Tag: Natalyn Cumings

You can’t play Triathlon

Peyton - sober living

You can’t play triathlon.  You play soccer, it’s fun.  You play baseball, it’s fun.  But, a Triathlon is work that can leave you crumpled in pain.  It’s the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top.  What kind of person even wants to endure this? Yesterday Jaywalker’s own Peyton W. finished his first Iron Man in 12 hours, 21 minutes and 36 seconds.  He swam 2.4 miles, road biked 112 miles and ran a full marathon (26.2 miles) while finishing in the top 20% of all finishers! When I asked Peyton how many days he has been sober, he was very clear and told me “961 days, which is 2.62 years.”   Once an IronMan, always an IronMan. Peyton is the sign of a truly determined young man that knows once he sets his mind to something, he will accomplish it and has a lot to…

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Green is the New Black

The past Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th, Carbondale Community Arts and Humanities (CCAH) produced their 7th Annual Green is the New Black Fashion Show.  Their theme this year was: Underground. The performance was full of locals, performance art, inspiring sustainable fashion and a storyline to boot, this show isn’t just entertaining– it was about raising money to educate our youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. While the show and its designers created a lot of buzz, the sole purpose of this show is to make Arts education more accessible for youth in our community. The show took place at the Carbondale Recreation Center, but they were able to transform this space into a spectacular, city-esque, fashion runway.  Green is the New Black has sold out five of the last six years, and this year was no exception.  The show was standing room only, with all 500 seats being…

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Showing Up is Half the Battle

Today, we had a small group employee outing with Karen Bradshaw, the owner of Rising Crane. For those 11 people that showed up today, including myself, we were able to not only learn about the Power of Presence but have a very enjoyable time doing it.  This was a great opportunity for us, as Jaywalker Lodge employees, to learn about what our Solutions program has been doing for the past 2 years with Karen and have a little more insight into our client’s experiences within her workshops. A big thanks also to Karen Bradshaw for having the patience to work with us today and teaching us your talents. I’d also like to not only personally thank those employees for sharing in the experience today, but truly showing up.  The battle we call “life” is much easier when we make the conscious decision to not only show up, but be present. …

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Happy Birthday Nat

Natalyn Cumings – Manager of Human Resources and Client Billing – just celebrated her Birthday! One of the first pictures I saw of Natalyn, before actually meeting her, was of her doing a flip on a trampoline. She was mid-air when the camera caught her image, soaring high, living her life. It brought back memories of my younger days, jumping on trampolines, laughing, and letting myself go and just enjoy the moment. I remember thinking how fun she must be, almost hearing her laughter as I looked at the picture. Well, I was right. I’ve known Natalyn for a year and a half now and through that time I have watched her not only embrace life, but grab it by the horns and live it. She gives her all no matter what she is doing; whether it’s work, yoga, running, family, friends – she puts her heart into all of…

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Congrats John on 6

Jaywalker’s Director of Outreach Services & Alumni Relations, John Schneier, celebrated 6 years of sobriety yesterday. “To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends – this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it.” Alcoholics Anonymous Pg 89 “You live this John. We love ya bud!” – Patrick Shaffer “Congratulations John. Your passion for recovery will continue to carry you to places you never could have imagined.” – Dirk Eldredge “John – congratulations! You’re a true inspiration for everyone here, in many ways.  Proud to call you not only my co-worker, but also my friend. Cram that!” – Natalyn Cumings “I let him beat me skinning up McClure Pass 5 years ago to boost his suffering self-esteem.  And look what we have now!”…

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Half Marathon

With all of the determination and focus she had, our very own Natalyn Cumings, took to the starting line of a half marathon last weekend and smashed all expectations.  I have been witness to her training since this spring and am proud of what she’s accomplished.  It is no easy feat to run a successful 13.1 miles.  Nat said her last half marathon goal was to break 2 hours.  This time that mark was in the rear view as she came across the line in style at 1:51.  I would like to say how much it means to me to have our Human Resources leader out there pushing her limits the same way she pushes the limits at work to help provide us all with the best possible work environment.  Congrats Nat!  You sign up for that full marathon yet?! Brendon Kerton Program Supervisor The Landing

Trail Work at Gold Butte

Yesterday five Jaywalker employees (Lynn Sanson, Natalyn Cumings, Donnie Hagenbart, Janet DeMars and myself) headed up valley on a small group outing. During the trip up, Lynn filled us in on the changes of ownership of the private land Gold Butte is on and how it came back to being an open trail. He also told us that about 95% of the trail work has been done by Jaywalker clients and staff. I think that’s pretty impressive. When we arrived we met Jade from Pitkin County Open Space and Bob from Ute Mountaineering. Jade showed us the tools we would be using for the day and we headed up the trail to our destination. Our work consisted of cutting into the rocky soil to put in rock walls, hauling heavy rocks for this purpose, and digging up the trail to make it more even. It was hard work and hot,…

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Heal the Healers Retreat

“We are in the business of saving and changing lives. We excel at helping others, but often not ourselves.” The 2nd Heal the Healers Retreat was completed this week, and 6 of us had the honor of participating.  This retreat enabled employees of Jaywalker a time to work on ourselves so that we can be of better help to others. The Heal the Healers Retreat was such an invigorating, yet relaxing experience that went far beyond my expectations: from practicing different types of meditations, opening up about personal issues to one another, to the perfectly prepared meals. I couldn’t have written a better story. Heal the Healers was an amazingly powerful experience that truly touched my soul.  A life changing two days I will never forget and I am truly thankful to each and every one of you that made this experience so memorable. A special thanks to Bill Corbett…

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