The Independent Life

21
Oct

Lifelong Learning With Shirley Bloodworth

Shirley Bloodworth is 92 years young. She has spent her life making active change for those who often cannot advocate for themselves. Shirley is part of a community concerned for older adults, Community Coalition for Older Adults (CCOA), who got together through community collaboration and advocated to build a senior recreation center. It exists to provide all kinds of programs to promote independent living for seniors, to educate seniors on advance care planning, to provide peer support services, to provide opportunities to learn different activities of daily living skills, and to connect seniors to resources for all kinds of recreation. The recreation center would not have been possible with the efforts of the CCOA in advocating to local city and county commissioners, to put together the necessary resources to build it, along with getting a community agency to run the center and provide the operational cost. The CCOA does so much for the community; they hold monthly meetings, inviting all kinds of people to come and talk to their group about all different aspects of what it means to age healthy.

Shirley talks about being a lifelong learner, about serving and returning, paying it forward, and about the challenges she’s going through during this time of division. She is a true champion for people.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
18
Oct

Disability Dojo: Cognitive Base Strategies to Deal With Stress in Healthy Ways

On today’s dojo episode, Tony talks about how to address stress through our brain; how we can conceptualize stress, recognize our perspectives about stress, how we can rightsize stress in terms of how we think about it. Tony will walk through different cognitive ways we can learn to manage our stress: internal and external control, self-awareness, perspectives, how to address fear, how to help cope with rude behavior, forgiveness, gratitude, as well as, prevention based ways of helping to conceptualize stress.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
14
Oct

Uniting By Design with Mark Bennett

Mark D. Bennett is the principal of Uniting by Design LLC, a consulting firm with a mission to help leaders unite organizations that deliver superior results, earn ethical reputations, and adapt to change. 

He left the practice of law for graduate study in counseling psychology and family therapy. Then, he began to work with a wide range of organization disputes as a full time mediator. These disputes included staff, leaders, and boards of businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and international organizations.

Twenty five years ago, he shifted his focus from cleaning up organizational problems to promoting organizational health. He serves as a workshop presenter on leadership, teaming, conflict resolution, values-based decision making, and creative collaboration. He is also a leadership coach and facilitates collaboration, wise planning, and critical decision making. 

He has written three books:

  • Uniting by Design: the Architecture of Creative Collaboration (2021) - a practical guide to building collaboration in organizations, leadership teams, work teams, alliances, and partnerships.
  • A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action (2006) – the practical steps of ethical decision making to make difficult decisions with integrity, accountability, and credibility.

The Art of Mediation, 2d edition (2005) – the skills of conflict resolution and principled negotiation to help people bridge differences, make agreements, and make peace.

 

Episode Resources:

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
11
Oct

Disability Dojo: Behavioral Techniques for Stress

This is part 2 of a 3 part series on stress and how to deal with it effectively. In this episode, Tony dives into actionable ways to process stress in healthy ways, such as:

  • physical activity
  • healthy eating
  • healthy sleep patterns and habits
  • meditating and journaling
  • having positive social support systems
  • engaging in art and music
  • volunteering and being of service to others
  • random acts of kindness
  • managing our time
  • being smart with our money
  • avoiding stressors such as too much screen time
  • laughter

Join Tony next Monday as he talks about cognitive tips and things to contemplate to help manage our stress.

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
7
Oct

Self-Advocacy and Vulnerability with Mira Gaitanis

Mira Gaitanis is an artist and an advocate who happens to have low vision. Currently, she is Junior pursuing a major in Media and Communication Studies at Florida State University. She likes to stay involved on campus with The Center for Leadership and Social Change and their programs, which includes Service Scholars. 

On this episode, we have the privilege of hearing Mira share her story, her experience with having low vision disability, why she’s inspired to be a lifelong learner, and how she came to be an adaptive and skilled self-advocate. She talks to us about her journey through education and how her support systems helped her to grow during her transition into college. Mira speaks on how representation in media for people with disabilities matters and expresses how the lack of representation has fueled her inspiration as an artist. One of many important takeaways from Tony’s conversation with Mira is learning to lean into our vulnerabilities. On this episode, Mira talks about isolation, self esteem, shame, independent living, confidence, and how all those integrate with each other and how she navigates that.

When she’s not busy with school and community service, Mira loves to create music with her band, Flat Moon Theory, whom she’s known since second grade! They have released two albums and and EP.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
4
Oct

Disability Dojo: Paying Attention To Stress

This is the first part of a 3 part series about the topic of stress- why its important to pay attention to our stress and what it may be telling us. In the following two episodes, Tony will be getting into actionable and healthy ways to manage stress.

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
30
Sep

The Independent Living Network Union with Jane Johnson

Jane Johnson is back on the podcast this week for a special State Of The Union episode on what the independent living network has been up to within this past year and what we can expect, as we’re gearing up for the end of the year and the beginning of the legislative session.

For those joining us for the first time, Jane Johnson, the Executive Director for the Florida Association for Centers For Independent Living. She is an advocate for the centers; Jane works on regulatory issues, serves as a liaison with the state agencies in Tallahassee, Florida, and works with the legislature- either on public policy issues that are important to the centers or funding issues.

