Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream…by Stacey Murrell

When I was a little girl I did not have the luxury of dreaming. Life required my constant attention if my family and I were to survive. It wasn’t until I went to junior high school and began to take field trips outside of my community that I dreamt of becoming a News Anchor. I could envision myself on television sitting behind the desk and delivering powerful stories that would change people’s lives. They would see me as a compassionate change agent that would “get it done”. They would feel so connected that they would want to reach into the television and give me a hug, knowing I would return the love.

Today as a woman, I AM…a compassionate change agent who gets it done! I am a survivor. I am a nurse. I am a speaker. I am a teacher. I am a writer. I am an encourager.  I am a professional. I am an overcomer with scars both physical and emotional that prove I have survived. I am things that I don’t even know that I am because I choose to believe that I am everything that God says I am.

It’s hard at times to always look upward. The very life can get sucked out of you. I have learned that I do not want the attention of a worldwide news anchor but rather the satisfaction of knowing that through speaking, writing, encouraging and developing others, I am indeed sitting at the desk of my own life with God as my audience of one. If He is pleased than my work, whatever it is, is good!

Take 10 seconds and close your eyes. Envision where you want to be. Take a mental snapshot and frame it on your heart. There is always hope!


You can reach Stacey at MasterThePieces@gmail.com or (716) MASTR-PC [716-627-772]

Master the Pieces with Simple “WINS”

I first had the pleasure of meeting Stacey Murrell at the Lancaster Marriott’s Penn Square Grille one evening last spring when she was in Lancaster implementing a diversity training for a group at Lancaster General Hospital. I am sure that her frank, friendly, and erudite openness was an asset to their participants! Below, she has some inspirational words for managing everyday life:

— Dr. Liz


When artisans young and old begin to create a work of art, it usually isn’t until years later that the original work is seen by others as a Masterpiece. I suggest that we think of our lives in that same manner. Everyday each of us are immersed in a sea of movement and emotions. We are constantly on the go even when we are being till. Our minds, racing to the next thing in hopes of keeping all the balls in the air. Why are we surprised when they fall and most of us do not have the talent of juggling? LOL

The constant movement can cause overload’s that manifest as fear, anxiety and compulsive behaviors and we end up overlooking the very things that gave us the energy to perform at this capacity.

To regulate the nuances of life, it’s important to incorporate routines that will allow you to release the pressure. The following are simple “wins” that are meant to be stepping stones that will propel you forward in Mastering the Pieces until you become the Masterpiece you were destined to be…

1.) Meditate 5 minutes in the morning and night

2.) Take a walk for 10 minutes away from your work area/home

3.) Give thanks by telling someone you appreciate them

4.) Write down one simple “win” everyday in a journal near where you rest

5.) Look in the mirror first thing in the morning and say, “I’m good enough!”




You can reach Stacey at MasterThePieces@gmail.com or (716) MASTR-PC [716-627-772]


Lancaster Pride 2018 – Guest Post by Jessica

This was my first year at Lancaster PA PRIDE FEST and I was not disappointed! There was so much love and happiness in the air the storms blew over and the sun shined for all. I’ve never seen so many amazing people living their best life! The shouts of happiness and pride filled the streets of Lancaster near and fair and brought smiles to each and every person there.

There was no shortage of support

Thousands of LGBTQ supporters attended the 11th annual fest. Vendors lined the 8 blocks of Water Street to show support along with politicians, schools, churches, and local companies. Crafts stands where you could create while talking about your experiences and life with others were nearly everywhere. Companies big and small were out with apparel to please every gender shape and size.

The drag show in Culliton Park was fierce! One side of the stage a beer and mix drink garden, and the other side general admission. No charge this year to enter the event, but so many wonderful fest goers donated. The communities response was overwhelmingly positive states vendors all up and down the streets.

With many people stating this was the best year yet for Lancaster PRIDE! We sure are looking forward to next year as the community gets stronger and the support becomes greater! 

“An amazing organization bringing Queerness to an amazing place. Lancaster Pride has seriously raised the bar for future cities I visit ♥ You are amazing.” -J.S. Via FB

“Best Pride yet!!!! Oh my, you all outdid yourselves! So much to see, excellent variety of stands and food, and the music and Queens were fabulous! Perfect venue and not one little sight of anti anything! Can’t wait until next year!!!! Thank you!” -B.Y. Via FB


  • Jessica Yingling is our enthusiastic, efficient and creative Administrative Manager at Intersectional Life Counseling and Psychology