Marcello Pedalino, Author
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Celebrate Life Blog

Highlights from the Celebrate Life Book Tour and helpful articles on self care, mindfulness, and personal growth.

"If you make your body take baby steps, eventually, your mind will follow. " - Strauss Zelnick

When a really smart, generous, and super-fit entrepreneur like Strauss Zelnick gives advice on how to live your best life, there's only one thing to do. Listen.

His latest book is called "Becoming Ageless."

He could've just called it, "How to look like you're 40 when you're 60." :) Wow! What an inspiration.

Cheers, -m #CelebrateLife

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From Vegas To Jersey, The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues...
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From Vegas to Jersey, the Celebrate Life Book Tour continues...

Special thanks to Dr. Jill from Healthy Kids Pediatrics for delivering the keynote presentation at yesterday's Celebrate Life Luncheon. "How to be a Deliberate Creator." She shared wellness tips, financial guidance, parenting insights, thoughts on outdated social stereotypes, and her formula for living your best life. Cheers, -m

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The Celebrate Life Condo at Mar Arena Is Ready for Your Next Vacation: Luxury Ocean Front Condo in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
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The little slice of paradise where the book Celebrate Life was written is now available to rent for your next vacation!

Come to Costa Rica and enjoy the “Pura Vida” lifestyle that your friends have been telling you about.

Travelers who enjoy this "little slice of paradise" here at Mar Arena Condominiums in Jaco Beach are people who like to enjoy "The Best of Both Worlds." They like to relax by the pool and do absolutely nothing or go for a nice hike and say "hi" to the monkeys. They like to just sit on the beach reading a good book or go explore the Pacific ocean on a kayak-snorkeling tour. They like to meditate and do yoga or take on the waves and surf all day.

There's a beautiful beach in the front yard, beautiful mountains in the back, and an Olympic-size pool surrounded by well-maintained gardens, palm trees, and fauna when you walk out the door.

It's an easy 15 minute walk into town that features an abundance of restaurants, local shops, and a supermarket. (Or, you can take a 5 minute taxi ride that only costs $3.)

If you appreciate a clean, comfortable, and safe home that features the option to just chill out or take daily adventures, you've found the right place.

My wife and I have been coming here for almost 20 years and our daughter has been enjoying Costa Rica since she was 4. It's a place where we can come to relax, recharge, and soak in all the goodness that Mother Nature has to offer.

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In January of 2019, we finally had the opportunity to buy this little slice of paradise and we didn't hesitate for a second.

We’ve spent two months renovating and putting our personal touches on the condo to make it our dream retirement home for the next 40 years.

We are delighted to be able to share this experience with you and make The Celebrate Life Condo available for rent when we back in our home state of New Jersey.

Pura Vida!

Dr. Jill and Marcello Pedalino

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Whether it's in English, Italian, or Spansih, the reviews for the brand new Celebrate Life Condo at Mar Arena in Jaco Beach Costa Rica are stellar.
Do you like hiking or going out out for a nice little bike ride? Check out the awesome mountain (Miro) that's in the backyard of the Celebrate Life Condo. :)
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Coming Soon: The Celebrate Life Condo!
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Soon you’ll be able to rent the little slice of paradise where the book, Celebrate Life, was written.

Come to Costa Rica and enjoy the “Pura Vida” lifestyle that all of your friends have been telling you about.

The renovations are underway:

1. Stone from Guatemala.

2. Custom rustic lighting.

3. Hand-carved furniture.

4. Indigenous pottery and artwork

5. Costa Rican ceramic tile floor

More pics to come!!


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Marcello Pedalino promotes "Traveling Outside Your Comfort Zone" on Buzzfeed
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The Celebrate Life Book Tour continues in 2019 courtesy of BuzzFeed. My thoughts on travel were featured in a New Year's Day article on living your best life.

