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Candace N.

Candace N.

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Behavior clinician for individuals with developmental disabilities. Passionate about social justice, outdoor adventures, American history, and urban farming. I live with my sweetheart, Joe, and cat, Scout. In central Indiana. I love the connections I have made on DC.

Please check out my blog on urban farming: http://garliccelerycarrots....
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    Today's Challenge: Find 1 thing you have in common with a person you envy. I admire my co-worker's support of residential staff that work with our clients. They have a very difficult job, and deal with a lot of challenges each day.

    Yesterday was a rest day. Joe and I ran errands and then watched Netflix movies. I enjoyed "Dorfman in Love" and "Today's Special". I also tapped into some online academic journals from Indiana University. This is one of the benefits of becoming a member of Indiana University's Alumni organization. I am excited to research various client issues and interventions.

    Yesterday, I indulged my personal interests and read articles about Indiana's role in the US Civil War. It's quite interesting and controversial. Our Governor during the Civil War, Oliver Morton, dismissed the state legislature because the majority of legislators opposed the Civil War and would have called back Hoosier troops sent to restore the union. Governor Morton funded the state government and Hoosier war effort from personal donations. He went to great effort to ensure that Hoosier soldiers had the best arms and medical supplies and that wounded veterans and their families were supported.

    Waving to my pact partner, Denis! Day 1! Today I am off for some walking on the Vandalia Rail Trail and then to weigh in at a Weight Watchers meeting. Sending aspirations for peace, well-being, and loving kindness for all beings.

    "Find 1 thing you have in common with a person you envy"

    August 30, 2015 at 14:53 UTC
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      Alesa B. replied August 31, 2015 at 0:19 UTC:

      WW ! you!?

      The menu is the same as the diabetic, healthy heart, south beach diet. Eat GREEN!! =whole food and natural!

    • Susan N.
      Susan N. replied August 31, 2015 at 0:28 UTC:

      Hi Candace ~ May you enjoy a happy day, one that brings you many smiles, fills your heart with love and wonder, and leaves you feeling good inside. For this is I pray, because someone as special as you deserves life’s happy times for all the love and joy you give to others. ...see more

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    Today's Challenge: Share about an awe-inspiring experience: Yesterday I walked by native plants lining the rain garden at Township Park -- Fox Sedge, Little Bluestem, Switchgrass, Virginia Wild Rye, and Coneflower. Prairie landscapes are subtle; they don't invoke the drama of alpine mountain ranges or rocky coastlines. But to me they offer soothing comfort after a hectic day. Hundreds of permutations of the color green invite the viewer into a verdant oasis. I embrace the sensory experience of feeling the blades and tassles on my skin. And the sharply pointed cones of the coneflowers on my fingertips. Eventually, the gentle energy of these beautiful plants permeate the mind-body and tension dissipates into the warm earth.

    Thank you for the encouragement Stacey, Melanie, and Bridget. Denis - Looking forward to our pact!

    Namaste, DC Friends!

    "Share about an awe-inspiring experience"

    August 29, 2015 at 15:08 UTC
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      Candace N. replied August 30, 2015 at 15:12 UTC:

      Alesa - Yes, so soothing!

      Barbara - You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by! Hugs to you as well.

      Susan - Thank you and love to you.

      Mary - Thank you. I hope the rest of your weekend is peaceful and sweet.

      Alisa - I don't always ...see more

    • Alisa G.
      Alisa G. replied August 31, 2015 at 3:46 UTC:

      I wonder if there's one of those recognition apps for prairie grasses -- where you snap a photo and it matches it to possible plants (or birds or insects) it could be?

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    Today's Challenge: Let an emotion out in a creative way today. Great challenge. I will incorporate this into my day ... maybe through drawing a picture with markers or a quick journaling exercise.

    Joe and I purchased a basketball and shot some hoops last night at one of our community parks. He won at 21, and I won at HORSE. Afterwards, we walked on a path that took us over a suspension bridge, past a steep ravine, and across a dried-up creek. Our town is nestled among steep cliffs and narrow ravines that are unusual for our glacially-flattened county. It gives the town a greener, wilder look as some areas have not been developed due to the terrain. We have observed a Mama deer and two fawns sprinting across one of the side streets.

