Ever Had a Real Lemon? Customer Service Has to be Peachy!

Ever had a real lemon of a car? Ever had horrible customer service regarding it? Let me tell you, recently (original blog date May 18, 2015) two guys representing Teen Challenge and their vehicle donation program hauled away my daughter Arin’s first car….a used green VW Jetta.

Jetta
Jetta

Ooohh, that car >:(

Arin had saved her money from working for a long time at her first job at Okoboji Grill as a host and at age 16 bought it with cash. Pretty impressive that girl is, huh! She, with her dad, “found” the car at Farley’s on the East side which we DO NOT recommend….see below for a nasty review.

Yet for the time she drove her first car (what was yours? mine was a blue Maverick), AJ loved her car and driving! Many an adventure until…..the day the Jetta crapped out; she was returning from a day trip to Lake Red Rock. I had to search for her and her friend stranded on the side of a gravel road (imagine what was going through my motherly head)!

Luckily I came across a group of firefighters close to a town who were gathering ‘fill the boot’ donations and upon my plea for help, one kind firefighter  took charge. (Note: I love and appreciate firefighters ~ recently, Des Moines’ Fire Chief sent my husband Randy a card congratulating him on his educator award…very cool!)

I followed the firefighter’s pick up truck, and he found the young stranded motorists…. then the tow truck and the COSTS that ensued. We got the car fixed temporarily in Pleasantville; then more fixing in Des Moines. Arin drove it for another year, and the cost to “fix it” (read: new engine) cost just as much as she originally paid for it (like $6k).

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Do the math and gag with me.

Here’s what Randy wrote about it (the auto purchase) nine months ago (~9/14) in a Google business review of Farley’s Wholesale Tires & Autos ~

“Would never do business with this company again.  Bought a used 1999 VW Jetta only to find out that someone had put Radiator Stop Leak in the car.  It did the job on the radiator but it also caused the thermostat housing  and all the other hoses to be so clogged causing the car to overheat and this killed the engine after 1,500 miles.  When I went to Pat Farley to see what he was willing to do he told me that it was a used car and that he would not and was not willing to do anything.  I had to put a new engine in the car, replace numerous hoses and coolant joints and flush the engine 5 times to clean it out and get it back on the road.  Have had numerous problems with the car.  Please beware of this individual and his company they are crooks who do not care about their customers, they are just trying to make a buck.” ~ Randy Botkin

Lemon

Lemon, as in a bad car, or something affected by an unfixable original manufacturing defect.

Anyway, a few weeks ago Arin purchased a new car from name of dealership, a Black Ford Fusion, and being used, hopefully it will not be a lemon like the Jetta. Thank you Teen Challenge for accepting our donation and for helping the youth you serve.

Bye Bye Jetta
Bye Bye Jetta

Jetta LightsBTW, do you have a Jetta 1990-2005 that needs new lights? (Update: sold em on Craig’s List!)

Randy had replaced these headlights (new headlights really make a difference in visibility!), and removed them before the car was towed away. For sale on Craig’s list too!

The point of this blog is about serving your customers well. I will do all I can to take care of my customers and provide quality services! You can expect me to be professional and caring. I am fully knowledgeable of my role and understand my business objectives completely. This combined with my passion for my work and my company’s offerings make it easy to deliver the best service possible. Plus I’ll treat you like a peach!

Peach, as in a particularly admirable or pleasing person or thing.

Please let me know how my consulting services could help on a litigated case involving disability and work. I’d love to help!

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

Vocational Rehabilitation Services with a Focus on Placement

Vocational Resources Plus LLC offers an array of vocational rehabilitation services with a focus on placement.

Vocational rehabilitation is a set of services designed to facilitate the return to work process (also known as placement) for individuals following a serious accident or illness that disrupted employment.

Placement is the bottom line of vocational rehabilitation, and therefore is the most in demand service.  Placement can be simply defined as finding suitable employment. Continue to read on for more detail on Vocational Resources Plus LLC’s placement services and procedures.Vocational Resources Plus LLC designs unique placement services to return-to-work problems that arise on workers’ compensation, personal injury and disability cases.

The objective of each placement assignment is to research key details on an individual’s employability. This information provides the base to plan for courses of action. Action is presented in the form of service delivery, case management, and reporting services.

