Occupation-mental health and chemical dependency therapist

If you opened your own business, what would it be?  I have my own therapy business, it’s called Flourishing Engagements

What advice would you give your younger self?  Stay true to yourself and your God, sit back and enjoy the ride.

Exceptional Skills-I can draw you in a caricature like it’s nobody’s business, exceptional vacation planner, and baby whisperer

What makes you feel fulfilled?

when my work day goes as planned without crisis, call-ins, or interruptions; when I see the joy in my sons face and through his giggles and hugs; when I know my family is rockin' it.

Hobbies: spending time with family, traveling, and anything that gets my adrenaline going.

When asked to describe yourself, what’s the first word that pops into your mind?

loving

Favorite Quote-oh man, so many! But I guess a mantra of mine is: ‘If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.’-unknown

Favorite Book-again, how can you pick just one?! ‘Brain on Fire’ by Susannah Cahalan, ‘One Heartbeat Away’ by Mark Cahill, and ‘The Oath’ by Frank Peretti

What makes your heart race? when I’m worried about something, usually family.

Organization or cause near to your heart-National Alliance On Mental Illness and Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Favorite Food- mashed potatoes: you can sculpt them, fling them, and eat them. The perfect food!

What keeps you up at night?

Ideas. Ideas for work, for writing, for speaking, things to do with my son. Oh and my dogs, Max kicks me in the head at night and Spike tries to sleep on my head. #DogOwnerBedtimeIssues

Leah DeMarest

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