Thursday, December 22, 2016
Another major milestone of the Arc of Indiana, was the opening of the Erskine Green Training Institute and Teaching Hotel in Muncie. It's been the first year for the training program to teach students a variety of skills in the hospitality industry. It's been amazing to see what this institute has done for all those who have taken the leap to climb out of their comfort zone and realize what they are truly capable of. It's been incredible to see!
THANK you so much to all of you who have listened to the podcast over these last seven years. I'm truly grateful for all of you! Thank you for allowing me to bring you the important issues and inspiring stories that the podcast covers. Thank you for taking the time to meet me and telling me why you listen to the podcast and how it has brought a smile to your face!!
Thank you to ALL of the Arc staff and especially my team... my producer Sally Morris and my sound engineer Bryce Dickerson. Thank you for making my work so rewarding...we are truly a team! I can't imagine this podcast without you! You bring stability to me when I'm nervous and a pat on the back when I'm unsure of myself (which happens more often than not..right? haha!!) The best medicine we throw in though, is laughter!! Thank you as always...The Arc is VERY special to me!!
To my Mom: You had the hardest job: raising me! Your love, confidence and hilarious humor has always gotten us though! I will always be forever grateful for your support!
Here's to more podcasts and much more in 2017!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
The Arc of Indiana
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Nathan Mackey was a wonderful interview and a great guy all around! I met him virtually when he sent me a message on my podcast Facebook page and told me he was a pilot, a newlywed and oh, he just happens to have cerebral palsy. There was a point in his life where he found it difficult to find his voice. As he started to become more confident in himself, though, he saw that he could take charge of how he felt about his condition and what effect or how much control he let it have. Once he made the decision to be in charge of the things he wanted in life, doors started to open! He was able to achieve the goal of getting his pilots' license! I found out in the interview that he failed the test once, but he got back up, tried again, and passed the test! Another special goal he achieved was marrying his wife, Karen... Aren't they just the cutest couple??
Nathan's story is proof that not giving up is a choice that each of of have. He knew that if he gave in to the challenges he faced with cerebral palsy, he wouldn't be happy. His happiness came from not giving up! Life is a bumpy ride, but it's all in how you look at it, that sets you up to be cleared for take off!