gina johnson

goodthingz founder Gina Johnson, MSW, LCSW, is a co-owner, life/business coach at Blueprint in Urbana, Illinois. She earned her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Illinois and went on to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has advanced training in the areas of Life/Business Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma/Loss Therapy. Gina has 14 years experience helping people of all ages improve the quality of their lives.

Gina feels passionate about helping individuals and businesses realize their potential for growth and helping them achieve their goals. As a life coach, Gina works with individuals to achieve a variety of goals that include, but are not limited to, enhanced self awareness, increased motivation, decreased procrastination, healthy stress management, improved organizational skills, increased self confidence, effective communication and interpersonal skills.

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  1. this version of stay w/ me - sam smith & m j blige - is beautiful
  2. wild cub - thunder clatter - just found them & love their sound
  3. Passenger - Scare Away the Dark - love this new song & excited for their new album.
  4. Edie Brickell & The Gaddabouts - Go Where The Love Is
  5. great song for this sunny day!
  6. watched the movie stuck in love over the wknd & this was my fave song in movie. love the sound of their voices together.
  7. houndmouth - on the road --- chk out their album, very good
  8. 9 Unique and Amazing Streets (pink street, blue street, umbrella street, fake street) - ODDEE · www.oddee.com

    i love the umbrella one :)

  9. Birdy - Wings ---- beautiful, beautiful voice
  10. Practical Wisdom for Clarity, Freedom, and Happiness · gailbrenner.com

    insightful article!

  11. Birds Made Entirely From Paper | 1 Design Per Day · www.1DesignPerDay.com

    my fave is the hummingbird

  12. Cider Sky - A Minute or Two ------ love their sound
  13. Haim - The Wire -- one of those songs that just sounds fun
  14. Grouplove - Ways to Go - makes me want to dance like the kid in the video -- better work on my moves (lol)
  15. Brett Dennen - Wild Child -- can't get enough of this entire album
  16. Impressive coffee cup art by Miguel Cardona : theCHIVE · thechive.com

    They even did Walter White. Very cool

  17. Cheery Recycled Silk Chairs From Meb Rure - Design Milk · design-milk.com

    i want one of these for my office!

  18. GoldieBlox Rubegoldberg - i can't stop watching this - it's totally me as a kid :)
  19. Mason Jennings - Wilderness
  20. One of my all-time fave commercials
  21. Disclosure - Latch - just found this band last week & can't get enough of them
  22. Avicii - Wake Me Up ---- my favorite song on my workout playlist rt now
  23. Wild Feathers - The Ceiling --- love this song!
  24. Tell a Story · www.tellastory.pt

    cool idea!

  25. John Mayer - Wildfire - saw him perform this live last night - very good!
  26. NoNoNo - Pumpin Blood
  27. Pure voice & great guitar ---- soothing sound
  28. Jack Johnson - I Got You (I can't wait for his new album. I love his acoustic sound.)
  29. Swon Brothers - Wagon Wheel (Anyone that sings Wagon Wheel this good deserves to win the Voice!)
  30. Ballroom Luminoso: Chandeliers Made from Recycled Bike Parts | Recyclart · www.recyclart.org
  31. Mat Kearney - She's Got the Honey (can't get enough of his voice this wk)
  32. Joshua Radin - Beautiful Day - (reminds me to make the day beautiful)
  33. A 12ft inflatable beachball - watch out!
  34. Traditional to Contemporary: 6 Cool Custom Bedroom Lofts | WebUrbanist · weburbanist.com
  35. Abandoned Steam Ship Transformed Into Giant Street Art Gallery · www.environmentalgraffiti.com
  36. The Dunwells - Take a listen....they are good - really good!
  37. Gina's Thoughts

    Conform Less .... Be More Me

     

     
    "It's time to begin, isn't it?
    I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit
    I'm just the same as I was
    Now don't you understand
    That I'm never changing who I am"



       When I hear the above words (from It's Time by Imagine Dragons),  I feel a surge of energy raise from my stomach, shoot into my chest and land in my face, triggering a smile that lasts beyond the length of the song...

  38. Lone Bellow - You Never Need Nobody - - One of my favorite new bands
  39. Tag Before the Tide: Temporary 3D Sand Graffiti by DAIM | WebUrbanist · weburbanist.com
  40. Imagine Dragons - Top of the World - i love this band & this song is awesome :)
  41. Iron & Wine - Grace for Saints & Ramblers - love this song & can't wait for the new album!
  42. Eyebombing · eyebombing.com

    Putting googly eyes on inanimate public objects - fun!

