One week in… and there’s that damn ‘mommy guilt’ rearing its ugly head!

Well, it’s been a week. One week since we launched this site. Many more since I started working on it. 🙂  What I’ve seen so far is more than I could have imagined. I’m most excited by the feedback from folks I #totally admire and look up to – that’s always a great feeling. I’ve heard from people who’ve left Buffalo and hope this site will make them feel connected to us again! I hope so, too!

I’ve also heard from many Buffalo businesses – which, to me – is something very special and unique to Buffalo. We are always rooting for one another. Cheering each other on. I don’t know if they do that in other places. It’s nice. Definitely a two-way street! Have you ever heard of Yeah! Buffalo? You HAVE to check them out. They celebrate Buffalo, too!  Great site!


It’s also been nice for me to get back into a routine of talking with ordinary people doing extraordinary things – people living a life to help others. That is inspiration.

One down side – I’ve been busy. Like, the kind of busy that means something has to give. So, I’m hoping to get in more of a routine asap – because I promised myself that this site would not mean less time with my babies. Right- good luck with that… I had a plan, though. Work when the babies are sleeping. It’s not my fault they’ve been up way too late. They’ve foiled my plan.

Okay, that’s not exactly true. The part about the little sweeties staying up late is true – but, my plan would have fallen apart anyway. I have to talk to people during the day – post things to social media, and blah, blah, blah. So you see, it was a bad plan. A faulty plan.

But, we do what we do, right? I’m still home! Woo-hoo!

Eh, it doesn’t matter much. That ugly ‘Mommy Guilt’ rears its nasty head. Why does that happen to us? Why is it – that we beat ourselves up ALL the time. Do you know what I mean? I’m not going out of town and leaving these children home alone! But… I feel SO bad. I’m working a few hours a day.

Give or take. The truth is – I have this personality that refuses to stop. To slow down. To STOP analyzing and analyzing – and over-analyzing. And thinking. And brainstorming. Do you know about Google Analytics?  I’ve found myself checking it WAY too often. It tells you how many people are on your website – like live. A real-time overview. And then the daily reports – which are perfect for over-analyzers.

Enough, already.

I’m going to have a new way of doing things.

I’m going to have ‘work hours’.

That’s my new plan! In fact – this past Sunday was family day. And we made  the most of it. One of my favorite things – is when my husband, Scott pulls out his guitar and jams with the girls.

I mean how cute, right… My heart.

And of course, we find time for games. Remember this one…

The good news, great news rather – is that Totally Buffalo’s first week was amazing! I am beyond shocked! And so pleased, and excited – and just plain happy. I’ve gotten amazing feedback – great story ideas – wonderful offers from fabulous people that want to help with this little project. (More on that very soon!) It’s all so surreal.

Mind you- I know that I am not reinventing the wheel. I’ve got a Word Press site that looks a lot like every other Word Press Site out there. It’s a blog. Basically.  We just want to tell stories, and put on a celebration for the Queen City. A festival to showcase Buffalo’s best, brightest, tastiest, loveliest, and most amazing things, people and places. That’s our goal. We hope you’re in!

I really wanted to take a minute and thank all of the amazing people who are supporting us. Who’ve shared our FB page, our stories, our pictures – all of it. Thank you. Thank you.

We’ve been a bit overwhelmed with interest from vendors regarding the festival – and I will #totally admit that I’m a bit behind on getting back to folks – but that is my plan for tomorrow!

Wish me luck. 🙂

Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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    Mary Corsaro


    Best of luck Mary you have more grace and style then I ever taught of, proud of you Girl ! You got your family 1st everybody knows it nothing to feel guilty about. You keep doing what your doing what your heart tells you .


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    I’m so happy I found this. I always enjoyed you on tv! You are so lucky to be able to spend all this quality time with your family…you deserve it! Best wishes!


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