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Archives for December, 2010


Get Involved in SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month

For this post, I invited Sarah Ikenberry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to share more about their fabulous "Recovery Month" programming.

Did you know that each September is "National Recovery Month"?

I didn't until Sarah contacted me.

I think it is so very important to recognize ourselves and others for the important work we are doing by choosing to recover, to heal, to uplift ourselves, and to support others in doing the same....
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Book Mentors

Taking Things Personally in Mentoring

The MentorCONNECT community knows how grateful I am to my mentor, Lynn, for gifting me with the book "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz, because I talk about the book a lot in our interactions each week.

But I didn't always feel that way.

Have you ever had an experience where someone recommended a book to you, and even while you were graciously nodding your head and thanking them for the suggestion,...
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Sponsorship and Mentorship

Recently I was asked "what is the difference between having a sponsor and having a mentor?"

Wow. Good question.

Puzzling question too.

A sponsor in the Twelve Step tradition, as we discussed in a previous blog post, originally was intended as a point of contact for a family who was faced with having to deal with serious illness or death of a family member due to alcoholism.

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Animal Mentors

The Mentors in the Kitchen

I have had a series of roommates through the years, none of whom have shared my eating disordered history.

Which meant that they may have differed widely in other areas, but all were fairly uniformly mystified by my frequent bouts of "refrigerator paralysis."

By this I...
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Animal Mentors

The Opposite of the Goal of Mentoring

I am just going to take my opportunity to state the obvious here.

Life is going to throw us some surprises.

We are going to feel disappointed, confused, hurt, clueless, hopeless, furious.

And sometimes when we are feeling any or all of those things, no one else will be around to talk to about it.

Over the years, I have watched myself struggle through these times, and later on I watched my mentees struggle...
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