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That phrase has echoed in my mind hundreds of times throughout my life. Most of the time, it’s in the voice of my mother, grandmother or Nanny. If there was anything they always did — whether I wanted them to or not, they told me so.

“You should bring an umbrella, it might rain today,” my grandma would alway say as I rushed out the door. “What is she, some kind of meteorologist?” I’d ask myself. Every time she’d say that, I would leave the umbrella behind in protest. And every time, it would pour.

“I told you so.”

“Eat something before you leave, hunny,” my Nanny would say anytime I left her house. I wouldn’t. “Why would I eat right now? It’s only 2pm,” I’d say to myself. Nonetheless, three hours later I’d find myself starving and missing out on Nanny’s cooking. …


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I dig this time of year — the coziness, the smell of pine, the gatherings with glorious amounts of food, and of course, the deep conversations and reflections about life.

This year has been promising — covering the full range of emotions. My work life, side projects, graduate school, and my personal life are all intersecting in what seems to be a beautiful venn-diagram.

Unsurprisingly, the things I didn’t plan for this year brought me the greatest sense of fulfillment. …


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Oh what a year. Rosh Hashanah is the holiday I look forward to the most for two real reasons. For one, I love a good kugel (not kegel), but also I enjoy the time set aside to reflect.

It’s not often we are encouraged to stop the constant grind, think about the last few months, and be able to say: “Wait…I’ve done a lot and been through a lot, and here’s who I’ve become as a result of that.”

This year taught me a lot about myself, helped me prioritize my goals, and once again proved that we are all much more capable of engaging our problems than we realize. …


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Lions are animals of strength, loyalty, and valiant leadership. Disney’s film The Lion King is dripping in the magic and charm that Disney movies are known for, but the film also focuses on a unifying theme of growing into the role of a successful leader.

This theme is so universally relatable that The Lion King has become one of the most quoted movies in Disney history. After watching the new live action film last week, I walked away with four valuable lessons in leadership that anyone can appreciate.

Empathy is one of those terms that’s thrown about when it comes to modern leadership. Authority is built on empathy — the ability and desire to really understand and share the feelings of others. …


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Are you ready to be relevant AF? As I gear up for another summer at camp, I’ve spent the last few days unofficially canvassing a handful of teens.

I’m finna spill the tea on some top-shelf slang, and legit, you need to get woke or skurt, okurr? Here’s the low-down straight from the source.

Don’t @ me
Translation: Not caring about other people’s opinion on something you just said, especially when it’s potentially controversial.

Bet
Translation: Agreed, the new version of “word” or “fo-show.”

Boofin’
Translation: Overreacting in a negative way.

Curve / Swerve
Translation: The act of ignoring or avoiding someone/something on purpose. …


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After years of unfulfilled New Year’s Resolutions, in 2014 I decided to embark on a different process of renewal: setting a personal mantra to live by. In doing so, I have learned to wholeheartedly embrace my vulnerability.

Being vulnerable is a terrifying experience. But the truth is, vulnerability is vital. It is not a weakness — it is our greatest measure of courage.

This year, I began working with a life coach. Doing so has allowed me to be more authentic and honest with myself and others. It has allowed me to see my flaws, challenge myself to change them, and thus grow, learn and be strengthened. …


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I really wonder sometimes — where I get this never-fading faith in the good of people — in humanity?

This morning it dawned on me that I know exactly where it comes from — my grandparents. Each of them have taught me, in their own unique way, that love is the only thing that will bring more love to the world. That compassion is what will solve problems, not hate.

Yesterday, we celebrated my Nanny’s 75th Birthday. Looking around the room, it’s evident that there are no parameters to love in our family.

We are quite an eclectic group of people — made up of immigrants, people of color, varying faiths, and members of the LGBTQ community. Some of us are blood, while others were found… but needless to say, my 23 & Me results are all sorts a crazy. …


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Last week’s school shooting hit way too close to home as my family members sat by the phone waiting to hear from our cousin who is a student at MSDHS. Luckily, he escaped with no harm… but many of his friends and teachers did not have that same fate.

It’s suffice to say a school shooting is every parent and teacher’s worst nightmare. An unbelievable horror that should not happen and yet … here we are again.

Look, I’m not an expert in any of these matters. Not by a mile. …


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After years of unfulfilled New Year’s Resolutions, five years ago I decided to embark on a different process of renewal: setting a personal mantra to live by.

Make Your Life a Story Worth Telling
In 2014, I aimed to make my life a story worth telling. At the end of our journey, all of our possessions will fade away, but the strength of our legacy and the story of our life will remain.

Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone
In 2015, my mantra was to get outside of my comfort zone. When you go beyond the places that make you feel safe, you enable yourself to truly discover who you are and what makes you feel most alive. …


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If you had a time machine and tried to tell me everything that was going to happen over the last 12 months, I would have had one word to say to you: bullshit.

I sit here today in a state of reflection as I look back on the past 365 days. What a year! It was a year with a lot of firsts, plenty of surprises, and a ton of growth.

My year would not have been the same without the love and support of my tribe. A huge thank you to my family, my friends (new + old), my mentors, colleagues, and everyone else who stood with and against me. Thank you for making 5777 an incredible year! I have no idea where I will be a year from now, but I hope that I’ll still be surrounded by such incredible people. …

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Brent Osborne

Summer Camp Enthusiast. Educator. Team Builder. No matter the setback or success, make your life a story worth telling. 🐬

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