The goal of each service is to identify strategies that are proven to achieve positive employment related results. The objectives that are set forth in a client’s plan will effectively place individuals back into his or her working world.  This ‘pathway to work’ expedites resolution, details the scope of occupational loss, and ultimately addresses the monetary figure of claim that is in litigation.~Vocational Resources Plus LLC offers one of the most comprehensive placement services available in the local market to address workforce issues and attributes of occupations. The value of designing a service specifically based on the individual’s personal background, work history, transferable skills, knowledge and abilities, coupled with his or her interests, aptitudes personality factors and various vocational related attributes is higher than the actual cost of providing the service.

The case is covered carefully while the individual and all representatives associated with the claim are provided with specific details of the situation to better understand the priorities of successful rehabilitation. All services are documented and a narrative report is useful to evaluate the claimant’s rehabilitation potential, to determine the extent of loss of job, or pay, or of employability.

Specific details on level of cooperation to secure employment, worker qualifications compared to existing employment opportunities, and compliance regarding recommended therapeutic intervention or physical exercise are a few examples that are assessed for the individual to adjust to their situation.Vocational Resources Plus is often called upon to help when a case is in litigation or has the potential to become overly problematic and costly. Referrals are welcomed from attorneys and self-insured employers!  The strategy of assigning your difficult cases to a knowledgeable consultant saves time and reduces long-term effects of any claim. 

MISSION STATEMENT

~ Vocational Resources Plus LLC commits to helping with the needs of its clientele by providing consulting services that exceed the standards of practice expected in the field of vocational rehabilitation.

 COMPREHENSIVE JOB PLACEMENT OFFERED THROUGH 

Vocational Resources Plus LLC

Job placement is a professional procedure. The purpose is to assist the job seeker to find a job matching his or her knowledge base, skill sets, abilities, work capacities, interests and aptitudes, as well as needs for location, work scheduling, level of earnings, benefits, plus more!

Comprehensive placement on average can take 4 weeks ~ 6-12 months (based on available employment opportunities and client cooperation). Placement is broken down into 4 phases: Information Gathering, Accessing the Labor Market, Placement and Follow-Up. Other services such as Job Seeking Skills Training, Vocational Counseling, and Outsourcing are available on an as needed, individualized basis.

Within the first few weeks of placement, the placement specialist may be able to discern if success at obtaining employment is likely or not. All case activities, research and results of efforts are reported. Expert testimony is available.

Phase I ~ Information Gathering

This phase is time intensive and involves meeting the client, orientation, paperwork, appraisal of qualifications and transferable skills, and participating in other preliminary processes. The individual’s skill set is matched with existing employment opportunities. Resumes are prepared, reference building is performed, specific, information details are gathered and goals are set.

Timeframe: 1-3 weeks. The placement specialist can spend from 10-15 hours per week on preliminary processes. The placement client spends as much time as necessary to support this phase.

Phase II ~ Accessing the Labor Market

This phase involves designing a flexible marketing strategy to assist the client in establishing informational interviews and job interviews. Results are evaluated to help make decisions and to clarify career choices. It involves identifying and contacting businesses in appropriate markets and industries to assist with finding adequate profiles of persons to meet marketing needs and job opening requirements.

Timeframe: Commonly starts in the 3rd week and continues as long as feasible opportunities are identified, up to approximately the 6th week. The placement specialist averages 5-10 hours per week. The placement client spends as much time as necessary to support this phase.

 Phase III – Placement

When the client has sufficient opportunities available and is cooperative with placement procedures, this phase unfolds. When the client is placed, follow-up occurs at appropriate increments. If the client is uncooperative or if excessive barriers do not allow for a successful transition into the workforce, other Vocational Resources Plus, LLC services are available or referrals can be made.

Timeframe: Starts at approximately 3 or 4 weeks into the assignment, depending on the client’s situation and continues until placement occurs. A minimum of one month of post-placement services are offered. The placement specialist averages 1-5 hours a week. The placement client spends as much time as necessary to support this phase.

*Phase 4 ~ Follow-Up Post Placement

Once a final job offer is accepted, the placement specialist will extend involvement to assist the newly-hired individual in various aspects of transition, including any steps that must be taken to resign their position from their current employer. Post-assignment contact is also maintained between client and employer to assure the mutual satisfaction of both parties.

