Mr. or Mrs. Fix It

Has someone ever shared something with you and immediately you know what to do? Hmmm…me too. I spend hours during the week mentoring young adults and feel sometimes like a therapist. I’ve worked hard to earn the right to be heard in their lives, but sometimes I realize I like to be “heard” too much.Continue reading “Mr. or Mrs. Fix It”

5 Things My Horse Taught Me about Relationships

I started riding when I was eight years old. For all these years, my horse world has been my safe haven. It’s where I find joy, love, trust, and hope. In my professional career, I teach our volunteers how to build healthy foundational relationships with students. That is innate in me and in some recentContinue reading “5 Things My Horse Taught Me about Relationships”

Are You the Lone Ranger or the Lone Wolf?

Have you ever felt like you are the “lone ranger” of your group, your community, or your village? I can empathize. For years in my profession I was the lone ranger, literally the only one in a staff position in our community. Being in Reno, the closest other staff member was in the Tahoe vicinityContinue reading “Are You the Lone Ranger or the Lone Wolf?”

Living Life in the Fish Bowl

This week I sat with my childhood best friend and talked about something that unfortunately I know all too well: losing a parent. There were many conversations had that revolved around this topic from steps after her parent passes to even processing her emotions as she continues to care for her parent alongside her familyContinue reading “Living Life in the Fish Bowl”

Hope Rising

Each year as part of my position in my professional life, we attend a week-long, highly intensive class to continue our education in our field. In 2020, the class I was to take was called Minister as Person taught by John Evans, MFT. Everyone in our organization raved about this class and how life changingContinue reading “Hope Rising”

What’s Your Restart Button?

In a recent conversation with a young adult, she shared that she had been avoiding me. Well, being in the line of work I’m in, that doesn’t offend me. Usually I get a little excited because that means there’s hope on the horizon. It’s the start to a new process of change. I’ve been partContinue reading “What’s Your Restart Button?”

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Who’s in your kid’s life?

Now that you’ve started to build and be intentional in building your village and villages within different communities that you operate in, now is the time to help others start to examine their own. Because I work with students (primarily middle school, high school, and college students), I can tell you what healthy community canContinue reading “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child: Who’s in your kid’s life?”

Where do your villages live?

Do you have multiple compartments in your life? Have you intentionally built a village in all those different spaces? Think about it for a second. What would it look like to build a healthy village around you in your professional life? What about in your personal life? I have multiple villages like the one IContinue reading “Where do your villages live?”

Call Out the Gold

You’ve spent some time thinking through a group of people that will help you step into your potential, but now what? You need to ask them to help you. You are probably thinking to yourself how I often think about the idea of asking for help — “you’re nuts”! Yes and no. Asking for helpContinue reading “Call Out the Gold”

Cherishing Connection

Little did we know a year ago, how much community would change in our own lives, in our cities and communities, and ultimately in our world. I think a year ago, I would have said how grateful I am for certain communities that I live in; for instance, every Thursday morning, I meet with aContinue reading “Cherishing Connection”