How My Past has Brought Me to The Present – as a Rehab Counselor! Part 4

Reading Time: 5 minutes My story leading up to my career as a rehabilitation counselor who focuses on job placement continues! Many of my first jobs in the big city of Des Moines, Iowa were secured through temporary staffing agencies.  I find the benefit of staffing agencies invaluable! From a personal perspective, working for a staffing agency really helped me to… Continue reading How My Past has Brought Me to The Present – as a Rehab Counselor! Part 4

My Passion for Job Placement! Here is My Story – Part 2

Reading Time: 6 minutes To understand my passion for job placement, let me tell you a little about some of the jobs and experiences I’ve had growing up.  I mentioned in an earlier post the fact that childhood interests can help you find the right career.  This is so true! My first job at age 13 was babysitting (okay,… Continue reading My Passion for Job Placement! Here is My Story – Part 2

How did I Get Into Rehab Counseling? Here’s a Little Story

Reading Time: 5 minutes To understand my passion for rehabilitation counseling (my beloved career), let me first tell you a little about myself. HERE IS MY STORY – Part 1: As a September baby  – I’m a Virgo! I was born in 1963 in Libertyville, Illinois, into a hard working family.  My parents are from Chicagoland.  During my infancy… Continue reading How did I Get Into Rehab Counseling? Here’s a Little Story

Nice Talking to You Randy! Never Stop Using Your Soft Skills!

Reading Time: 2 minutes I just got off the phone after a gentleman named Randy called my business inquiring on my needs regarding this website. I responded after listening to the purpose for his call… I’m it as far as who’s in charge of this site! He had good verbal communication skills, so our discussion continued. It was unusual… Continue reading Nice Talking to You Randy! Never Stop Using Your Soft Skills!

I Retired from Writing for Women’s Edition…Skills Gain!

Reading Time: 4 minutes [Repost 10/22/2015] I retired from my stint as a freelance magazine story writer for Women’s Edition after enjoying monthly job assignments from January 2012 through September 2013. Shortly afterwards, the magazine’s owner and founder left our Des Moines, market. They continue to publish from Omaha, Lincoln, Denver and Colorado Springs. I gained many skills, read… Continue reading I Retired from Writing for Women’s Edition…Skills Gain!

Happy Labor Day to All of Iowa’s Workers!

Reading Time: 4 minutes (Original Post Date 9/7/2015) Iowa has a great reputation for strong work ethic! We know it! And from what I’ve heard, ask most any Floridian employer and if you’re from Iowa, you applied and you got the skills….you’re hired!! Click here for a free online Occupational Work Ethic Inventory (OWEI). Personally, I am incredibly proud of… Continue reading Happy Labor Day to All of Iowa’s Workers!

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

Reading Time: 4 minutes 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. Ooohh, that car >:( Arin had saved her… Continue reading Ever Had a Real Lemon? Customer Service Has to be Peachy!

The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Reading Time: 5 minutes The Peacock 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,… Continue reading The Peacock: Poem, Feathers and Symbolism in My Life

Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Been on the links yet? If not, hopefully very soon! I enjoy golfing and teeing off is my favorite part (not that the ball goes much more than 100 yards or so). I just really like it when my ball flies high and straight!  It makes it much easier to smack the ball into the… Continue reading Golfing and Communication, Using Tee Ups Effectively!

Happy Adoption Anniversary Nick and Randy!

Reading Time: 4 minutes Today (original posting date June 9, 2016) is the 22nd anniversary of Nickolas Andrews’ adoption day by Randy! I remember it well, June 9, 1993. One funny memory is when the judge asked the barely 4-year-old Nick if his “new” dad played with him. Nick paused quite awhile, thought, and then said no. Yes he did!… Continue reading Happy Adoption Anniversary Nick and Randy!