MIMM: Finding The Sunshine in the Darkness

by Maria on June 2, 2014

Oh, well Hello there! It’s been a while and before I move on, let me explain the lack of posts. Life has been less than marvelous without the most marvelous woman I’ve ever known, my mom. It’s been about a month now since she’s passed and while I would like to share the story – I’m not ready. I’ve attempted to type it quite a few times but just haven’t gotten there yet. So yes, for someone who recently posted about being completely open and honest, there was something I was hiding – my mom’s battle with cancer. It just wasn’t something I was willing to share but in hindsight, I feel as though I should have. When I share the story, I hope that it provides comfort and support to others in the same position.

For now, I’m doing what I can to find the marvelous in each day. To be honest, it hasn’t been difficult given my support system. My family and friends are simply marvelous.


Last weekend, I had a marvelous brunch at Dolce Cubano with my good friend, Jill. Marvelous prosecco, baby cabbages and grilled swordfish skewers.

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The view at Dolce Cubano this time of year is simply marvelous.

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I have some pretty marvelous neighbors! I spent time with them (and some Spiked Seltzers) by our pool for Memorial Day. I cannot wait for more sunny days lounging at the pool!

A marvelous run! I ran my first ever 10k for the Bennett Cancer Center. I organized team “Tiger Lili” in honor of my mom quite late in the game, but was still overwhelmed by everyone’s support. I had friends and family participate in the 5k walk portion of event and we raised over $2,000! And like the bad blogger I’ve been, I didn’t take any pictures! Can you imagine that? A fitness blogger who didn’t not document a 10k run. Ludicrous.

My new job is simply marvelous! I’m really enjoying the new role and my coworkers! I immediately felt at home, which was such a blessing after my mom’s passing. It’s also another reason for my lack of posting. I’m still trying to find my happy medium between work and my personal life.

It’s all marvelous from here on ┬áin! It’s June and summer is right around the corner… and so is my 30th birthday!

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What is marvelous for you?

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Brittany L June 2, 2014 at 11:59 am

Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear that :( You can share your story whenever YOU are ready! You don’t have to at all, it’s your blog :) Love ya girl, praying for you. Stay strong <3

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Maria June 2, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Thank you love! xo

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Meredith Klein-Hertzel June 2, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Your strength and bravery continues to inspire me when I feel down. You continue to motivate me to find the silver lining on each day and for that I am so grateful to have met you. Sending you lots of love.

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Maria June 2, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Love you!

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Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life June 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I think this my first time on your blog, but my father in law has cancer and it’s been really rough. Cancer sucks. I’ll be thinking of you. I’m glad you can still find a bit of marvelous in the everyday.

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Maria June 2, 2014 at 11:26 pm

It really does suck, but staying strong through love and support from family and friends is always the best.

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Caitlin June 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm

I’m so sorry again for your loss but don’t feel pressured to share anything until you’re ready – or to even ever share at all! Congrats on the 10K run, given my recent half signup I totally feel inspired since I know you’re not a “usual runner” either! That Dolce Cubano lunch looks exactly like what I would have ordered. I’ve found prosecco to be a fabbbbb brunch beverage, not too much sugar to make me feel draggy all day. Super happy that you have found a job you enjoy. I’m sure having a day job you like is helping to distract you when you feel down. Always here for you! XOXO

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Maria June 2, 2014 at 11:25 pm

I’m so excited for you making the decision to run! You were fabulous at the Hartford 5k so I know you will murder that 1/2! Get em!

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Bonnie June 3, 2014 at 1:11 am

Maria, my heartfelt condolences to you. My mom passed away 10 years ago tomorrow (6-3-14) so this time of year I’m extremely sensitive anything mom related, so of course, your post has my eyes all puddling up. I am beyond sad for your loss but please know that we are all here for you.
But on to the marvelous things. Brunch looks so wonderful and the view looks AMAZING! So glad the new job is working out well and that life, in general, is otherwise well.
Sending you hugs.

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kaitlin @4loveofcarrots June 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm

love you!!! I am so glad you love your new job and have so many great people in your life! I’m always here for you! xox p.s. I will come lounge by your pool whenever you want company ;)

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Julie June 3, 2014 at 3:58 pm

What a fantastic meal!

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G June 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

So happy you are back blogging. Losing your mom is hard but knowing that you are surrounded by family and friends makes it a little easier! Congratulations on your 10K, I know your mom was looking down on you with pride and provided that beautiful sunny day for all the runners/walkers etc.

Hugs, G

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Vanessa June 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

So sorry for your loss. We all grieve on our own timeline and you have yours! Your pictures are so lovely and inspiring, I’m so glad the weather is SO lovely!!

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J. Timothy Quirk June 5, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Sorry for your loss. Organizing a run for cancer research was admirable and I hope for your continued strength during this time.

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Valerie June 6, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Maria, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. You will keep the light of her life shining within you, and never EVER let anyone tell you that its time to stop grieving. You grieve in your own time, in your own way. My mom left us 7 years ago and I still miss and mourn her. But I also cherish the times I had with her, and those precious thoughts take the sting out of the pain. Be strong.

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