"Travel outside your zip code, travel outside your country, and most importantly- travel outside your comfort zone once in awhile. Go see how other people live and learn from their culture. You’ll probably see very quickly how Americans tend to over-complicate things and why they are ranked much higher on that World Happiness Report."…/9-tips-you-can-use-today-to-begi…

Thank you Marina Kostina and Andrea Mandel Pass for your continued support! :) 

Cheers, -m 


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3 Important Government Updates on Exercise Guidelines Released This Week: "Move More. Sit less. Start younger!"
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With only 20% of Americans getting enough exercise today, it's not surprising that the American Heart Association was anxious to reveal the first government updates on physical activity in 10 years and publish them in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association.

1) The childhood obesity problem has prompted experts to have children get involved in "active play" as early as 3 years old vs. the old recommendation of 6 years old. Up to 3 hours of various activities per day. At the conference, Dr. Valentin Fuster, a cardiologist from Mt. Siani who gave the results from an intensive program designed to help improve the knowledge and attitude towards exercise in toddlers- put it best, "Once they understand how the body works, they begin to understand physical activity and its importance... When brains are young, it's the best opportunity to set health habits that last."

2) Ages 6-17 should now get at least 1 hour per day of exercise like walking, biking, or running. Three times per week, at least 30 minutes of those sessions should include vigorous muscle and strength building.

3) Adults still need up to 5 hours of aerobic exercise or up to 2.5 hours of vigorous strength training per week but now experts agree that "something is better than nothing." If you only have 5 to 10 minutes to get off the couch or out of your chair, do it. Doing 5 minutes of pushups, jogging in place, or jumping rope is enough to yield the short-term benefits of reducing stress, improving your sleep, and lowering your blood pressure.

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer. He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

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The Celebrate Life Ride Marcello Pedalino and Friends
The 2018 Celebrate Life Ride with Marcello Pedalino and Friends,

You are who you surround yourself with. :) 

There are people who start things, and people who FINISH. There are people who make excuses, others- who make RESULTS. And then, there are people who will melt in the rain, while others will DANCE in Mother Nature’s awesome sauce. 

Which one are you?


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All You Need Is Love… and Fresh Ingredients! A Friendly Reminder From Dr. Jill and Marcello Pedalino
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“Cooking is an art and patience a virtue. Careful shopping, fresh ingredients and an unhurried approach are nearly all you need. There is one more thing – loveLove for food and love for those you invite to your table. With a combination of these things you can be an artist.” – Keith Floyd

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During their recent trip to Italy, Dr. Jill Garripoli Pedalino, Pediatrician and owner at Healthy Kids Pediatrics, and Marcello Pedalino, author of Celebrate Life, had the opportunity to pursue the art of cooking, to revel in the excitement of shopping for fresh ingredients every morning, and to bask in the joy of eating beautiful homemade meals with the best of friends and family.

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Choosing Focus over Distractions- Marcello Recommends: Attention Pays by Neen James
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Not many people I know get their book displayed in the storefront of Barnes and Noble on 5th Avenue in New York City. Then again, I don't know many people like Neen James.  As a matter of fact, she's one of a kind. 

Beyond the impressive thought leadership brilliance and talent on stage is a beautiful combination of style, flair, and generosity toward those she cares about.  I'm very fortunate to call her a dear friend and grateful to have her as a mentor.   

The really cool thing is that even if I weren't a huge fan, I'd still be recommending her latest book, Attention Pays, "How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, an Accountability" to all of my fellow entrepreneurs and professional colleagues.

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Attention Pays is a fabulous new book that covers the essentials of managing your energy, sharpening your focus, and prioritizing your time.  It's filled with helpful facts, actionable guidance, research, and anecdotes that will help you navigate the inevitable work-life integration challenges you face every day in this fast-paced, digital distraction-filled world.

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

"We are so focused on technology, our never ending to-do list, and our lack of time, we fail to pay attention to the people, passions and priorities that are important to us."

