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How I'm getting out of the box in 2011

Personal note from Sandee:  How I'm getting out of my box in 2011
I love changing things up – sometimes I'll reorganize the furniture in my home or office, just to get a new perspective on life. January is a great time to be thinking about change, growth and trying new things.
 I started a little early, with a family trip to Australia in December. This was definitely out of the box for me – something that expanded my awareness and experience beyond the bubble that I'm used to. For one, I climbed the bridge at the Sydney Harbor—134 meters above the harbor!
I'm continuing the trend of change as we go through the year, by fulfilling a long-time goal to do some teaching. Beginning next semester, I will be a part-time adjunct professor in the Psychology department at Valencia College. Preparing for this experience has already broadened my thinking – this has complemented my counseling work, as I incorporate the new ideas I'm researching for my course.
Getting out of the box can be a wonderful experience. And sometimes it's challenging to reconcile the new with the old. Watch for next week's article, where we'll discuss some suggestions for going back into your "regular" life.
Do you have any plans to change things up in 2011? Are you trying anything new? I'd love to hear about it! Please contact me on the website.

We have several new groups and events happening at the White Picket Fence Counseling Center this month. Today I'll mention the Self-Help Book Club on Tuesday, Jan 25th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Admission is free with a can or two of food for the Pearlman Pantry, local food bank. In our January meeting, we'll be deciding on the format for the rest of the year – will we discuss a book chapter or a whole book? Will it be a closed group or an open group? Which books will we read? Please join us on the 25th and help create the book group YOU want to participate in!