Timeframe: Starts at time job begins, depending on the client’s situation and continues until mutual satisfaction of both parties. The placement specialist averages 1 hour a week for four weeks. The placement client spends as much time as necessary to support this phase.

Thanks for reading….now give me a call!  There’s a sample employment packet the client receives, it’s located on my website. Take a look around at all the resources available! I have even more to share!

515-282-7753 or email VocResources@gmail.com

    lcpresourcesplus.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.

 

The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

The Peacock

Peacock at Blank Park Zoo 05/21/2006
Peacock at Blank Park Zoo 05/21/2006

written by Amy E. Botkin 1/24/15 CRHP Retreat

Look past the strutting and into the beauty. As the morning begins, we praise. The sun shines through the multicolored stained glass. We reflect on our journey through life. Our hearts flutter at joy in such holy surroundings. The mixing of colors, teal, green, yellow, blue….they glow, spread, encompass….our hearts, our faith.

Peacock at Full Glory!
Peacock at Full Glory!

Today We Renew!

 

 

 

 

 

The symbolic meaning of the peacock From Wiki Answers.com: Peacock feathers have been used for healing for tens of thousands of years in every culture throughout time. They are said to carry Spiritual healing energy that can be used to assist people seeking balance and harmony in their lives. In Hinduism the peacock is associated with Lakshmi, who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck.

I read a writer’s analogy of why she is so drawn to the peacock: ‘It’s because of its dichotomy. On one hand, the peacock is this beautiful bird, with connections to the divine. On the other, the peacock can be a terribly obnoxious bird – they emit horrible screeches and can be awfully aggressive. She believes in a theory that the peacock is a perfect symbol of humanity itself…’

Another PeacockThe peacock naturally replaces his feathers annually and is therefore a symbol of renewal.

I have peacock feathers in my office. They were found at my in law’s house in Creston when we were preparing it to sell back in 2005. The “multitude of eyes” upon the peacock’s stunningly beautiful fan tail feathers watch over me while I work! I strive for being true to my own colors and simply being myself.

Learn from the peacock, spread your feathers embrace your spiritual nature, walk tall, and display your talents with confidence and grace. Be beautiful and an open minded person ~ the one that looks at the world with eyes wide open, the one that is not afraid of challenges!

To Thine Own Self Be True“To Thine Own Self Be true” ~ William Shakespeare

The Peacock is a reminder to all of us to show our true colors. The peacock can help us shed the old feathers of the past and to take back the true beauty of our individuality. This increases self-respect and confidence. Here you’ll come to a True Colors Personality Quiz. Please take it and enjoy! I found out my strongest is orange, then green, blue and gold!

In performing more research I found that Peacock energy can help you on your spiritual path and breathe new life into your walk of faith. And that’s another reason I am so blessed that the women at our table during my CRHP ~ Christ Renews His Parish ~ retreat in January 2015 chose to be called the Peacocks. Our choice was based on the inspiration from a picture we saw in our parish’s (All Saints Parish) gathering space of Father Bob Harris saying mass on his recent trip (helped to sponsor the trip for many people in our community) to the Holy Land (Boy that would’ve been awesome!). The Peacock is often found in Catholic Churches, and above his head (Father Bob’s in the picture) there was one!

The Peacock has a boisterous cry that holds a touch of laughter, as if to imply that nothing, including beauty, should be taken too seriously. When I am centered and grateful for all I have, I feel a more light-hearted approach to all things that come my way. Laughter is really the best medicine and helps to keep us healthy!

Peacock FeathersLook Upon the Peacock With New Eyes and Reflect on What Its Eyes Say to You!

Looking around my office, I have all sorts of eyes watching me! Not only the eyes on the peacock feathers, but my daughter, my son’s, nieces and nephews, husband, mom and dad, grandparents, in laws, cats and dog and rabbit, etc., …..and some old guy with a long white beard I have no idea who he is, but I think he has wisdom to share!

Eyes are the entry into the soul! And they are protecting me, encouraging me and telling me to continuously strive to make my work and my life pure of heart. A symbol of peacock in many cultures is of eternal life; the link between heaven and earth. And to have faith that we never truly die.

