at home, in between surgeries, and I think we could find creative ways to help them cope with everyday life before and after brain surgery. He has a long road ahead of him for recovery, not just for his shoulders, but also for what lies ahead.

I know you may be a bit fatigued after supporting ALS, but I challenge you to take a few moments to send things their way that can make their lives easier while he gets better. I’m working on a formal list, but just think about the daily things you need and the inconvenience it is during busy times to stop and get them…

Laura Levy put together a list of suggestions to help! :)

-Credit to RedBox
-High Tech Burrito in Strawberry
-SmashBurger (Mill Valley)
-Rocco’s Pizza in Mill Valley
-Credit to TaskRabbit
-iTunes/GooglePlay credit
-Amazon credit/gift cards
-PostMates credit
-for a silly healthy option (ha!) I know that Justin loves QuestBars
-Chevron gift card for gas to/from hospital
-Safeway/Whole Foods gift cards
- Boxes of goodies and treats to surprise them
- Microwave popcorn
- Water
- Cleaning or errand services

If you live near them, perhaps you can offer to run errands for them.

You can also donate to his recovery fund here. And if you can, please do both.

I have Justin’s address and phone number and will share it with everyone willing to help. But, please do help. Not just once but also over time. It is indeed a long road to recovery. They don’t yet know to what extent. But even in the best case, it will be great.

Email me for details and contact info or message me on Facebook. I’ll respond to everyone promptly.

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Picture via Krystyl Baldwin

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A Trip Around the World in One Afternoon

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I had about 3 hours before I needed to catch a flight after presenting at Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. I felt like it was the perfect amount of time to travel around the world.

Wait, what!?

Yep…‪#‎aroundtheworld‬.

I needed a bit of magic after all. My friends Isaac Diaz and Tim Justynski (@KGStickets) offered a special run through Epcot - Walt Disney World with Justice Mitchell and Rachelle Lucas (aka @travelBlggr). And run we did!

In 1 hour and 45 minutes we whisked through country after country for what turned out to be an incredible experience.

First we stopped in London to visit the local pub. Strangely, no one ordered a pint. Instead, we ordered water, a cocktail and a glass of pinot grigio. Cheers!

Next, we raced over to Paris to see the sights. We stopped in a bar du vin for rosé and champagne of course! Ooh la la! We even went back for a second round! Santé!

From there, we toured the bazaar in Morocco. What a treat to all of the senses…loved the different sights, sounds and smells.

Our next stop was in Italy. So much to do yet so little time! There’s always time for a glass of Italian wine though. We settled on prosecco and all I can say is that it was delizioso! Cin cin!

Finally, we stopped in Mexico for a bit of shopping at the “inside outside” mall. Ahhh…beautiful, fun, and the air conditioning!!! Fanstastico!

Time was up but not before each of us filed an incredible adventure #aroundtheworld in a shared life chapter.

We hopped in the car and raced over to the hotel to pick up the luggage before finally making it to the airport on time. Also, thank you Rachelle for the loan to tip our friends at the bell desk. :)

Thank you to my fellow travelers for making this afternoon one of the best trips ever!

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We don’t need cheerleaders, we need leaders.

‪#‎DontTalkDo‬ ‪#‎TEDatIBM‬

We don’t need cheerleaders, we need leaders.

‪#‎DontTalkDo‬ ‪#‎TEDatIBM‬