Resilience Keeps Her Moving Forward
Karen first heard about Life-Work Planning Center through the Workforce Center in Mankato. She had sat through a presentation on goal-setting and thought LWPC could possibly help her find employment and assist her with job search. Karen made it to LWPC’s office and found out that not only could Life-Work Planning Center assist her in job search, but they also offered personal growth topics such as building confidence, stress management, and boundaries to name a few.
Karen expressed that she found the personal growth workshops to be beneficial. She said that the workshops on boundaries stood out for her. It helped her with daily conversations and helped her figure out how she wanted to conduct herself. She expressed that her self-confidence has grown and she feels positive about who she is. Karen said stress management helped her manage day-to-day challenges.
Karen is a woman that prides herself on being independent. She values her work ethic. Karen attended workshops while working through a number of challenges. She had knee surgery, wrist surgery, and eye surgery. Karen kept persisting. She was not ready to give up on her dreams, or what she wanted for herself. She obtained seasonal employment while working through numerous physical barriers.
Throughout her time at Life-Work Planning Center she said she became more positive. Karen uses these workshops as tools to help her face life’s challenges. She said, “They are tools you can use for the rest of your life.” She now holds her head up high, makes eye contact, addresses issues positively through her words and body language.
Karen remarked how the workshop on boundaries had a profound effect on how she views herself and her relationships. Creating healthy boundaries helped her develop a strategy of moving forward during challenging times.
“Sometimes you need to stand still for a while until you can get your feet under you.” “Keep moving forward” is a saying that Karen has repeated in groups and lives by. “There is no sense in looking back, what good does that do! Just keep moving forward.”
Karen has a lively spirit which keeps her moving forward.
– Sarah Torvick, Peer Counselor