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It took me years to find the right balance.

But I did it. And now I get to provide this balance to residents of The Willows. Here is what I mean…

…life is fragile, short. And that means we all should focus on the present moment, instead of the past or things we can’t change. Sometimes all we need is to be reminded of this and bingo, the sunshine of life appears.

As Executive Director of The Willows I am surrounded by what I call “Veterans of Life.” I get to spend my days with these wonderful people who have seen it all, and done it all. Yet these seniors are still so obviously kids inside. Sure, our bodies wear out, but our life doesn’t wear out. Youth and life are always inside of us.

These are the people who have learned to live in the moment, forgive others, not dwell on the past and to give the precious gift of time to others.

And this matches our slogan, “The WillowsLife.” It means a life where we recognize age, but we dwell on the happiness of our inner life. That is The WillowsLife.

Before I let you go, here is a secret. I lost my Grandmother when I was just 10, my Dad at 12 and my Mom at 18. In other words – I was super young. And it took me a long time to get over losing them. But I did, I found the balance.

And now, I see myself as a knight in armor, leading an army of “Veterans of Life” who live right here at The Willows of Marshalltown. And this army displays all of life’s best lessons, every day.

I am Jennifer. Feel free to call me anytime, whether you want a tour or to just visit. I look forward to that and my private number is 641-485-1672.


The Willows Executive Director