I’m so thankful for my career. I actually have three jobs, and I love the variety:
- I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor – I counsel adults, not kids and I see both men and women, in a small office near Columbine High School here in Littleton, Colorado.
- I teach part-time at Colorado Christian University. When I’m offered a course it’s usually evenings. Four-hour increments, and the class only lasts seven weeks. Five of those weeks are in seat and the other two the students use for writing final papers. I’ve taught a lot of courses including Counseling Skills, Social Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Lifespan & Development.
- I am the author of two books. One is my book Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World published through a traditional publisher (Abingdon Press) and the other is a self-published ebook called What Does God Say About Suffering? The second book is shorter; more of a booklet. For the past three years I’ve been researching and writing a third book. I don’t want to say much about it until I figure out how I want to have it published.
Each of my professional vocations feeds and enhances the other parts: My counseling informs my teaching. My teaching informs my writing and research, and my research informs my counseling, etc.
In addition to my three careers, I often get asked to speak. Sometimes it’s to a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, sometimes to churches, sometimes I give talks at my local library. I’ve had the honor of speaking at Denver Seminary and twice to the incoming Master of Arts of Counseling students at Colorado Christian University.
I have an upcoming engagement that you might be interested in: On February 27th, 2016 I’ll be at the annual Writer’s on the Rock conference at Bear Valley Church in Denver (Lakewood) Colorado. What I love about this conference is that it’s affordable—just $59 and that includes lunch—and any level of writer is welcome. That means if you want to learn how to write better love letters to your grandchildren or how to market a current bestseller, you’re going to find a workshop that meets your needs. I will be speaking about my experiences of turning a time of pain and growth into a published book.
In late April I get to zip away to Spokane, Washington to speak at Moody Bible Institute. I’m eager to share the topic of my latest research and upcoming book. The title and specifics are still secret, but the topic pertains to why some people thrive after experiencing trauma and others do not. You will not believe the interesting conclusions I found!
Of course, life is not all about work. With so much output, I need input. Here’s what fills me back up:
Attending University of Colorado basketball and football games, walking with my husband and our dog Chipotle, doing yoga at the rec center, swimming (I love swimming laps but I also love playing with water weights in the warm therapy pool and talking with my pregnant daughter), taking photographs (I’m an amateur but thanks to Molly I know how to get my camera setting off Auto), cooking, watching TV or movies with my husband (I’m a huge Homeland fan. I also like Dateline and Downton Abbey. Also, I’m a news junkie. I can tell you the one word Megyn Kelly uses to start each broadcast.) Once in a while I’ll read a novel, but most of the time I’m reading non-fiction and researching what helps people thrive. Lastly, spending time with my two grown kids and son-in-law, and soon my first grandchild, is what gives me the most joy.
What are you up to? Read any good books?
What’s your favorite wind down activity?
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."