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Hey Friends - I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. As I sit down to write this newsletter, I feel compelled to share with you the raw truth of my recent journey. While my husband and I are overjoyed at the arrival of our second son in September, this season has been one of the most challenging periods of my life. It's been full of immense hardship, compounded stress, and increased demands on my time and energy as we open a new location. Then, there are the invisible demands of leadership and small business ownership. On top of all this, the inevitable shifts and changes that come with life's seasons have only added to the weight I've been carrying. If you're anything like me, you've likely felt the weight of challenges pressing down on you too, testing your resilience at every turn. The long hours spent behind the scenes, the countless tasks that go unnoticed by others, and the constant pressure to keep everything running smoothly can take a toll on even the strongest of spirits. It's a journey fraught with uncertainty and sacrifice, where the weight of responsibility can often feel overwhelming.

But amidst the challenges and the chaos, there is still beauty to be found. It's a blessing to wake up each day, alive and able to serve in the capacity that I do. Offering mental health and wellness services that allow people to become happy, healthy, and whole is an endless pursuit. Despite the exhaustion and the challenges faced, there is no greater honor than being able to love on people and advocate for their well-being. This work is not just a job for me; it's my life's purpose, my greatest joy.

Even on the hardest days, when weariness threatens to overcome, I am reminded of the profound privilege it is to walk alongside each of you on your journey towards healing and growth. I do not take this privilege lightly, and I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Do we always get it right? Probably not. But, man do we try. 

In times like these, it's all too easy to succumb to the overwhelming nature of our circumstances, to feel like we're barely keeping our heads above water. But I want to remind you that you are stronger and more resilient than you realize. Despite the difficulties we face, there is a deep well of strength within each of us, waiting to be tapped into during our moments of need. It's okay to admit when things are tough, to acknowledge the struggles we're facing with honesty and vulnerability. But it's also important to remember that these challenges do not define us. They are temporary obstacles on the path to growth and healing. Each hardship we encounter is an opportunity for us to learn, to adapt, and to emerge from the other side stronger and more resilient than before.

So, as we navigate these challenging times together, let us find solace in the knowledge that we are not alone. Let us draw strength from each other and from the shared purpose that unites us. And let us never forget the transformative power of love, compassion, and advocacy in the pursuit of mental health and wellness. Today I hope you find the strength, courage, and hope to continue your journey, whatever that may be. And may you always remember that sunnier, Summer days lie ahead! 

With deepest appreciation and warmest regards,

Kaylee B. Bynum, LCMHC, LPC, NCC, CCMHC

Founder & President

Provider Spotlight:

Katie W. Erlwein!

At Peaceful Waters Counseling and Wellness Center, we take immense pride in recognizing the exceptional contributions of our employees, and today, we shine the spotlight on Katie Erlwein, our esteemed art therapist, as the recipient of our Provider Spotlight. Katie embodies the essence of compassion, creativity, and dedication, making her an invaluable asset to our team.

As an art therapist, Katie possesses a unique ability to connect with her clients on a profound level, fostering a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can explore their thoughts and emotions through artistic expression. Her genuine kindness and warmth are evident in every interaction, as she goes above and beyond to establish meaningful rapport with her clients, helping them feel heard, understood, and supported throughout their therapeutic journey.

Katie's commitment to excellence extends beyond her therapeutic work, as she consistently demonstrates a proactive approach and a willingness to take initiative. Her exceptional communication skills, both with clients and their families, ensure that everyone involved feels informed and empowered every step of the way. Recently, one of Katie's clients described her as a "gem of an employee and therapist," a testament to the profound impact she has on those she serves.

Moreover, Katie's collaborative spirit and positive demeanor make her a cherished member of our team. She not only gets along well with her colleagues but also radiates joy and enthusiasm that uplifts the entire workplace. It's no surprise that the kiddos absolutely adore her, as she brings a sense of creativity, joy, and inspiration to every session. We are truly grateful for Katie's unwavering dedication and contributions to Peaceful Waters, and we congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition as our Provider Spotlight.

