Upcoming Events

PLAN AHEAD,  make things happen

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Idea Party

Free – a MeetUP

Second Saturday of the month 9:00 – 10:00 am

At Trader’s Coffee & Tea, 7th & Patterson, Grand Junction, CO

Have a dream or goal you want to achieve? Have an idea you don’t know how to get off the ground.
Let’s get together and have an Idea Party.
We will share the goals we are trying to attain, describe the progress we’ve made, and the problems we are having. Then everyone at the party will help brainstorm solutions to specific problems. It’s really easy and lots of fun.  You get solutions to immediately take the next step towards your goal. Come prepared with your wish/dream and the obstacle that is in the way of achieving it. Let’s Brainstorm with Ideas and create the next step for success for all who come and participate.




 Classes with Edith Johnston PhD LPC

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June 5th 2018, Tuesday  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Dreams to Reality – Developing a Plan for Success

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:  Uncertainty,  Not knowing very clearly what we want; Money; Time (lack of & inefficient use of it ).

We will explore what your dream is, what it entails, what it will take to make it a reality.  We will determine the obstacles to making the dream come true.  We will develop a plan for taking steps to achieve your dream and make it a reality.

I.  Finding your goal – clarifying your dream

II.  Identifying obstacles and strategies to overcome

III. From wishes to plans and action

IV. Brainstorming – Resources

V.  Next Steps – Action


July 31, 2018, Tuesday  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.

More info:  www.howtoinlife.com/ability