Guest Post: Stacy’s Spirit Lifters!

ImageImageImageImageLast weekend, Stacy, The Healing Center’s office support lead took a mini vacation to relax and rejuvenate. She spent her days cooling off in the lake, walking through a nearby labyrinth and photographing the beautiful flowers near her camp site. She enjoyed her time away and felt it really lifted her spirit to take in the nature around her!


Roof-top Garden in Bloom!

ImageImageImageImageImageImageThis year, we decided to plant flowers in addition to our vegetables in order to bring some color to our indoor space throughout the summer. Clients and staff of The Healing Center always appreciate freshly cut flowers, so we thought, “Why not grow our own on the roof?” Feel free to come visit us to see the new blooms!

Linger Coffee House

CIMG7625 CIMG7631 CIMG7635 CIMG7637 CIMG7639 CIMG7641 CIMG7647Over Memorial Day weekend I drove up to Door County with my family to enjoy a quick getaway and escape the city. We felt so grateful for the warm, sunny weather and new shops and restaurants to explore. My favorite discovery of this trip was Linger Coffee House, a quaint little coffee oasis in the heart of Fish Creek. The menu was delicious and the unique decor lifted my spirit for the rest of the afternoon. Next time you find yourself on the peninsula, make sure you stop at Linger for a treat. You won’t be disappointed! It’s right by the water and not too far from Aurora Health Care in Sturgeon Bay.

I hope you all had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

3 Ways to Buy Happiness


They say it can’t be done, but I’m here to prove “them” wrong. Here are 3 sure-fire ways to buy your own happiness.

1. Buy a fun experience. Set aside some money to take a trip, attend your favorite concert or just wallow away the afternoon in your favorite coffee house.

2. Buy a gift. Think of someone who has made a great impact on your life and find them something special. Big or small, a token of your appreciation can go a long way in increasing your happiness and that of others.

3. Buy yourself some…health! Studies show that increasing your level of fitness has a big impact on your mood and can even alleviate feelings of depression. Weekly exercise routines also reduce stress and have been known to help the brain release certain neurotransmitters to take away pain.

What is a SPPRAK Attack?

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First graders in Ms. Smudde’s Indiana classroom started a “SPPRAK” revolution. SPPRAK stands for “Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness.” When the students witness something that makes them feel good, they jot it down on a post-it note and stick it to the hallway wall. Take a peek at how these young spirit-lifters are taking action to thank those around them!

Renew Your Spirit Without Spending a Dime


Taken by Maryann Clesceri, Executive Director of The Healing Center

1. Downsize, de-clutter, toss it out! Spring cleaning can do wonders for your mind and soul. While material possessions can make us happy the second we buy them, we often tire of them in the long-term. If you didn’t wear that shirt last year, you won’t wear it this year either. Donate to someone who can use it!

2. Invoke your inner artist. Have you ever seen a painting and thought, “I can do that!?”  Well, now is your time to give it a go. Unearth your old watercolors and let loose!

3. Volunteer. Don’t just do it once, build it into your lifestyle. Find something you really have an interest in and ask that organization how you can help out. Love working with kids? Sign up as a homework helper. Enjoy gardening? Ask a local shelter how you can help beautify the surrounding land for those living inside.

4. Escape the real world. Head out to your nearest library and check out a book. Find a cozy spot and relax into the story.

5. Plan a picnic. Now technically you’ll have to spend a little bit to purchase your food for this tip, but it’s easy to be frugal! Pack some cheese and crackers, fruit and a bit of something sugary and sweet for a relaxing getaway. Spread out your blanket and lay back so you can soak up some rays!

Denim Day strengthens our community response to sexual violence

On Wednesday, April 24, Aurora caregivers supported Denim Day, a campaign to raise awareness and support survivors of sexual assault.

In some locations, caregivers were able to wear denim in exchange for a $5 donation to the Aurora Health Care Abuse Response Fund.  View a slideshow of activities at multiple Aurora locations in southeastern Wisconsin.

Aurora Health Care Foundation President Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

Aurora Health Care Foundation President Cristy Garcia-Thomas and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Local leaders joined at Milwaukee City Hall for a press conference hosted by the City’s Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  This year’s “Persons of Influence” campaign featured local leaders wearing denim in support of the 2013 event.

Aurora Health Care is a champion for sexual assault survivors through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) programs throughout our system, the Sexual Assault Treatment Center, and The Healing Center, where survivors receive free counseling, group therapy and bilingual advocacy.

The Healing Center provides services to more than 600 people annually, and the Sexual Assault Treatment Center has treated more than 1,200 people since 2010.

Through your gift to Denim Day, you can help The Healing Center and other Aurora Health Care services strengthen our community response to sexual violence.

Every gift can change a life. Consider yours today at

A little humor to lift your spirit!

I heard this over the weekend and thought it was pretty funny. I’m guessing this would probably work for anything you don’t want your children doing!

Barack and Michelle Obama’s plan for preventing their children from getting tattoos:

“What we’ve said to the girls is that ‘If you guys ever decide to get a tattoo, then Mommy and me will get the exact same tattoo, in the same place, and we’ll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo.’”