  43. Django Django - Default - (I can't get enough of this song.)
  44. What if money didn't matter? What would you do?
  45. 1,200 Bulbs Light up the LEDscape, Lisbon | · knstrct.com
  46. FLOATING LIGHTS - FÊTE DES LUMIÈRES (LYON) | Travesias de luz · www.travesiasdeluz.com

    This floating lights project is pretty cool :)!

  47. Heart of Life -John Mayer "no it won't all go the way it should, but i know that the heart of life is good." All of the lyrics r powerful.
  48. The 3D Chalk Art Adventures of Sluggo «TwistedSifter · twistedsifter.com

    These "sluggos" make me smile :)

  49. Looping Roller-Coaster Stairway You Can Actually Walk On | WebUrbanist · weburbanist.com

    This reminds me of the one at the City Museum in StL. Such a fun place :)

  50. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
    —Jason Lester
  51. Hall of Fame - The Script & will i a.m. - motivating song- so many good "pick me up" lyrics in this one!
  52. Unlock the 007 in you. I love the creativity and genuine fun in this commercial. (And, I'm not typically a Bond fan.)
  53. Gina's Thoughts

    Don't Let the Days Go By



    "Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
    Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
    Into the blue again, after the money's gone
    Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground"

    The above lyrics are from the song, "Once In a Lifetime" by The Talking Heads  watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU .  Yes, it's an old song,  but a good one....that's what I think anyway.

    I think it's a good song because of its' fast moving rhythm and upbeat tempo, but even moreso  because it makes me think about life...

  54. Gina's Thoughts

    Wee Moments of Wonder



    Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years.  Within these periods of time are moments. Moments that make up the fabric of our lives.

    Some moments are BIG and life changing such as: graduations, weddings, anniversaries, break-ups, court appearances, births and deaths.

    However, just as important, are the little, easily overlooked and often unnoticed, moments packed in and around the monumental moments of life...

  55. Gina's Thoughts

    Who Always Makes You Smile



    Who is someone that always makes you smile?

    Maybe it's a friend who "gets you" without you saying a word.  Maybe it's a co-worker who effortlessly spreads positive energy each time he smiles.  Maybe it's a neighbor whose life you swear should be featured on a comedy show.  Maybe it's a colleague who takes time out of her busy schedule to email and ask, "How are things with you?".   Maybe it's a family member who can't wait to hug you when you walk through the door.  Maybe it's a ......

  56. Gina's Thoughts

    Out of My Head and Into the Moment



    Do you ever feel as if you spend too much time in your head and out of the moment?  I do.  It happens while I am conversing, while I am driving, while I am putting on make-up, while I am walking my dogs...oh the list could go on and on.

    Yep, there are many times that I am out of the moment and into my thoughts. Ugh!  My mind seems to naturally wander out of the present and back to the past or into the future. However, living in the past and/or the future doesn't help me or anyone around me...

  57. Gina's Thoughts

    Live and Let Go



    At times, life can feel like a series of upsets.  Big upsets, little upsets and in-between upsets.  Some upsets (ie death, tragedies) deserve our attention and others (see below) do not.  Today, as part of my music and life lessons series, I am focusing on what to do about those things that are upsetting, but not worthy of our attention.  You know what I mean, petty but real things such as: people gossiping, people engaging in messy workplace politics,  people taking a long, long time to make seemingly small decisions...

  58. Gina's Thoughts

    It's Hard to Rely on Good Intentions



    Act with my head or act with my heart?  This is a dilemma I often face.  The song I have chosen to highlight today, "Good Intentions" by Toad the Wet Sprocket, reminds me to act according to both my head and my heart, rather than one or the other.

    This song also reminds me that there are no absolutes in life, and even with good intentions, I can (and do) make poor choices. During such times,  I do my best to stay in the moment, feel the feelings and own my behaviors...

  59. Gina's Thoughts

    Music Makes My Life Come Together



    Music helps me.... it helps me a lot.  Alternative, rock, country, pop, instrumental, electronic, rap..... I like it all.  Different songs help me in different ways.  Some songs cheer me up while other songs help me believe in myself.  Some songs inspire me to face my fears and give me the courage to grow.  Still other songs express and validate the discomfort and pain I feel during trying times.

    Since music has been (and still is) a powerful force in my life, I have decided to start a blog section about music and life...

  60. Gina's Thoughts

    5 Steps to Effectively Deal With Negativity



    Throughout the last three years, I have worked very hard to better manage my response(s) to negative life situations, negative people and negative things.   As I wrote in my previous blog,  looking for good things, and posting my findings on twitter, have both helped me counterbalance negativity with positivity.  However, I have also utilized a few other techniques to directly deal with a host of negative issues.  Listed below are five steps that have effectively helped me deal with negativity...