Peacocks mate for life, just like the two of us, Randy, making this a perfect theme for our vow renewal (25 years quickly approaching old man!).  Peacocks are pure of heart.  They pair with a mate and are loyal and faithful to their partners. My peacock feathers are now more meaningful. Thank you!

In closing, I share this tapestry and detail about it ~

Tree of Life

Tree of Life Peacock

Source: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/paintings/tree-of-life-PB77/

BEGIN: Kalamkari began as the temple art of Andhra Pradesh and slowly occupied an important place in the arts and crafts of India. The artisan uses a pen-like brush called ‘kalam’, giving the technique its name.

The tree is one of the most potent of symbols. Its roots delve into the underworld; its trunk links the earth to the heavens – it transcends all three spheres. It symbolizes birth, maturity, death and rebirth embodied in leaf, bud and fruit. The tree of life is one of the most common motifs used by the artisans. Versions of the tree of life are manifold.

Here, the tree of life is transposed as a vase containing flowers and a variety of leaves. The flowers are those associated with fertility. Generally, a tree of life is flanked by worshippers, birds or animals, which could vary locally. Here the tree is flanked by a couple of peacocks. It is relevant to note that in Indian mythology, peacocks occupy a prominent place. They symbolize immortality, love, courtship, fertility, regal pomp and protection. When the auspicious tree of life and the important motif of a peacock come together, this painting’s worth is doubly elevated.

Colors like blue, yellow and green are more commonly used. Red is liberally used in the border giving a bright frame to a sober, meaningful painting promising prosperity and good luck. – END

In closing of this blog, I offer more from YouTube: Enjoy again!

Get ahold of me so I can help with matters of work and disability. Thank you for reading!

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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.

1st Bug Bite, 1st Sunburn & 1st Boat Ride!

Living through my 1st Bug Bite, 1st Sunburn & 1st Boat Ride means summer 2015 is near!

Summer

“Summer” by Walfrido

The bite (thinking bee) sure made my right arm swell up and hurt. At the onset I thought, gee, all my workouts have produced hefty triceps (wouldn’t happen on only one side silly), but NO my arm for about a week looked like a football player’s arms.

The boat ride (thank you so much Ted & Beth Erickson!) Sunday on Lake Panorama was wonderful! Good thing the one (of a select few) plants I can really grow well is readily available at my house. My burn wasn’t bad, but I will prepare for sunnier days to come with my aloe vera plants.

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Here’s a Quick Juicing Recipe: 

Light and Lemony Aloe Vera
1 cucumber 
1 apple
1 lemon
2 tablespoons of aloe vera pulp

And click here for 30 Uses for Aloe Vera.

My love of coconut oil and essential oil is great for sunburn and other skin issues. Prepare for June, July and beyond. August will be really special this  year for more reasons than one! Okay, the big one is that Randy and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. What should we do?! Here’s a shot of us in 2012 celebrating August 4, 1990. You can take your own bottle of wine to DJango (yummy!)

Raspberry Wine for the Meal DJango
Raspberry Wine for the Meal DJango

We both look silly!

This week my sister Janice is flying in from Fort Lauderdale. We’ll be having some fun! And some sadness, as Katy, a friend Janice spent a lot of time with in high school committed suicide and there’s a memorial for her this weekend in Iowa Falls. I had a friend, Sally, who I too spent a lot of time with growing up, who did the same, that is commit suicide last year. It’s horrible. I love life so much, I am so incredibly saddened that mental health and hatred can really ruin the world for some.

Whatever Makes Your Happy You Put In Your World

Whatever Makes You Happy You Put Into Your World

Stay safe this summer, have fun and relax. And be grateful for each day of your life! I personally have to really watch out for bugs, especially spiders, bees and yellow jackets, wasps and hornets; and poison ivy. There’s  a whole story or three on what bugs and poison ivy have known to do to my body…..NOT GOOD.

I need to be sure to keep an epi-pen near, or at least be sure people who I’m with know (if we’re outside) to help me to be cautious about what’s floating around…. And I have to make a new poison ivy kit for thhis summer (read: glass jar with vinegar, and small towel)….just in case.

