Lisa Valentine

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Gender FEMALE
Industry Education
Occupation School Counselor
Location Minnesota, United States
Introduction A recovering alcoholic since 1989 and diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, I work daily at my recovery from both of these life challenges. But I also work daily at living life to the fullest. Gratitude is a significant part of that work. It is the best work I do, because the dividends are consistently positive. I am prone to self-pity and fear, so faith and gratitude are good antidotes. I firmly believe in the active practice of gratitude. It has worked for me for over 22 years.
Interests being a parent and spouse, addiction recovery, running, writing, family and friends, reading non-fiction
Favorite Movies These are very random: The Other Side of the Mountain, Steel Magnolias, Beaches, My Life, Run Fatboy Run, There's Something About Mary, Outrageous Fortune, The Green Mile, Forrest Gump and a whole lot I can't remember right now.
Favorite Music My older siblings got me listening to the late 60's and early 70's music and it's still some of my favorite stuff. Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash, Summer Rain by Johnny Rivers, and Feelin' Stronger Everyday by Chicago are some specific memorable songs for me.
Favorite Books Anything by Anne Lamott, her two latest being "Stitches" and "Help, Thanks, Wow." Brother David Steindl-Rast's books "Gratefulness: The Heart of Prayer" and "99 Blessings." Dani Shapiro's "Devotion" and "Still Writing." Two of Brene Brown's books: "I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)" and "The Gifts of Imperfection." Other reads from the last couple of years include "Pink Ribbon Blues" by Gayle Sulik, "Flourish" by Martin E.P. Seligman, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" by Siddhartha Mukherjee, "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson and "My One Night Stand with Cancer" by Tania Katan. (See, I do like the non-fiction.)