The theme of ARES 2018 is, “Building Healthy Rural Communities”. Many rural areas experience challenges in securing supports and there are countless stories about how services like mental health are very difficult to find in many rural communities. Together with our partners, we will learn […]
I believe in two things
First, I am a believer in the idea that you are exactly where you need to be. No matter how painful. No matter how wonderful. But wherever you are, you need to be there. You are there. It makes it easier sometimes to believe that. So – for some reason, you are here – and that’s very important to me. Second – I believe that everyone has a “story” and it is this story that guides your relationships. Understanding your own story can help you make sense of where you’ve come from and help in the writing of all future chapters that await.
My story? I was always intrigued by relationships. And I thought for a long time “helping people” meant fixing things. Slowly, along the way, I have learned that it is not about having the answer. It’s not about fixing. If you can connect, however, and truly understand someone’s story – that is where the power lies. In the relationship.
And then I became a mother to a son, followed by boy-girl twins. This is the one job where I really need to rely on this whole “believer” idea. I thought my story was going to read like a milk-and-cookies mom who never yelled or resorted to (extremely) excessive use of the I-Pad. Turns out, that’s not my story. Truth of the matter is – my kids make my world the brightest it’s ever been , but I have learned that I am a better spouse, a better Mom, and a better friend – better at the most important relationships – when I can find the time to balance what I love to do almost as much. And that’s why I’m here. And, if it so happens that we’ve met, or get to meet, I look forward to your story and the lessons I’ll learn from you. And maybe those you might learn from me.