I’m going to read my homework for tonight’s CRHP session now…..it’s beautiful outside! If you are curious, Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP, pronounced “Chirp”) is a spiritual renewal weekend designed to help individuals grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ and with others in their faith community. It is an excellent opportunity for Catholics to renew their understanding of the basic beliefs and traditions of their faith. And I’m helping to prepare the next women’s retreat in August for my parish, All Saints Catholic Church. That’s my next big event planned for this August, hosting a CRHP retreat!

Please let me know how I might help with life care planning and/or vocational consulting. I’m here for you!

Note: I changed my byline  as of 5/22/15

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

 

A T on My Finger and Action Green

Okay, after blogging recently about my forgetfulness when it comes to certain situations, I admit yet another one. Right before Christmas I found my DMACC graduation certificate, with Randy’s Saydel High School diploma (yep, stashed them in a good spot alright.)  I’ve been curious where my DMACC diploma was hiding.

DMACC AA Certificate

Here it is! My DMACC Associate in Arts Degree December, 1992

……together with all rights, honors, privileges and marks of distinction pertaining thereto!  Given this month of December 1992! You’ll have to go on the wall as soon as I find a frame!

Again, blogging about my past helps me organize my stuff, practice creative writing, connect with you and share my talents. Hopefully I have all the dates, etc. correct on my living resume! I get a bit confused about my own past from time to time!

I also recall, let me look for it….a blog about my house and the STUFF. Which I need to find that post…. [update 2 hours later! Here is the link…but it’s really about setting SMART Goals! And I am proud to say my humble abode is MUCH better! Thank you.

TEMPORARILY removed!

Here’s my transcripts too. Worst grades include a C in Chemistry….and a C in Principles of Accounting II…go figure! I started DMACC in 9/2/86 and finally was awarded a LA AA  degree 12/18/1992. Wow, took me six years!

I was pretty busy during this time with working two jobs (at the Department of Education in the Grimes Building as a secretary by day and for Dr. Schwartz transcribing his medical records at his dermatology clinic by moonlight!), had a baby (Nickolas Andrew) in 1989 and got married (Randall Eugene) in 1990. But I persisted!

One strategy I practice TO BE SURE I DON’T FORGET SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT is to put a T on my left index finger. Back in ohh, about 1988-1989 from time to time, my sister Janice asked me to pick up her daughter Taylor Marie from daycare after my work. This is what I did and I continue to do:

 T on L Index FingerT

A T on My Left Index Finger Helps Me Remember Something Really Important!

Like today, be sure Bella has water in her heated bowl. Brr. She has enough fur and she loves her house, so I can’t worry about her!

I should put another T on my fingy for “remember to get eyes checked….” Yea, yea. There’s always sooooo much to do. Or “schedule that mammogram”. (I could go on and on about HONEY DOs.)

Anyway, last weekend I attended a CHRP  Christ Renews His Parish retreat. I am serious about making my life more simple……and focus on what really matters. This retreat helped me realize that even more!

KeepitSimpleStay tuned for a blog about me looking for work!  Or maybe I’ll blog about my faith! Possibly more about my secret…….or my husband!!! Who knows at this time??? Remember, I blog about the present and my future…..and love to write….and work….and play….and pray….and live life fully!

I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl last night. I wanted the Seahawks to win. I really like their colors, especially the Action Green…..I can see the plays so much better!  Click here for a blog about the skills of a football player!

Brain Workouts

BTW, when it comes to my vocational counseling……I don’t forget! I have a steel trap memory for what transpires on my cases. Test me!

 

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

I’ve Served as a Guinea Pig. Wheek! Wheek!

More on volunteering. As you will see, I have on my resume that I have experience as a guinea pig! Yes indeed, to help counseling practicum students (BTW: I’m currently available to help). I received free counseling sessions (!) while the student practiced. The sessions were videotaped and then viewed with the professor for a grade!

Einstein

 This is Einstein. I preferred to call her Peggy!

Our beloved guinea pig died earlier in the spring 2013. She was a very nice pig. I miss her wheeks! A wheek is the loud excited noise guinea pigs make when they are excited! Wheek, Wheek! Peggy is also the name of the woman who gave us our new pet! Peggy the human (an Iowa State professor) and I connected via Craigs List. She was listing free guinea pigs but the babies were all taken, so Arin and I got the momma!