"I want you to look up at the magnificent world around you and really notice people.  I want you to take a moment and really look someone deeply in the eyes.  I want you to pause, take a breath, and be right here in the very moment."

"In a study of 2000 respondents, Think Money found a total of 759 hours, (That's 31 days!) in lost time every year due to distractions."

"The Diffusion Group published findings on that we spend more time watching Netflix than eating, reading, or having sex!"

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"Work life-life integration is when your environment, emotions, and expectations are what you want them to be.  It's creating an environment that works for you.  That might mean working home on a Friday to complete strategic projects."

"Transformational attention means holding our own agenda at bay and being outward rather than inward focused. It's being tuned in to the implication of our words, actions, and behaviors. It's listening with the intent to listen, instead of  listening to respond. We can constantly choose to invest rather than waste our attention on a regular basis no matter how busy we perceive we are."

"Stop trying to be all things to all people.  Stop trying to do everything. Stop trying to be everywhere and part of every conversation."

"Motivation is what gets you started.  Habit is what keeps you going." - Jim Rohn

"Unsubscribe to anything that doesn't positively feed your soul."   

  "Avoid drama. Don't participate on social media platforms or discussion groups where you will be exposed to negative sources that won't provide valuable feedback."

 "Those with intentional attention spend 15 minutes each morning deciding their top three priorities for the day.  They know where they are going, their long-term goals, and they know how their daily goals will help them reach their ultimate destination.  They accomplish their non-negotiable priorities first, and then fill in with lower-level priorities."

"Say 'no' to things that don't take you closer to your goals, get you excited, make you want to jump out of bed, or move you forward."

Click here to order your copy of Attention Pays.



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5 Unique Workouts To Spice Up Your Summer!

So, we’re halfway through Summer. ( I know, I know... boo hoo.)   Most people I chat with at a speaking engagement or a book tour stop fit pretty neatly into one of these two categories:

They’ve either been working out for at least a few months and are totally bored doing the same exercises over and over... Or, worse,  their New Year’s resolution to start working out failed miserably back in February and now they’re finally ready to get back into shape.

The solution for both scenarios is to keep things interestingMuch like a healthy relationship, you need to have some fun and spice things up on a regular basis. 

Here are 5 unique summer workouts for you to consider if you’re ready to try something new and exciting.

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1) American Ninja Warrior Training:

Now you can workout like all the Rock Stars you see on the hit tv show, American Ninja Warrior!  Specialty gyms like the one you see here called a Vertiquest, which is owned by my friend and veteran Ninja, Mike Needham, are popping up all over the country.  

They feature an amazing array of physical challenges including the famous warped wall.  A vertical ramp that you have to run up and scale to the top.  

If you’re looking for a unique alternative to pull-ups, you can try out the A-frame Staircase, The Rolling Dice, or The Lord of the Rings!  

My favorite part about ninja warrior training is that, like the Cha Cha Challenge, (#4 below) it can be done solo, with a group of friends, or with your kids as a family workout.   My wife and I took our 9 year-old daughter and she had a blast!   

Ninja gyms, like Vertiquest, feature parkour sequences.  And this is not like the kind where kids are just jumping from building to building 7 stories in the air (which I think is nuts and unsafe).  The parkour workouts done at these gyms are supervised by professionals and done with mats or foam pits underneath the guests.   This way you get the best of both worlds.   Safety AND a great workout. 

2) Tsunami Fitness: 

A general rule of thumb in the aquatic fitness world is,   Wetter is Better!  

Try some yoga poses, shadow boxing, and burpees on a stand-up paddle board.

Just trying to balance on the water engages your core and keeps you from getting too comfortable, which is what happens to most people who take a typical studio class.  

There are also bands that attach to the board so you can do bicep curls and shoulder presses to focus on the upper-body as well.

When you’re on the water, everything is more challenging and usually a lot more fun. 

