It’s no secret that the mainstream media is a cesspool for negative and horrific news. You can’t have the news on for more than 10 minutes without being bombarded with the latest scandals and horrific crimes that (may or may not) have occurred. Perhaps there is a heart-warming story sprinkled in here and there, but once that 60 second segment is over, it’s back to the doomsday-esk stories that are happening in our communities and around the world, making many convinced that the apocalypse is among us and drawing near.
Rarely are we shown empowering stories, but why is this?
In this video, I discuss the success of fear-based news, how it relies on our need to know what potential danger is surrounding us, how it’s warping our perception of the world around us, and what we can do shift this and take our power back.
Learn more by clicking HERE!
Designed by prominent architect Henry Richardson, and built in 1880, this building was originally known as the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane. This historic building was the inspiration for a horror-esk video game known as Outlast. In 1986, the building was named a national historic landmark, which is the highest distinction that can be given to a property. Only 2,500 exist in the U.S., this building being just 1 of 8 in Buffalo, NY.
Careful attention was given to every detail of the buildings design, to promote a healthy and therapeutic environment, known as the Kirkbride design. At one point it’s occupancy exceeded by the thousands, until 1974 when patients were transferred to the new Buffalo Psychiatric Center, and the building slowly became abandoned.
It wasn’t until 2017 that it became known as Hotel Henry. About a third of the building is being used and modernized as a hotel. The walls are filled with art from local buffalonians, and you can experience fine dining at their farm to table restaurant 100 acres. This space can also be used for conferences or weddings.
3 friends and I decided to stay overnight and do some paranormal investigating for ourselves. We were open minded but skeptical that we’d find anything. But I truthfully haven’t felt, or seen anything like I did when I stayed overnight there. The current owners of the building want nothing to do with the, at times, graphic history of the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, or any allegations that the building could be haunted.
If you want to go on a spooky, ghost hunting ride with me, see what we found by clicking HERE!
If you’ve been feeling lost, full of self doubt, wondering if you’re on the right path, feeling like you’ve been left behind, or feeling like you don’t know what directions to go in…you may be experiencing a quarter life crisis.
Many of us were programmed with the idea that we are going to reach a point in our life where we’ve “made it,” we can say we’ve checked off all the goals on our list and live happily ever after. I think people going through a ‘quarter life crisis’ are realizing that isn’t the case. And this can be an extremely uncomfortable and isolating feeling at first, especially if you look around and it seems like all of your peers have it all together. It’s so easy and so common to look at another person and think, “Wow, they have it all together, what’s wrong with me?” Yet we are all constantly growing and failing and learning and evolving at our own pace. The truth is we are always growing, always figuring out what our next best step could be.
In today’s video, I talk about five ways to help you handle your quarter life crisis. As someone who went through the thick of it between 22 and 23, and still experiences some symptoms today, I’m very familiar with all of these feelings and I’ve learned to navigate through them well. Overall, I have found a place of peace and contentment with where I’m at while appreciating the journey.
Want to know what my tips are? Just click HERE!
It was October of 2018, Halloween was approaching, and I was curious to learn more about the paranormal – especially since I was about to embark on an investigation of my own at the ex-insane asylum, now turned luxury hotel known as Hotel Henry.
Who better to talk to than Daniel Klaes, Owner of The Hinsdale House Restoration Project, and CEO of the Greater WNY Paranormal Society.
Daniel has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal field since he was a child. He was raised in a haunted house, which he talks more about in our conversation. In 2012, he co-founded the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society which has been responsible for tackling some of the most challenging paranormal cases in the New York region.
In June of 2015, Daniel realized his lifelong dream. The infamous “Hinsdale House”, a homesite of mysterious paranormal insect infestation activity and historical structural exorcisms, which has been featured in different books and featured on national network television series, became available for purchase. Wasting no time, he made an offer that was accepted and he became it’s proud owner.
The 1853 “Hinsdale House” is currently staged in its 1970’s period dressing in order to maintain its integrity from that era when the haunting’s began. The home is currently used as a paranormal research location.
In this interview, I learned more about the paranormal, different ways to connect, and some of Daniel’s most memorable investigation stories. Watch it HERE!
