Some thoughts of gratitude from our wonderful staff:
I’m grateful to have the privilege and opportunity to work with amazing girls and their families in reconnecting. It is truly an honor to be part of each girl’s journey. I also feel incredibly blessed to work with such dedicated, kind, and caring people.
First and foremost I am am grateful for my faith and the joy that fills my life because of it. I am grateful for my parents for guiding my faith, for the love they have showered over me and for the strength the have placed in my heart. As I aged, met the man of my dreams and started a family, I could not feel more blessed. The deep love and simple joy that radiates through our home brings a smile to my face with each passing day. I do my best to share my joy, especially with the girls I work with. I am grateful for my parents teaching me to be compassionate, for that too is passed on to the beautiful girls I am trying to help. I just wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t mention how grateful I am for the mountains and for ski season being just around the corner. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
~ Julie, Adventure Supervisor
I am grateful for snowfall, for fashionable AND functional scarves, and hot baths. I am grateful for Cake Batter flavored ChapStick and dark chocolate with sea salt in it. I am grateful for living in a place that is so remote I can look up at the sky on a clear night and see innumerable stars right from my front porch. I am grateful for having food in my pantry that doubles as a gathering place for friends and family. I am grateful that my grandparents, Gert and Ernie, will likely be around for one more holiday season. I am grateful for the Chrysalis environment, both my fellow staff and students, which comprise much more than a workplace. It is an extended family I can learn from, lean on, and laugh with; who make sure everyone has a place not just for the holidays, but every day; who share the primo huckleberry patches and fishing holes; who laugh and smile (and tease relentlessly) like family; who care just as much for our girls as I do; who are only here because their families entrust us with their daughters — without them, Chrysalis couldn’t be such a loving place.
~Krysten, English Teacher
I am thankful for family and friends, both near and far. I am frequently reminded that people are what matter most, and I feel grateful for the wonderful people in my life. I am particularly thankful for my husband who has had so much patience, grace, and has offered support as I frequently travel for work. I am thankful for our home and land in which we have created a small backyard farm. I am grateful for the simplicity of fresh eggs and veggies, and the many meals shared this year. I love living in northwest Montana and I feel blessed to call it home. While I enjoy traveling for work and collaborating with many fantastic professionals, the more I travel the more I enjoy living in Montana. I am thankful for a job I believe in, and many co-workers who are my dear friends.
~Carrie, Admissions Director
I am grateful for being able to join a team of people who are willing to work in collaboration for the greater good of young women and their families. I am grateful for the beauty of NW Montana that speaks to my heart and soul everyday without words.
~ Becca, Therapist
Gratitude is essential for the soul. Without it, I wither and shrink from the joys of life. I’m immensely grateful for the blessing of harvesting a deer for my freezer. I’m thankful for my children, their spouses, and for my grandson’s bright eyed smiles. My 14 year old daughter’s journey from little girl to young lady delights my heart. I’m grateful for being witness to maturing young women and their process of moving forward in a positive manner. I’m thankful for a husband that is always there to encourage and fill up the empty spaces of my being. I’m thankful for a God filled with love and grace for me.
~Darla, Academic Director
This Thanksgiving season has provided us with very crisp temperatures accompanied by azure blue skies and sparkling, dramatic snow covered peaks. How fortunate I feel to be nestled in our beautiful valley, inspired by our glorious scenery. After thirty five short years, Montana and her grandeur still takes my breathe away. I feel blessed to be able to work with an amazing team of professionals who are dedicated to our students and their families. I celebrate the courage that it takes to fully engage in the healing process, and I am surrounded by girls who are finding their voice, mending their hearts, exercising their talents, honoring their values, embracing their families and building sturdy character. I delight in the addition of our new border/bearded collie Charlie, his antics, the smiles he prompts, and the silliness he adds to our lives. I treasure my family, and my husband and our co-founder. I value our supportive, brilliant partners at InnerChange. Life is good!
~Mary, Clinical Director and Co-Founder
Gratitude is never more difficult to find and express than when it comes on the heels of a difficult period in one’s life. That is, however, undoubtedly when the expression of gratitude is the single most important response we can have, and the most important thing we can practice, day in and day out. That’s when counting one’s blessings and giving thanks for all that is good about our lives is most healing. It separates us from our burdens and allows us to look forward to the promise of a new day. And that glimpse of something brighter in the distance can make all the difference.
This has been a tough year for many of us, professionally, personally, socially, financially, and perhaps in other dimensions as well. It’s been difficult at times to arrive at laughter and lightness of being. And yet, when challenged to search our souls for encouragement, or reasons to be hopeful, we inevitably find them if we but try. I’ve often heard this described as a treasure chest sitting right in front of us, full of all manner of delights, just waiting for us to use the key in our hand to unlock the chest, open the lid, and discover the bounty of blessings within. This veritable “horn of plenty” may have been sitting there for years, waiting patiently for us to claim it.. At times this process requires some perseverance, some faith, and some action on our part. Fortunately, these are all characteristics that are available to us. We can possess them and utilize them when the going gets tough. And, thankfully, It turns out there are guides and mentors all around us, ready and willing to take our hand and lead the way when it feels necessary. Then, when we do our part, fulfilling our role in this equation, we begin to remember all that is good about the world around us, and all that is beautiful about our life within that world.
In that spirit, I am grateful this year for countless blessings that are known to me, but can go unnamed in this more public expression. I’m also grateful for those blessings that I haven’t stumbled across yet, but which are inevitably in my path. I’m grateful for those spiritual qualities of which I wrote that sometimes define us, such as perseverance, faith, and the capacity for positive action. I’m grateful for the guides and mentors in my life, both past and present, who have steered me carefully and collectively toward this lovely moment in time. I’m grateful that I can occasionally be a blessing to someone else along the way. I’m grateful for this beautiful place that we get to call home, and for the beauty of the people with whom we live and work. I’m especially grateful for hope, which we should never take for granted. And mostly, I’m grateful for God’s good grace, always much needed, and for HIs willingness to weave all of this together for us, perfectly,
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you at Chrysalis.
~Kenny, Executive Director and Co-Founder