The bonus is ... unlike yoga and Pilates, which are fantastic workouts,  you can splash around the pool and almost forget that you’re actually working out. 

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3) H2O HIT

This is Rocky Balboa meets Aqua Man.  

Not only is this a fantastic upper-body workout, it’s a great way to reduce stress.  

Aqua boxing allows you to let off some steam AND cool down by hitting a heavy bag that’s made to sit in the water and gloves made specifically to add additional resistance to each and every punch! 

Anytime you can punch something really hard and nothing gets broken OR nobody gets hurt... it’s a win win! Aqua boxing will shape and tone your back, bis, tris, and shoulders.

 If you happen to have the Rocky theme handy, crank it up so you can really go to town with a cool dash of cardio splash.

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4) Cha Cha Challenge:  

Try to hold a modified plank for 3 minutes while dancing to the Cha Cha Slide. 

One of the best exercises for your core and abs is a plank.  But planks are boring, and they’re really hard.   So my friends and I distract ourselves by dancing and having a lot of fun.

If you can get into the classic pushup position, you can do the Cha Cha Challenge! You follow the instruction of the Cha Cha Slide song and change the position of your hands and feet while keeping the beat.

This is something that you can do pretty much anytime and  anywhere. And, you can do it solo or with your family and friends of all ages.  All you need is a flat surface and your phone to play the song.  There’s a few versions on youtube already. If you’d like to use our version of the Cha Cha Challenge, just go to  That’s the one featured (above) with my good friends, Debbie, Janel, and Kathy at my Y back in NJ. 

5) Tires and Trees:

This is Paul Bunyan meets the Michelin Man.

Where can you get a workout that features plyometrics, cardio, fun with your friends, AND a great excuse to get a little dirty?  Simple... get outside and go into the woods!

Find an old tire from a tractor or earth mover at a local junkyard and start flipping it around.  *(With proper squat and dead lift form, of course.)   You'll find many variations, sizes, and weights to work with.  I recommend starting out light and slowly progressing.   If you enjoy working out as a team or in a group, go find a tire that's too heavy for you to lift by yourself.   This forces you to work together as a team and be laser focused during the workout.  If you really like to have fun and challenge yourself, find a hill and start rolling!

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Next, find some small fallen trees and stumps in the woods and do some shoulder carries with your friend or workout partner.   *If they say that they don't want to get their fancy gym sneakers or clothes dirty, then you need to find a new friend or workout partner.  Not only is this an awesome and unique workout, you'll feel invigorated by the fresh air, nature, and noticeable change in your surroundings both during and after the workout.  If you don't feel invigorated, you're probably a pretty boring person and you should just stick with the treadmill and staring at your phone for 30 minutes pretending to be "at the gym" on instagram. :)

Whether you like to get wet or you’re more comfortable on land, remember this: it’s easier to stay in shape than to get back into shape.  So keep your workouts fun, unique, and challenging so you maintain a healthy lifestyle all year round.   Keep your body and mind fresh and wanting more!  When it comes to achieving long term results in the wellness game, the right balance of variety and consistency is the key.

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainer.

He delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.

Pedalino is the author of the new inspirational book, Celebrate Life: How to live it up, discover fulfillment, and experience the joy you deserve.

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Remind Yourself What You're Capable Of
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Dr. Jill Pedalino (left) with Ron and Jill Michaels in Fort Collins, Colorado

My good friend, Ron Michaels, is a really impressive athlete.  He competes in Ironman competitions, cruises up huge mountains on his bike without breaking a sweat, and can pretty much run 2 marathons back to back before lunch time.  

But what I dig most about Ron is how much money and awareness he raises for great causes (Larimer Human Society / Clothes to Kids of Denver) and how well he treats his friends and family.

My wife and I had the opportunity to visit with Ron and his lovely wife, Jill, this past weekend.  In addition to some epic hiking and cycling, one of my favorite moments of the trip was seeing his "trophy room."

