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April 14, 2017


  I recently started a new job, so change is on my mind. To varying degrees and for a variety of reasons, it seems to be right on the surface for many of my friends and family, too. As the old saying goes, “the only constant in life is change,” […]
February 14, 2017

Finding a Family

By Andi Goddeyne In just a few months I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Colorado Mesa University. It seems surreal. I have worked towards this for nearly 20 years, after all. While I feel accomplished in this endeavor, it is another bittersweet moment; it is another milestone my […]
February 7, 2017

Heart Health for the Mind and Body

By Amy Weitzel When my kids were little, they loved to have special Band-Aids for any cut, bump, bruise, or even imaginary wounds. My oldest daughter loved cat Band-Aids. My son loved Spiderman. And my youngest daughter was all about the princesses. It’s amazing how the simple act of putting […]
January 31, 2017

Oh, the places you will go, and more importantly the lessons you will learn once you get there

by Melissa Gutierrez “Just because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for.”- Unknown. This is the most accurate description of my entire experience in Peace Corps Philippines.  Joining the Peace Corps was a dream that I talked about for many years before […]
January 18, 2017

Staying Sharp in Retirement (Part 2)

by Fran Parker Now eight months into retirement, I’m continuing to blog on the theme I started in November.  I’m using the book Staying Sharp, by Henry Emmons, MD and David Alter, Ph.D. as a guide to assessing how I’m doing with my goal of cultivating a healthy, active brain […]
January 10, 2017

Achieving resolutions

by Amy Weitzel A friend and I were recently discussing New Year’s Resolutions and writing our goals down for the upcoming year. This is a guy who is smart, well-educated and seems to have everything together. But he expressed his frustration at setting his goals and then losing sight of […]
January 3, 2017

Going full pizza – a year of betting on myself

by Katie Goddeyne I went skiing for the first time in 15 years last month. It was horrifying and exhilarating and challenging. It didn’t start out so great, though. My ski fell off as soon as I got off the lift – and by got off the lift I mean […]
December 14, 2016

Healthy Holidays, Take 2!

by Anne Nederveld I’m sitting down to write this after a not-so-restful night because I kept making mental lists about everything I need to do before the end of this week, including writing this blog. Some of those things are work-related, but many are things I need to do to […]
December 8, 2016

Giving myself a break- wrestling my perfectionism

by Barbie Harrison Nobody’s perfect, no matter how hard they try. Although I heard this message all my life from family, friends and pop singers, I never believed that I didn’t have to be perfect. Finals week at CMU is next week. With deadlines posing, I’m tempted to do everything […]
November 30, 2016

Time- the greatest distance between two points

by Kelly Hamilton Time measures everything- beginnings, ends, durations, and intervals. It is an inescapable current. The anniversary of my mother’s death will always be difficult for me, not only because I can’t help but relive the memory of the worst day of my life but also because it measures […]
November 22, 2016

Baby, it’s (getting) cold outside!

by Lindsey Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP Here in the Grand Valley, our weather is starting to get the slightest hint of cold.  The holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready to make it a healthy season this year?  Here are some essential tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle […]
November 16, 2016


by Amy Weitzel I recently suffered what I’m now referring to as “The Great Life Snafu of 2016.” OK, so there was nothing particularly great about it … in fact, it actually was a very hard, very painful time in my life, one in which I’m continuing to move through. […]
November 9, 2016

Quitting smoking is a life-changing event

by Thomas McCloskey PharmD, MS I look back now with pride, some 33 years ago at the day I quit smoking.  That is a mental stretch for me now in my late 50’s, but it is a date I consider one of the most important I’ve ever lived.  A true milestone.  The […]
November 2, 2016

Staying sharp in retirement (Part 1)

by Fran Parker I’m finishing up month five of retirement and boy do I love it! As I left my job on June 1, I stated my intent to spend the summer and fall relaxing and having fun.   After that, I’d think about whether I was going to seek out […]
October 27, 2016

Savor autumn flavor

by Heather Gerson Autumn is here.  One day the leaves are golden yellow with red, and the next day they are a heaping pile on my lawn.  I love fall in Colorado and fall wouldn’t be complete without apples and soup simmering on the stove.  We are definitely in apple […]