If you can make the world a little better, then you have accomplished a great deal.

Summer is in full swing and things at Ignite are going well.  The Young Women’s Empowerment Class completed last month and they liked it so much we are going to continue monthly check ins!  I’m hoping there will be more interest in this class to start a new one this fall.  Here are our final vision boards: 18556764_973500899419846_3954842052511610983_o

I’ve welcomed some new clients recently who are looking for support as they transition out of unhealthy relationships, as well as some couples who are trying to find healthier ways to communicate.  Stress can impact our relationships, how we communicate, as well as how we make progress towards our goals.  Self-care is a must as we manage day to day responsibilities as well as find ways to address the grief and loss in our lives.

One of my favorite subjects is gratitude.  Finding ways to pay attention to what we have rather than what is missing can really make a difference in our frame of mind.  Gratitude jars were a hit in my class as well as many of my clients are tracking gratitude in their journals.   Right now I have a couple more spots open for new clients; I hope that if you or someone you know could benefit from counseling or a life coach that you will contact me!  17635441_925114810925122_5231406512144647996_o

Breast Cancer Awareness

It’s a busy month. My private practice business (Ignite, LLC) has partnered with another local company, Chacha’s Boutique to make these handmade copper bracelets to raise money for breast cancer. Next week we will be producing a video on my YouTube channel talking about this specific fundraiser as well as how to cope with a new diagnosis for those with breast cancer and their loved ones. Folks can purchase either bracelet on Etsy for $15 and there are two other options for personalization as well. Proceeds will go to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. Pre-order your’s now and they will start shipping out October 1st in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. IMGP4760

Mysterious Ghost Towns of Oregon

Working on a new project now that we will put up on Kickstarter in the next month.  I’m bringing together my love of photography, culture, history and books to hopefully publish a book that features some of the best ghost towns of Oregon.  IMGP3924 This past weekend we took a drive to Bohemia City, which is outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. It was awe inspiring. IMGP3938 With over 60 pictures to choose from, I’m excited to see if this project will succeed. I welcome any feedback regarding what you’d like to see in a project like this! What ghost towns would you like featured; what historical facts do you find interesting; how much would you spend on a book like this? Stay tuned, more to come (for more info click here)!

Thirsty Thursdays: Apocalyptica Chromatic Playing Cards

A month and a half ago I posted about a new editing project that I was working on called AfterEarth: The Fall. While it did not meet the Kickstarter funding goal we hope to make some changes and publish it again with a smaller funding goal to see if it will be successful.  However out of that project we came to find out there is an audience out there that really enjoys collecting and or using playing cards (perhaps you could say they have a thirst for this).  Since we had already been working with several artists for AfterEarth we decided to use a couple of them to get the playing cards going (originally they were also going to be a part of the AfterEarth project) and see if we could get funding for them separately while we worked out some of the details of the larger project.

We have been totally amazed by the overall enthusiasm for the Apocalyptica Chromatic playing cards and in just over 48 hours we are 71% of the way towards meeting our funding goal!  I’ve enjoyed helping research and set up rewards for the project, editing, submitting blurbs on different websites who highlight playing cards, and emailing hundreds of backers thanking them for their support (283 at the moment).  The other part of this project that I have enjoyed is that we have found a local company, Royal Awards, who is going to be creating steel cards and poker chips for us.  A very special thank you to Diego Candia who has been our main artist for these cards.  Image

Wacky Wednesday! AfterEarth: The Fall

It’s been awhile I know!  Part of me feels bad for not focusing in on Ignite, LLC, however with some reflection I know that in the long run completing my MSW is a dream I’ve had since at least 2000 & here I’m doing it.  In 7 months it will be completed and it seems I’ll be welcomed into the life of hospice social work.

This summer, Jeremy (my husband) was encouraged to complete a pen and paper role-playing game that he had created and played for years with some of his close friends.  Jeremy has a very creative mind and loves to write in the science fiction genre.  More than a few years ago he had shared a story he had written and I had edited it for him.  Initially I didn’t know that this was the story that was part of the role-playing game (RPG).  So while considering the encouragement of those that were hoping he’d complete and publish this game Jeremy began looking at Kickstarter projects, some of which were also RPGs.  After discussing this with me, I said, why not?  And because Ignite, LLC hasn’t been working on any serious projects as of lately it seemed like an opportune time for me to help see this project through (even if it is not successfully funded).

The wonderful thing about this project has been getting to edit a genre that is outside of my norm, working with some very talented artists who have helped design some of the initial artwork, and thinking about all the different types of products that can be offered through a project like this.  I welcome you, if you are so inclined, to come have a look:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1170969302/afterearth-the-fall-rpg-create-and-modify-with-us

Artist: Joe Tuttle (vaultboxdesign.wix.com/jtuttleportfolio)

Review of The Large Rock and the Little Yew

The Large Rock and the Little Yew by Gregory Ahlijian is a children’s story about the plight and determination of a little yew tree whose life began with the need to find sunlight.  Despite a large rock’s angry complaints, the little yew tree continues to believe in its unique place in life, knowing it will grow strong and would be valuable to the creatures of the wild.  In the end, the little yew and the large rock both understand that they will have to learn to coexist with one another and because of this decision; their fame grows in Wakehurst, United Kingdom.  The metaphorical story here, illustrates the less than ideal environments that many children grow up in, and that through their strength and determination they can achieve their life dreams.  This short story is beautifully illustrated and 100% of the proceeds for the sale of this book go to Jasper Mountain, a nonprofit specialized mental health facility in Oregon that is dedicated to providing young children intensive therapy to help them overcome trauma and abuse.  To purchase the book for $17.95, visit here.