Time sure flies on by! Last week I graduated from an MA program in marriage, couples, and family counseling; I’m celebrating the five-year anniversary of being married to my best friend, Kim; and I’m turning 30 next month. I tend to categorize my time on this planet into phases and chapters, marked by my time at a job, my time at school, my time being married—by my accomplishments. I tend to fill my days with Hard Work, efficiency, and efficacy and so define my time according to measures of such. But is that how God characterizes my life, and where does that drive to do come from?
I’ll get back to those questions after sharing a bit about myself: Kim and I met in college at Fox. We began dating our senior year—2005. At the time I was finishing my BA in business administration/management with a minor in camp administration. My dream was (and still is) to run a camp or retreat center. One day, while walking around campus, Kim asked, “What are some of your life dreams?” I shared this vision for a camp, and Kim, who was a psychology major, shared that she also wanted a retreat center that served as her private practice site, ministering to missionaries, pastors, and others who suffer burnout (at alarming rates). Now, eight years later, Kim has graduated from Fox with her doctorate in psychology and has started two private practice sites! Now that we’ve both graduated, we look forward to building our experience as counselors and working toward our long-term goal of a counseling retreat center that serves God in a multitude of ways. (No, we don’t have any little rascals…yet.)
I have also worked at the Sherwood YMCA rock wall and at Camp Tilikum for several years. I enjoy working with people and challenging them toward growth. I also greatly enjoy adventure and creation. (Ask me about my “moose story” in Alaska or my trip to New Zealand or my hobbies.) But beyond all the fun stuff, I find immense fulfillment from being outdoors and using creation to reach and heal people on deep, spiritual levels. In my work now, I blend the worlds of counseling and psychology with the theory and techniques of challenge course work. For example, I’ll use techniques from facilitating the catwalk at Tilikum in a session with families or, conversely, I’ll use attachment-focused and emotion-focused therapy skills from counseling when I’m facilitating a group of Boy Scouts at Camp Yamhill.
Read the rest of this article in the May 17th issue of YourNFC.