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4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Mariah Erickson

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I love how excited kids are to be at school and keeping them engaged all day in learning is my favorite thing! *Mariah Erickson
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Learn about contributor Mariah Erickson and what her first grade students are teaching her.

In this installment of "4 Fast Fun Facts", we aim a spotlight on Just the Positive contributor Mariah Erickson. We asked this first-grade teacher at Double Diamond Elementary school about the role of positivity in her life. See our conversation below. 

1. What’s your day job, and what’s your favorite part of doing what you do?

I am a first grade teacher. My favorite part of my job is the enthusiasm I see in kids eager to learn. I love how excited kids are to be at school. Keeping them engaged all day in learning is my favorite thing!

Know Someone Deserving of Some Pampering?

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Mon, 11/23/2020 - 17:42

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Local Medical Spa Seeks Nominations for Giveaway
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This year has been difficult for all of us, and as a small business owner in the Reno community, I want to be able to recognize those who are deserving of a luxury treatment. *Dr. Tiffany McCormack
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Learn about a giveaway that can help pamper a local do-gooder with a $2,500 spa treatment package from M Spa.

We all know people in Northern Nevada who are spending their days saving lives, going out of their way to protect their families and contributing to the safety of our community. A local medical spa, M Spa, wants to turn the tables by helping five deserving locals feel pampered. And they need your help. 

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Lisa Blauth

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 11/17/2020 - 12:10

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I hope the can-do spirit of Northern Nevadans and helping one another, will get us through this pandemic. *Lisa Blauth
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We have a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contributors to our website. For our second edition, we're spotlighting Lisa Blauth – one of our contributors and the Director of Marketing for Sierra Nevada Journeys.

In our second "4 Fast Fun Facts" spotlight on Just the Positive, learn about contributor Lisa Blauth. She is the Director of Marketing for the local non-profit Sierra Nevada Journeys.

Strength, Sisterhood and Stilettos: B2B Transforms Lives

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 10/15/2020 - 13:26

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Strange to say, but breast cancer saved me. I’ve learned so much about me that I wouldn’t have thought was possible. I’m brave, I’m strong, and I have so much to be grateful for. * Sally Kinter
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Read the inspiring story of breast cancer survivor Sally Kinter, who found sisterhood and strength as part of the Breast Cancer 2 Bikini program.

During our recent interview, Sally Kinter remained composed nearly the entire time she recounted her breast cancer story — from diagnosis and treatment to joining Breast Cancer 2 Bikini (B2B). But when asked why she applied to B2B — a rigorous training program that prepares breast cancer survivors for a public bodybuilding competition – her voice cracked. “I lost a lot of friends when I got cancer — people who had a hard time dealing with my diagnosis. I wanted to build a community of fellow survivors.”

Financial Navigators Help Overwhelmed Nevadans Find Financial Footing

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Mon, 08/24/2020 - 14:39

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"The volunteer Financial Navigators helped my family with resources and relief from the financial and emotional stress that many of us are currently facing.” *Former Financial Navigator client
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Opportunity Alliance Nevada Financial Navigators are helping people experiencing financial hardship find resources, budget and regain their financial footing.

Do I pay rent or buy food?

I’m behind on my mortgage, what do I do?

I can’t make my student loan payments.

If money concerns like these have overwhelmed you in recent months, due to the COVID-19 pandemic or for any reason, there is help. Free help. Available from Opportunity Alliance Nevada (OANV) and their team of Financial Navigators.

Village on Sage Street Reaches 100% Occupancy

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Thu, 08/20/2020 - 16:36

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Bridge housing community now home for 216 people
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"This is probably one of the best places I have ever lived at in my life. I know it’s not a regular apartment, but it’s a good place." *Damian Knox
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One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is now home to 216 grateful lodgers.

One year after its grand opening, the Village on Sage Street is home to 216 people, many of whom were living in a shelter or on the streets. Now they reside in a safe, comfortable dorm-style community they can afford. 

4 Fast Fun Facts with Contributor Don Butterfield

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sat, 08/15/2020 - 21:59

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We are a small enough town where people can pitch in and contribute to make a difference. *Don Butterfield
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Get to know Don Butterfield, one of the first contributors for Just the Positive and Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

We're starting a new series on Just the Positive called "4 Fast Fun Facts," where you learn a little about the fabulous contirbutors to our boucing baby website. For our first edition, we're spotlighting Don Butterfield -- one of our very first contributors and the Director of Business Development for Reno Behavioral Healthcare Hospital. 

Are You Looking For a Family-Friendly Way to Go Camping?

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Submitted by lisa_624 on Tue, 07/21/2020 - 14:35

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Sierra Nevada Journeys has you covered with the expansion of Family Camp.
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"You mean I can relive summer sleepover camp WITH my kids? You mean I could get in that camping trip I promised them without having to pitch a tent or cook on a camp stove? Sign. Me. Up.” *Lynnette Bellin
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Sierra Nevada Journeys, a STEM education nonprofit, is making the best of its situation by opening Grizzly Creek Ranch for families to get outdoors and go camping.

With the travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many families are staying close to home and have turned to camping as an alternative to other types of vacation. Additionally, the RV dealerships are seeing an increase in sales by 30 percent over last year. With this influx of new campers and several months of closed campgrounds this past spring, it has been challenging to secure a camping reservation for this season.

Positive Steps You Can Take to Support Black Lives Matter

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:49

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Intervene where racism persists. Stop people from jokes. Call out what you see. This is taking a moral stance against injustices. * Diaz Dixon
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Community activist Diaz Dixon shares his thoughts on the positive actions we can all take in support of racial equity and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Editor's Note: Beginning the day after the riot in downtown Reno that destroyed property and rocked our community, Diaz Dixon, CEO of the Eddy House and community advocate, took to Facebook Live. 

And every morning since then, he has posted a Facebook Live video with powerful words about racism, the struggles faced daily by people of color and the power of positivity. 

Staying Positive During Coronavirus

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Submitted by info_605 on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:23

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A great way to create positive emotions is by intentionally becoming aware of what you are grateful for. Start by making a list of things you are grateful for, then ask yourself how you can act in ways to show your gratitude.
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Family Behavioral Health offers 5 tips for staying positive during the COVID crisis — from validating your feelings to getting exercise.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, sad or even angry about coronavirus, you are not alone. We have all been affected in some way. Coronavirus is a global phenomenon, and Reno/Sparks, Nevada is not an exception. In a short span of time, our “normal” at home, school and in our community has changed.

Any change requires an adjustment. Abrupt change, like what we face with coronavirus, can lead to a rollercoaster of painful emotions. That is why we are sharing with you our top five things to do to stay positive during these trying times.

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