    "Let an emotion out in a creative way today"

    August 28, 2015 at 12:23 UTC
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      Alesa B. replied August 28, 2015 at 17:58 UTC:

      Oh to have a nature/path walking partner... I love GREEN. I read once that a doe has twins her first birth and then just one fawn ever after. Thanks for sharing your hiking adventures in vivid color and detail with us.

    • Susan N.
      Susan N. replied August 29, 2015 at 1:24 UTC:

      Hi Candace ~ If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. And anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.



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    Today's Challenge: Write down 3 physical reactions you have to an emotion today. I took a class on treating mental health and addictions that was taught in partnership by a professor from the school of social work and a professor from the school of nursing. We talked a lot about how stressful it can be if we become too strident in encouraging our clients to make changes. We role played various ways of interacting with clients and did mindfulness practice to determine the impact in had on our bodies. Becoming very strident with a client led me to experience tight vocal cords, neck and throat tension, a tension headache, and a general sense of unease.

    That was my favorite class in the whole program because it taught us to accept our clients where they are and use motivational interviewing techniques to encourage them to move forward. It also taught us to practice mindfulness frequently throughout the day to practice self-care. And presented a perspective on chemical dependency as a chronic brain illness rather than a moral failing.

    Namaste, DC Friends! Happy Thursday.

    "Write down 3 physical reactions you have to an emotion today"

    August 27, 2015 at 11:04 UTC
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    Today's Challenge: Reflect on a situation that called on you to be brave. I quit my engineering job in Tulsa, OK in May of 2011. I spent the next month applying to graduate school at Indiana University-Indianapolis. I prepared to move back to my hometown west of Indy in order to attend graduate school and be close to my Mom. I also attempted to prepare myself to assume a new identity as a social worker since my graduate degree was a Master of Social Work.

    I was not sure if I would be accepted into the MSW program, but decided I would move anyway and reapply if I was not accepted. The part of the application that stressed me out was that I was required to write a 3-page paper describing a social services program that I would like to design and deliver. I only had volunteer experience up to this point and felt unequipped to design my own program. Long story short, I was accepted and I completed the program. I became reacquainted with a friend from high school -- my Joe -- and we got married in 2012. I also have a wonderful stepdaughter, Caitlin, and stepson, Elliott. I now provide behavior services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

    "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

    "Reflect on a situation that called on you to be brave"

    August 26, 2015 at 10:42 UTC
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      Candace N. replied August 26, 2015 at 23:55 UTC:

      Alesa - I reread my paper after I wrote my post! I have gone back and looked at it frequently since submitting my application!

    • Alisa G.
      Alisa G. replied August 27, 2015 at 4:49 UTC:

      What an inspiring story! It's been awesome to see parts of it unfold here on DC -- for example, how you've gained so much mastery through your social work masters! WTG!!

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    Today's Challenge: List 3 things that a person or pet does that make you feel loved. My sweet cat Scout: 1. Walks to greet me when I get home and purrs when I brush her. 2. Likes to sit next to me when I work on the computer. I pull a chair over and she will curl up in it so she can be close. 3. Likes to curl up next to me on the floor. She is not a lap kitty but will curl up so that she is touching my hand or foot. She also likes to be close when I meditate and do yoga.

    We are experiencing a beautiful late-summer-early-autumn here in central Indiana. I ended my work day with a walk under sugar maple, yellow poplar, white oak, shagbark hickory, and sycamore trees. The water of White Lick Creek flowed gently over silt, sand, and limestone toward the White, Wabash, Ohio, and Mississippi Rivers; en route to its final destination -- the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliant sunshine warmed my skin as I emerged from the deeply shaded canopy of the forest.

    "List 3 things that a person or pet does that make you feel loved"

    August 25, 2015 at 11:33 UTC
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