Our May 2020 e-newsletter, hot off the press, is all about belief.
What do we believe in: superheroes, our community and the person who is reading this blog post (wink, wink).
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Superheroes use their creativity, helpfulness and positive energy for the greater good and to help others soar.
Our BEST friend, Jennifer McCarthy has those superpowered traits, most definitely. As a language instructor, artist, musician and brain injury support group facilitator in Washington State, she creates a warm, positive and welcoming environment that encourages others to learn, grow, and to tap into personal creativity.
We are so honored and delighted to announce that Jennifer has been named our BEST Superhero of the Month for April 2020.
Here’s what Jennifer’s nominator had to say about her:
This real-life superhero offers support, passion, positive energy and love through teaching, mentoring, education, music and art.
Jennifer McCarthy is that very superhero!
As a college instructor, Jennifer’s love of teaching languages and mentoring college students in fun and creative ways is infectious. Her campus “musical flash mobs” are iconic and delightful!
Jennifer is an accomplished musician, singer and artist, who regularly performs her music and shares her art with the public.
Jennifer is the support group facilitator for the Moses Lake Brain Injury Support Group. As a brain injury survivor herself, she serves as superhero mentor through her kindness, care and uplifting spirit.
We applaud this amazing, multifaceted superhero and appreciate her sharing her time, talents and love with the brain injury community and beyond!
Merci and Danke!
Thank you, Jennifer, for all that you do to help others soar to new heights!
Know a real-life superhero in the brain injury community? Nominate them by clicking here.
Throwback Thursday (#TBT): Looking back at our “Superhero” show, our community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum last fall. Such a SUPER experience celebrating the artists of the Washington State brain injury community, greeting old friends and making new ones.
You might have some questions like this:
- Where can I get the latest updates from you?
- How can I connect with my brain injury support group?
- How can I connect to others in the brain injury community?
- What things can I do online at BEST?
- Where can I share information or stories?
We’ve got answers!
Let’s start here.
BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, recently penned an executive director message. In her letter, she not only shares a warm welcome and her appreciation, she also provides links to some important resources on the BEST website. Check it out by clicking here.
For those who participate in brain injury support groups in Washington State, call your facilitator to find out what online activities your group might be hosting.
Our BEST social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube) are great ways to join the conversation, get the latest updates, and learn something new. Check out the top right corner of this website for links.
Not much of a social media user? Our BEST website blog is updated nearly every day with articles, stories, resources, and more. Click here to view. Our special page on the national health emergency can be viewed by clicking here.
Here’s a BEST online exclusive. Please feel free to join us online in Second Life! Second Life is a virtual platform that’s free and offers lots to do online. Click here to learn more.
Do you have a story to share with others? Have some tips and strategies to help others get through these challenging times? We’d love to hear from you! Email BEST’s Kim Thompson at email@example.com.
Personal face masks: While we can’t stop this virus in its tracks, there are things we can do to slow the spread and keep this pandemic from overwhelming our hospitals and healthcare workers; stay home, stay clean, and if you have to go out in public, wear a personal face mask. Not only will wearing a mask help to protect yourself and others, making them is a fun project. Click here to find out how you can make your own personal face mask.
While social media is a great way to stay connected and informed, it can also be stressful at times, especially during this crisis. Click here for an article on how to create a healthy personal social media experience.
Are you having challenges with anxiety? BEST’s Kim Thompson shares her story about her anxiety disorder and how she is trying to manage it during this challenging time. Click here to read.
Our BEST friend Dr. Jannine Krause has shared some terrific nutritional information with BEST. Click here to see a catalog of her articles on food, health and nutrition information.
Self-care is now more important than ever. We have lots of articles on self-care on our website blog. Here’s a catalog of writing that you can peruse by clicking here.
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Sending our love and a virtual hug to you, your family and friends.
Your BEST Team