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Lauren Fix: The Car Coach

Lauren Fix

About Lauren Fix: The Car Coach®

• Seen and heard coast to coast on major TV, print,web and radio.            
• Winning professional race car driver and alpha mom.
• Educational background in engineering and marketing.
• Award winning Automotive and Lifestyle Expert
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Paula D'Amico


Paula D’Amico is on a mission to bring hope and healing into people's lives.

She is a Wife, Mother, TV-Producer, Lightworker, Life Gardener,

and owner/creator of Blessings by Nature®.


Besides a rich background in Communications, Paula has a deep history in horticulture that dates back to her childhood when she worked side by side, deep in the dirt with her father, a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Horticulture.

In the past several years, Paula has studied under several local and international experts uncovering the power of plants and how the simple placement of plants and the use of Feng Shui in conjunction with her deep religious roots can transform one’s life.

Blessings by Nature® creations help heal hearts, lift spirits, re-ignite energy, and celebrate life simply by using the power of plants, herbs, and words.

Creations include a variety of sachets, glass vessels, and custom order baskets filled with a unique combination of gifts, organic herbs, and words helping to restore balance, bring clarity, and deliver positive energy into your life.

Blessings by Nature® also offers “Plant Power” workshops.

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Angie R. Lucarini

Angie is a wife, and mother of 5 children. She has written countless articles over the years that have been published in the Niagara Gazette. While I have a BS in Elementary Education, and an MS in Educational Foundations, I have always had a passion for writing.
After teaching for many years, I took time off to raise my children, yet I continued to write. In addition to writing articles, I also authored two books, and was keynote motivational speaker at several women's conferences. Later on, I went on to produce, edit, & co-host my own local television show for two years.

Paulette Krakowski, Artist

Paulette Krakowski


Paulette Krakowski is an Artist and the Art Gallery owner of  Enjoy The Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca.  The facility offers monthly art exhibits and openings for local artists, a gift shop and art classes. The gallery is working with many local artists, the two local high school art academies as well as raising funds for scholarships and local charities. The gallery has extended holiday hours for the one-of a kind gifts. logo

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Plus-size Propaganda

Since when has an 8 joined the rank of "plus size"? I remember the days when sizes 7&8 represented the average size for women. Apparently, this is no longer the case. When someone as pretty and talented as comedian/actress Amy Schumer becomes the latest victim of our social media's "high-speed train wreck", something is terribly wrong. 
While cooking the other day, one of the many entertainment shows that report the latest trends and happenings of the rich and famous, was airing a piece on Amy Schumer. Apparently, the actress whose size typically runs between a 6 and 8, was placed in Glamour Magazine's all-plus-size issue; Schumer was upset because she was never asked, or informed about this before hand. The comedian recently posted a comment on her Instagram noting , "Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous." This in response to their latest swimsuit issue reserved for "Plus Size" models, in which Schumer was also featured in.

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Curtain Up! at the Smith Theatre


SEPTEMBER 16, 17 & 18, 2016 *

DIVA by DIVA meets GENTLEMEN’S GENTLEMEN in an All Star cabaret Celebration


The WNY Premiere of the new musical



“The musical that will make you laugh and cry sometimes at the same time.”


It’s Christmas at the BINGO Palace - Merry, Bright & Fabulous



“Enthusiastic, energetic, and totally camp...entertaining evening which audiences are sure to enjoy.”


WNY premiere of the Broadway musical hit


JANUARY 26 - FEBRUARY 26, 2017

“Hilarious ... The perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!"

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What Do We Fear?


Many years ago I read the book, “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am?” by John Powell.  The answer provided is…”I am afraid to tell you who I am, because if I tell you who I am, and you don’t like who I am—well, that is all that I have.”  What a profound statement of fearfulness and insecurity. Yet it doesn’t have to be that way!

We fear:

*     failure; not being good enough

  • being ridiculed, bullied
  • being criticized, humiliated, diminished, or shamed.
  • various ramifications (perceived or real).
  • speaking up and not getting support
  • disadvantaging oneself in the moment, or for the future
  • not being liked, accepted, appreciated, loved
  • loss….of respect, relationships,  $
  • loss of credibility, stature

Yet, life moves us forward….there’s supposed to be a natural progression:

  • physically….we’re no longer children…we’ve grown to adulthood
  • intellectually…we’re no longer in grade school…we’ve moved forward
  • emotionally…we’re not toddlers…we’ve matured, with coping skills
    (Take note:  we’re supposed to be on the path to maturity)
  • spiritually…we each travel our own path…to understanding

There are ways to get to the root of fear…and face our fears and insecurities head-on.  We do not have to be reluctant to face our personal fears, or our professional fears.  Indeed, at some level we know that if we do not face them, they will become chronic for the long-term.  “Know thyself”…is the age-old remedy to learning who one is, and naturally moving forward from there.

“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” ~ Mandy Hale

One of the best things to know is that you are not alone.  As we mature, we learn to face our fears.  Just sitting still for a few minutes, listening to our breath, and asking oneself….”Of what am I afraid?”  What is that anxiety about?  Let it surface; give it a name.  Then ask yourself, “Where do I physically feel this fear?”   As Stress….in my chest?    As an Achiness in my gut?

Allow yourself to be with the physical fear.  Then ask this simple question….How do I need to think differently about this fear?  What might not be real or true about what I think about this fear?  What has to change?  What do I need to do, or how do I need to think differently about this fear I hold?  What do I need to do next?  Try it.

Sit quietly and have that conversation with yourself.  You’ll be surprised with the positive outcomes.

Claire Knowles

Lights On!

Claire Knowles is a 2-time Amazon best-selling author, in-demand Speaker and Business Leadership Consultant, helping Leaders (especially women leaders) and their Teams become the most effective they can be at accomplishing their goals (together). 716-622-7753

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Owner/Back of the Moon-Gifts & Gallery

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Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles

Claire Knowles is a retired human resources and labor relations manager,

certified in coaching and mediation. She is a partner in Richard N. Knowles & Associates, Inc.

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