Welcome to the CRASH and SPLASH!! Breaking a champagne bottle (crash) signifies the christening of a ship on its debut voyage. Lets visualize the swinging of the bottle, the breaking of the glass, and the shower of sweet, bubbly toasting liquid falling around in all directions. Splash, goes the large sea worthy vessel into the waters. New directions, new discoveries, and new experiences lie in front of the vessel and those on board.
Allow me to introduce myself as the ‘captain’ of the ship. My name is Laurie Ward, MA, CIT. Having been a small business owner for over 25 years, I decided to successfully complete my undergrad degree with honors, then complete a Masters degree, at the top of my class, in counseling. En route to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri, I am under direct supervision of Tracy Carpenter with Lee’s Summit Counseling (www.leessummitcounseling.com). This journey in my life has been an adventure that has proven informational and inspiring. Not to glaze over the reality of this adventure it has also been personally challenging, frustrating, and painful. Looking back at the variety of micro-journeys I have experienced, I must remind myself that a critical part of growth is pain. Being able to step back and evaluate and appreciate the trip is similar to journaling, taking photos, and collecting souvenirs while on a vacation. Vacations require us to prepare, plan, pack, pay for, and when it is over we must recuperate and find creative ways to more fully appreciate the memory in the years ahead. Keeping things in perspective and proactively managing the process help to make both the process and the memory more enjoyable.
Life is filled with debut voyages. Just as the ship makers, owners, and boarders have some anxiety and concern about the unknown of the journey ahead, so do we as we embark on the journeys in life. This blog will journal interesting facts, personal and professional opinion, and these will be mixed with research in the field of psychology, counseling, and the mind-brain connection.
Life is a macro-journey, one large trip, filled with many micro-journeys, many smaller trips. Over the course of these trips, we are required to navigate rough waters, high waves, storms, pirates, dangerous creatures, and times at drift without direction or motivation. Facing the challenges and developing nautical skills equips each of us to successfully enjoy the journey and safely arrive at our destination. This blog is intended to help the many travelers as we navigate the waters of life. If you are embarking, enduring, or experiencing a journey of your own, please join us as we explore…BON VOYAGE!!