From Our Founder

Hi friends – 

I’m sure many of you tuned in, as I did, last Wednesday to watch the swearing in of a new administration here in the U.S.

My favorite part?

The inspirational poem, “The Hill We Climb,” written and read by 22-year-old Amanda Gorman

A cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Amanda is no stranger to history-making. She was named America’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017. Last Wednesday, she made her mark once again as the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to “The Hill We Climb” take a listen right here. My favorite line was the one that read, 

“Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed
a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.”

No matter your political leanings, I think nearly all of us have felt a sense of our nation’s brokenness in recent years. The beautiful reframing of that brokenness as being “unfinished,” gives me a hope that I find myself longing for right now.

I also love how the idea of being “unfinished” is such an accurate metaphor for our work with our clients. Don’t you think?

Each day, we see hurting people whose lives have been impacted at varying levels by trauma, conflict, uncertainty or heartache. Part of our important work as clinicians is to remind our clients that their story is not yet finished. They are the authors and storytellers of their future.

Of course, it would be naive to think that these transformations come easily. Authoring your future comes with hard work, brave decisions, and, often, the help of a village.

Amanda Gorman knows well the struggle that she speaks of. You may have caught this 2018 interview, where Amanda talks about the speech impediment that keeps her from hearing “r” and “sh” sounds. Overcoming her speech impediment, she says, came from learning the power of her own inner voice.

Dang – inspirational, right?! I plan to continue following and learning from this history-making young woman, activist, and author, who provided us with a timely reminder that,

“…there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

May you, too, be listening closely to the power of your own inner voice – reminding yourself, and your clients, that we are not yet finished.


Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

CEO / Founder, Motivo

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