Time for Spring Break! Patience and Perseverance Continue to Dominate!

There’s not much growing in our back yard but crocus which tells me its Spring Break. Nothing’s growing because 1) the dog loves the backyard and has many a good day carrying on in her canine best; and 2) the very large shag bark tree.

  A very, very large shag bark…

I know someday the back yard will look much better and all I can do now is take care of it as best as  I can. Read: don’t complain about the never ending picking up mounds of dog poop and the millions of sticks, branches and pieces of bark. Okay millions could be an exaggeration, but not when you count how long that tree’s lived back there. And someday it won’t.

Crocus

CrocusI love crocus!

I believe patience and perseverance are the best qualities in a person and a beautiful flower! All will come when it is supposed to. Nothing can, could or will or would ever change this.

It’s impossible to embrace progress without patience and perseverance. In my work, I learn to keep keeping on until it all makes sense! I work until things click, click and then click until it sticks. I’m able to find comfort in what I’m doing now and can find that the powers-that-be will grace me with accomplishment then. What matters to me is finding happiness and success in your everyday life!CrocusImage result for crocusImage result for crocus

Crocus

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

 John Quincy Adams quotes (American 6th US President (1825-29), eldest son of John Adams, 2nd US president. 17671848)

successI hope you have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break! If you’re going on a road trip, feel free to take this map along!

Success is Found After Driving Safely through Patience, Dreamland, Hard Work & Perseverance (Hopefully you didn’t end up in Pain!

 

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

 

 

Yoga Yogi to the Rescue…What’s Your Favorite Pose? Helping Myself to Help Others!

I’m a strong proponent for practicing yoga as a form of complementary and alternative therapy.  Well, for me, I practice yoga to relax and rejuvenate thee ole’ muscles after strenuous physical activity.  Yoga is great to reduce stress, strengthen and tone your body, and increase your flexibility.  What I really love about yoga is you can do it right in your living room!

Yoga Yogi to the Rescue!

I practice many yoga moves and have been practicing since fall 2010.  My favorite yoga poses include those I can describe as fire hydrants, salute to the sun, shoulder stand, t balance, triangle, mermaid, spider, butterfly, fish, tortoise, camel,  gliding swan, kneeling dolphin, pigeon…….I could go on and on! But for my ultimate vote I’d recommend Sun Salutation!

The Sun Salutation (or salute to the sun) is an incredible move that stretches ligaments and muscles to increase the elasticity of the vertebral column and joints. It’s actually a series of 12 yoga moves performed in a single, graceful flow.

Sun Salutation

Yoga has helped my mind, body and soul in many, many ways! Thank you Noreen Gosch, for being my first excellent yoga instructor.  She teaches through the Des Moines Community Education Program and I highly recommend any course, whether exercise related or not, that catches your interest!

Yes, it’s time to roll out my mat!

Keep in mind there are many variations of yoga! Many poses provide a wonderful stretch for the entire length of the body. Like the crocodile pose! Be sure to try the horse posture, it works on the outer thigh/hip pocket area ~ yea the saddle bags; and the reclining warrior, excellent for stretching the thighs and strengthening back muscles….and…and…and….oh I love Yoga!

As on update to this blog posting, (which is an evergreen one in my eyes), I recently (July 2016) obtained a dream goal, which was to lead a yoga class! Hum, a calling? No, I just want to share my gifts with others. And I want to make myself as good as I can be do help others (BTW, I love healing touch too!)

If you’d like to discuss the benefits of yoga, or any therapy that catches your interest, let me know. I guarantee if you practice any form of yoga that works for your body, you will be in a better state.

Amy E. Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP * Vocational Resources Plus, LLC 

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Need Help in Telling Your Client’s Story? Here’s One About Bowling & Rehabilitation!

My husband Randy had his cardiology checkup in early February clearing him to see the doctor every two years now. Luckily he only had to make visits for a little over three years following his cardioversion and rehabilitation.  As you may know, anytime work is done on any electrical system there’s a chance something could go awry. Here’s a personal story about health with a caveat to all……and it all begins with…..

