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  • Rise and Thrive. Wonderful Wednesday to you all. This week we are discussing effective communication. Once you have mastered the ability to actively listen to the other party, it would then be beneficial to work on comprehension of what was heard. When speaking you want to be clear and conscience. When listening it is important to ask clarifying…Read More

  • Rise and Thrive. Happy Tuesday. Today I want to expound on the active listening component of good communication. Have you ever found yourself thinking of your response to an individual instead of fully paying attention to what they are saying? I know I am guilty of this! Active listening means taking the time to fully hear what the other party is…Read More

  • Rise and Thrive. Monday is here and I want to discuss ways to communicate in any environment more effectively, which will lead to more positive progress in all areas of life. I have always heard that communication is the key to any relationship. In this case, I am referring to intimate, personal, friends, family, work etc. Communication, simply…Read More

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About Me

Ken Dunn (aka Katbird)

Recovery Coach/Group Facilitator/Chief Joy Facilitator

Recovery is not the end of fun, it's just the beginning.

My recovery journey started at the end of a 12 year marriage.  I knew things needed to change.  After starting to meditate for intrusive thoughts, I started attending a Buddhist-based and mindfulness-based recovery program.  That was a life changer for me.

After 2 years in recovery, I still wasn't happy.  Things were supposed to be better but, I wasn't feeling it.  I attended Codependents Anonymous and made progress, however, that didn't feel like the end of the story.

I got back into backpacking and started spending more time outdoors.  I eventually decided to attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail.  After 5 month and 2193, I completed it on October 4, 2020 during the pandemic.  During that time, I realized I wanted to follow a life of purpose.

Shortly thereafter, I took experiential recovery coaching training.  I immediately recognized that to be the path I was meant to follow.  Within 4 months I left my previous career of 30 years to work in peer support.

In the meantime, I started attending Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families.  I am continuing to recover from the complex PTSD (CPTSD) that I experienced.

Over the course of my 7 years in recovery, I have seen how engaging in meaningful fun activities has improved my mental health and well-being and how I can learn valuable life skills from them.

Recovery is not the end of fun, it's just the beginning.



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