Lean In...can you feel the momentum?

Christopher Reeves once said, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they become inevitable.” Three years ago I declared at my kitchen table in front of my family, “I will open my wellness center by year’s end.” One year later, Wellness Within was created, brochures were distributed by hand across two counties and my first mind body medicine skills group began thereafter.

Many warned that these were tough economic times, a nonprofit was risky, and why in the world would I jeopardize my thriving private practice for something that may not succeed. I knew then, my definition of success differed from the naysayer. In spite of much skepticism, I decided to continue to follow my heart. After all, isn’t that what I always preached to my kids and many of my clients?

Lean in further. Feel the resistance and still lean in, pushing through the fear, the trepidation, the self-doubt and pursue the dream that tugs at your heart.

Fast forward.

Here we are - a staff of eight. A restorative yoga class, a nutrition class, an organic farm tour and many more class offerings waiting in the wings. Plans for a second, third and fourth fundraiser in 2012.

Momentum is growing and we are busting out at the seams! Excitement ensues alongside the many challenges we continue to face. Are you getting the sense that we are not going away?  Yep, still leaning in, pushing through the obstacles and learning to navigate the road less traveled.

Today we are getting closer to taking that next leap of faith, moving into a larger building where we can all be under one roof and offer those classes waiting in the wings. Here is a preview of what is waiting to be offered: Art for Healing, Writing for Healing, Soul Collages, Qigong, Tai Chi, Children/Teen programs and Grief support groups.

We are ready, are you? Do you know someone who would benefit from these programs? Are you willing to lean in with us, give others who are fighting or have fought the horrors of a cancer diagnosis a healing oasis? Wellness Within’s mission is to develop and promote healing practices that explore physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Our program focuses on cultivating and inviting each person’s ability to heal while exploring meaning and maintaining hope, even in the face of life’s challenges.

We need your help by spreading the word about Wellness Within. Call or email about your interest in helping us. We need your heart and your passion to help us make a difference. We especially need you to connect with other community leaders who have the financial means to donate to our mission. We need to take this leap of faith in moving into a larger building, will you join us?  We hope you will.


Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.


Take good care,


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