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Botkin’s Black Ebonite Bowling Bowl 

I was on a business trip in Mason City, Iowa, with my favorite chauffeur Mr. Botkin during the summer of 2013. On the way out of town we stopped at the Rose Bowl for a little entertainment. There’s a tendency to drive around even hundreds of miles with our bowling balls (yes, safely in the trunk). Ya never know when the mood to make some strikes (or gutter balls) will hit!

Randy really makes a racket when his ball strikes the pins! His posture at the end of his follow through looks like he’s ‘a hoppin’ on one foot ballerina! And the noise that emits from his vocal cords….with Botkin embroidered on his shirt above his heart, he’s a bowling man alright (just not that high scoring…me neither)!

Steerike!Steerike!

10 pinsI’m more of a slow and steady, aiming for good form, keeping the ball lined up with the directional arrows kind of bowler (the concept how I prefer to golf too) and hope for that distinct noise of scattering pins!  Steerike! On this summer day we bowled a few games and had a great time! I don’t remember any scores, but who cares! Okay, fine I’m sure he beat me….

A couple days after the business trip, Randy’s neck was tilted. Questions about how he felt and the reason as to why the askew head revealed no valid answer and no comprehension he was even guarding his head. Then came complaints of “feeling out of wack.”

I took his pulse…and ahhh, felt long gaps of time before the next beat, and those beats I could feel were not the same strength.  I swear his heart was skipping a beat (and not because he is sooo in love with me), and knew this was not right. His timing was off [literally!] Randy made a visit to our family doctor who referred to a specialist. Low and behold Mr. Botkin was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.

He was placed on Warfarin; his INRs regularly taken. The stress tests, too. We had to watch out for vitamin K sources (and I love blueberries and kale!) and be sure he took care of himself especially now more than ever; and not miss any medical appointments! This is just like my dad, who has chronic AFib. They shared stories about their health. How’s your INR? Pretty darn good, what about you? Well, I could lower it a point or two…! My dad actually does his own testing.

Related imageKale, A Superfood!

Dad “can’t eat” kale, but Randy sure missed eating kale, and loves it now (not true!) Back to the summer of the “heart scare”… I remember Randy wearing a holter monitor strapped to his chest. The day it went off with a loud bang (not true!); and it goes in a plastic baggie for return to the cardiologist we were at an outdoor wedding!

It was determined Randy would need to have a heart restart. OMG. He had a cardioversion procedure performed on September 20, 2013. I will never forget waiting and waiting at Iowa Lutheran Hospital trying to read but not being able to focus on the words in front of me. Finally the nurse came out (the procedure really isn’t that long) and said I could see him. I couldn’t wait any longer!

I entered the procedure room and saw Randy the love of my life lying on the procedure table groggily repeating “Did she do it?” “Did she do it?” Dr. Clark, replied, “What are you talking about?” Randy muttered again with some sort of humor (funny man) in his voice, “Did she push the button?”

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No I did not push that button. But if he continues to make fun of my bowling posture…and my scores…we might reconsider...

The bottom line of this blog is to be sure to pay attention to symptoms in your body. (and I’m really good at getting people to discuss their health!)  Your body and those of men like Randy whose body does a good share of talking is made to be in balance.  When your body is out of balance, it will tell you and people who care will notice. Listen to it. Listen to others. Do what you need to do to restore your sense of balance. I can offer recommendations!

Thankfully the cardioversion worked and Randy’s been back in the rhythm ever since. There’s no rhyme nor reason why his heart decided to act up. Frankly, I love to check Randy’s pulse and his heart is really strong! He loves to brag that his blood pressure is perfect (a quote from the nurse!) The beater is good to go for a long, long time! Rehabilitation was successful!

I could also blog about my son Nick and his blood pressure problems (thankfully much improved; he’s on long-term medication); and my mom’s blood pressure health which is good but needs watching. Or I could blog about Randy’s dad’s serious heart condition (which ultimately took his life while asleep in 2005). But instead I’m going to end with saying to my readers (including my husband of course!),  “I love you with all my writing heart. Please take great care of yourself!”

Pistachios

Eating Tip of the Day: Pistachios are Heart Healthy.

Let me know what I might do to help with educating your client; or better yet, let me educate others about your client by writing his or her story!

