Our Mission

Our Mission: To inspire people to embrace positivity in their lives by focusing on love, compassion, kindness, gratitude, and creativity. 

Our Vision: Through our programs, services, workshops and support groups we help you to connect better with yourself, your family, your community and your world.

 
 

Our History

Positively Linked was formed in 2014 as a way to help people of all ages connect. Even with the advances in technology and social media people are feeling disconnected from themselves and others. We specialize in Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process which helps children cultivate essential life skills including awareness of one’s own emotions, fostering respect and care for others, establishing strong relationships, making ethical and responsible decisions, and handling adversity constructively.
 

Mindfulness Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment with openness and curiosity.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

 

Why is Mindfulness Important?

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks, can bring a variety of physical, psychological, and social benefits.

 

Mindfulness is good for our bodies

  • It boosts Immune system

  • Improves Sleep

Mindfulness is good for our minds

  • Increases positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress
     

  • Increases density of gray matter in brain regions linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation, and empathy.
     

Mindfulness affects the way we see ourselves

  • Stronger sense of self

  • Healthy body image

  • Increases self-confidence

Mindfulness helps us focus

  • Tune out distraction

  • Improve memory and decision making skills

 

Why is Social Emotional Learning Important?

Self-awareness: Know your strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”

Self-management: Effectively manage stress, control impulses, and motivate yourself to set and achieve goals.

 

Social awareness: Understand the perspectives of others and empathize with them, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

 

Relationship skills: Communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.

 

Responsible decision-making: Make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety, and social norms.

Our Board

Sharon Porter – President
Sooz Konopik – Treasurer
Maria McGee – Secretary
Kristin Connolly - Member/Co-Founder
Cassandra Eide - Member

 

Our Facilitators

Constance Mollerstuen, Founder & Executive Director


Constance is a Licensed "Heal Your Life" Workshop Facilitator, Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified in Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Services, Certified Recovery Coach, Certified Adult & Child Mental Health Mentor, and Licensed Trauma Informed Coach. She has a BA in Business Administration/Finance and Psychology and she is Certified in Non-Profit Leadership & Management. She is also the Finance Manager for the local Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Agency in Island County. 

 

She volunteers for GWTA and holds the position of Chapter Director for the Whidbey Island Wings Motorcycle Club, is the Board Treasurer for W.R.A.P.P Campus (Wellness, Recovery, and Positive Partnerships) and is one of the founding members of the Camano, Whidbey Island Recovery Coalition. 
 

 

Our Facilitators

Claudia Samano-Losada 

 

Claudia is a movement educator with a degree in Movement Therapy, certified Early Childhood Education Practitioner, Dance, Yoga and Fitness Certified Instructor is also a Children and Senior Fitness Specialist, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance certified instructor and certified in Essentials of Massage and body work.  

She is the founder of BILMP -Bilingual Integrated Learning Movement-Program based in cultural/movement/music education. Founder of "Cross-cultural World in motion" program offering support and information about language/multiculturalism/cultural intelligence to families and students. She has recently accepted the position of an Oak Harbor's SnoIsle Library Board Member and is a member of Soroptimist International in Oak Harbor. 

 

Claudia is the owner, artistic director and Instructor at In Motion Co. 

 

Other Certifications: Yoga therapy, Youth Mental Health First Aid-USA, Responding to Complex Trauma through ARC, Fortaleciendo Familias bilingual facilitator - WSU-Strengthening Families-Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Gold, Rhythm Works Integrative Dance.

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