Despite the division and discontent we saw a result of the ongoing pandemic, Jane shares how centers for independent living stayed focus on working towards making things better for people with disabilities. Centers for Independent Living worked to increase capacity at the centers and received approval for increased funding to provide more transitional services for people with disabilities. Through their efforts to inform the community about the legislative process and updates they were able to provide insights to new legislators about who the centers of independent living folks are and what they do. An example of the kind of impact made from this outreach, is a bill that has passed requiring every school to provide information to students and parents about centers for independent living so they can take advantage of this resource in their community.
Jane also shares a very important project where she is leading the charge in looking at what she calls the social determinants of employment success and is working with the department of education to provide required training to inmates; the goal behind this training is to increase people’s employability by working on soft skills and hard skills, such as how to create a resume, job interview skills, how to conduct yourself in a workplace, etc.

Centers within the independent living network have benefitted tremendously from her leadership, ingenuity, and hard work. Jane shares that one of the biggest things she’s learned so far, is that she did not fully appreciate independent living when she came into her role, in the way that she does today.

 

For helpful general information and links to the House and Senate websites, statutes, the Florida Constitution and a directory of Florida lobbyists visit “Online Sunshine” at http://leg.state.fl.us/Welcome/index.cfm 

The House website is: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/

The Senate website is: https://www.flsenate.gov/

The Florida Channel website is: https://thefloridachannel.org/

28
Sep

Disability Dojo: Equal Access To Education For Students with Disabilities

Education is needed but often not sufficient in to getting where we want to go. On this dojo episode, Tony talks about how we should look at it is a social determinant of health, given how our level of educational attainment predicts how long we will live, our resiliency to chronic disease, and quality of life. From his perspective, Tony sees education as being as much of an academic or professional outcome as he does a health outcome.

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
23
Sep

Working In Service of Others and Positive Affirmations with Brianna Chesteen

Brianna Chesteen M.S., is the Founder and Executive Director of the Health Education and Training Center of Gainesville, Inc.(H.E.A.T.). Brianna is a Health Educator from Ocala, FL who is passionate about informing and educating others about public health. Brianna holds a master’s degree in Health Education and Behavior from the University of Florida. Brianna enjoys learning and teaching how behavior can determine our lifestyle through H.E.A.T.’s community health and wellness courses. Brianna's goal is to educate the community on how to maintain a healthier lifestyle through overall holistic health, which focuses on the mind, body, and spirit. Brianna is currently collaborating with other non- profit wellness centers to help contribute to the overall well- being of the Gainesville community. Brianna sits on the Board of Directory for the Southern Legal Counsel (c.2021), and is an advocate for wellness for minorites. Brianna enjoys spending her time writing poetry, playing the guitar, and indulging in yoga classes! You may find her attending one of the yoga classes we offer!

Worthy Warriors book by Brianna Chesteen: https://www.heateducation.org/books-1

Brianna's book, Worth Warriors is an affirmation book that encourages children to look within themselves! This affirmation book is for all children to learn more about themselves and to help each child understand themselves by providing an internal mirror. Parents, please use this book as a guidebook to help facilitate behavior change in your child and practice mind, body, and spiritual healing! This book is a great resource to use to enhance postive self- esteem and continue the healing jouney for you and your child! We believe wellness is the state of encompassing the body, mind, and spirit, as we continue to help our children better understand themselves! All proceeds go back to our wellness programs for underserved minorites within Gainesville, FL!

  • Health Education and Training Center of Gainesville, Inc.
  • Phone: (352)-448-1190
  • Facebook: health.education.and.training
  • Instagram: @heat.education.training
  • Website:https://www.heateducation.org/
  • LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/heateducation

 

If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
20
Sep

Disability Dojo: Why Am I Here?

What would your personal mission statement be? Mission statements can give us clarity and be the north star that helps to guide us. And when you do identify what your mission is, declare it, call it out into a statement- make it something that you can say to yourself on a daily basis. Having a mission statement means having a vision for the future and a path forward, which now allows you to set goals.

On this Disability Dojo episode, Tony dives into the many aspects that lives within the question of ‘Why am I here?” along his journey of trying to be the best version of himself that he can be, within all the different areas in his life. He talks about how he finds this to be a universal purposes for all of us- how we as humans are always on this path of constantly needing to get better and to improve and not allow yourself to be trapped in the comfort zone

A short exercise to help determine your mission statement:

  • Question 1: What to do you love to do?
  • Question 2: What are you good at?
  • Question 3: What does the world need?
  • Question 4: How can I make a living out of that?

 

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If you have topics you'd like for us to discuss with our community and listeners, leave a comment or contact us at cilncf.org@gmail.com! We'd love to have guests participate with Tony on our Disability Dojos- so if that person is you, reach out and let us know!

For More Information visit: Center For Independent Living of North Central Florida

  • 352-378-7474 (Gainesville office)
  • 352-368-3788 (Ocala Office)
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