I would love to help with litigation regarding work and disability. I firmly believe in exercising, eating right and balancing! Give me a call at 515-282-7753 and let’s discuss your case. I offer free initial consultation!

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Chose Your Own Path Through Emotional Intelligence!

Happy Turkey-less Day to those who won’t be gobbling a gobbler (original post date November 24, 2015)!  I continue as a pescatarian! My two younger adult children continue their vegetarian lifestyle…(not my son Nick for he’s an incredible meat eater!) and although the no meat eating rubbed off on me many moons ago, I still enjoy eating fish.

Thank you Jake and Arin for showing me a lifestyle I probably wouldn’t have gone for had it not been for you two. But then again, I may have become really fantastic at grilling steaks (no, that’s Randy’s area.)

I love the taste of turkey and found a delicious vegetarian roast that tastes just the same! 

For this post, I want to write about a way to chose your own path……and I’ll start with a link to a post when my daughter Arin started a new job at Walgreen’s.

Over the two years she worked at Walgreen’s (she resigned earlier in 2014 to move on in different ways with her lifestyle), Arin had many customer experiences (including her days working as a hostess at Okoboji Grill). She’s shared many interesting retail shopper stories from her Walgreen’s days.

Some shoppers are kind with good intentions…get in the store, find what you need, pay and get out of the store…all while being grateful and appreciative. Then there are other shoppers who seem to float around in a bubble without realizing their bubble is more of a brick! Some shoppers are demanding, have no regard for other shoppers or the retail clerk, and are even down right rude. Yuk!

We all are continuously affected by the energy of other people in both positive and negative ways. My daughter learned quickly that the less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become and the more productive you’ll be on the job! AJ’s goal at work: Help customers find, buy, and get out of the store with minimal distraction…along with an idea or two of how to get the customer to spend more money (especially with products within her own department because of incentives!) This knowledge, my dear daughter, takes a certain level of emotional intelligence. Good for you!

Emotional intelligence is a huge factor in my work as an expert witness.

A very helpful and proactive way to limit how much we are affected in many settings and situations by where others are is a simple technique called being in your bubble.

Using your bubble when you need to, or realizing others are using their own bubble, takes a level of emotional intelligence, kindness and grace.

Bubble Me Up    Bubble

I can’t find the source for what follows, but I’m sure whoever it is would be happy to share! Being in your bubble goes as follows:

1.) Spend a few moments with your eyes closed, quieting your thoughts.

2.)  In your imagination create a big clear soap bubble all around you that is about a foot out from your body.

3.)  Notice yourself within this bubble, and acknowledge that any type of energy you don’t want to experience in your own body will be unable to get through the bubble, and will just bounce off.

4.)  Walk through your day within your bubble. Take a look at the bubble periodically just to affirm that it is there, and recreate it whenever you want to.

             Bubble Me Down Bubble

There’s great reasons to use this tool to manage the energy that bounces around us all of the time. It frees you up to create the experience(s) the way you choose, while leaving others free to their own expression. You won’t need to get into the struggle and discomfort of resisting what others are doing or thinking, because it happens outside of your bubble and doesn’t need to affect you.

I hope your work week is productive, and you enjoy experiencing the energy that surrounds your work and home environments. If I can help you with expert testimony, please don’t hesitate to call me.

Vocational Resources Plus, LLC * lcpresourcesplus.com * 515-282-7753  * VocResources@msn.com

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

It Was 36 Years Ago…and I Made It Through

On June 15, 1979 I was in a car accident…..and I made it through. Just a remember to myself how important rehabilitation following an injury really is. And a shout out to you my readers to realize rehabilitation is so important for so many people for so many reasons. Thank all rehabilitation counselors!

Read more about it (my accident) here How did I Get into Rehab Counseling? Here’s a Little Story  posted November 21, 2011.

What makes my story even more special to me is that I “ran” into the woman who saved my life last Saturday (June 6, 2015) at the Iowa Falls Boat Club for a memorial service. I was sitting across from her at a banquet table with my sister and two other people. After chatting with the two, I asked the woman directly across the table what her name was. (Silly me.) She knew who I was and after it dawned on me (because my sister told me) I just stopped, thanked God, thanked her, and asked her if I could give her a hug! Which I did.

