My little red tether is my anchor in running with my friends. A beautiful guide dog has been my tether/anchor in mobility and independence for 17 years: 1. Pantera 2. Cricket, and now my beautiful 3. Georgina (Georgie). A life of family and friends is my joy and anchor in life.

The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. CC Scott

Monday, June 20, 2016

Look up, Move Forward - Now Available

The favorite part of writing this book has been connecting with friends, family and meeting new friends!  As people have begun to share with me they have read the book, I have loved hearing about their stories.  We each have a story to share.

Thank you!  If is available in the following formats at this time:

Print Copy

Look up, move forward - Kindle Version

Look up, move forward - Nook Version

Steve sharing a part of our story.  I think I'm trying to not cry :).  

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lookup, move forward. Book Available June 1st.

Dear Cruisinwithcricket blog friends:

I am excited to share some news!  My book:  Look up, move forward. Finding my resilience while losing my vision will be ready June 1st!  I wanted to share with you readers first!

I started writing my first blogpost with my second guide dog, Cricket in 2009.  I have loved writing and sharing our adventures.  I have loved connecting and hearing from others.  It was in this space where someone asked me if I had written a book.  I went from a book? to not being able to get that crazy idea out of my head!  After over a  year of working on this project with an amazing writer, Amy Hackworth - our book is being published to be ready for a speaking engagement on June 1!  Before we hold our book launch party, before I speak to various groups in June, before anything else; I wanted to share it with the amazing readers of cruisinwithcricket who first encouraged me to write.  Through your comments, emails, calls and encouragements you reminded me that my story matters just like each of yours does.  You supported me as I shared musings in my days of challenges, humorous moments, and victories.  As different experiences happened throughout the day, I found myself thinking I need to blog about this.  Writing became an outlet of finding my resilience.

I'm excited to start a new blog:  Look up, Move Forward.  I'm even more excited to hear from others on what their look up, move forward is in their life.   (Teaser the story of this title is in chapter 18 :).  

As a reader of Cruisinwithcricket, I'm offering you my book for $10 (includes shipping) if you order before June 1st.  Before the website is even up, I wanted to share with our cruisinwithcricket readers!

So, if you'd like to order a book, please send a check/cash to Resilient Vision, 1355 N. Main, Ste, 1, Bountiful, Utah 84010.  I would love to send you a signed book.  The book will be available in other formats as soon as possible.  Watch for further details.  And thanks again!  I hope to hear from you!!  


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Retreat for Women who are blind/visually impaired or have a degenerative eye condition

** I am SO excited about this event!!  Please share if you know a woman that would like to join us -- Thank you!!  

Daring to Own Your Story
A retreat for women
(who are blind, visually impaired, or have been diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition)

Why attend a retreat specifically for visually impaired women? At times when facing vision loss, many women may feel isolated because they often don't know anyone who shares their unique challenges. This retreat is an opportunity to connect and share stories with other women experiencing vision loss.  You will also leave with empowering tools and new insight through the Brene Brown, thedaringway.com,  experiential activities. This retreat is an experience to truly own and celebrate who you are and your story. 

What?  Becky Andrews, LCMHC and Nicole Wall, LCMHC will lead you on an amazing journey of connection, learning, growth, adventure and laughter. 

Becky Andrews, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and owner and clinical Director of Resilient Soltuions, Inc (blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa).

Nicole Wall, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Certified Daring Way Candidate. Facilitates the Daring Way Course by Brene Brown. 


Retreat size is limited to 12.  Early registration by March 1st,  $195.          .
If there is still availability after March 1,  $295

When?  Thursday June 9 5 PM – Sunday 11 AM June 12, 2016, We will also hold a getting acquainted call with everyone prior to the retreat! 

Where?  Country Inn & Suites, Bountiful, Utah.  We will also be enjoying time in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah during this retreat.  We will also be holding part of our retreat at Becky’s home and office in Bountiful and an afternoon/evening in Salt Lake City, Utah and an optional hike early Saturday morning.  All transportation while you are at the retreat will be provided.  Transporation from the airport to the hotel is available by requesting through the hotel prior to your stay ($15 charge).  Bountiful is 15 miles from SLC Airport. 


