Happy Holidays! Can you believe another year has passed? I’m so excited to say, “We’re still standing, better than we’ve ever been.” (thank you Elton John)
And you’ve been with us every step of the way. Thank you!
As you already know, the way we deliver services, provide support, and how we engage with our community has changed from the in-person work we did two years ago (really? Two years already?) to a fully online operation. While 2020 truly tested our mettle, 2021 has been an amazing year of discoveries, new ideas, and growth. And we know we couldn’t have done it without YOU!
What does all of this mean for 2022? Hang on to your elf cap and enjoy our sleigh ride into the future.
We’re expanding our resources to help you live a quality lifestyle. That means you’ll get more books, cheat sheets, guides, and courses. For example, did you know that people who practice gratitude have a better quality of life? It’s been proven over and over. Now what if you had a gratitude journal to help you along that path? My Gratitude Journal contains over 100 tips, quotes, and gratitude prompts to get you started. Become a BEST member and you can download this and more to help you support a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.
We partnered with several amazing organizations for ongoing workshops on health, education, and social opportunities within Second Life. In 2021 we hosted our 2nd CogniCon Brain Health Conference. We, also, enjoyed dances, picnics, bike tours, discussion groups, and workshops. The annual Pirate Day Sea Battle was a huge hit with all our SL BESTies. You can join us for all of it in 2022. Be sure to mark your calendar for our 3rd annual CogniCon Brain Health Conference scheduled for October 2022. Visit our BEST in Second Life page to learn more and to join us for the adventure and peer support.
Our blog is bursting at the seams with great articles from your favorite writers. Struggling with brain injury or stroke? Read the insightful and encouraging articles of Isaac Peterson. Maybe you’re an adult who has been recently diagnosed with Autism. Heather Wiech-Barnes will be sharing her experiences and suggestions for navigating the neuro-taxing world around you. In 2022 you’ll continue to be treated to the wonderful articles and tips & tricks you’ve come to count on and enjoy from our Communications Manager, Kim Thompson.
Are you an official BESTie? We continue to expand and enhance the member section of our website. You don’t want to miss out. Our member section is chock full of games, worksheets, guides, and more. Become a member and enjoy everything we’ve developed and will be introducing as we move forward.
To help our community stay strong and confident in what’s right with the world we’ve committed our energy to ensure you have the most accurate information and the best resources to make navigating the challenges of each day a little easier. Whether you’re a support group facilitator, someone looking to understand how to use Zoom, or someone hoping to understand COVID just a little better our website continues to provide the information and resources you need to live the life you want.
Remember, our COVID section is clear, easy to navigate, and full of useful information. This section is reviewed daily so you have the most current updates available. The sources for information, trends, and safety protocols are reliable and knowledgable with links so you can get more details as you need them. We also have a page dedicated to frequently asked questions and an ever-evolving resources page.
Visit the COVID section of our website as you make health and safety decisions for yourself and those you love. Reach out to us if you have questions. We may not have the answers, but we’ll help you find them.
No matter how you celebrate the season, our entire team wishes you the very BEST now and throughout the coming year.
G Kraegel, Executive Director
20 December 2021
Updated 10 January 2022 – removed free download link.