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Mary Fran Wiley
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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It’s more than jazz hands and shuffle ball changes. It’s more than pliés and pirouettes. It’s more than the escape from the everyday. It’s the people. It’s the community. It’s the support. Two weeks ago, my doctor suggested that I replace my spinal cord…
It’s more than jazz hands and shuffle ball changes. It’s more than pliés and pirouettes. It’s more than the escape from the everyday. It’s the people. It’s the communi…
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Dancing into Two Thousand Sixteen

Facebook presented me with a memory from 2011 this morning. Usually, when Facebook brings up the past, I am reminded of something funny or happy. Today, not so much. My tiara says “Happy New Year”, but the night of that party was anything but. Everything…
Facebook presented me with a memory from 2011 this morning. Usually, when Facebook brings up the past, I am reminded of something funny or happy. Today, not so much. My tiara says “Happy New …
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    It seems a wee bit hokey. Maybe a little bit Dr. Phil. But mantras and power statements can help you change your mindset. (Julianne Hough even talked about her mantras, briefly, on Dancing with the Stars, if you need a celebrity endorsement…) This…
It seems a wee bit hokey. Maybe a little bit Dr. Phil. But mantras and power statements can help you change your mindset. (Julianne Hough even talked about her mantras, briefly, on Da…
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I’m scared of a lot of things. Spiders. Moldy leftovers. Wearing pants inside out. In reality, those things don’t matter. Cecelia can get the spiders. Takeout can be ordered if the leftovers are inedible. And who hasn’t worn their yoga pants inside out…
I'm scared of a lot of things. Spiders. Moldy leftovers. Wearing pants inside out. In reality, those things don't matter. Cecelia can get the spiders. Takeout can be ordered if the leftovers are in...
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This is your friendly reminder to suck it up. I don’t care if you can’t even. I don’t care if adulting is hard today and you can’t be bothered to cook. There’s nothing wrong with making yourself a bowl of gluten-free ramen (doctored with peanut butter and…
This is your friendly reminder to suck it up. I don't care if you can't even. I don't care if adulting is hard today and you can't be bothered to cook. There's nothing wrong with making yourself a ...
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It’s National Best Friends Day. And that means I need to send hugs to so many people. I’ve never been the person who had one friend the confided every secret to. For a long time, the people closest to me had no idea that I was in agonizing pain every day.…
It's National Best Friends Day. And that means I need to send hugs to so many people. I've never been the person who had one friend the confided every secret to. For a long time, the people closest...
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{new post} Tapping into strength | lessons from a class with chloe & maud arnold

This weekend. Oh man. It was glorious. And a little bit hair-brained. I mean, a 3-hour dance class. That was a bit above my level. I have a nerve block scheduled for Thursday, or else taking this class and the one a few hours later might have been…
This weekend. Oh man. It was glorious. And a little bit hair-brained. I mean, a 3-hour dance class. That was a bit above my level. I have a nerve block scheduled for Thursday, or else taking this c…
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[new blog post] On stage

I had a big moment last Friday. I danced on a stage. With an audience. I was as excited as I remembered being when I was young and twirling in a tutu. I invited everyone I knew and a few friends took me up on the offer. I practiced in my kitchen (I’m sure…
I had a big moment last Friday. I danced on a stage. With an audience. I was as excited as I remembered being when I was young and twirling in a tutu. I invited everyone I knew and a few friends to…
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My life is an endless cycle of detoxing, retoxing and hoping for the best. Before I left work for my latest five day epidural infusion, I sent my coworkers the following gifs to explain my upcoming absence: Translation: Going to get my wiring fixed up by…
My life is an endless cycle of detoxing, retoxing and hoping for the best. Before I left work for my latest five day epidural infusion, I sent my coworkers the following gifs to explain my upcoming...
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{new post} "Why are you dancing?" The answer? "Because I can walk."