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Book of The Month:

Don't Believe Everything You Think

This groundbreaking book offers a profound new paradigm to liberate you from the root cause of all psychological and emotional suffering. Through its timeless wisdom, you'll discover how to transcend the limits of your mind, break free from negative thought patterns, and begin to experience ever-present peace, unconditional love, and boundless joy - no matter your circumstances. Empower yourself with the ability to effortlessly manifest your dream life as you access your infinite potential and inner wisdom. No matter your struggles, you have the power to transform your reality; embrace the light within the darkness and thrive with the life-changing insights contained in these pages.

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We Love Our Community!

SheCEO Business Retreat

The SheCEO Business Retreat in Duck, North Carolina was an extraordinary success, leaving participants inspired and empowered. Over four unforgettable days, women entrepreneurs immersed themselves in a supportive community, forging invaluable connections and honing their business skills. Through beachfront networking, rejuvenating yoga sessions, and engaging workshops, attendees not only gained practical insights but also found renewed confidence in their entrepreneurial journeys. This retreat played a vital role in fostering collaboration and empowerment among women in our community, paving the way for even greater success and impact in the future.

Shout out to the following businesses for their support and participation in this first retreat: B&M Contractors, Chesapeake Bay Psychiatry Fusion Office Business Centers (co-host), Gallop Funeral Services, & Hometown Med of Moyock and OBX.

Stay tuned for updates on our 2025 retreat!

Food Bank of the Albemarle's Sort-A-Rama with Small Business Connect

Peaceful Waters enthusiastically joined forces with Small Business Connect of Northeast North Carolina to take part in the Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Sort-A-Rama event in April. This event was a blend of camaraderie and competitiveness, as teams converged in the Food Bank warehouse. The mission was to swiftly pack items into boxes, striving to outpace the ticking clock. Although we did not win, we still experienced the ultimate prize - knowing that our hard work would provide aid to the food insecure in our community.

The Currituck YMCA -Sponsor a Teen Program!

Peaceful Waters is a strong advocate and supporter of the Currituck YMCA. Our President, Kaylee Bynum, serves on the board and believes strongly in community outreach....especially in the lives of teens! Did you know that a simple donation of $75 allows a local teen to obtain a FREE membership for the entire summer and provides them with a safe space to thrive, connect, and grow? "The Y believes this initiative is critical, and stresses the importance of the community coming together to support youth in building healthy habits, strong character values, and achieving a sense of belonging." Will you join us today to ensure that all local teens have this opportunity? No amount is too small...contributions of all sizes make difference! Click below to donate.

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Welcome Mekensey



With over 25 years of experience, Mekensey brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our front desk operations. She is adept at efficiently managing a high volume of incoming calls, greeting visitors with warmth and professionalism, and coordinating administrative tasks with precision.

Mekensey's commitment to providing exceptional customer service ensures that every interaction with our center is met with care and attention to detail.

As a proactive team player, Mekensey thrives in a fast-paced environment and excels at multitasking. Her strong attention to detail and quick learning abilities make her an invaluable asset to our team. But it's not just her professional skills that make Mekensey stand out—she is also known for her inquisitive nature, kind demeanor, and warm personality.

In her spare time, Mekensey enjoys soaking up the sun at the beach, fishing, swimming, and spending time with animals of all shapes and sizes, especially dogs. She is also passionate about staying active, whether it's hitting the gym for a workout or hanging out with kiddos. Mekensey's diverse interests and caring nature make her a wonderful addition to our Peaceful Waters family, and we are thrilled to have her on board.

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Ask a Therapist: How to Finally Conquer Your Procrastination Habit

"I'm a chronic procrastinator, and it's really starting to affect my life. I always put things off until the last minute, and then I end up feeling stressed and overwhelmed trying to get everything done. I know I need to change this pattern, but I'm not sure how. Can you suggest some strategies or techniques to help me stop procrastinating and become more productive?"

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Our "Ask a Therapist" column is your safe space to pose those burning questions, share your thoughts, or seek guidance on mental health and wellness topics. Click below to leave your questions, and we will do our best to answer in a future newsletter!

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Just like the flowers are in full bloom, so are your goals. Diffuse a spicy, fresh blend of EucalyptusBergamotFrankincense, and Patchouli essential oils for notes of inspiration and upward growth.

We are a professional wholesaler of Young Living products and offer diffusers and oils at a significant discount. We are also able to make custom orders, if you have a special request!

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