There’s something about Toronto. Overall I like cities, but some of them (like NYC) can be too overwhelming and draining for me. For as big of a city as the Six is, I don’t ever get that feeling. I love walking all around the streets exploring and seeing all it has in store. It’s only 2.5 hours away from my homebase, Buffalo NY, so I try to go there as often as I can to get my travel fix since there’s always something new to try there. I usually stay in a hostel in Cabbagetown, and there’s bike renting stations everywhere to help get around the city.
On this trip in particular, I went to my first huge pride parade outside of Buffalo. And Toronto does not take Pride month lightly. Their parade is massive, passionate and full of energy. I was just returning from my two week stay in Kauai, so the contrast between the calm island and the energetic city was stark and a bit shocking at first. It was ultimately a good grounding period before heading back to Buffalo.
If you want to watch my first time experiencing Toronto pride, click here!
Ah, Kauai, Hawaii. This island truly stole a piece of my heart. This was my first solo-travel experience. I had traveled alone before, but I always at least met up with someone I knew once I arrived. Not this time! I stayed in a quaint hostel that was right off the beach, and instantly connected with people from all over the world who were doing the same thing as me. I made friends with people who were coming from Israel, Australia, Canada, Germany, and all over the States. So although I went alone, if I wanted to go hiking or go to a beach with company, I always had the option to do so.
The beauty of this island is almost indescribable. It truly feels like heaven on earth. I’ve heard of people having epiphanies and spiritual experiences while visiting the islands of Hawai’i, even if they previously did not consider themselves spiritual. Kauai, specifically, is considered the most ancient island of them all. I could feel the deep wisdom that surrounded me and felt in awe daily. There wasn’t much of a night life, much of the island is asleep by 11PM, and the best way to get around is with a car rental since there were only a handful of Uber drivers on the entire island. Going here is the absolute best way to unplug and reinvigorate.
Between the powerful energy of Kauai, and traveling there alone, I left this trip feeling connected to myself on an entirely new level than ever before. In just two weeks I discovered so much about the truth of who I am, and I feel confident now that I can manifest anything I want (like we all can). I felt so incredibly blessed to have been able to experience this at 23, and will take the connections made and lessons learned on this island with me for a lifetime. Many people asked how I was able to afford such a trip, but it ultimately came down to travel hacking, which I will be making a video about soon.
Want to experience Kauai with me? Sit back, relax, and be swept away to this beautiful island HERE.
Last Summer, I took a month long journey traveling to three locations: Seattle, Washington, the island of Kauai, Hawaii and lastly to Toronto, Ontario. My friend kindly let me stay with her while in Seattle and showed me around as much as she could in just 5 days. One of my favorite parts about traveling and exploring new areas is how each place has it’s own unique, distinct “vibe” to it.
Seattle was beautiful, with plenty of options for hiking and nature walks not far from the cityscape. I feel like I got the best of both worlds while visiting this lovely area. I went to an underground punk show downtown, saw the infamous ‘gum wall’, went to the Museum of Pop Culture, and explored Seattle’s forests and beaches on numerous hikes.
Want to come on my Seattle adventure with me? Just click here!
On August 4th, 2018 – The Alix Rice Peace Park was officially opened to the public in honor of a beautiful life cut too short. This was a small victory for Tammy Schueler, who lost her daughter Alix to a drunk driver back in 2011. James Corasanti was involved in the accident that killed 18-year-old Alexandria “Alix” Rice. Corasanti, who is a doctor in Western New York, was driving his BMW late at night on Heim Road in Getzville when he struck her.
According to NYSDWI.com, Alix was skateboarding on her way home from her night job at a pizzeria. Skateboarding was something she was extremely passionate about, and her presence meant so much to the community around her. Corasanti was sent to jail for the DWI conviction but he was found not guilty for some of the other more serious charges, including manslaughter. He was sentenced to one year imprisonment, but was released from custody after eight months, serving two-thirds of his sentence. After his release, he resumed his medical practice in WNY.
To see more of the Alix Rice Peace Park, watch Curious Rabbit Media’s coverage of the grand opening HERE