Family Dynamics

I love family dynamics! I believe their are no coincidences and I believe the circles we find ourselves in are extremely important. How we maneuver through these circles will effect the amount of joy we experience in this life and effect the lives of generations to come after us. I also believe the first circle-we experience “the family” sets a tone for the rest of our life. No matter how you got in that circle.

There are many ways to look at your family.
Below is the commentary of a mother.....

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My husband is a pain in the ——head strong, impossible to have a two way conversation with, thinks he’s always right and never listens.

My first born daughter is a drama queen, can’t handle the slightest bit of criticism and seems to be constantly worrying.

My sons, well they’re just like their father. Once they make up their minds to do something they’re both Unstoppable, head strong, the older a worrier the younger a...

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Elements Past

Elements Past

Each night one of the five of us would be appointed to set the dinner table. My dad would arrive home
around 5:30 and every single night a delicious meal would be ready right as he walked through the door. This scenario took place night after night after night. Even on a regular old school night mom was so particular about how the table was set, where the knife was placed, what side of the plate the fork was on, oh my gosh it drove me crazy. Who cares.

After dinner my mom, who was a nurse during the day would retire into the dining room where she would spend the evening laying out a pattern, cutting it slowly, meticulously, sewing each part together. I would watch her rip it apart if it didn’t line up perfectly. Oh my gosh, it drove me crazy. Who cares.

In the summer she would go outside after each dinner and water her flowers. She planted the same flowers every single year. Red Geraniums. She would buy them each year at the flower store up the street. Always...

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Finding Freedom in Jail

Finding Freedom & Hope Behind Locked Doors & Steel Bars

By Julie Driskill

This next week I have the privilege of finishing up a six week Path Curriculum Program at two nearby county juvenile detention centers here in southern Ohio. It has been quite a ride! In fact, I think this has been one of the most challenging yet rewarding teaching experiences I have ever experienced. Helping young people, especially the most troubled youth, is always a thrill, but these sessions have been especially rewarding. I love the famous saying, “There are two great days in a person’s life; the day you were born and the day you discover why.” Encouraging kids to dream again and attempting to convince them of their inherent value and potential is tricky. That task has been even more daunting as these students have found themselves in the throes of juvenile detention. The Path program has been our guide as each young person has attempted to detach from mistakes of their past and...

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Helping 1 Million Men of Color

My mission is "To create an atmosphere of appreciation, motivation or service for humanity, helping people be and do their best."

As an adult survivor or sexual trauma and abuse I would like to be a conductor of celebration, appreciation, and motivation for 1 million millennial men of color who have also suffered silently, over many years with no one to confide in as they seek mental/health recovery.  I have longed for positive male mentorship and role models that I could look to for direction.  Those I could talk with to find answers to help navigate this journey we call life.  I have had the honor recently as an adult to find such help, on campus and in academic arenas that were absent in the ghettos where I was raised, lived and survived.

I did have the good fortune, many years ago to find and read the book, "The Path, Creating Your Mission for Work and Life" by Laurie Beth Jones. To say that it was life changing is an understatement.  I have recommended this...

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Ode to Earth

ODE TO EARTH

I can honestly remember THE moment like it was yesterday. I was in a room with total strangers when a wave of love hit me. “You all have piles everywhere too?” I asked…seriously in awe that this could be true. The beautiful, joyful faces answered back with a resounding “YES” and then we all busted out laughing.

This was the beginning of healing for me. Healing, I didn’t even know I needed and desperately. Wow I was a Wind like them, kind of loud, funny, overly excited and yes, surrounded by piles. This was how I was knit together in my mother’s womb, and it was good, very good!

That was back in 2006, when out of a desire to be obedient to God I went on a trip with my husband to Phoenix, Arizona and met the Laurie Beth Jones team. I say obedience because all I really wanted to do was stay home and chill while my Fire/Earth husband was gone for the week. The Lord had a better plan.  Before that magic moment I had spent...

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More than a Certificate of Completion

More Than a Certificate of Completion

Do I have a future? Do I count? I don’t have any plans when I leave high school in a couple of months.

These were some of the comments shared by a group of students getting ready to face the world of adulthood but not ready to do so. They had spent their entire lives inside classrooms filled with accommodations, shorter lessons, and special requirements.

Some could read, write, perform math skills and answer basic questions. Some could not. They struggled to understand or comprehend how the basics of education would fit into their lives long-term.

As a speech and language therapist I was called to this district because a therapist had quit in March and they needed someone to fulfill Public Law 94.142 for students with disabilities. I stepped into the challenge not knowing that I would be forever changed by this experience.

I won’t fill this page with every single detail about how the weeks between March and May unfolded but I will...

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Puzzled? Well Puzzle no More

Ever try to complete a puzzle without the picture on the box? No?! Of course not as you have no frame of reference in which to place the pieces. Yet so often in life we move along our journey trying to figure out pieces of our puzzle without a clear picture or vision for ourselves.

We may have passions, needs, talents, personal and career choices that drive finding and putting pieces into partial sections of the puzzle yet we struggle with seeing our entire picture. Often we spend a lot of time searching in the piles of pieces for the right fit. We also seek out and ask others for help and look to social media or the internet for more information to complete our picture.

However, knowing your hard wiring, core values, purpose and vision cannot be found in the random searching of pieces or through outside sources. It is through the self-discovery process that we create our puzzle box picture that is meant for us. A picture and vision that allows the pieces of the puzzle to fall into...

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Empowering Families and Youth in Ohio

Empowering Families & Providing Hope Along An Inspired Path

By Julie Driskill, Director of DEFY Mentoring and certified Path Instructor

Defining SUCCESS is difficult.  Most people equate it with wealth, power, and happiness. But true success, a harvest, is not a thing you acquire or achieve. It is not a destination, but a journey - a GROWTH PROCESS you embark on your whole life long. For over forty years an Ohio non-profit organization, Family & Youth Initiatives, has set out to build transformative MENTORING relationships to “empower families and provide hope” for all who dare venture that inspired path. Connecting families and individuals to view the world in a deeper, more inspired way, FYI has built strong foundations for growth through education, training, and support over the years:

  • Parenting Networks – three locations in surrounding communities assisting with unplanned pregnancies or individuals seeking educational tools to become a better...
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