Yes, it was filled with medals and the typical fanfare swag that an incredible athlete can earn and proudly display, but what impressed me most was why Ron really has the room in his house.  He and I discussed the importance of celebrating our life's accomplishments, but more importantly- we discussed the importance of reminding ourselves what we're capable of. 

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In my book, Celebrate Life, Ron is featured in the chapter about Travel and he exemplifies the VIPs (Very Inspirational People) that I talk about in chapter 2.  Keep Good Company.  I'm grateful to have a true friend that reminds me to travel outside of your comfort zone when possible and that when it comes to building your tribe,  you are who you surround yourself with.



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Inspirational Lunch with Deidre Breckenridge, Author of "Answers For Modern Communicators"
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3 Things I Love:

1) Being inspired by really smart and successful people.

2) Having stimulating conversations where differences of opinion are exchanged in a civil and humorous manner.

3) Deirdre Breakenridge :)

She's the host of The Women Worldwide Podcast and author of the awesome new book, 'Answers For Modern Communicators.'

Great to see you Deirdre! Thank you for your time. I look forward to our next meeting and future collaborations.

Cheers, -m

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From DC to Baltimore to Bridgewater N.J.... The Celebrate Life Book Tour Continues!
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What a delightful afternoon with some of the best entertainers, entrepreneurs, and Dads on the east coast.

I got to hang out with some very distinguished gentlemen, sign a few books, and offer a toast that included wellness tips from each chapter of Celebrate Life. 

Special thanks to Maggiano's for the delicious luncheon and to Jasonand Elysa Hochman for the fabulous flamenco guitar entertainment! Onwards and upwards!



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Marcello Pedalino on Good Day Baltimore: 3 Ways to Spring Into Fitness

1) Hydrate and Eat Properly

Be sure to drink plenty of water. It helps boost your immune system, it's good for your skin, and it helps with weight loss. Many people often confuse being hungry with being thirsty.

Eat healthy snacks and drink protein shakes that are tasty and convenient. Take a few minutes in the morning to pack smart for the day and avoid going through unhealthy drive through.

2) Try Yoga, Swimming, or a 5k

The best way to ease into a fitness routine is to do full body workouts that are gentle on the joints. Yoga and swimming are the best.

You can also try walking, jogging, or running a local 5k. I recommend doing it with a few friends or family members so you have some accountability partners to keep you on track during training.

The cool thing about a 5k is that you can also raise money for a great cause at the same time. One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is doing something good to someone else.

3) Cross Train and Keep it Fun!

Going to the gym can get pretty boring pretty quick if you don't mix up your workouts Variety is the spice of life. And remember, Spring is Mother Nature's way of saying, "Hey! Let's Party!" Get outside! Try hiking, biking, & kayaking. It's a great way to avoid muscle complacency and stay motivated.

You can even dance your way into a better body! Try doing the Cha Cha Slide "Plank Challenge!"

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Great Day Washington LIVE with Marcello Pedalino, author of Celebrate Life.

59 seconds of highlights from the Great Day Washington Live #booktour stop with Markette Sheppard and Kristen Berset-Harris. We riffed about #yoga, how deep #breathing can make you say #lifeisgood, what a #healthysnack is, getting your butt up off the couch by #walking or #jogging a #5k , making a boring #plank workout fun, and the awesomeness of #premierprotein.

Cheers- m


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Raw, Real, & Brutally Honest-  Marcello Recommends: 'Waiting For The Punch' by Marc Maron
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400 pages!  No pictures?  Not the type of book that usually makes me say, "yeah, that looks like a fun and interesting read...  I'll buy THAT one." 

But, I'm easily impressed by big names. So when I saw Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Conan O'Brien, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, and Mel Brooks listed as featured contributors to the book,  I went for it.

That was 3 months ago.  

After a few flights and in between some family  time, I finally finished the last page.