Arin (my daughter, whose shirt you see) named the pig Einstein, can you guess why? But, again I preferred to call her Peggy. She lived for several years after her arrival to our home. She really was a great pet. Back to the post Amy:

When you’re looking for work or are changing jobs or even careers, consider your volunteer activities. If they’re not on your resume or professional profile, stop right now and describe them! You can incorporate those skills and abilities into your next position or you can enhance them now with your work! Wheek, Wheek!

There are so many more benefits than gaining valuable skills from volunteering. Take a look:

Benefits of Volunteering 

#1: Volunteering connects you to others

#2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body

#3: Volunteering can advance your career

#4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life!

 Wheek! Wheek! Wheek!

and then look at or download this 5 page attachment for more information! It’s titled: Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits ~ Helping Yourself While Helping Others.

Hope you have great volunteering experiences….with more in store in your future.

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

 

10 years Flew By, Do You Remember Anything from Fall 2004!?  

I do! I remember the Fall season 2004 when I was winding down my role as a Drake University student! Specifically, I remember the DAY I was taking the CRC exam. It was October 30, 2004 (do you remember what you did October 30, 2014?!).

Index cards

Boy did I study in Fall of 2004!

And that being the year 2004, the test was taken in the paper/pencil format. I remember sitting in an auditorium on Drake’s campus, feeling kinda nervous, while also feeling confident that I would pass this test!

And I did! Which earned me the coveted CRC (Certified Rehabilitation Counselor) designation in my field. Of course, I didn’t know for sure if I passed and had to painstakingly await the results…..

PaperandPencil Test

Computerized Now

Back then, the CRC test was paper administered using pencils (lots of em #2 with sharp points and good erasers…which could be hard to come by for me during those days as all the other members of my household were also in need of the good ones for edumacation reasons!)

Here’s a link to my November 7, 2011 post where you can go for more information on me and on the field of rehabilitation counseling and when I first wrote (plus a few edits and a great picture of a bulldog named Fat Amy) about passing the test! Since 2004, I’ve had to complete enough CEUS (for the Rehab Counseling certification every five years ~ it’s 100 hours including 10 of ethics) twice.

Anyway, the remainder of this post is written in pre-post fashion, which I don’t typically do! My reason is being out of town on a weekend!  For a family get together in Creston, Iowa hosted by Marjo Brown, Randy’s aunt who  recently moved from a house to an apartment; and her sister Sherry Rodrigues who is in town from Hawaii (Ooooooooh). And, then on to Kansas City for the Chiefs versus Jets game Sunday (Oooooh).

Here’s a link to my December 8, 2012 post where I highlight the skills of a professional football player. In that post I also talk about how much football players  earn and some of their common injuries, as well as one of my fantasies!

I am, of course, a Chiefs fan, but I also like the Jets, although I remain conflicted on my feelings for their QB, who is expected to start…..  The Chiefs are doing very well, and the Jets, well, not so well. Go Chiefs! Go Jets. I’m taking a variety of sports clothing in case I change my mind during the game who I really want to win!

KC ChiefsChiefs V Jets

Jets

Sunday November 2, 2014!

 

I may add exciting details later about my weekend!

Because of my eventful weekend plans, I wasn’t able to attend the National Rehabilitation Association’s annual meeting also being held, and hosted in our beautiful downtown Des Moines.  I am proud Ellen Sokolowski, the current president of NRA, is a fellow Iowan (and Drake University graduate to boot!)  I hope the conference was great and I hope to get some detail on what I missed.

As always, I serve as a resource to persons with disabilities and if there is a lawsuit involved, I answer questions involving matters of employment in both plaintiff and defense litigation.

Contact me about how I can help you! But if you ask me about how to play football, I’d have to refer you to Randy, the star of the Saydel football team in the Fall season of 1980 or so!

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

Happy 50th Birthday Randy! Get on Your Bike and Ride!

Happy 50th Birthday to my husband Randy! Today he turns the big 50. September 29 is also Randy’s mother’s birthday. Marylin would’ve turned 70 today. She’s been in heaven for 15 years now. How many women have babies on their birthdays? Pretty cool, huh! I’m curious of the odds.

The lines

You say it’s your birthday,
It’s my birthday too, yeah;
They say it’s your birthday,
We’re gonna have a good time;
I’m glad it’s your birthday,
Happy birthday to you.

Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party.
Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party,
Yes, we’re goin’ to a party, party.

from the Beatles Birthday Song from the White Album ring true here!