I know to many this might seem silly. To be celebrating sticking with something for six months. What you don’t know is that I wasn’t sure I would last 6 minutes. This life of mine seemed like it had devolved into an endless rotation of treatments, cyborg…
I know to many this might seem silly. To be celebrating sticking with something for six months. What you don't know is that I wasn't sure I would last 6 minutes. This life of mine seemed like it ha...
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Positivity in motion : 5 reasons everyone should dance

Some days I wonder why I didn’t find deep connection in yoga. Or why barre fitness or ballet burn classes just seemed like a chore. And yet, I can spend an hour at the barre plié-ing, tendu-ing and battement-ing my heart out. I can follow it up with a…
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From the moment I decided that I wanted to dance again, I have been devouring as much dance related content as I can fit in. (Seriously, it has even taken over my Ravelry favorites list in the form of leg warmer knitting patterns…) I found a few blogs…
From the moment I decided that I wanted to dance again, I have been devouring as much dance related content as I can fit in. (Seriously, it has even taken over my Ravelry favorites list in the form...
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  • Orbit Media
    Web Designer, 2011 - present
  • FrannyCakes.com
    Creator, 2011 - present
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    Account Manager, 2007 - 2008
  • Purple Crayon Web Studio
    Owner, 2009 - 2011
  • Illini Media Company
    Creative Manager, 2010 - 2011
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web designer. wordpress lover. polyglot. francophile. gluten free baker.
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Mary Fran is a web designer and WordPress nerd in Chicago where she works for Orbit Media. She is part awesome designer and usability expert and part secret super nerd. She just happens to be fluent in French (and she speaks German too). In her spare time, she writes and creates content for a growing number of blogs and websites including FrannyCakes, a gluten-free lifestyle blog, and The Chronic Positivity Project.
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Founder of FrannyCakes, designs the Chronic Positivity Project, DFA 1ier degre avec mention Tres Bien, BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    French, 2004 - 2007
  • College of DuPage
    Graphic Design, 2008 - 2010
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You Were Made To Be Awesome | Celiac and the Beast
celiacandthebeast.com

Writing this book has been a difficult task – its caused me to rehash a lot of emotions and really dig into how I feel about my diagnosis. B

Ratio Rally: Angel Food Cake
frannycakes.com

This post is part of the Gluten-Free Ratio Rally, a group of gluten-free bloggers inspired and empowered by Ruhlman‘s Ratio and started by S

Sweet goodbye cake | Franny Cakes
frannycakes.com

Sweet goodbye cake. By maryfran on August 15, 2011 in Dessert, Recipes. Last week was a little hectic. My boss came back to work after a few

Whole Grain Brunch: Gluten-free Strawberry Frangipane Tart
frannycakes.com

When I come home from work, I feel like I get pastry super powers. I get to work at being someone who gets to throw around terms like frangi

7 Deadly Sins of Visual Branding on the Web
www.orbitmedia.com

Visitors are judging you from the moment they enter your site. You got them there with a witty link on twitter or relevant information in a

Your Brand Is Your Blog, Your Blog Is Your Brand
www.orbitmedia.com

I recently had the opportunity to present at a food blogging conference about blogging and branding, and after the presentation I realized t

Powdered Sugar Doughnuts | Franny Cakes
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Powdered Sugar Doughnuts. By maryfran on July 20, 2011 in Breakfast, Recipes. gluten free dairy free powdered sugar doughnuts on a wire I mi

Roasted cherries & coconut milk custard | Franny Cakes
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Roasted cherries & coconut milk custard. By maryfran on July 16, 2011 in Dessert, Recipes. cherries and coconut milk pastry cream I ate

GF French Lemon Cake | Franny Cakes
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GF French Lemon Cake. By maryfran on July 13, 2011 in Dessert, Recipes. We had a cooking unit in my high school french class and everyone wa

buckwheat popcorn rolls | Franny Cakes
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buckwheat popcorn rolls. By maryfran on July 12, 2011 in Bread, Recipes. gluten free buckwheat popcorn rolls The first time my dad made popc

GF Ratio Rally: Pasta with Pink Vodka Sauce | Franny Cakes
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GF Ratio Rally: Pasta with Pink Vodka Sauce. by maryfran on July 6, 2011 in Entree, Recipes. This is the kind of discovery that I can't

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