After losing her mom at the young age of 18, Dr. Gruver vowed to live her life to its fullest every moment, and learning to say yes to every opportunity. The perfect combination of formal learning and life experience combines to offer solid health advice mixed with personal tales of growth, success, failure and adventure. Stress is ultimately about perception and we can make dramatic changes in our lives, but we have to change our minds first. Using practical tools such as meditation and mindfulness, attendees will learn how small daily adjustments can lead to big changes. After a radio show host learned of a bad trapeze accident Kathy suffered, the host asked if she had a “death wish.” Dr. Gruver’s response was simple and emphatic. “No, I have a life wish,” she said on air. “I don’t want to be known for falling down, I want to be known for getting up.” Dr. Gruver will inspire you to get up, get moving and live more fully. Having experienced everything from body image issues to bullying, Gruver teaches practical and thoughtful advice using humor and personal experience so that anyone can overcome what obstacle is in their way. You can have more. You just have to ‘go for it!’ Attendee’s comments, “You make me want to get off the couch and go do something,” and “It’s like getting advice from a trusted girlfriend,” Learn: -How our perception of stress keeps us immobilized -How the worst experience can be turned into a moment of growth and learning -To understand the ‘negative’ yet live fully in the here and now -How to ask for what you truly want -What things like visualization and affirmation can do to improve our lives -The power of meditation and mindfulness on setting future goals and reaching them.