<h4><a href="https://nextstepadventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IMG_4639-e1587056926109.jpeg"><img class="alignright wp-image-6470 size-medium" src="https://nextstepadventure.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/IMG_4639-200x200.jpeg" alt="Jan in Malasana" width="200" height="200" /></a>Sometimes you need to define the problem. Or the goals. Or your self. Wherever you are, that’s where we start. Then we help you figure out where you want to go and the best way to get there.</h4>
<p><strong>The support, encouragement and ideas you get from a coach are powerful forces for transformation. Whether it’s your garden, yoga practice, an art project, a relationship or your work–we’ll hang in there to support you along the way, help you solve the problems that are sure to pop up, and focus on the results you want.</strong></p>
<p><strong>More than three decades of experience in management, recovery, support groups, and supervision inform the coaching process at Next Step. You’re the driver but we ride shotgun for your whole adventure, wherever it takes us.</strong></p>
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After reading and re-reading my favorite horse books–Misty of Chincoteague, Black Beauty and My Friend Flicka–I bought a horse when I was in college. Well, actually two horses. The first was a green-broke Arabian gelding named Pegasus. He managed to throw me in the ditch each time I rode him, so I traded Peg for a pony named Butterscotch. At least when he … Read
I think I’ve been a frustrated entrepreneur my whole life, so developing Next Step, Inc. has been an exciting adventure. When I was in high school, a lot of people thought that girls could only be moms, nurses, teachers or secretaries. But now women run some of the world’s most successful businesses–Pepsi is headed by a woman. And then, of … Read
When I was growing up and even until I went on college visits with my nephew Wil, I had no idea how much engineering is a part of all aspects of life–travel, energy, safe water, medicine, almost everything. Wil is a junior now at ISU’s College of Engineering. He’s having a great time (maybe a greater time than his parents … Read
I’ve filled about one sketchbook each year with notes since I learned to mind map in the early 1990s. Several years before that I had simply stopped taking notes. In those pre-mind map days, I found myself looking at the yellow tablets I’d been writing in and making little sense of the scribbles. Then at a creativity workshop, Rhonda Wiley-Jones … Read
I became fascinated with brain research more than 20 years ago when science began to really get inside the human brain and explore it. I’ve done my best to keep up over the years as more and more information is added to the body of knowledge. Right now I’m planning a mind mapping workshop; this technique of visual note taking … Read
It’s always interesting to find out more about yourself. I think that’s what life is really about–finding out who we are and then becoming the best of that. So, whether it’s the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, or the Chinese Horoscope (I’m a Tiger, rrrawrrr) on your placemat at your favorite ethnic restaurant, it’s fun to look at what it says about … Read
I had the neighbors talking the day I cleaned and took apart 12 old computer keyboards for the Chrysalis After-School Kits out on my front deck last fall. Each CAS kit has a set of these keys. Eric Martin and I developed these teambuilding activities and I’m sure you can come up with some more. We started with the International … Read
This activity will help your group generate ideas for achieving personal and group goals. It provides a way for the group to “bombard” one or a small group of people with ideas for accomplishing their goals. Start with the whole group in a large circle, then spend about five minutes talking about how to set goals–making them realistic, short-term so … Read
The Pleasure Meter is a good activity to start discussion early in a program, but not right at the beginning. It acquaints participants with each other, indicates preferences and lets us find out about the other members of our group. It can help you learn about the participants and may help your group define sexual behavior. As you discuss pleasure and then … Read
It’s so important to have reliable information when kids come to us with questions about sex. Or at least we need to be able to FIND that reliable information. This is a great resource for that kind of info–a Health Q & A Service of Columbia University. It has an extensive archive, a search function and is very user friendly … Read
Thanks for a great conversation. You started the meeting with an observation of my noticeable happiness I receive from my passion for my work. Last evening as I sat on my deck watching the sunset and reflecting from the day, your statement was at the top of my list for appreciating the day. A few tears of being overwhelmed with joy may have also transpired.
Jerah Sheets, Iowa DNR
Thank you thank you! I'm just beginning to find my tribe here and this was a boon.
Mary Beth Einhorn, Central Iowa Yoga Retreat Participant
The Mindful Movement and Mingling was just so inspired! I've never been to a retreat that did that type of program. The usual sitting around, alone, and slowly meeting one or two people can be pretty isolating. You guys brought us to that place of connectedness in a fun way.
Lisa Evans, Central Iowa Yoga Retreat participant
Thank you again for coming on Friday. It was an incredible hands-on learning experience for the students. Once the simulation was finished students reflected on their experience and newly gained insights into life near the poverty line.
Kenny Baker, 11th grade - Gilbert High School
Next Step was an excellent addition to our Super Power Summit for middle school students. They incorporated hands-on learning activities that involved dirt, art, leadership, and the great outdoors!
Carrie Scheidel, Iowa Department of Education
Thank you so very much for your love, care, and support on this journey. You truly are a great teacher and healer.
Therese, Yoga student
The STEM Camp at Harding this summer was awesome! Our students were actively engaged in activities, learning, and lots of fun! It was a great experience for students to connect with their school, community, and science!
Joy Linquist, Principal
Next Step has been a solid addition to our student leadership workshops. Their connection with students is thoughtful, purposeful and brings great energy.
IHSAA Assistant Director
Poverty simulation was fantastic. Great job forcing us to deal with the everyday complications of living in poverty. It was impossible not to get frustrated. Participants came up with “creative” ways to solve problems or cut corners for a lasting impact on their family, job, or both. I was extremely impressed with the entire process.
Wil Wiemann, 8th Grade Social Studies, Edward Stone Middle School, Burlington, Iowa
I heard great things about the training and would like to find a time this fall for an early out training for our staff to visit the park as well as hear about the wonderful things offered.
Brian Crook, Principal, Studebaker Elementary School, Des Moines, Iowa
It only takes a minute or two and can totally change the classroom atmosphere. One minute they can be going a million miles a minute coming in from lunch and recess, and after a quick breathing technique, they settle down, giggle a little, and then get to work.