“Rebuilding Identity” is led in two sessions, focussing on building an empowering identity after brain injury. We discuss social identity and the impact of brain injury on identity. We work in small groups to create “Identity Maps” for our desired identities. We discuss positive ways to express our identity and the need for our family, friends, and community to support our identity. A supported positive identity gives us critical motivation. Join us for this powerful and practical training!
Last year about this time, BEST paid a visit to GRuB Victory Farm and what a day it was! The sun was shining, the skies were bright blue and this innovative community garden project was nothing short of lush and breathtaking.
However, this garden is more than just a showcase for a stunning Pacific Northwest farm and garden.
The Victory Farmers program offer opportunities for veterans to transform their lives and provide nourishment and support to the community and those in need. The program empowers veterans, active duty servicemembers and their families to establish strong roots in community through continued service, peer-to-peer support and a deeper connection with the nature.
To learn more about the GRuB Victory Farmers, click on the link above.
For BEST, it was a day of reflection and inspiration. Here’s a few of our favorite shots.
Remember a few posts back when I said that the rain against our trailer felt more like “running through puddles during a summer sun-shower”? Well, not yesterday. It was more of the “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning” kind of rain. The day started with “batten down the hatches” followed by us out in the rain rescuing our fallen awning and ending with the wind hurling pine cones and other tree debris at our tiny (and sturdy) home.
The upswing of a windy, rainy, dark and stormy day is that we had everything we needed to enjoy our time together and get the work done. It was, after all, Tuesday. One text message to change my chiropractor appointment to another day. Another text message to change a meeting location from our office in University Place to an online video conference. And … well you get the picture.
Even losing power yesterday evening did not stop this dynamic duo. Fridge on propane (try doing that in a typical suburban house). Candles were easy to find and light. Stove, hot water heater, and furnace don’t need electricity. Computer batteries were full and all devices charged. The best part was we didn’t lose internet the way we use to when the power went out in the house. Our Verizon MiFi connection stayed strong so we didn’t miss a beat, which was important because Penny was working on our online courses for the new year and I was in a meeting at our BEST office in Second Life with a colleague in Connecticut.
All in all, yesterday was proof that we can meet any challenge so long as we do it with flexibility and a smile.