2015-06-06 14.34.18Thank You Teri

Upon considering all that happened that day, I was 15 and she would’ve only been about 17 or 18. Yet she literally saved my life! She came upon the scene that night and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived, even riding in the ambulance until we arrived at the hospital in town. She didn’t leave me until I was transported to another hospital out of town. From what I hear the medical staff and others involved thought she was a nurse!

Green Gran TorinoI used to despise Gran Torinos…especially green ones, until Randy pointed out the bulk of the front end of the vehicle was another huge part in saving my life.

Oh, and when I was at the Boat Club (learned more of the history of the place), and went on a boat ride on the Scenic City Empress, I took some good shots.

Here’s one of Arthur, our neighbor in Iowa Falls skiing many moons ago.

Arthur Skiing
Arthur Skiing

 

And here’s one of a chair made out of old skis. Pretty cool, huh! 2015-06-06 17.37.14

 

 

The waterfall, (shh, it’s man made)! Janice is the blonde with her hand over her face.

2015-06-06 Waterfall Iowa River

The point of my blog is that life really brings surprises, talent and beauty. Live it to it’s fullest and you won’t be disappointed. Each and every day is a new beginning. I know what it’s like to almost lose your life.

Use What You Got! If you click here you’ll read a 2011 article about me from the Des Moines Register (and see another picture of the Iowa River.)

Okay, in closing, I’ve got to add a bit more. Yesterday, Randy and I and Bella were out and about, and on the way home were traveling in my car on Broadway. We turned around when we saw the crossing gates lowering and the red signal lights start to flash. But just a couple seconds or so after, they stopped, so we turned around again to prepare to cross the railroad tracks. But the crossing gates and red lights began again. Seeing no train, huh? But we stopped and waited for the gates to raise (some fool of a driver drove around us and around the gates over the multiple crossings.) It was quite apparent the gates were malfunctioning. Ever 60 seconds or so. So I did my civic duty and noticing the UP’s sign, called the 800 number and reported the issue to a nice railroad worker out of Omaha. I don’t know, but I’m thinking this has some irony to it…maybe a closure of sorts for me. I do not care for railroad tracks when there’s a training approaching…..gives me the chills. But I did my part to help.

So, in closing of this blog, I stray from my loving attitude and will end this post as such:

Rock Island Flip Off

You can find this train car in Hampton, Iowa and flip it off if you’d like…for me!

(BTW, my lawsuit against Rock Island Railroad was a failure……perhaps we chose the wrong attorney, perhaps the timing was bad as the railroad went bankrupt, perhaps we should’ve settled, or perhaps the jury simply wasn’t given or didn’t understand all the information….there were no cross bucks….the train had parked for the night until the conductor or whoever realized the few box cars [no caboose back then either] were covering the tracks….that’s why the train moved, dragging that green car with me implanted on one of the bolts of the box car…..)

Let me know how I can help with your cases. (I actually worked on many workers’ compensation railroad cases in the earlier years of my career.) I will do all I can to help you represent your client.

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Why Do You Do Your Work? You May Be in Love!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend. Are you happy to be back at work?! I hope so. Do you love your job? I hope so. What motivates you toward your job? Is there a match, or a mismatch?

love my job mutuallyPersonally I am in Love with my Job!

Recently I met with Lin Phillips, a career counselor who is very skilled and talented at helping people “see the light” regarding what makes them tick at work…and in life. If you love your work, your life feels so natural. Not sure if you’re really in love yet?

Using the Why Do You Do Your Work? self-assessment scale below (or download a copy), indicate to what extent each of the following items corresponds to the reasons why you are presently involved in your work. Then ask yourself why. Send the scale and any of your notes if you’d like back to me and I’ll let you in on your own motivation!

[Please note I do not know the origins or where I found this scale and have made edits and additions for my blog. If anyone knows of its source, please let me know.]

2015-02-06 Red Rose I DestroyedWhy Do You Do Your Work?

Does not correspond              Corresponds moderately         Corresponds exactly

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because this is the type of work I chose to do to attain a certain lifestyle.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. For the income it provides me.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

  1. I ask myself this question, I don’t seem to be able to manage the important tasks related to this work.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because I derive much pleasure from learning new things.

