Need a boost to your New Year? Ready to make 2019 your best year ever? Join us Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11am-4pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books for our annual “Resolutions,” a day devoted to starting the year right. From 11am-4pm, on the hour, we’ll feature local experts presenting mini-workshops on topics ranging from clearing our clutter to approaching 2019 healthfully and mindfully. Come to one workshop or several, and bring your questions, ideas, and a snack too. No tickets or registration needed. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Resolutions-related books, that day only.
11:00am Carolyn Koehnline
Clearing Clutter for the New Year with Little Gestures and Simple Practices
Do you ever find yourself making big pronouncements when you’re heading into a new year? Grand words and gestures can be invigorating and motivating. But they are a set-up for disappointment when you don’t follow through. In this workshop Carolyn Koehnline will share simple, doable, and possibly surprising actions you can engage in to help you get out of the way of yourself to make space for new possibilities in the coming year.
Carolyn Koehnline, LMHC is a psychotherapist, author, and the creator of Gentle Approach Coaching. She has published two books, Confronting Your Clutter; Releasing the Excess Baggage from Your Home, Head, Heart, and Schedule and her children's book,The Bear's Gift. Her third book, Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act: Essays, Poems, and Practices should be available in mid-January of 2019.
Featured books: Confronting Your Clutter and Bears Gift by Carolyn Koehnline
12:00pm Robin Robertson
5 Essential Secrets to Great Health at Every Age
Cut through all the fads, myths, and crazy trends and learn the plain and simple truths about what it takes to live a healthy, active life to make 2019 your best year ever. It might not be what you think!
Functional Aging Specialist, ACE Personal Trainer, best selling author, and USA Cycling Coach Robin Robertson has owned and managed the Bellingham Training & Tennis Club since 2000. She well understands the challenges of staying fit while aging; with a total of 11 knee surgeries and plenty of challenges that could have blocked her way.
Featured books: Healthy Knees Cycling and Younger Longer by Robin Robertson
1:00pm Sustainable Connections with Tiela Combs
Squatch Food Waste Workshop
How and why it’s important to reduce your food waste at your home and business. Save time, save money, and eat good food.
Tiela is a recent graduate from Western Washington University with a degree in Business Management and Business & Sustainability. Her dedication to advocating for those with disadvantages led her to assist in the creation of safe housing resources for individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and volunteering at the foster care transition house, Skookum Kids. She believes that individuals and local businesses offer the strongest positive impacts in our communities, and strives to help others and the environment thrive.
Featured book: Scraps, Peels, & Stems by Jill Lightner
2:00pm Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement with Tessa Whitlock
New Year, New You: Advance Care Planning for 2019
Making your health care choices known in advance is a gift to those you love. Join Tessa Whitlock, a certified Advance Care Planning facilitator, for this dynamic presentation on Advance Care Planning that encourages participants to think, talk and share:
- Why Advance Care Planning is important for all adults and commonly used terminology
- How to choose someone to be your Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (your Health Care Agent)
- How to talk to loved ones and doctors about preferences for end-of-life care
- How to consider what questions they have about their choices and options for documenting wishes in an Advance Directive
Tessa Whitlock discovered the Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement (WAHA) as an Advance Care Planning volunteer and later became a certified Respecting Choices Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Her experiences related with end-of-life care have been incredibly rewarding, and she is passionate about helping people ensure that their preferences for care are honored, known, and respected. She as WAHA’s Intake Specialist and connects advocates, consumers, and community partners to appropriate health connections. Tessa enjoys empowering people to make informed choices about their health.
3:00pm Mindfulness NW With Michael Kelberer
Meeting the New Year with Mindfulness
Join local mindfulness practitioner Michael Kelberer for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.
Michael Kelberer serves at Mindfulness Northwest's Assistant to the Director and has recently completed our Mindfulness Teacher Training Program. Michael has been teaching introductory courses and presentations for Mindfulness Northwest since completing this training. His other passions are hiking, writing (mysteries and poetry) during brief periods of non-writers-block, hiking, reading, and hiking and he finds himself completely hooked on the great natural beauty surrounding Bellingham, and the great people who live here.
Featured books: Healing Power of Mindfulness and Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Children by Tracy Daniel