Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Santa Clara Petroglyphs

It has been cold lately, but rain or shine we still get the boys out to do something fun. I heard about the Santa Clara Petroglyphs recently and thought it sounded like a fun hike to take the youth on. It did not disappoint. The hike wound up to a canyon edge where we saw many petroglyphs and the youth were able to climb and have fun while looking at the amazing things the Anasazi left years ago. Can I say again how lucky we are to live where we do? 
The focus of the group for the day was preparation and relapse prevention. We discussed how these ancient people lived their lives and were always prepared for their future because it was how they survived. We had each of the youth discuss their strengths and what they can use to survive. It was a fun day and the youth seemed to enjoy it. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Snow Canyon State Park

It's been cold lately! We really wanted to get the youth out to do some hiking and get some fresh air. We headed to Snow Canyon State Park where we went on a hike. The focus of the day was goal setting and what goals did the youth want to accomplish this year. We spent time in group discussing goals. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Longest Day in October

This is our favorite group of the year. It is the group where we are gone most of the day and have group into the night. We also have a dutch oven cook off with the youth. This year the focus was on empathy and how the youth can show empathy to their victims. It was a really great day. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon was one of the last therapy days we had. It's crazy that this place is such a short distance from us! It is an amazing place, if you have not been, you should take the chance and go there. We spent the hike discussing trials in one's life and how to over come those trials. It made for a great discussion. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cascade Falls and Navajo Lake

This past week we took the youth out on another hike. The boys really like getting out and seeing new things. This is Cascade Falls. It is a short hike with some cool views of Zion National Park. After this hike we went on a longer hike around Navajo Lake. We ate lunch and then played in the water.
We stopped during these hikes many times and discussed mindfulness and living in the moment. 

Kanarra Falls

This is one of our favorite hikes. Kanarra Falls. It is a great hike. The boys really enjoyed it. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

You Have to Believe

In the past few weeks I have found a few motivational videos on YouTube that are amazing. I have been showing them in group and individual sessions. I had one of my clients bring this in and the client wanted to share it on the blog. I really like it and hope that it helps the client that wrote it and anyone else who needs to believe. 

You have to believe in yourself to achieve your dreams life doesn't wait for you ,you have to want what you can get and if you don’t you will fail failure is an excuse we make for ourselves when we don’t get something right the first time when we don’t understand something the first time and that’s why when that happens you keep walking you keep moving you keep dreaming you keep believing and you don’t stop until you have achieved every dream you have ever wanted and when you’re at your wits end and you don’t want to keep moving
When you do something wrong and you get a lot of crap for it and people yell at you and tell you that you should know better that’s when you know! That you are working your hardest because everyone else knows you are and want to see you succeed! Then you know you are not alone there will always be someone who shares the same dream you just have to be willing to go out and find them not everyone will appreciate who you are there are going to be people who push you down and crush you to the point of giving up and you choose to let that happen or you choose to let it lift you because it doesn't matter what others think of you if people say you suck your trash your worth nothing then you be the one to say I am doing my best and that’s all that matters cause at the end of the day if you feel like you have accomplished something if you feel happy about how your day went you will know with the surety of a higher being that you can succeed
 you will succeed and nothing will stop you no one can stop you, you are a force of nature that can’t be stopped and won’t be stopped if people tell you your awesome that your inspiring that you are  the stuff the stars are made of then you let that raise you up higher than what you can reach alone cause life was meant to be lived to its fullest extent and you aren't here to just waste your time away your here to show what you can do to make yourself better and to lift other people up as high as their lifting you
and if you don’t say thank you and you don’t say I’m sorry once in a while you will find yourself  not being satisfied you will feel as low as low can get and when you hit rock bottom I want to hear you say I know I can because there is no such thing as I think I can if you think it you still aint doin it because with ought the action there is no achievement I want to see you go for your dreams remember we are all of us in the gutter but some of us are looking up at the stars if you refuse to look then you are choosing to refuse to believe it doesn't matter what you have done or what you did what matters is that you choose do better from then on from now on
 If you accept the feedback people give you then you will be better for it people have to think that you care before they care what you think. you think you know how people feel you think you know what has happened in people’s lives you think you know everything well guess what you don’t the only thing you know is who you are and who you want to be I want to see you say I feel for you I understand you that’s feeling empathy that’s knowing you have had to deal with the same exact situation people have to know that they are loved it’s our biggest weakness we have to be noticed and appreciated if we aren't then we choose to give up
why ,why does giving up come up so much there is no excuse for giving up it’s all a simple choice it comes with free agency you are free to choose but you are not free from the consequences of those choices the sooner you accept that the sooner you will know that you are on your way to success.