JUMP INTO YOUR LIFE
May 2018 Gathering: Growing Bolder
Growing older is a fact. Growing bolder is a choice — and living a more wholehearted life depends on it. Please join us to hear three inspiring paths and personal stories of growing bolder through: deepening your faith; following passions; and finding humor.
Teacher, Mentor and Coach
Growing Bolder through Faith
Terese Burk shared how her journey through significant losses grew her faith and helped her to grow bolder in her approach to life.
Terese Burk's ends her emails with a quote by St. Francis of Assisi that says: "Start by doing what is necessary; then, do what is possible; suddenly, you are doing the impossible." It's how Terese followed her faith walk through the significant loss of loved ones. It's also the encouragement she teaches her students to develop the executive function skills they need to become lifelong learners. This too is Terese's faith: to find your purpose and serve others.
Author, Speaker Passion Mentor
Growing Bolder through Passion
Karen Putz is an author, speaker and passion mentor. Encouraging others to live out what brings them alive, she says that "it's not about the age, it's about the attitude." At the age of 44, Karen herself re-discovered her own passion for barefoot water skiing. In her younger years, it was what gave her great joy. It was also what caused her to go from hard of hearing to being completely deaf after a hard fall. Karen will take us her bold journey to go after her joy.
Small Business Owner
Growing Bolder through Humor
Katie Dix gave us a lot to laugh about and reminded us about all the good things humor offers us. She and her family spread joy everyday through their family ice cream shop, Capannari's.
Katie Dix's distinctly "Irish" approach to life is that everything is okay as long as you get a good story out of it. Katie's life growing up as the middle child of 10 and growing a family ice cream business, among other things, has provided her with a wealth of material to work with. Katie will share some of her humorous accounts along with her message about humor: we all can grow bolder by not taking ourselves or life too seriously.
September 2018 Gathering: Learn + Live
"Live and Learn" is what we've always been told, but what happens when we come full circle to Learn and Live? In the spirit of Back to School, please join us to hear three women’s active and interesting journeys to what, why and how they were each strongly called to learn and bravely to live ... and ultimately, to teach to others.
Graphic Designer + Maker
Learning to Express Yourself
Krista Varsbergs shared her artistic journey and insights into the creative process in her talk about "learning to express yourself." If you'd like to see more of Krista's portfolio or to subscribe to her emails, click here.
Krista Varsbergs is an artist, maker and graphic designer currently wading through her final year of a Master’s degree in art at the University of Chicago. She's deeply invested in studio practice as a tool for questioning, learning, understanding and connecting.
Women's Health Coach
Learning to Trust Yourself
Jill Chmielewski encouraged us to listen to our intuition super power when it comes to our bodies, health or anything else! Click here to subscribe to Jill's Tiny Edits, weekly lifestyle emails now.
A desire to take a different approach to her own health led nurse Jill Chmielewski to pursue a health coaching certification. Feeling healed, she turned to bridging the gap between conventional and integrative healthcare to help other women experience greater vitality.
Mindfulness and Meditation Instructor
Learning to Be With What Is
Roberta Ward provided practical action for us to "learn to be with what is." If you're interested in finding out more about the mindfulness and meditation training Roberta offers, please visit mindfulandwell.com.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Roberta Ward well knew the impact of stress on one’s well-being but it was a personal crisis that pushed her past her own ability to cope. Learning mindfulness and meditation brought her peace ... and a new vocation as a certified instructor.
October 2018 Gathering: Facing Your Fears
It’s not the scary stuff of Halloween, but the sometimes frightening challenges of an authentic life that we’re often afraid of. Are you brave enough to think you can make a difference in the world; to believe that you belong; to shine in the spotlight? Join us for a night of daring women sharing their stories (and songs!)
Founder, Watts of Love
Nancy Economou told us about her awesome work with Watts of Love, the international charity she started to provide solar energy and education to those living in poverty. To donate or get involved, visit the website.
It was an overseas trip that brought Nancy Economu face to face with a serious need in the world. Would she, could she help? The only fear greater than following this calling with its obstacles and odds was her fear of not following what she felt God, her heart, was asking her to do. She answered the call to start Watts of Love.
Personal Development Coach
Saba is now helping others as a certified personal development coach, focusing on applied positive psychology tools including: character strengths; resilience and grit training; growth mindset: and conscious parenting. She is certified by The Flourishing Center. To find out more, visit Saba's website here.
Surveys show that more people fear being on stage than they fear death itself! Heather and April will tell us (and show us!) how facing that fear actually helps them feel alive: singing, and playing instruments in local bands and music programs.
About Heather and April
Singers and musicians Heather Yeager and April Katsafanas shared their personal stories and musical talents with us. If you're interested in trying out your own, visit the Garage Band U for more info.
Nov/Dec 2018 Gathering: Hidden Gifts
In this season of gifts, the ones we’ll be talking about are the gifts that may be hidden: in us, in others, or in our life experiences. Three amazing women will talk about being able to see and to bring out hidden gifts like gratitude, resilience, validation, and authenticity.