FEB 9 We Laugh comedy show is cancelled! New show date is March 23 in the Cadillac Room

Weather and road conditions are too poor to get all our wonderful guests out and risk your safety. We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel tonight’s show and reschedule it to March 23. If you purchased tickets ahead of time and want a refund please let us know. We’ve notified all advanced ticket holders via email and phone message.

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Coaching: Is it for YOU?

“A year from now you may wish you had started today” – Karen Lamb


We all have goals, right? Some goals we work hard for, adjust, learn and achieve. Some goals are serendipitous (by chance, such as an event led you there), some are coddiwomple (to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination, you kinda know where you want to go), and some are more of a dream (I want this thing, but have no idea how to get there). Any goal that moves you in forward direction is worth having! A specific and meaningful goal is a goal that creates a journey that defines where you want to be and when.

I could have really used a coach in my own life, especially in my early adulthood. I was a serendipitous, coddiwomple dreamer. A coach would have saved me so much time, money and resources. I spent a good deal of my late teens and early 20s floundering around trying to figure this “life” thing out. I think it’s called “adulting” now. I didn’t graduate from high school, I didn’t even graduate from middle school- trauma, abuse, moving……a lot. I finished eighth grade, half of ninth grade and I didn’t try much after that. Later, I did get my GED. I didn’t know anything when I left home at sixteen. When I was about twenty-two I received, in the mail, a campus catalog with a postcard attached, I filled it out and sent it in. I had no idea what to take in school; my math level was low but my reading and writing were high. I chose computer programming, because…..well, it was the “in” thing I guess, and that’s exactly where someone with poor math skills should be (cue eye roll). I lived 25 miles from campus and relied on others to get me to class, another un-stellar move. Needless to say, it was a perfect storm to an unrealistic, un-achievable goal. That was one of many areas I could have used a coach. Relationships, finances, parenting, self-discovery, self-care……the list could go on and the stories would never end. Coaching could have helped me build realistic and specific goals; it wouldn’t have taken me so long to find my way!

Coaching is a relationship built in pursuit of your goals! A coach helps you take your big, serendipitous, coddiwomple dream and turn it into a specific, meaningful, achievable goal. Although a coach is not a miracle worker and you still have to work at it, your goals becomes a manageable vision of your best idea. Here are a few ways coaching works:

  1. Help in setting clear and specific goals. Your coach will help you determine what’s really important to you and help you stay focused on that.
  2. Identify blocks. Your coach will help you figure out what is keeping you from achieving your goal, and they may point out things you may not be able to see that may be holding you back.
  3. Being accountable. Coaches keep you on track and moving forward. They will be honest with you and hold you accountable for follow through.
  4. Focus. Your coach will help you identify strengths that assist you in areas that could use some strengthening.
  5. A coach can help you get from a to b faster than you could on your own, by helping you differentiate priorities.
  6. Feel happier. Because coaches help you identify and align your values to create a positive outcome on personal or professional fulfillment.

Maybe some people are focused and motivated and maybe they are born with the ability to obtain their goals, but I believe most successful people will admit that they have had great “coaches” in their life; positive role models, action oriented friends, teams of people that inspired them in some motivating way along their own journey. You deserve that same positive motivation……. we all do!

Amanda Nelson Rice, Coaching Academy Coordinator

Healing from Sexual Violence Through Art

Mere Objects creator Sarah Jane on hope & healing after sexual violence.

Posted by Mere Objects on Monday, September 11, 2017

Today I had the privilege of speaking with Sarah Jane, an artist and educator who engages in a variety of different mediums including sculpture, mosaic, and collaborative projects. Currently she is a staff at the Grunewald Guild, an arts education nonprofit in Leavenworth, WA, but her most recent project is Mere Objects: a participatory art project to honor and empower those who have experienced sexual violence.

To tell you a little bit more about this project, Mere Objects was launched in October 2016. Sarah Jane said, “I felt a calling to create something ‘for survivors’ and knew immediately that I couldn’t draw only from my own experiences in order to create this piece,” so she put a call out on Facebook and began gathering what later became her advisory council of people who experienced sexual violence. Sarah told me a little bit more about the group of 20 people who helped shape the project. “That group weighed in on various ideas and sketches, tweaking some ideas and vetoing others. Until we agreed on the current format of Mere Objects.” Mere Objects now functions with the following format.

Participants anonymously contribute to the project by sending in objects that represent them, their healing process, or aspects of the abuse they experienced. Many include a note discussing the significance of the objects they chose. Objects are small and the project is open to people of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

Sarah Jane has described the project as a mix of rewarding and difficult. She says, “It has been incredibly rewarding to connect with others who have experienced sexual violence, to share our stories and support one another through the healing process. I continue to be amazed and honored by the trust that participants place in me…That said, I’m finding that it’s pretty uncomfortable to identify publicly as a rape survivor.” She states that she has been met with insensitive or inappropriate questions and has been triggered by other experiences. She says, “I don’t regret it, but there are times when I really need to disconnect and spend time focusing on something else.”

Behind the scenes — making a portrait of a survivor

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how an object (in this case, a cigarette that the survivor desired to empty "both of its contents and its meaning") becomes a completed Portrait of a Survivor.

Posted by Mere Objects on Monday, May 22, 2017

She says for those interested in participating she wanted to emphasize that “it’s always an individual choice, and I recognize it’s not for everyone, so there’s no pressure. There’s also no deadline, and of course you can always participate anonymously. I love all the different ways that participants have found to engage with the project – some have sent items directly related to their assault, while others have chosen items that correspond to the healing process, their faith, or the person they are today.”

If you are interested in learning more about Sarah Jane’s project, additional information can be found at the project’s website, mereobjects.org. If you are interested in mailing in a submission to the project, the address is listed below:

Mere Objects

PO Box 6

Leavenworth, WA