What’s New in 2019? So Much!

It Takes A Village Wellness is alive and thriving, however we have decided to close the doors to our Port Jefferson Wellness Center.  And as the saying goes, “When one door closes another one opens!”  We have been so blessed by all of our clients and the wonderful relationships we have built over the past 3 years. Everything we have created would not have been possible without all of you showing up to classes and to bring your support and love.

My Vision for 2019

Building Communities of Wellness and Mental Health that Ignite Human Potential.

My word for this year (if you follow my newsletters you know) is Inspiration.  It is my hope that I can inspire those around me to light their own flame and step up into lives that inspire wellness, mental health and hope.  Together we can build authentic, vulnerable and supportive relationships in our homes, at work, in our schools and in our communities.


What’s Your Word: A Theme for 2019

2014 was a rough year.  I remember clearly deciding that I needed some kind of New Year’s ritual to let go of the heaviness weighing me down.  I wanted to really focus on creating something new for myself in 2015.

On New Year’s eve I took a piece of paper and wrote down the things I wanted to release: my fear and my intense feelings of loneliness were the top two.  I crinkled up the paper, placed it in a coffee tin and lit the paper, watching the smoke and ash float away and saying to myself, “2015 is going to be a great year!”

But what did I want to create in 2015? I was floundering a bit in the direction of my work and was living in a new town where I knew about two people, two people I had just recently met.  In that moment I remembered something my daughter had said to me about kindness several years earlier, “Mom, sometimes you are just not very nice.”  That statement hit me very hard. I do not think I ever meant to be unkind, I just think that I had gotten so caught up in my own pity party that I forgot the importance of kindness to others.  (more…)


Light precedes every transition. Whether at the
end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door,
or the flash of a new idea,
it is always there, heralding a new beginning.
-Teresa Tsalaky

This time of the year always feels for me like a time of transition.  We begin to wind down and close the door to our summer vacations, our longer days of sun and light and begin to contemplate the coming months ahead of us.  Younger students are starting school for the very first time, older students are walking into new classrooms, perhaps even a new school.  College students are moving into new housing situations, new classes, and new professors.

For me this “back to school” time of year always triggers shifting to a bit more rigorous routine, time to gear up for the fall, look at my business and regroup for busier times and perhaps even begin to plan for the swirling holiday season.  This year I am most definitely feeling the change as I embark on my new adventure and begin to actually market my instructional manual, materials and professional development work to schools. (more…)