Listen and Learn

Let’s talk about listening and how can we listen in a way that makes it better for people to really understand what we’re doing and to listen to understand them. So many times in life we listen to understand only so that we can respond. Guilty as we are, we were just listening but we…

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Thankful for the “Best” Self-Care Guides

It is the time of the year again! Thanksgiving is around the corner! This is the time that  we are able to express our gratitude to our Lord for all the things that He has done all throughout the year. We are to give thanks not based on our circumstances but on who God is.…

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Why Research?

In November, it is time to think of all things pumpkin! From pumpkin patches, to pumpkin pie, it is favorite time of year for many. For others, it is time to start planning heading back to the statehouse for the next legislative session. Meetings are held to set up the legislative agenda for next year,…

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Thanks For Serving!

Veterans Day in America is a day that we celebrate and appreciate those who served in the military in times of war.  I come from a long line of veterans and married into a military family. My husband was born on an Airforce base and served in the Airforce himself. I remember fondly my few…

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Are You For Real?

When I said I wanted to run for political office to change the mental health system in my state, I was met with “nobody runs to do that.”  I meant it, and I did not want to run for any other reason. If I wasn’t going to change a broken system that impacted me and…

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Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down

It is that time of year when the leaves turn beautiful colors of reds, yellows and brown. As the breeze blows, the leaves fall to the ground almost as if they are excited for the change. Fall reminds us of the changing seasons. We see summer come to an end and know that winter is…

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The Key to Self Care

Let’s take a look back about the number one thing that you can do to help you with your sleep and that is the most important thing to be dealing with your self-care. If you do not help yourself with sleep, everything else that you try to do for self-care isn’t really gonna matter. Think…

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Do You Really Know Where You Are Going?

For over a decade now, I have worked in the Iowa state capitol. Every year, I am always surprised to see people who show up to advocate for change without any forethought or research into the process and how it works. And, the same people are frustrated and furious when their idea did not make…

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Focus on the Human Services Budget Bill

Super excited to be here talking to you today about an amazing bill that passed the human services budget and you’re thinking we pass a budget every year why is this one so great. Well let me tell you there’s a couple reasons why it’s great. I’m going to talk a little bit about what’s…

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Does Anyone Listen Anyway?

Are you a good listener? Do you think so? Today we’re going to talk about listening using those ears that we have. We will discuss the top listening problems and what we need to do instead. As we all know we have two ears and one mouth but I’m here to tell you that we’re…

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