Industry Spotlight: Kristin McAdams Founder of My Sounding Board

What is your favorite Quote? 

It is so difficult to choose just one statement that could encompass the true essence of most things. I would say that I have different quotes for different situations. One of my favorites has nothing to do with what I believe to be true about life; but it offers a certain poetry about how we hope things to be. Ironically, it is an adapted Irish blessing (I’m not Irish) from a movie about failure. I wanted it for my high school year book but it was banned from the year book. 

“May the wind always be on your back, and the sun upon your face, and may the winds of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”

It basically signifies that one would hope life to be easy, happy, and fulfilling. However, I don’t believe fulfillment comes from life being easy and happy. I can appreciate the irony though. I more so hope for people to  “face the challenge with excitement, enjoy rest with ease, and seek a healthy endorphin rush daily”.

There is also a quote I really love that Jon Connolley (the founder of Rapid Resolution Therapy) always says: “you can’t clap twice in the past”.

What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? 

The most exciting thing I ever did was to drive myself, and my two dogs, on a solo trip across the country. I was getting divorced and needing to “eat, pray, love” myself to the next level of personal understanding and acceptance in my life. It worked. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had and I’ve had a lot of really great experiences in life. 

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Growing up; which is something I am still accomplishing on new levels daily. It was overcoming all of the things that had held me back in my life (depression, anxiety, PTSD, fear, guilt, personal belief systems, doubt.. still working on the doubt). It was realizing what it means to trust your struggle and detach from outcomes, learn from failure, make room for mistakes, and take risks. I learned how to make decisions (because decisiveness is integral to success) and that I could deal with the consequences of my actions. I learned that it doesn’t matter what people think, how you feel, or what circumstances lead you to today, all that matters is what you do with what you have and how to manifest what to do next. 

Why did you decide to get into your profession (Case Management/ RN/ Service Provider)? 

I am a Mental health therapist. I have studied psychology for 15 years. I used to say that this profession chose me. Many people in my life told me that I was very good at assisting people in creating understanding and making important life changes. I started studying psychology because I was young and scared of the world. I thought that, if I could understand people and myself, then I would be able to stay safe. Turns out this was 100% true and it helped me, not only to stay safe but to create success and to help others find safety and success.  Now I enjoy learning about a wide variety of things because psychology has taught me how deeply everything is connected.

What is your favorite part of working in the Rehabilitation Profession?

Working one-on-one with individuals on their unique challenges is by far the most fun and rewarding part. I enjoy having conversations with people and pulling out their personal truths so that they can strengthen their assets and be done with outdated patterns of thought, behavior, or belief systems. 

What is your favorite recreational activity?  

Indoor cycling. It has been a big part of my personal journey and has become a solid asset in my daily routine. 

 What one thing is on your life’s “bucket list”?

This changes so frequently! I think it is because I’ve spent a lot of time in my 30’s checking things off of my bucket list. I would have to say that the biggest, longest standing “bucket list” item would be BASE jumping. 

My lifestyle bucket list is a little different. I am working toward developing three companies, one is a non-profit, and toward publishing two books. I’d like to have success in these endeavors above anything else. However, the daily grind can be boring without the bigger bucket list dreams: like  BASE jumping.

How did you get connected with Strive Recreational Therapy and Stella Husch?

Stella is a phenomenal woman. We shared many mutual friends over the years but took a little longer to finally cross paths.  I would hear stories of her spunky personality and endless kindness. I knew I would need to meet her as soon as the time was right. The winds of destiny happened to bring us together and I now consider her a friend and inspiration.

For more information about My Sounding Board visit https://mysoundingboard.co/ 

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Strive Recreational Therapy provides adaptive recreational and consulting services for individuals with disabilities.  Our certified team of recreational therapists organizes outings, sporting events and more to improve the quality of life for our clients.

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