Authors

Sarah Johnson
Sarah is the Community Organizer at Mesa County Public Health and has a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Sarah was formerly the director of Child and Family Programs at Strive, which supports individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. She curates an Instagram account called OlderWiserStronger about active, outdoor women over 40 and loves to ski, mountain bike, read, cook, get better at Spanish and hang out with her daughter, husband, and two dogs.
 
 
 
Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen
A husband and wife team whose love for learning, education and life enrichment inspired the founding of Inner Compass, a place for self-discovery, education and successful living. Visit them at www.myinnercompass.org.
 
 
Fran Parker
Fran balances the responsibility of work with the heavy demands of her two feline dependents, Daisy and Lily. Mostly, she tries to do what she can to stay healthy herself. Having spent all of her career working in non-profits and government, she moved to the Grand Valley from Wisconsin in 2006. She is a health promotion specalist at theMesa County Health Department.
 
Samantha Williams
Fitness instructor, mother, wife and business owner. Follow her online here.  
 
Andi Goddeyne
Andi is a student at Colorado Mesa University, studying mass communication and marketing, and interning at the Mesa County Health Department this summer. 
Andi enjoys swimming and cats, but not swimming with cats.
 
 

February 15, 2018

Resolution reset: how to resolve for a better life, not just a better year

by Lindsay Maurer Resolutions?? What’s that??  We are officially 6 weeks into 2018 and for many of us, our resolutions for making 2018 a greater, healthier, more fulfilling year have gone by the wayside.  If I have learned anything in my career as a health and fitness pro and entrepreneur, […]
February 6, 2018

Youth sports, let’s bring back the fun!

One of my all-time favorite movies is The Sandlot. A classic tale of neighborhood kids, summer shenanigans, and life lessons learned from baseball. While the era of childhood has changed in many ways since the days of Benny, Smalls, Squints and Yeah Yeah, kids are still…well, kids. Looking back on […]
January 30, 2018

Making the nontraditional work

by Katie Goddeyne I’m getting married in four months. Obviously, I’m over the moon about it, but I’d be lying if I said planning this shindig wasn’t one of the most stressful experiences of my life so far. Approximately 525,600 details are involved in coordinating your big day ranging in […]
January 24, 2018

Dry January

by Anne Nederveld After a holiday season filled with get-togethers and travel, I felt like I needed a reset. I have been toying with the idea of a “dry January” for some time and decided to give it a try. I’m not a big drinker, but during the holiday season […]
January 16, 2018

Strong Women, Strong Girls

by Sarah Johnson Few things please me more than strong women raising strong girls. As the parent of a teenage female, I witness every day how much the women around her have an influence on her understanding of herself. I want those women to be strong, confident and kind. Luckily, […]
January 9, 2018

Healthy Family, Healthy Home! How to make Fitness and Food a Family affair

by Lindsay Maurer EP, LMT, CKTP It’s the New Year, and everyone is wanting to make changes toward leading a healthy lifestyle.  For some reason, these new year resolutions are always an individual goal…”I want to lose weight”, “I want to eat healthier” rather than a whole family affair. Studies […]
January 2, 2018
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Businesses should stand for something

by Amy Weitzel Chasing the almighty dollar has been the ultimate goal for business for … well … ever. When I started my MBA studies, my professor and textbooks emphasized that the goal of finance was to “maximize shareholder wealth.” I felt my inner volunteer recoil the first time I […]
December 26, 2017

Define Your Life

by Jennifer Stoll Nine weeks ago I had two ligaments in my ankle reconstructed forcing me to take some time away from the chaos of work. Needless to say, I’ve had a little time to think and have been prompted by my Entrepreneurship class to consider mission statements. I’ve always […]
December 19, 2017
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A Different Kind of Resolution

by Sarah Johnson We’re at the height of the holiday season, which means it’s time to decide if 2018 will be a year with or without New Year’s Resolutions. I’ve heard a lot of people dismiss resolutions – they say it just sets them up for failure. I guess there’s […]
December 5, 2017

Social media struggles

by Anne Nederveld It seems like my “new to middle school” son has been the prompt for several blogs! Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention when my daughter made this transition – somehow it seems like things are happening differently for my son. In any case, the issue at our […]
November 28, 2017

Have a healthy, happy holiday

by Ciera Colson When thinking about the holidays the first things that come to mind are the dinner parties, gift giving and the sweet taste of holiday treats.  All of this can lead to a stressful season in which you may not have a chance to focus on yourself. Even […]
November 15, 2017

Older, wiser, stronger – running

by Sarah Johnson I really don’t love to run. When my runner friends talk about the freedom they feel and the mind-clearing joy of a run, my eyes squint, and my eyebrows scrunch together in bewilderment – I just don’t get it. Running rarely clears my mind. Instead, my head […]
November 7, 2017

Family

by Amy Weitzel Oh, those times when you commit to writing a blog, but the creative juices just aren’t flowing. That’s when you take to the Internet grasping at straws, begging the God of Blog Writing to send inspiration … and send it soon. When all else fails, what is […]
October 31, 2017

No better time than now!

by Jennifer Stoll In my September blog, I touched on my feelings regarding the special place we live and work, and our unparalleled quality of life. One way we can enjoy what our community has to offer is through the plethora of amazing events that take place across Mesa County […]
October 24, 2017
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Older, wiser, stronger – staying in the game

by Sarah Johnson This past summer I stumbled into the presence of greatness, and they were young. My teenage daughter and I were volunteering at the GoPro Mountain Games rock climbing competition in Vail, which also happened to be the only US stop on the International Federation of Sport Climbing […]