Continuing Education Is a Necessity – That Doesn’t Mean It Has to Be Tedious

Therapists who see continuing education as something just to get through are missing out. LMFTs (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) LPCCs (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors) and LCSWs (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) are required to maintain current skills by completing continuing education (CEUs) requirements in order to renew their licenses.

This isn’t just a requirement, it’s an opportunity! These precious hours are time for the therapist to regroup, to recharge the batteries renew motivation, learn new skills and update established ones.

Online or Classroom teaching

Therapists can gain CEUs with self-study, online and live trainings and workshops. While it’s easy to see the appeal of online courses (convenient, on your schedule, in your jammies) “live” classes offer so much more than basic information.

Interactive learning

By attending live classes and workshops, therapists have the opportunity to discuss and get clarification, “try on” ideas with colleagues and see the material in a relatable, communicative way. Small groups are especially helpful when the opportunity to “learn it, see it, do it” is offered. This way of learning brings the material to life and offers practical and efficient ways of learning.

Meeting colleagues

Attending live classes also offers you the chance to network with colleagues while you learn together. Being a therapist can be an isolating experience, so talking with your peers, sharing ideas and community is essential. CEU classes provide an ideal opportunity to network, collaborate and educate yourself while contributing to the group as a whole.

Bring Theory to life

Live CEU workshops offer the unique opportunity to see material in action. Understanding a theory is great, knowing how to apply it is essential! As therapists learn and actually practice new skills, they contribute to the well-being of every client they see.

Don’t Put It Off

It’s easy to put off your required Continuing Education (CEU) requirements, but that leads to a rushed experience as your renewal date looms. Help yourself and your practice by getting those CEU dates on your calendar now. While there are legal minimum required hours, there is no maximum to the amount of learning from which a therapist can benefit. You don’t give the “bare minimum” to your clients, why settle for it in your CEUs?

Get motivated

Live classes allow you to be part of a bigger community that will support your work, motivate you to be stretch and that needs your contribution of energy. Online IS convenient, but it’s also one more place of isolation, and often, frustration. Get out of your jammies, go see your colleagues, and get excited about your meaningful and challenging work again!

Three Reasons You Should Consider An ATV

People who enjoy an active lifestyle need a vehicle that matches that lifestyle. If you spend a significant amount of your time outdoors, owning an ATV will further expand the activities you can participate in. Every year, nearly 200,000 of them are sold across the United States. They are purchased by police departments, parks, families, utility companies, fishermen, and hunters, to name a few. Here are three reasons why you should consider one of these vehicles.

1. Cover More Ground, More Quickly

Everybody likes to get places faster. If it is a choice between the freeway and back roads, people take the freeway. If there is a shortcut, it gets used. An ATV is your way of getting places outdoors quicker. With the ability to handle off-road terrain, quads allow their riders to go cover ground that cars can’t, at a pace much faster than walking. Due to their tight turning radius, they can also navigate obstacles such as boulders and trees that would normally block passage to any other motorized vehicle. This is why they remain popular with rural police departments, park rangers, and search and rescue workers.

2. Increase The Scope Of Your Activities

Along with covering rough terrain more quickly, quads also open up the wilderness for different uses. They allow campers to travel to more remote locations that otherwise might have been inaccessible. Hunters can cover larger swaths of ground and scout new areas. Fisherman can access remote lakes and rivers with the knowledge that the ATV provides a way to transport their catch home. Quads also open these types of outdoor activities up to those who may not have been able to participate in the past. People with physical disabilities can cover rough ground they wouldn’t be able to handle on foot. Outdoor enthusiasts in their later years can also benefit from their off-road prowess.

3. Fun Factor

Quads are not only useful and versatile as discussed above, but they are also fun for all ages. Manufacturers offer a wide range of vehicles that allow people of any age or skill level to operate them. Not only that, but a recent study by York University in Nova Scotia found that riding an ATV is both physically and mentally beneficial. Due to the muscle control needed to steer a quad on uneven terrain, a one to two-hour ride is equivalent to an hour of lifting weights in the gym. Researchers also noted that riders felt a great reduction in stress following rides, as well as an enhanced quality of life.

In conclusion, if you spend a lot of time outdoors or want to start doing so, you should consider purchasing an ATV. They allow riders to cover difficult terrain in a faster and more effective manner. This opens up areas of wilderness for use that were previously inaccessible. Finally, riding quads is good for you, both physically and mentally.

A Guide to Tuning Your Car

Electronic tuning of diesel engines has been known for almost a decade. Before that there are limited scopes to enhance the performance tuning. With the introduction of electronic engine management, this has changed. It was possible for tuners now to build on the excess air that the diesel ingests through the air filters to squirt more fuel that what is normally done. After this, around late 1990s, computer controlled engines were manufactured that gave tuners much greater scope to improve engine efficiency.

Why Tune your Car?

For enthusiastic drivers, it is quite attractive to extract extra performance from their vehicles. Diesel tuning aims to improve the engine efficiency and enhance normal driving conditions by around ten to fifteen per cent. With the cost of fuel going up with each passing day, there is a more need of making your car economical by boosting its performance and with improved engine torque.

Things to Remember before you Tune

There is a number of cheap tuning software available online. But, not all of them are good and your car might not be ready for a remap. Here are some of the important points to consider before you have your diesel tuned –

Before you think about tuning, always check the health of your car. Check its engine, tyres, suspension and more. In case you have any engine problems, ensure that you get it sorted before you think about tuning.

Always research about tuning so that you know exactly what you will be getting as many of these processes are irreversible.

It is best to talk to tuning companies and judge them based on their answers. Compare their offers and then check their websites for customer feedback so that you can be sure that you are picking the right one.

