Upcoming Events

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Sept. 2017 Three Day Retreat:  Connecting with Magnificent Expression


  Success Team  Jan 31st – Mar 21st  Delta, CO 7:30-9:30 pm Still time to Join us Feb 7th and take your success into action!

Email Dr. Edith Johnston for the details on cost and location. (email at edith@howtoinlife.com)

How to get what you really want (even if you have no goals, no character, and you’re often in a lousy mood). A Success Team is a support group of people who will help you develop plans for any goal; give you information and contacts, phone numbers, addresses and directions… whatever you need to make your dream come true. Most important: they’ll give you guidance and encouragement, week by week until you’ve achieved your goal. And you will be doing the same for them.

Number of meetings/sessions: 8  Hours per meeting/session 2


3 Dilemmas Smart Professional Women Face – Feb. 17th

Register HERE

12:30 pm -2:00 pm at WCAHEC, 2038B North Ave., Grand Junction, CO

Explore three dilemmas faced by smart professional women – blending in, superwoman, and being ignored that result in being bored, frustrated and disappointed with their careers.  Learn what this means, why it happens, and how to manage each dilemma.

Cost $15.00 at the door, Early Bird registration cost is free through Feb 15th.

Register HERE


Western Colorado Community College  CEC Classes                

Register :  http://www.coloradomesa.edu/wccc/comed.html

Classes with Edith Johnston PhD LPC

 2017 Dates — Saturday:  Jan 21st,  Apr 15th,  July 15th

9:00 am -4:00 pm

Ability – Taking the Dis out of Disability

Part I  Loss is Real!

When you experience a decrease in what you can do, this is a loss. There is a grief process and a change in roles. Become aware of your changes and those around you in your respective roles in the family and community. Understand the emotions you are experiencing (anger, frustration, hopelessness, acceptance, adaptation, determination). Know yourself, your beliefs and thoughts; the actions and reactions created. These are the times of challenges, growth, lessons, and JOY! Come explore for yourself and with others the process of grief and disability.

Part II Physical Management
You have been working with your physician to gain the greatest comfort and continue your daily routine. Learn a few more tools to use to manage the physical aspects of disability. Movement is important and breathing is the basics of all movement. Discuss and explore what method of movement is most advantageous for you (swimming, yoga, Tai Chi, bicycling, walking, etc.). Learnt eh importance of relaxation exercises, meditation, pacing yourself to increase the ability to move. Finally, let’s look at alternatives for symptom management; such as, acupressure, massage, heat, magnets and other alternatives.

Part III  The “How To” of Disability
Do you need to stop doing what you are accustomed to doing every day and on special occasions? NO! Look at and develop a process of setting realistic expectations. Answering the question, of how to versus whether you can or can’t – do what you want to do or have been doing. Let’s look at adaptations (in method and mechanical). What about support from others? What is available in the community? Also, let’s look at the question of work or continuing to generate an income. What resources are available for cash flow? Explore the “how to” of moving forward with living with a disability.

Part IV Personal Balance
Emotional tools to help deal with the stress of the ups and downs of daily living that have been added to with a disability. Explore how to grow through the experience of the disability. Look at tools; such as, journaling, flower essences, core transformation, acupressure, meditation, healing mandalas, counseling/coaching, biblio-therapy (reading), music, fun and joy. The focus is to have a personal balance for experiencing life and the disability part of you.


Saturday, Feb. 18th, 2017

9:00 am to 12 noon

Dreams to Reality – Action Plan    

Think of something close to your heart but far from your hands, something you’ve wanted for a while but don’t really expect to get.  Maybe you’ve already tried to get it and failed.  Maybe you haven’t tried for fear of failing.  Or maybe you’ve never even thought of trying, because you’re sure it’s impossible.  Whatever it is, you’re pretty sure it would make you really happy if I could wave a magic wand and give it to you.

The basics that keep most of us from getting what we want can be counted on the fingers of one hand.  They are:

  • 1)       Uncertainty.  Not knowing very clearly what we want.
  • 2)       Money.
  • 3)       Time (lack of and inefficient use of it )

I.   Identifying your goal (the ideal day – mission statements)

II.  Plan of action (backwards flow chart / mind map)

III. Overcoming obstacles (idea parties, buddy systems, fooling resistance)


Delta Montrose Technical College – Community Classes

Register:  http://www.dmtc.edu/community-education/

Tuesday through Friday mornings, Feb. 21-24, 2017
8:30 am -12:30 pm

You Think Differently!  for High School Students

This class is an opportunity for creative, high ability, curious, talented high school students to explore how you ‘think differently’ and discover your possibilities.  Discover what makes you tick, how you think differently, why things have you on edge, what your talents are, and how to make it all work.

Students will explore and gain understanding of:

  • Why I think the way I do – what makes me the way I am
  • Mixed messages – everyone tells me to do something different – what to do
  • Identify and learn how to develop what you do well or comes easily
  • How to have fun and get things done with what you do well
  • Making things happen with others

More information:  https://www.howtoinlife.com/think/ 



Saturday, Mar. 18th, 2017
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ability – Taking the Dis out of Disability 

Four part Series –  see description above for Jan. 21st at WCCC.