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. 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...

  2. 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.
  3. If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you.
    —Jason Lester
  4. Hall of Fame - The Script & will i a.m. - motivating song- so many good "pick me up" lyrics in this one!
  5. The funnest bridge ever! I don't think i would want to get to the other side :)
  6. 10 Things to Say Yes to For a Happier Life ·

    10 Things to Say Yes to For a Happier Life

  7. The Giant Slugs of Angers ~ Kuriositas ·

    Giant, colorful Slugs!

  8. One of the employees at IGA was kind enough to carry my 5 gallon jug of water to my office today. His kindness made my day :)
  9. This is SO true
  10. mmp architects: HP tree house ·

    Tree-houses.... i love them!

  11. Fun - Carry On - "may your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground."
  12. plastic water pistol sculpture - douglas young at ART HK 12 ·

    Plastic Watergun Sculpture - all kinds of colorful!

  13. John Mayer - Speak for Me - (one of my favorite songs off his new album and music often speaks for me.)
  14. Fresh Pics: Deer-Shaped Electrical Towers in Russia ·
  15. 100,000 LED lights float down the Sumida River | Spoon & Tamago ·
  16. Guster - This Could All Be Yours (i believe, whatever we want, we can have. this song reminds me to ask myself, "how badly do i want it?"
  17. 3 Tips for Finding Positivity in an Endlessly Negative Workplace | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement ·
  18. Delta Spirit - Empty House (one of my new favorite bands.)
  19. Plain White T's - Rhythm of Love
  20. Colbie Calliat - Brighter Than the Sun - ( i love this song & the dancing in this video always makes me :)
  21. Take a couple of minutes and watch laughter spread infectiously in this video. See if you're laughing by the end....
  22. 5 Super-Quick Ways to Boost Happiness | Shake Off the Grind ·
  23. Jeremy Fisher - Come Fly Away - (lighthearted song & clever video)
  24. Jack Johnson - Breakdown - (this song reminds me to go slowly & soak up each moment)
  25. 10 Ways To Be Happy, On Purpose | PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement ·
  26. 5 ways you'll feel good by doing good - positively present ·
  27. 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...

  28. Phantom Planet - Do the Panic - One of my favorite workout songs right now.
  29. Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Speech........RIP Steve Jobs
  30. 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...

  31. Timbaland feat. She Wants Revenge - Time (kind of funky & hip at the same time.)
  32. 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 ......

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. Ellie Goulding - Lights
  39. Linkin Park - Iridescent (love this song; reminds me that sometimes the best thing to do is, "let it go".)
  40. The sky behind my house sometime last week.
  41. Make today a day of intention rather than a day of reaction.
  42. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home ( I can't help but smile when i hear, "holy moly me oh my, you're the apple of my eye.")
  43. You are looking so composed as you are staring down your nose, at me, laughing at the way that I dance. But I just keep on moving while you look on disapproving. I feel sad for you because you never take a chance.
    —Ben Lee, What's So Bad About Feeling Good
  44. Usher - Dj Got Us Fallin in Love (this song helps me get up the steep hills when i'm riding my bike.)
  45. There will always be someone telling you that you're not hip enough, famous enough, edgy enough or whatever enough. That's their agenda. What's yours? Shun the non-believers.
    —Seth Godin
  46. Our lives are not determined by what happens to us but by how we react to what happens, not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, a spark that creates extraordinary results.
  47. Thanks for all the great posts: the pottery pics, the fitness tips, the music, the quotes! You all make the site so uplifting :).
  48. Gina's Thoughts

    The Beginning of goodthingz


    I am very excited that the new goodthingz site is up and running!   Thanks to everyone who  has visited and joined the site.   I love visiting the goodthingz site and  shuffling through the  posts that  all of you take the time to find and  share.   I seem to always find something that is either inspirational, humorous and/or thought provoking.   In a nutshell, thanks to all of you for making this an uplifting place to visit!

    I will be blogging here from time to time about  subjects pertinent to the goodthingz  community...

  49. I saw this hanging in a hallway at SJO High School today. Just looking at it makes me smile :)
  50. Use your time wisely. Every moment produce beautiful thoughts, loving, kindness, forgiveness. Say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, act physically to protect and help.
    —Thich Nhat Hanh
  51. Short video about paraplegic athletes overcoming the challenges of their injuries. (people who persist thru adversity inspire me.)
  52. Today, as i was rushing thru a parking lot, feeling pretty stressed, i happened to look down & see this little guy smiling back at me.
  53. My cat Lyneus has a favorite stuffed animal/friend. One day i came home for lunch & found him at the water bowl. :)..
  54. Great to see all of the new members here! Thank you so much for joining & sharing your goodthingz :) Enjoy!
  55. Emotional Art Project Drawing Attention to One’s Life Objectives ·

    This is inspiring & it makes me cool it would be to put a goodthingz chalkboard on a building somewhere!

  56. Sometimes, what a person needs is not a brilliant mind that speaks, but a patient heart that listens.
  57. Emerald City ·

    Like a video postcard of Seattle set to a good song. Short video w/ great scenery.

  58. I am not what happens to me. I choose who I become.
    —Carl Jung
  59. Brett Dennen~ Darlin Do Not Fear- (mellow beat & lyrics remind me that worry/stress are a waste of my time.)
  60. J&K Wedding Dance~ much more fun than a traditional wedding entrance