B Boy

 50 years ago the stork delivered boy Botkin to Marylin & Jim

Randy’s mother, Marylin was one great lady. We love and miss her dearly (and her husband Jim too…also “up there and with us all”.) When Randy was a teenager growing up in Saylorville Township, his mom worked 8pm-4am as a data processor for Banker’s Trust downtown Des Moines.

When Marylin arrived back home from her shift (yes, 4am),  she’d wake Randy up so he could get going on his paper route (Des Moines Register & Tribune). Randy and my dad have their exciting paper route stories….!

Randy tells me he delivered (and yes, we have to relive the days by traveling his route, he being the tour guide, from time to time in his old hood), the daily paper to ~56 homes each morning before school. He had to finish delivering and arrive back home so he could get on the bus on time to get to school. To this day, Randy is an early riser, and brags he doesn’t use an alarm clock. Tis true.

Paper boy

 Read All About It!

Randy walked his delivery route and recalls how most of his customers requested the newspaper be placed inside the door (as opposed to the typical throw it and hope it ends near the door method.) He remembers getting tips. And he remembers when it was really cold. Really, really cold. Read early mornings in Iowa…..brrrrr, makes me shiver just thinking about it. I would not have made it long as a paper boy.

50 bdayCelebrate today Randy. You get raspberry crisp for your b-day treat!

Trivia: The scales of justice is the symbol for Libra (Randy’s one), and is the only zodiac sign that is not represented by animal or human.

Although you are no longer a paper boy Mr. Botkin, I know those days were valuable to develop your work ethic. In early 2013 I wrote several blogs about Randy and his work ethic! Okay, now get on your bike and ride. Hey, why didn’t you use pedal power for your paper route?

Biking BoyRandy does use pedal power, each day to ride to school. Tis true.

Just an aside: Yesterday, my kids Jake and Arin and their close friends Bridget and Bonsie drove to Chicago to see the Black Keys and Cage the Elephant concert at the United Center. They left at 10am Sunday and got home a little before 5am today. Think we weren’t a tad bit worried? Not a lot of sleep. But they had a good time and I’m waiting for Arin’s stories as she had to get to work at the library by 9am! And Jake is asleep….

Hope your week is great!

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

Counseling is an Art and Loving to Read is Too!

This is a repeated blog entry from 5-14-12 and it fits right in with my writings on Art & Science. Plus I’ve included a video published 7/9/14 titled the Art of Counseling developed by CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.)

CRCC (Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification)

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A couple blogs or two back, I wrote about reading (and working!), and the type of books I commonly read. I held a questions and answer session with my daughter Arin, who is a connoisseur of books.

One Cute Bookworm

Arin is currently reading Heir to the Empire: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1, by Timothy Zahn, independently, and Their Eyes Are Watching God, a 1937 novel by Zora Neale Hurston, for her English class.

 

Stack o Books

Grandpa Jimmie Botkin was definitely a bookworm. He would read up to four books at a time. (I couldn’t do that!) My brother Mike Prochnow is like that too, well, being a bookworm. I remember growing up he would be reading a book in the living room and we (his nice brothers and sisters) used to act up a storm and try to startle him out of reading…..never worked. We even contemplated bringing in the Iowa Falls High School marching band into the living room to see if he would look up from whatever book he was reading at the time.

My Grandma read a lot too! And my son Nick. He has a love of reading as well!

Nick reading a Harry Potter Book while lounging in Ann & Dick’s motor home.

And Randy.  Geez Leweez! He’s actually in a book club!

Check out this 30 second video I created titled Randy Reads!  It took Randy awhile to get the fact that I needed a little attention.  The point here ties back to empathy and counseling. The counseling profession is based upon a helping relationship. The counselor takes on the role of a helper. He or she tries to help one or more people, by providing counseling with respect to some kind of a problem, issue or concern.

 

 

Loving to Read is an Art!  Put Your Readers On!

In my opinion, Counseling is an Art, but okay, Counseling is a Science as well.  I do have a Master’s Degree in Science and I’m a Counselor.  And Randy has a Master’s Degree in Art and he’s a Teacher.  There. Point Made!?!?

Any comments? Drop me a line at vocresources@msn.com to let me know what you’re reading…..and why!

 

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