motivational speaker

Anything Is Possible

Posted by on May 13, 2016 | 0 comments

W1936380_10209068165529186_1203501228310202190_nho knew that I would transition from nonprofit consultant to nonprofit founder?

Who knew that I would enter the addiction recovery industry, wide-eyed and naive, and that it would become my passion?

Who knew that in my late-50s I would take an unexpected very sharp turn to the left and change my career path completely?

Not me. Not me. Not me.

And yet, here I am, surrounded by real life heroes every single day – addicts in recovery – some of the most resilient, kind, courageous and sincere people I’ve ever known. And together we are changing lives and saving lives.

Visit our website at 10000beds.org to learn more about our addiction scholarships and the amazing treatment professionals and facilities we work with!

If you are interested in booking me as a speaker, please contact me directly at jean@10000beds.org and let’s talk! My presentations remain based in motivational topics, but expand with new life experiences every year! How exciting is that?!

My new favorite presentation is based on my soon-to-be-published book: In The Shower. Watch for it! I talk about the crazy places we can experience inspiration or AH HA moments, the importance of self-care, the real definition of success, the power of one, the leadership gene in all of us, and the reality that anything is possible.

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Jean

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There Comes A Time

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 | 0 comments

adieuThere comes a time when we all need to look at our lives and simplify. For me, that time is now.

The Resource Tank has been my bread and butter for many years. It launched my speaking career, connected me with clients, and provided me a respected base to call my “business home”. I will forever be grateful.

Yes, that means what you think it might. The Resource Tank is quietly fading into the sunset, but this redhead is enthusiastically bursting into the limelight. In my world simplifying seems to always morph into new chaos.

My goal is to continue speaking, but my focus has evolved beyond leadership to include the reality of career ups and downs, and how every single thing that happens in your career matters. Everything Matters. In life, in business, in family. The little things, the big things, the things no one knows about but you. Everything. And this matters, it’s the end of an era for me in many ways.

And so, it’s with love, respect, and gratitude that I close one chapter in my life to open another. My newest venture 10,000 Beds, Inc. will launch on September 1st, 2015. If you’re reading this, you are one of the few in the know. (Lucky you!)

10,000 Beds is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization working with partner treatment facilities across the United States to identify and award 10,000 scholarship treatment beds by 2020.

Our goal is to provide help through these donated scholarship beds to addicts who need help and want help, but can’t afford the cost of residential treatment. We have received overwhelming support and positive responses from everyone we’ve talked to about this effort…and we haven’t even launched!

10,000 Beds is a sister company to Helping Recovery, my primary marketing business. We work with clients who need treatment and facilities who can provide treatment and we put the two together. It’s an emotional, rewarding, all-encompassing work. And we are passionate about it.

Addiction has touched our family and I am certain it’s touched yours, or someone you know. If you ever need help finding the best treatment center for someone, we are the people to call. We are experts. We do this every day, all day. We care and we will do whatever we can to help. You can reach us at 801-875-2821 or jean@helpingrecovery.org.

Am I still available to speak? You bet! And I’ll still be crazy busy. I just won’t be working under the moniker of The Resource Tank. My office won’t change, my java mug won’t change, my desk won’t change, but my business name has changed.

So, I will bid TRT a fond farewell, and carefully tuck this blog in the cloud for safekeeping. Because as we all know, nothing ever really goes away anymore, it simply goes dormant and becomes an out of sight piece of our past.

Thank you for supporting me all these years…now come find me at 10000Beds.org or HelpingRecovery.org! There’s a lot going on in the world of recovery and we are honored to be part of it.

Speaking to audiences about the power of change, the reality that everything matters, the experiences of life that mold great leaders, and working with people to help them rediscover a clean and sober life keeps me on a personal “high” every single day. I’m blessed, grateful and more excited than ever.

My career has been a roller coaster of awesome experiences. I wouldn’t change a thing. And that’s the message I need to deliver, I want to deliver, and that audiences love to hear. It’s all good, it all matters, and it all leads us to our ultimate calling and destiny.

So off I go…thanks again!

(Oh, and that whole “simplify” idea…it will never happen in my lifetime, but it IS my reoccurring daydream.)

And now. Adieu.

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April Fools Day, Tony the Tiger, and Goalsetting

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 | 0 comments

tonyIt is a quiet spring morning that began with a bowl of sugar frosted flakes. As I sat on the patio earlier today and enjoyed the fresh air, I was calm, mellow even. The day ahead loomed bright and productive. Nothing could break my positive mood.

Unless that nothing snuck up on my subconscience mind and caught me by surprise. My ohm moment was broken with a quiet whisper. There was a moment when the image of Tony the Tiger tickling my ear with his cold nose flashed across my mind, and then all I heard was a whisper in my head, “You are NOTHING without me.”

I set down the bowl of sugar frosted flakes. I checked behind me and carefully rubbed my forefinger along the curve of my ear, inspecting for the damp residue of a cold nose. Nothing.

“What?!?, ” I thought very loudly in my head.

A different whisper this time, “You should eat NOTHING but healthy food.”

This time I blinked, shook my head and glared at the bowl in front of me. It was me, talking to me.

Dammitohell. It’s April 1st! This is the day I am starting my healthy food and daily exercise lifestyle. How could I forget, especially with Tony the Tiger himself whispering sweet nothings inside my head.

I grabbed the bowl and downed the remaining sugary flakes, now a little soggy.

My own thoughts battled the whispers, “Fine. April Fools. The joke’s on you. I had sugar for breakfast. So there. What are you going to do about it?”

And then all I heard was the same whisper in my head, “You are NOTHING without me.”

My mind danced around that whisper for a full minute until it hit me: that wasn’t just me talking to me, that was a warning cry.

I am an addict. A sugar addict. It wasn’t Tony in my head, it was my own body reminding me that I had set a goal and was already failing. Day One. Hour One. The joke was on me.

I took a deep breath and refocused. I could already feel the sugar blues descending, but I jumped out of my chair, tossed the evidence bowl and spoon in the dishwasher, and did a little jig… Happy April Fool’s, it’s still Day One, but it’s Hour Two and I am winning!

It’s important to set goals, build in self-monitoring reminders (I can’t guarantee Tony the Tiger in your head, but reciting positive affirmations, writing down your goals, setting small goals that will lead to the end goal, etc. will make a big difference), and never forget that small failures may happen along the way, but they are only speed bumps.

What I Learned Today (WILT): The important thing is to not let temporary setbacks knock you off your path to success. Shake it off, and move forward.

I’m a professional speaker. If I can do that, I can do this.

And even more to the point, I work with addicts and recovering addicts every day. If they can do that, I can do this.

There are so many things I’ve accomplished in my life that are so much more difficult that giving up sugar. Why is this so hard?

And then I remembered that whisper, “You are NOTHING without me.” Addiction sucks. And this is the message it delivers, every day, all day.

I am going to turn the joke around and stop listening.

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