You should eliminate any service provider making questionable claims and also those that appear unreliable.

It is best to look for service providers that provide great after-sales service.

Also, look for providers that offer insurance as it will help you in case anything goes wrong during the tuning process.

It is important to see your tuner face to face by taking your car to them and you can ask them appropriate questions regarding the performance of your car.

Which Type of Tuning is the Best?

Diesel electronic tuning involves the modification of the electronic instructions that is sent to the different engine components. Chipping and tuning software rewrites changes the software written to the ECU using carefully developed modified programs that changes the engine management instructions. You can also opt for plug and play packages that intercept the standard ECU signals by placing a small box of electronics between the ECU and the key engine components. The effectiveness of these will vary depending on the cost and the kind of software that is being used.

Jump In! How Creating Content Is Like Swimming

I just dropped my daughter off for swim practice at 6:45am! She is starting high school and has never done competitive swimming before, but she signed up for the swim team in order to meet some people and get some great physical activity.

Honestly, I am incredibly proud of her for doing this. She is way outside her comfort zone and is learning lots of new things every day. She’s not going to win her first meet, but she is getting SO MUCH out of this experience already.

I see a lot of similarities here when it comes to creating content for your business.

Jump In

She told me that the pool is pretty cold when you first jump in. Especially at 7:00 in the morning!

I used to be the type of person who could stand at the edge of the pool (or on the first step) for a LONG time. Maybe never even getting in.

We host a lot of pool parties – in fact we have one coming up this weekend – and it’s interesting to watch different people handle it. Some will just strip down to their suit and dive right in. Others will stick their toe in the water first, or dangle their feet in. A lot of women will slide in gracefully, careful not to get their hair wet. Of course, there are always the people who hang out by the food table, drink in hand. They didn’t even bring their suit and have no intension of going in the water.

I think this is a perfect metaphor for many things in our lives. The things we want to do but find ourselves hesitating to step in.

When it comes to creating content, the hardest part is jumping in. The beginning can be new, scary and uncomfortable. A lot of people stand on the edge for a LONG time, like I used to do at the pool. They can see what they want to create, they imagine the platform they want to have, but they haven’t created a single piece of content.

It’s easy to stand on the edge for a long time and look into the water. You want to go swimming. But the hardest part is getting in the water!

I’ve learned, both with content creation and with swimming, to just count to 3 and lean in. There is a point where you can’t go back. Your weight is far enough over the water that you’re going to end up wet. Whether it’s graceful or not, well, that’s another matter. But you can’t undo it.

How can you create a point of no return when it comes to your content? Hit record. Have others watch and count down with you. (By the pool, I always have my kids count down.) Have some support to count with you and cheer you on, even if you belly flop into the water initially!

Keep Moving

The girls on the swim team have each other to motivate them. You certainly don’t want to be the only one outside the water when everyone else jumps in!

They often start out with goose bumps trying to hide their chattering while they listen to the coach. But once they get going, and do their 150 meter warm-up, the water actually feels really nice!

That’s the second part of the content creation journey. Even if your first video or article isn’t perfect, it’s important to keep going! The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Your results will improve. Your platform will grow.

3 Stages to Give Yourself a Chance for Love

Being jointly mindful about how relationships develop gives you a chance at committed love, and you can both relax and explore along the way.

It takes time to get to the point of commitment. Too many leap into commitment too early. It causes heartbreak and disappointment.

Have you done that? Like a fairy tale with a first date and then living happily every after? It’s a fairy tale! The real world is that love takes time. Take each of the three stages to get there.

Stage One – First Dates

This is the exploratory stage. Is there any chemistry? Everything’s very preliminary.

It’s not time yet to be thinking about a possible future together, just checking the other out, and seeing if you’re interested enough for future dates.

Relationship chemistry’s physical, emotional, and spiritual. The physical is often obvious… do you find the person physically attractive? Do you like the eyes, mouth, body type? What about the voice and laugh, even the accent?

How does the person smell to you? What about the sense of touch when you shake hands or even kiss? What about taste?

If a person tastes or smells of smoke, is that a game-changer for you? Some things will never change. Some things will or can change over time, but right now you’re at the stage of first impressions through the five senses.

There is also the emotional and spiritual connection that’s part of early chemistry discovery. How’s the conversation? What do you care about? Do you share similar interests and life views?

Stage Two is the Honeymoon

The Honeymoon’s special. It’s something many couples work to keep aspects of later in their relationships.

You see one another frequently. You have a lot of fun and excitement together as you get to really know one another.

The honeymoon can last for a few months, or up to a year. It ends as you get to recognize the humanity of your partner. Your partner has flaws, and you start to see them. And they yours.

For some, the honeymoon is all they want. They have a kind of addiction to the thrill of the honeymoon.

They break up and move on as the honeymoon phase matures to its close. I call these people 90-Day Wonders.

They’re great for a honeymoon, but lack the emotional stability and maturity to pursue a long-term relationship.

Relationship Commitment is Stage Three

Once the honeymoon with the rose-colored glasses is ending, and you see one another’s lack of perfection, you may try to change one another.

You may struggle over who’s and who’s wrong in situations, beliefs, and attitudes. This can become a power struggle.

If you can get to the point where you accept one another as you are, rather than try to change perceived imperfections, many relationships become stronger and endure.

If not, breakup can happen, or, often worse, staying together and being miserable.

If the decision’s to accept your partner, and vice-versa, the relationship can continue and grow in a healthy way. You’ve given one another a chance at finding love.

Are you interested in living your life intentionally to create the life you want to lead? Research shows that using creative mindfulness is the way to Design the Life You Want.