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what you think and what you say has an effect.”

Personal trauma, the death of her three-year-old son in 2010, led Donna to become a holistic empowerment coach. She described how the little boy’s passing, from a rare genetic disorder, nearly completely devastated her life and the life of her older son, who was 15 at the time.

“I got on a mission to upgrade my own life,” Donna recalled. “I was tired of feeling unhappy. I gave myself permission to stop feeling sad.”

Donna, who had a slew of different jobs in her life, then went to school for psychology, a subject that fascinated her. She went on to start her own business, as a life coach for women going through mental or emotional trauma.

“I got to working with women who didn’t know where they belonged in this world,” she recalled. She recently decided to bring her teachings to a CACE course, as a way to expand her knowledge of mindfulness to others.

Open to both women and men, the course is for anyone having a personal struggle, from single parents feeling overwhelmed to single people “trying to climb the ladder of life,” she said.

“I thought it was a great idea

CACE INSTRUCTOR Donna Nelson, Mountaintop resident and holistic empowerment coach, will offer a new class at the spring session of Crestwood Area Community Education called “Mindfulness of Everyday Living.” The six-week course will offer those struggling from issues such as stress, anxiety, or lack of direction in life some helpful techniques to change their way of thinking.

to teach these things that have helped me in my own life,” Donna concluded, “and some of these techniques are super easy to do.”

The “Mindfulness of Everyday Living” course will begin on Mar. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p. m. and run weekly for six weeks. The cost is $45 for the class and $5 for materials.

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course or one of the other CACE courses, about 20 in total, can register in person, at the Crestwood High School library, on Feb. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p. m. At that time, some of the instructors will be available to provide information on their classes.

Other new classes this spring will include the Use of Essential Oils, for animals and for children, including those with special needs, taught by Joann Ready; the Use of Healthy Natural Household Cleaning Products, taught by Kathy Brocca of Women’s Boutique and Consignments; and Intermediate Photography by Claudia Strycharz, who had previously taught Beginner Photography.

Other classes to return to CACE include courses for creating pottery, practicing yoga, playing basketball, and exercising for those over 50. A complete class list will be released soon and, at that time, those who wish to register online can do so, by visiting,click on “links and info,” and then “CACE.”