Wow.  I really love when people- famous or not, speak from the heart and wear their feelings on their sleeves.  When they hold nothing back.  When they share things that are messy.  When life hurts.  When life is good.  When they messed up.  When they tasted success AND when they choked on failure.  When they were as brave as a comic book hero and when they were as scared and as uncertain as a newborn. 

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Author, Marc Maron

Marc Maron, the creative force and host of the hugely popular WTF Podcast, gathered some "best of" moments from a few of his interviews (a vault of 10 years of one-on-one chats with some of Hollywood and Comedy's A-List) where they riffed on things like addiction, divorce, mortality, identity, sexuality, parenting, relationships, and mental health.    

The result was a (big) book filled with stories that will make you laugh, make you feel better about yourself, make you think, and make you reconsider your efforts the next time you seek approval vs. integrity.

Here are a few of my favorite excerpts from Waiting For The Punch;


"I've told everyone I know, "Never get divorced." Work through it, if possible.  Divorce was so hard.  But over the years, things happen.  People grow apart.   ...The hardest thing was knowing that it was the right thing to do.  Staying was awful.  The thought of leaving was hideous and awful, but the thought of staying was worse." -Rachael Harris


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"I don't have to push back from the love and values that my mom instilled in me.  She instilled in me these core values that for awhile I thought were corny.  Then right around twenty you start realizing that honesty, kindness, hard work, responsibility, looking after other people- they're actually pretty good values.  They're homespun.  They come out of my Kansas roots, but they're the things that ultimately ended up being most important to me and how I tried to build my life."  -Barack Obama


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"So I decided I was going to come out.  I didn't know how.  I thought I was going to do it on Arsenio Hall.  In the meantime, I'm doing work, political work with a lot of gay and lesbian groups that helped get Bill Clinton elected.  They have this inauguration ball and it's the most fun because it's all the gay people, of course.  Rock and roll was back at the White House.  We were there.  And us gays were being gays and we were allowed to be part of the party

So I came out at the inaugural ball there with everyone.  K.D. Lang had said some things and there were a couple of other people there.  She had just come out a few months before that.  She introduced me, "Melissa Etheridge," and I walk up.  "Yay!"  And everyone's screaming and hollering because it's one thing that I'm even there supporting them and then I'm like, "Oh, I just want to say, I'm just so proud to be a lesbian."


It was like a match lit. Now you're on a journey, here you go."   -Melissa Etheridge


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I don't like anyone else's kids. You think having kids makes you like all kids, but it doesn't.  You just like your kids.  Especially if you're by yourself because you're like, I don't have my kids now. This is the time where I'm supposed to pretend like I'm twenty four and traveling the world by myself."  -Amy Poehler


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"There are irretrievable relationships where events have occurred that relationships don't come back from.  I know plenty of people who had to sign off from their families for a variety of reasons.  For good, healthy reasons to move on with their lives.  That can happen.  But if the relationships are retrievable,  and I felt like mine was, then there's a nice payback in seeing things come closer and become a little healthier."  -Bruce Springsteen


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"A month into not drinking, I was driving down the street.  I was driving back from San Diego Comic-Con.  I was listening to the oldies station.  All of a sudden I realized I was singing along to Rock Around the Clock. I was like, "Whoa, I feel good. I feel pretty happy. I've seen this in the movies where people sing in the car in a real happy mood." I've never looked back.  It was the best decision I ever made for myself."  -Jason Segel


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"Life is going to kick your fxxxxxx face in and you're going to get depressed, you're going to get upset, you're going to get sad, and that's ok.  When you get that you can transcend it and be like, "Oh, I don't have to be miserable."  Horrible things are happening everywhere all the time, and there's a statistical likelihood that I will die of stomach cancer or a car accident, let's enjoy ourselves while we've got it.  I realized as I said it, this might not sound uplifting, but I believe it.  Life is super hard.  Once we achieve peace with that knowledge, then happiness can be possible."  -Rob Delaney


