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November 30, 2016

 We don't just do what we do for the heck of it. At Willow Tree, our mission is focused on serving our clients and our community in the best way possible. In order to do that, we need to hear from you

Each day, when we come in to work, we set intentions. We hold in our hearts and minds a clear vision of what we want to bring to our clients lives. Some of those goals include:

1. Creating an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, and accepting of all people.

2. Treating our clients with regard, respect, and dignity.

3. Nurturing the strengths of our clients and helping them to improve upon areas for growth.

4. Applying expert knowledge and experience to help clients problem solve and turn dreams into reality.

5. Meeting our clients where they're at, deeply understanding what they want to achieve, and creating solid action plans for change. 

Now, we want to know...how are we doing? 

Based on your experiences with us, are we spot on with our intentions? What are we doing well? How has your experience working with us helped improve your life? 

We know life is busy, but we SO APPRECIATE the time you take to share your opinions with us. So, to make it fun and sweeten the deal, we're raffling this dreamy HOLIDAY MAKEUP GIFT SET. 

The gift set includes a handmade makeup bag, makeup brush, bronze eyeliner, eyelash primer, lip mask, and bronzer. 

To be entered in the raffle:

1. Review us on Facebook (right here: www.facebook.com/willowtreewc)

2. Share with us what we're doing well

Drawing will be December 19th and will be announced on Facebook. If you haven't yet "Liked" our page, please do, so you can see important updates and information. 

Thank you so much for the privilege of serving you! We eagerly await to hear about how Willow Tree is helping you to become your best self!

In gratitude,

The Willow Tree Team

 Being sick in the hospital is the pits...

But YOU can cheer up a child AND encourage reading by donating to our BOOK DRIVE!

From now until December 1st, we will be collecting NEW books to donate to Janet Weis Children's Hospital this Christmas so we can spread joy, cheer, and the love of reading.

Since the hospital will only accept NEW books, we encourage you to purchase a book through Scholastic Reading Club, which will also benefit Magic Carpet Preschool in Bloomsburg. Magic Carpet Preschool earns points from Scholastic, which can be cashed in for books and other learning materials for the school. 

By donating just one book to our book drive, you'll be touching the lives of ill children and the children learning at Magic Carpet Preschool. 

Plus, for every book you donate, you're name will be entered to win a Satin Hands gift set, perfect for preventing dry, cracked hands during the winter. 

Here's how to donate:

1. Go to: www.scholastic.com/readingclub

2. Click the "Connect with your Teacher" button under the "First Time Here? Parents" tab.

3. Enter code: HDMGB

4. Magic Carpet's information will auto-populate. Click "Create Account"

5. Create an account and shop online for the book you'd like to donate.

6. At checkout, Click "Add a Child". Enter the first and last name of the child as BOOK DRIVE (this way we'll know your book is meant to be donated)

7. Forward your email receipt to willowtree@willowtreewc.com to be entered to win a Satin Hands gift set.

Remember, all book orders must be submitted by December 1st so we can deliver the books before Christmas. We'll receive the book orders directly and deliver them to the hospital for you. 

We greatly appreciate your help as we work together to touch the lives of children through books! Contact us directly with any questions or assistance with book orders (570-317-2999). 

Thank you so much for your support!

The Willow Tree Team

About six months ago, I started running regularly. Why? Because I was ten pounds overweight, lethargic, and addicted to carbs, wine, and sweets. I felt like crap…not just physically but also mentally. AND, I felt like a total hypocrite. I coach my clients on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercise and I’ve always been one to walk my talk. It was time to get moving. 

Honestly, it wasn’t that difficult to get started. I knew what kind of results I’d get if I could motivate myself to run at least three days a week and I wanted those results so damn bad that nothing was going to stop me. About three months into my new running routine, the novelty started wearing off. I’d dropped the ten pounds and was craving nourishing foods. I’d accomplished what I’d set out to do. So my mind started veering off track. “You got what you wanted…so we don’t have to do this anymore, right?”, said the little voice in my mind. 

As a therapist, I know how psychology works. If you can continue a habit for at least six months, it becomes a hardwired part of your life. I want healthy habits to always be the standard in my life, so I knew I couldn’t give in to that voice that was persuading me to revert back to old habits. I kept going; I kept feeling good. And then it happened….

It got cold. It got dark. The six a.m. runs that rewarded me with seeing the sunrise disappeared and I found myself cold and in the dark, in what felt like, the middle of the night. Now, my alarm goes off at six and I lay in bed coming up with all sorts of reasons to not run. “It’s too cold. It’s too dark. It really isn’t safe to be out there alone. I could trip and get hurt. I could catch a cold being out there. My bed feels too good to leave it. I’ll do it tomorrow, or later, or next week. Who gives a shit about running anyway?” 

But you know what? I KEEP FREAKING RUNNING. Know why? Because I can either have REASONS (aka. lame ass excuses) or RESULTS. After I run, I feel alive, powerful, accomplished, healthy, and I feel like I’m living like the person I want to be. When I don’t, those feelings of hypocrisy resurface and I feel lazy, tired, and demotivated. I no longer run to lose weight or curb cravings. I run because I know it makes me better…at everything. And it pushes me to break the habit of giving in to immediate gratification (excuses) in favor of practicing habits that will help me reach my full potential and live the life I want. 

So here’s what you need to take away from all this: you have to choose between REASONS or RESULTS. You can’t have both. If you choose to have reasons, that’s fine, but you can’t complain when you don’t get what you truly want in life. If you choose results, that’s fine, but you have to commit to showing up and doing the work even when you don’t feel like it. Before you choose though, you should know that the only way to become the best version of yourself and live the life you imagine is to eliminate all excuses. It doesn’t matter what your goal is. You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to reach it in order to get where you want to be. 

Now, I want to hear from you. Tell me about a result you wanted for yourself and what excuses you had to eliminate in order to achieve your goal. What did you learn from that experience and what advice would you give to others who are getting sucked into lots of “reasons”?

If you found this post helpful or inspiring, please share it with a friend. It might be just what they need to get going on making their dreams a reality. 

Nicole C. Iacovoni, Founder & Executive Clinician, received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from The University of Denver. Utilizing scientific based techniques, she is masterful at helping clients navigate and address family transitions, mood management, relationship issues, life trajectory, and general self care concerns. She also provides financial management coaching to help clients break down the psychological and emotional barriers to maximizing their earning potential, managing money effectively, and building true wealth. Nicole has dedicated her career to building a wellness center where clients generate positive change, enhance esteem, overcome obstacles, and create a peaceful, well-balanced life course. Her vision has resulted in a multifaceted therapeutic setting that provides complete clinical services, including counseling and psychiatry, health and wealth coaching, and yoga instruction.

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