Racial Equity Institute

As part of our commitment to inclusivity, our Team here at Empower took the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by the Racial Equity Institute.  REI is an organization dedicated to creating equitable systems by challenging traditional, patterns, concepts and mores through education. As a Team we wanted to share our thoughts on what we learned. […]

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Keeping the Dream Alive

Epilogue Part I “How brain cancer compelled Ashley and me to seriously examine, consider, and re-frame our future plans and dreams. Then PREPARE for them.”       Sperm. Lots of sperm. Now that I have your attention…     As we all should remember from high school biology and sex education classes, in order […]

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Client Spotlight – Wendy McColskey

Empower - Integrate - Celebrate

This picture was taken in France (notice the red clay) in 2015. I was playing for the U.S. on the National Women’s 60s Tennis Team against other countries. We won!     It was a great experience. Training with Nestor at Empower definitely contributed to my fitness, quickness, and strength. It gave me an advantage especially […]

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Facing My Fears

Prologue Part IV   “How brain cancer forced me to confront all of my greatest fears in life…  all at the same time.” Aichmophobia:  the morbid, irrational fear of sharp and/or pointed objects.  Included in this genre of phobias is “needle phobia,” which is a self-explanatory term that is actually used in medical literature.  If […]

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It’s Official: I’m a Cancer Patient

Prologue Part III “How brain cancer taught me how to shift, adapt, and roll with the punches.”   Brain surgery was immediately followed by one solid week of “recovery” in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit.  I don’t know if it was all of the drugs they had me on for preventing seizures, blood clots, and pain, […]

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What The F*** Are You Doing?!

Prologue Part II: “How brain cancer showed me who the REAL heroes in my life are.” I believe that my experience in the hospital is best defined by both the things that I absolutely hated about it, and the things that I absolutely appreciated about it (most notably all of the heroic people that I […]

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“Kicking the Bucket List”

“How I went from happily creating and experiencing the life I envisioned to hitting the single biggest roadblock of my life.”   PROLOGUE Part I: A few days before Black Friday in 2014, my wife Ashley and I both received what appeared to be a routine marketing email from REI, our favorite “toy” store where […]

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Meaning of Authentic Community

Think of people in 3 rings. In the middle is you, your partner, parents, siblings, & people you talk to daily. The outside is our social media network and anyone you’ve ever known. The middle ring (yellow in diagram below) is where we struggle. These are people you might see once/week. The people you build […]

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