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"I was at Luna Lounge with my friend, and at that point I was working in a music store.  My friend was writing for MTV, writing commercials.  And there's young Marc Maron onstage.  I was already feeling not good about where I was in life, and you were telling some story onstage there, and then you said, "That's like the difference between someone working at a music store and someone working up at MTV."  Literally, I was next to my friend, and it was that dynamic.  I was like, "Oh, this is not good. I am not in a good place at all.  Now people onstage are making fun of the hole I'm in, like using it as a demarcation point where I'm actually at in my life.  My friend is literally working at MTV now, writing up there."  That kind of spurred me.  I was like, "I have to change things."  -Tom Schapling


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The first day I had a byline was in the winter, and I got on the bus, and rode it south on Clark Street, knowing that van that dropped off the free paper came from downtown.  I went south until I hit a bookstore that I knew was south enough to have it, and got it there fresh off the press, and grabbed it and saw my byline.  I still remember that moment.  Amazing moment.

What I came to realize is that it was going to be a path to misery for me if the way I valued my work was the reaction it got, because sometimes it would get a reaction, and sometimes it just disappointed.  I realized in that moment.  Now, I have lost sight of that a million times since.

MM- "You fall victim to that because now you're making a show that's out in the world. and you're like, "Did it go viral?" Or, "Did anyone pick up on that?" "Did it get traction?"

"As opposed to, "Did we make a thing that was good?" A good thing in the world that I'm proud of, as a thing.  A real thing." -Chris Hayes



"I'm in a hospital, I ended up with pneumonia, had nothing to do with HIV.  I ended up with this double pneumonia.  My wife's still alive; she's home very sick.  I'm fxxxxxx worried about her, lying in the hospital.  She decides to get in the car and drive to come visit me, crashes the car on I-95.  They tell me, "Your wife's in the emergency room." Downstairs of the hospital that I'm in with pneumonia.  My wife's down there, my wife who's dying of AIDS is in the hospital from a car wreck that flipped over. Then the phone rings again, my mother tells me, "Dad got a brain tumor."

This is all in a ten-minute fxxxxxx period.  This is a bad day.  If someone says, "Oh, I'm having a rough day," yeah tell me about it.  Let me hear about your fxxxxxx bad day, you fxxx.  I love having that power.  I don't know why, I just do." -Mike Destefano


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"I drink a lot of water now because it's actually connected to your emotional well-being, which is why, when you go to a therapist, they never say, "Would you like a glass of water?" 

I realized that lives are complicated and all, but to some degree, some elements of happiness and balance are so much easier than I ever thought them to be.  Drink some water and get a decent night's sleep, and it's the darnedest.  All those years, all the therapy, all the angst, all the journaling, all the miserable phone calls.  I look back on it now with deep humiliation.  It's like, "Okay. Drink some water and go to bed."" -Paula Poundstone 


"Don't exhaust yourself with anger at things you have no control over.  Most of the sxxx you are reacting to most of the time is stuff that your brain is making up, and you have some control over that." -Marc Maron

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Marcello Pedalino, CFT, is the author of the new inspirational book on personal growth and development, Celebrate Life.  He is an award-winning entrepreneur, lifestyle expert, and fitness trainerHe delivers dynamic keynote presentations to corporations and organizations across the country who need help making Energy Management and Work-Life balance a priority.



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Finding True Love and Happiness: Starting Over (Again) at 40.
Ryan and Kelley on their Wedding Day overlooking NYC

Ryan and Kelley on their Wedding Day overlooking NYC

It’s never too late to start over, find true love, and internal happiness.  I did, and at the age of 40.   

I was a single dad of 2 beautiful girls; had a good job as a Retail Real Estate broker yet it was a career that was unsatisfying; and submerged in the horrific dating scene, which meant countless 1st dates that went nowhere.   And even though I had a great family, lots of friends, and surrounded with love and support, the reality was, I wasn’t happy.  This was my 3rd career which meant starting over and reinventing myself was becoming routine, but the real void in my life was that I didn’t have a partner to share anything with.  In my times when feeling sorry and reflecting back, I would ask myself, ‘How did I get here?’ ‘Where the hell am I going...?’

