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The Prevention Perspective January 2022

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We frequently view the start of a new year with a sense of intention and excitement. We celebrate the victories, revisit the heartbreaks, and reflect on the journey of the past year as we close out one chapter and enter the next. We begin imagining the new year as we’d like it to be. We fantasize about idealized versions of ourselves and our lives, while also recognizing the anxiety that accompanies facing unknowns, or looming events in the new year. Especially as we approach the two-year mark of the pandemic’s hold on American life, incredible uncertainty fills many of our hearts. Societal pressure to set resolutions can feel daunting as we consider the uncertainty of another pandemic year.  Often the resolution mindset encourages productivity and achievement-based goals, even though many of us yearn for rest or connection or nourishment. This January, as we consider the fresh starts and new beginnings, let’s consider how we can embrace an intention-oriented mindset as opposed to a resolution (or goal)-oriented mindset in order to care for both ourselves and our loved ones in 2022.

Setting intentions rather than resolutions can help guide our everyday actions, relationships, and experiences without the pressure to achieve a set end goal. Instead of committing to resolutions that quickly become empty promises or hopes, intention setting provides us with a flexible reference point that we can use to continually check in with ourselves. Creating guiding principles loosely based on values or goals can shift our mindset away from goal setting and instead prioritize the ways we spend our time and energy.

The WCA Prevention team challenges you to set intentions that promote meaningful connections with the different folks in your life. Some examples of these intentions could include spending more quality time with your children, practicing active listening with a partner, or having conversations with friends about where you see opportunities for civic action in your community. Deliberately building healthy relationships and communities is a radical act of violence prevention, so setting intentions that strengthen the bonds in our lives can help create communities where all individuals can thrive in safe and equitable relationships.

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Aug 25

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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