Welcome to the SOAR On-PAR Toolkit series introducing 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life. I’m your Change Cultivator and I’m excited about helping you to cultivate change through daily growth and personal development.
SOAR On-PAR Toolkit Workbook & Journal Based on Personal Accountability and Responsibility
Are you On-PAR to cultivate and nurture your vision and purpose while taking action to live your best life in spite of the storms you encounter? And the storms will come…
The SOAR On-PAR Toolkit Workbook and Journal is about you. The toolkit is a means to apply 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life. It’s about asking specifc, introspective questions to determine how you manage your gift of life. It is an introduction to the idea of your willingness to hold yourself personally accountable and responsible for the actions you take to live your best life. I describe this as being “On-PAR”.
Podcast: 6 Keys to Nurture, Grow and Empower Your Life
1. Know Yourself
2. Nurture Your Life
3. Integrate Your Life
4. Connect with Others
5. Live Intentionally
6. Seize Opportunity
Putting It All Together
“I draw you into my journey from the dynamics of an inner life strife with conflict and turmoil to the dynamics of an inner life of peace and contentment with myself and with God. Sometimes the words roar across the page like the sound of a mighty river; other times they flow like the sound of a babbling brook. Sometimes the words flow forward in time and sometimes backward. Hoping my words will touch your heart, I leave you with these words from a person who has influenced my life from afar, the late and great Maya Angelou: “The idea is to write so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
—Anita D Russell
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When I got connected to Nanny and met her for the first time at the Greyhound bus station in Philadelphia, the first words she spoke to me seeped deeply into my soul and took root: You look just like your father. Getting to know Nanny and listening to her tell stories about you enabled me to get to know you, at least vicariously. It was then I learned that your nickname was Butch. I suppose I’ll never fully understand why you never contacted me, even before you left for good or after you knew I lived near Nanny. (I always knew when you were at that hotel.) But it’s okay; it was a long time ago, and I’m sure you had your reasons. An equally long time ago I wondered if there would come a day when I would forget all about you; that day never came.
—Anita D Russell
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SOAR Coaching Academy is participating in the John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative in April 2019
4 Weekends in 4 Communities
Every year in April and October, John Maxwell Team Members for all over the world participate in youth workshops and events. This year for 4 weekends in April, SOAR Coaching Academy will be in 4 communities in Pittsburgh PA!
Anita D Russell,
Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor
“On a mission to make Mental Health First Aid as common as CPR.”
During Mental Health Month 2018 I enrolled in the Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training course offered through Steel Smiling. I had never heard of Mental Health First Aid; however, once I realized what it was all about, I understood its dire necessity. MFHA is also how I got introduced to Julius Boatwright, Founding CEO of Steel Smiling, and all-around amazing human being. So between the training and Julius, the trajectory of my life got a new bend. Flash forward to 2019 when I received an invitation to attend the training to become an MFHA Certified Instructor. So, here I am.
On a personal level, there are three key reasons why I decided to go down the path of becoming a Mental Health First Aid instructor and bringing this information into the community.
- The negativity and the stigma associated with mental health and mental illness is pervasive across society and needs to change.
- In certain communities, a somewhat checkered racial history has created an air of mistrust, preventing people from seeking help. (Think Tuskegee 626, Henrietta Lacks or Medical Apartheid.)
- I’ve had first-hand personal experience being in a state of compromised mental health.
Get involved and help spread the movement in your community.
Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to proactively identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.