 1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because it has become a fundamental part of who I am.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because I want to succeed at this job, if not I would be very ashamed of myself.

 1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because I chose this type of work to attain my career goals.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. For the satisfaction I experience from taking on interesting challenges.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because it allows me to earn money.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because it is part of the way in which I have chosen to live my life.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because I want to be very good at this work, otherwise I would be very disappointed.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. I don’t know why, we are provided with unrealistic working conditions.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because I want to be a “winner” in life.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because it is the type of work I have chosen to attain certain important objectives.

 1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. For the satisfaction I experience when I am successful at doing difficult tasks.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because this type of work provides me with security.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. I don’t know, too much is expected of me.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 

  1. Because this job is a part of my life.

1                 2                 3                 4                 5                6                 7

 Your Notes: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

 

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It’s an Organic Carrot!

Stay tuned for test results and descriptions of motivators based on this scale. Are you motivated to continue to read my blog! I hope so!

 

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Artist in Training……Talent, Skills and Practice

Continuing on from last week’s post and my stated interest in my final ethics paper……I’m researching how I can learn about art.  I am a pretty good sidewalk chalk artist! Haahahaa! No really, I believe at my lovely age (wanna guess?), learning creative ways and techniques to spark new interests is good for the soul. This is just the beginning!

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What Shall Adorn The Driveway Today?

I have a goal to some day visit Hawaii, and an hopeful to see some of Walfrido Garcia’s works. Walfrido’s website has really cool visuals and videos for your viewing pleasure. I absolutely love this painting (see below) and it puts us right into today’s beauty and the week’s incredible weather forecast right here in Des Moines, Iowa!

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“Summer” by Walfrido

My son Jake is a talented artist…..and I am hopeful his future will open the eyes and minds of others when his works get noticed. For now, he is making his money working at Jimmy John’s!

Like many of life’s passions and callings, artistic ability is a a combination of both talent and practice. It is true that some people are predisposed to specific skills. Jake’s been drawing for ….. 16+ years!?! when he could use a pencil to draw (age 4?). And then he practiced and practiced, and has since……….probably 1st grade. For example, instead of doing math in 2nd grade, he’d draw wild creature-like numbers! And the teacher(s) always let us parents know what he was doing as opposed to what he wasn’t (this lasted all the way through high school graduation!)

Some people are good at drawing, and some at painting. Some at writing, some at speaking. Some at knitting, some at crocheting. Some at playing guitar, some at the piano (Yes!!!) Some at biking, some at running……and on and on and on!

I truly believe you can be good at whatever you want to do if you tap into your passion, your skill set, and your mindset. Practice does make perfect (in the eyes of the beholder or the eyes of the person who believes in the beholder.)

Eyes Are Difficult To Draw

More on Jake’s artistic drawing talent in the future of my creative writing blog. Have a beautiful and creative day! Take time to get some chalk, find a good place, and have fun drawing!

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Ergonomic Chairs and Hummingbirds….Beautiful Designs!

I get excited about natural, smart and beautifully designed things in life. Here’s one:

My new Liberty Chair by Humanscale!

I absolutely love this ergonomically designed chair. It fits my body, is simple and sleek, and provides great lumbar support. Ergonomics is highly valued in every environment. (Especially my office!)

“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among human and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.“
(International Ergonomics Association Executive Council, August 2000)

And here’s something else I am just amazed by:

Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds!

Oh, I get so excited when I see one of these brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures show up at their feeder in my front yard!!  Their bodies glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip towards the next nectar source. The beautiful bird is designed to fly not only forward but fly backwards (the only known bird with this capability), and to hover in front of flowers as it feeds on nectar, or in mid-air to catch tiny insects.

Hummingbirds can fly long distances…beating their little wings 55 times per second. When they migrate they cover a 500 mile non-stop flight across the Gulf of Mexico. Incredible!

My point is to take time to find what helps you work and enjoy life. Make a connection between the amazing, the natural, and the world you live in. Love it, care for it and treat it, yourself and everyone you meet with kindness and respect.

Hope you have a great week!

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce.

 

My Purpose to Serve Others Continues to Ring True!

(Original post date 9/10/13) As I mentioned last week, I’m moving into round 2 of my studies at GWU. I came across the statement of purpose I wrote in April 2013 and wanted to post it as it continues to ring true for me!

