The December Buzz
Happy December 2020! Among the many speaking events I've had the privilege to do this fall, the most challenging yet rewarding topic was "Facing Forward, Infusing Hope in Educators.

I thought to myself, what can I possibly say to infuse hope into a room full of people who are fighting every single day both personally and professionally? So I turned to historical books and social science articles to learn about how we can actually grow from times of uncertainty. What I found was very interesting. I read over and over that uncertain times require us to increase our level of creativity and innovation. 

When I offered this idea to the educators attending the professional development presentation, I could see the light bulbs going off in the (zoom) room. These educators took some time to think and then shared many examples of how they, along with their co-workers and families, were empowered to use creativity and solve problems during the uncertainty of 2020. 

I'd like to get you thinking about this as well. Answer these questions to help you see the ways you have created and innovated this year, compared to one year ago. 
In what ways have you become creative with your time?
What unique problems did you solve with a unique solution?

I encourage all of us to reflect and examine how we have become creative and innovative in such uncertain times, and how this realization gives us hope for a better future.

Bee well,
What's Ahead
Eating Disorder Networking Meeting Presenter - December 11th: How To Maintain A Healthy Self Image As A Mental Health Professional In The Eating Disorder Field
Audrey Grunst, MSW will be presenting at the Eating Disorder Networking meeting. This event is open to mental health professionals who work in the eating disorder community and are looking to obtain CEU's.
FREE E-Book Available Now: 4 Ways to Cope With Uncertainty
We can all likely agree that 2020 has been a challenging year. Navigating change and uncertainty tends to be overwhelming for many, which is why we created this e-book, "Four Ways To Cope With Uncertainty."

Author Audrey Grunst, MSW, will walk you through these four skills: mastering a growth mindset, mindfulness techniques to manage anxiety, how to let go of the past and a recipe to increase confidence. Once you gain this knowledge you'll also be able to practice how to practically apply the skills to your life through the included worksheets.
In Case You Missed It
5 Ways Soccer Prepares Athletes for Life Seminar with Campton United Soccer Club
Simply Bee's Performance Coach, Eric Stevenson, MA, LPC & Audrey Grunst, MSW and former Division 1 athlete had the opportunity to partner with both the parents and athletes of the Campton United Soccer Club out of St. Charles, IL. The life lessons that can be learned as a child participating in a sport are endless which is why we developed our program, "Raising Coachable Kids." We supported the parents of athletes with five ways they can contribute to their children's success both on and off the field.

If you would like to bring our performance team to your club, reach out to Manager of Community Education, Kate Kelley for more info.
Mental & Physical Wellness Postpartum Webinar: Hear From The Experts
Have you or someone you know recently had a baby? Experts Audrey Grunst, MSW and Rachel Miller, PT, DPT teamed up to tackle both the mental and the physical aspects of how to have a values-based postpartum experience.

Have you been wondering "What are the two most important things I can do postpartum?" or "What are common postpartum issues that I should be aware of?" Mentally and physically preparing for what the postpartum process looks like can be difficult. Every birthing experience and child are so different so whether this is your first or your fifth, you're not always sure what to expect.

We've got these questions and more covered in our FREE webinar! Plus at the end you can grab Dr. Rachel Miller's FREE postpartum e-book with more even resources!
5 Tips For Success-Kappa Kappa Gamma Guest Speaker
Simply Bee is so proud to partner with Kappa Kappa Gamma! It is a great honor and privilege for Audrey to be aligned with the KKG mission and vision.

She spent time with KKG Northwestern on November 15th to focus on “5 Tips For Success” and will present to several other chapters including the Loyola chapter in January!
How to Talk About Race: A Discussion for the Community - November 18th
It was our great pleasure to host a panel discussion of professionals in their fields of expertise who examined not only the mental health impacts of this topic; but also the social and emotional outcomes that this key issue has amongst members of our community. We invite you to download the recorded discussion moderated by Simply Bee's Kristen Smith, LCSW and empower yourself in this conversation.

Panel Experts:
Dr. Donna Baptiste, Ed.D, LCP, LMFT
Department Chair & Clinical Professor
The Family Institute at Northwestern University

Shermin Kruse
Attorney, Professor of Global Transactions, Management Consultant, Tactical Empathy Specialist, and TEDx Producer

Warren Scherer
Assistant Dean of Students
University of Wisconsin-Madison Public Health Department

Ryan Wallace
Associate Pastor for Faith Formation
First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville
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