In April of 2011 I remember getting a call from my dad saying ‘I just had a very interesting phone call and there is a great business opportunity for you!’ My dad was an Area Developer and Multi-Unit franchisee in the concept Massage Envy for the past 6 years and I worked with him closely in this, so retail franchising was a world that I was accustomed too and had a strong interest in.  The call he got was from a Massage Envy colleague who was also part of another franchise called European Wax Center.  The opportunity was to buy the development rights and become the Area Developer for EWC in Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh greater metropolitan markets) and Northern Ohio (Cleveland / Akron / Toledo markets). Pittsburgh??? Cleveland???  I said… Its 6 - 8 hours away!!! How could I possible do that? My dad looked at me and said, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way; and if you really want to do it, you’ll figure it out’. So I figured it out.

In October of 2011, I took a leap of faith, and with the financial help from my parents, signed the contracts and became an Area Developer and Franchisee.  Shortly thereafter I took another leap of faith, left my job and hired a Pittsburgh based Real Estate firm to find me a storefront.  I was scared beyond belief, financially levered to the max, and embarking in now my 4th career.  October 1, 2012, I opened my first European Waxcenter.  Here I was, starting all over (again) at the age of 40…!! 

So I now have the professional piece of my life figured out, but my personal life still had that void.  That would also change at the age of 40!  Tuesday August 9, 2012, when a random chance meeting at a local restaurant, forever changed my life.   I had just finished working out at the gym and attempted to grab dinner at the café across the street.  But as luck would have it, it was closed.  The restaurant next door was open and decided to give it a try.  I sat at the bar and noticed this very attractive girl across the way.  She had a beautiful face, beautiful eyes, and a nice smile.  I had attempted to make eye contact with her multiple times, but she didn’t look my way often.  She was too busy on her phone (she’ll kill me for saying that).  I had never approached a girl at a bar while flying solo before, so I was very much out of my element.  I struggled to figure out what my ‘big move’ was going to be, and the only thing I came up with was to try and find a reason to sit next to her, but what would I say?  I was drawing a blank.  The other problem was the bar was crowded that night and no seats were opening up.  Just my luck...  I had already finished my dinner, but still no available seat next to her.  The summer Olympics were on the TV that night so I waited for about 45 minutes, using my interest in the games as a reason to hang around.  Finally when the seat next to her opened up, I jumped off my bar stool, walked over (still had no idea what I was going to say) and out came, ‘Is anyone sitting here?  I can’t see the TV well from where I was sitting!’  There you have it.  That was my big move!!!  We talked, drank, and laughed for hours.  2 days later we went on our first date. 

That was the last 1st date I ever went on and the last 1st kiss I ever had.  1 year later we moved in together, 2 years after that we were engaged, and 2 years after that, on March 24, 2017, we were married.           

Marcello Pedalino with Ryan and his daughters, Lilly & Ella.

Marcello Pedalino with Ryan and his daughters, Lilly & Ella.

Today, at the age of 46, I am a multi-unit franchisee where I own 2 stores in Pittsburgh, have sold 20 franchisee licenses as an Area Developer, married to the most amazing, beautiful, and selfless person I know, (who is also my best friend), have a solid family unit, and my life is finally complete. I honestly have nothing to complain about. And this all didn’t happen until I was 40 years old.  Go figure!  Now, when I ask myself, ‘How did I get here?’ It’s a very proud and exciting answer with a completely different story. When I ask myself ‘Where am I going?’ I am clear and focused on where my future is headed.  And when I ask myself ‘What time is it?’ the answer is ‘It’s time to Celebrate Life!’

Guest Blog by: Ryan David Glastein

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