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE written by Amy E. Botkin

My purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University is to learn about the intricacies and efficiencies of serving as an expert witness in my area of expertise. As a rehabilitation counselor, life care planner and placement specialist, my focus is often on facilitating healthy return to work outcomes.

Prior to my current career, I worked as a marketing representative for a staffing agency that placed people into clerical and light industrial jobs. This work experience offered me a base on how to match people with the world of work. I understand the concept of incorporating the needs of employers with the needs of job seekers.

My background as the leader of a diverse group of placement specialists afforded me additional insight into challenges affecting job seekers. In my practice, as well as with the experiences within our group, I visit employers and find that personalities and fitting in, as well as proof of skills, may be the strongest indicator of a successful placement.

However, in perspective the job seeker may not believe he or she has the capacity to meet the employer’s expectations. Therefore, the job seeker is not successful in the initial stages of a job search, leading to feelings that may further disintegrate their role and performance as a qualified job seeker. Therefore, my career goal is to continue with my consulting practice and incorporate specific work-life identity skills training.

Ringing True!

As a freelance writer on a part-time basis, I develop stories about locally owned businesses, mostly from a personality perspective by interviewing business owners to learn about their background and what brought them to this particular business. I gain much insight and detail into what brings a person to their career.

My ability to draw out a person’s background information is also useful to guide a person who has lost their job due to illness, injury or disability into a new or similar job that continues to use their assets, albeit in a new form.

My research interests are in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, specifically how personalities, lifestyles and cultures form a person’s work identity. When taking into consideration a serious injury or accident that leads to disability or functional limitations, I would like to identify and assess unique methods to adjust the factors related to essential functions of a job that may be beyond a person’s capacities (either physically, emotionally or intellectually).

I would like to learn how to Box!

Using the skills gained from this program, I’d expand my research methodology for my client, evaluee or customer. Presenting novel material in front of a jury will allow me to separate from the common counselor and be viewed as a credible source of unique material that is specific to the needs of the case. With this new knowledge and skill, I would feel even more confident expressing my opinions. I look forward to my studies.

Thank you,

Amy E. Botkin

Amy E. Botkin, MS, CRC, CLCP

 

 

P.S. ~

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 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.

Wakin Up Without the Rooster!

I’ve broken a personal record. I finished four weeks of exercise boot camp. But that’s not the record…drum roll sound please…The record is: I’ve arisen out of bed for all those days at 5 AM! Can you believe it! And now, alas, I wake at that time without needing too. I sure see the goodness in early rising.

Rise and ShineBut I do like to sleep! 

I just paused as I’m writing this in the wee hours and contemplated something I hadn’t completely contemplated before. I don’t use an alarm clock. Do you? My kids are pretty bad at getting up (teenagers, give em break!). Randy is better than me at getting up. But nope, no alarm needed by either of us.

Rooster crowingWhy is that? Because we are a lot like roosters!

Waking up at the same time each day has to do with your biological clock or your circadian rhythm, and the hormones and proteins swimming around in your body. It also has to do with what your body (stomach, brain, etc.) is processing. And what you eat before you go to bed (stay tuned for more on that!) is equally as important to getting a great night’s sleep.

I’ve blogged about my dad (and Randy) both having early morning paper routes. My mom always gets up early. I also remember my grandpa (her dad) told me he always got up at like 4 AM. And Randy’s grandpa and grandma (Cliff and June Yearington, Randy’s mom’s parents) for sure, considering they were Iowa farmers, got up early and worked hard all day.

Randy recalls how his grandma June would grab a chicken early in the morning, wring it’s neck, prepare it and cook it…..all in time for her husband to come in from the fields for lunch. Wow.

Frozen Waffles

My grandma made me frozen waffles for lunch!

Sleep is fascinating. Waking up on time is just as fascinating! So, keep time on your side. Get up on time, be on time, and spend some great quality time wherever you are and whatever you do (at work or at play!)

Happy Memorial Day!

And Happy 17th Birthday To My Beautiful and Talented Daughter Arin (who wishes she could get in more sleep….me to…for her that is.)

 

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My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people find a place in the workforce