Celebrating 2 Year Anniversary

Today marks 2 years since my private practice opened.  I’ve taken time over the last month to reflect on this powerful journey.  It has been such an honor and privilege to work with so many individuals and families who have walked in the door and opened their hearts and minds.  Tough questions have been asked, painful circumstances have been shared, accomplishments celebrated, and I’ve watched as my clients have courageously challenged themselves to keep growing and healing.  I feel very fortunate and deep gratitude for everyone I have had the opportunity to work with.

I would also like to acknowledge some of those people who have made this endeavor possible.  Thank you Michelle Brown, LPC for sharing your office space and creating a warm, welcoming, and safe environment; I so appreciate your assistance and support.  Thank you to my supervisors at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Riverbend for listening, guiding, and supporting me as I continue to works towards my LCSW; this also includes my stellar colleagues there!  There are so many individuals who have cheered me on including numerous friends and family both near and far.  A special thank you to my professors and classmates at the University of Southern California as well as Chatham University.  Last but not least I thank Jeremy for supporting my dreams with unquestionable belief that I can accomplish what I set out to do.

My Very Best,


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  ~Melody Beattie

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

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)

Photo Friday: Fire Ignites Sun Beams

Driving from Eugene to Springfield today, unveiled one of the most spectacular views I have seen in a long time.  From Kelly Butte Park overlooking Springfield, a city I love and am amazed by the longer I live here.

Lightening ignited 35 wildfires in Umpqua National Forest