So we are outside of Pittsburgh, Pa and I randomly asked a teen, “What is the biggest teen issue in this area?” Her response, “Opioids. Some many of my friends use.” I asked, “Why?” “I don’t know. There’s nothing to do. We are stuck here and I don’t know. They start. Get addicted and the treatment doesn’t help.” “What’s missing?” “I don’t know. But it … Continue reading Stories Align
That’s what my husband said to me this morning as I told him a story which happened yesterday. My afternoon started with the dreaded phone call from the dealer informing me that my car’s transmission is failing. GREAT! Just what I needed before leaving for a nationwide tour. When the dealer called, I looked at the time. It was 2 PM and I had to … Continue reading You Can’t Ignore That
I heard the train once and ran the other way. The Emmaus train has called people for years. The whistle blows through the town announcing its presence. Every hour the sound echoes through the community as if to say, “I am here. Are you ready?” In spring/summer of 2014, I heard the low sounds of whoo whoo whoo in my ears. It is … Continue reading I welcome all feelings.
This trip is being determined by many things but one pull is to discover what’s going on in the United States with our youth and how leaders, cities and individuals are supporting this generation! Our Road Map We are leaving on Saturday June 24 and we are heading west to San Fran then returning to Allentown, PA by July 15th. Please check out our Instagram … Continue reading Where are we going?
Ahhh…exercise! As adults, youth, and even kids, we state, there isn’t enough time. But what if doctors/ therapists prescribed exercise to you/everyone for mental health healing, not to lose weight, would you do it? Would you carve out 30 or 60 minutes a day for your mental health or block out about 75 minutes a week to address your brain functioning? If the doctor told … Continue reading Exercise, the natural healer
Yesterday, I called 5 youth programs. All different in form. During each call, I collected their information, but then I asked them a tough question: What is affecting our youth? They all replied. BELONGING! This is nothing new. Youth have all struggled to understand themeselves, fit in and be part of the greater whole. This is old news but today more than ever this generation … Continue reading 5 Phones Calls
Hi, world. My name is Allison. I am a mom, teacher, sister, advocate, friend, fighter, survivor of depression, recovered alcoholic, reader, camper, hikers, photographer, blogger, PTSD overcomer, homeschool parent, employee at Target, hairdresser, motivator, leader, not a very good writer, traveler, victim of bullying, military brat, petite in height, lover of folk music, adventurer, volunteer, game changer, quiet, educator in wellness, listener, empath, horrible cook, … Continue reading Hi, world.