A special thank you to Joy and Jenelle at Doublevisionblog.com for their collaboration.  We look forward to sharing this experience together and grateful for their support.  You can visit their blog at www.doublevisionblog.com and watch this amazing video that will give you further insight on our retreat: http://doublevisionblog.com/2015/10/01/1447/
Retreat Details:   

Retreat Includes: Retreat Thursday 5 PM – Sunday 10 AM.
Meals included:  Thursday Dinner/ Friday & Saturday Lunch and Saturday dinner.  Breakfast will be included at the hotel each morning. Friday evening after activities in Salt Lake City, we will eat at City Creek together – Attendees will purchase their own meal for this evening.  Additional optional activities include:  temple square garden tour, Sephora make-up session, and a hike to Ensign Peak. 

To reserve your room, call the hotel, 801.292.8100 and indicate Resilient Solutions rate.  The rate is $95/room and will be available Wed, June 8 – Monday, June 13.  Website:  http://hotels.countryinns.com/ut/bountiful/hotels_bountiful_ut_utwestb.html

You can have your own room or choose to share with another woman attending the retreat.  

Airfare, travel expenses, and hotel are the responsibility of the attendees. 

We are so excited to share in this experience.  If you have further questions, please feel free to contact Becky at becky.lpc@gmail.com.

We are grateful for Resilient Solutions, Inc for lending their office space.  www.resilientsolutionsinc.com

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Please send check payable to Oasis Center for Hope, $195 before March 1st to RSI, Attn:  Becky 1355 N. Main, Ste.1, Bountiful, Utah and this form.  If you would prefer to pay by Credit Card, email the following information to Becky and she will call to get credit card information.

Name _______________________________  Phone ________________

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Resilient Solutions, Inc beginning

Sharing over at our blog:  georgiesvision.blogspot.com about how we started our business.  You can read here:  Resilient Solutions, Inc.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Beautiful Eyes

For seven years Cricket shared her beautiful brown eyes with me. She helped me navigate our busy, active life each day. She showed up ready for the day with her love and willingness to serve and use those beautiful eyes to help someone who could not see.   After she retired (almost two years ago), we recognized that our house with us being gone all day was pretty quiet for her. She still wanted to be the dog that left in the morning. After some time of really thinking what is best for Cricket in this next stage of her life,  we found her an amazing home. They love her and she loves being a part of all the action. She is nearby. We can stop and visit anytime. They are so kind and Cricket loves them so much. We tend her while they are on vacation. She waits patiently for them to return by the door.  It is a beautiful situation and what is best for Cricket. We love hearing Cricket stories and her adventures. 

A couple months ago, we all noticed that Cricket was slowing down. She was hesitant to go down steps, through the doggie door, jump in the back of the car, etc.   Cricket and I had some collisions the last time we tended her.  (Later, I would realize she didn't see me and of course, I didn't see her :).   The Travel Vet, Dr. Ben Brown,  examined her.  At the time he felt she was healthy other than her eyes!!   He suspected cataracts.  Oh ...sweet Cricket was having vision loss.  I could so relate! I felt such gratitude for these beautiful brown eyes that had worked so hard for me. Dr. Brown suggested we meet with a veterinarian ophthalmologist.    


Cricket in her working days -- stopping to let me know DO NOT proceed. 
Yesterday we took her to the ophthalmologist vet.  As I sat there and she began to do the basic testing on our sweet Cricket - it took me back for a moment to 32 years ago to the testing on my own eyes.  A little different - instead of the doctor holding out his fingers to test my vision, this dr was quietly dropping a cotton ball in various angles to see what Cricket was seeing.  After a couple more tests, she indicated Cricket did not have cataracts.  She had retinal dysplasia and Lenticular Sclerosis -- hardening and thickening of the lens that results from normal aging in some dogs.  There wasn't anything they could do for this - so I was a bit disheartened as cataracts can be treated.  I could relate.  Before she hurried out of the room to her next patient, she also suggested some further testing on her overall health to make sure we aren't missing something else going on with her - perhaps thyroid.     
Cricket and Georgie (silly girl grabs something for her mouth any chance she can) before the appointment.
We came home, and I just wanted to hug her.  After a few minutes she was done with that and waited patiently by our front door.  She was so thrilled when her family came to pick her up.  She ran out to the car.  She is so loved and I am so grateful for this beautiful dog  that has brought so much love and joy to so many.   She is resilient and will get through this challenge.  (Sounds familiar :).  
 
Cheering you on in gratitude always Cricket.  Thank you, thank you for all the ways you helped me believe that I could take on the day.  You got this, Cricket!