Just wanted to share a couple of things…

Written by Howard Spector on December 15, 2017

I, like many of you, firmly believe that we are all called to do things in our lives that are expressions of who and what we are.  

For some, the road less traveled is simple and smooth and for others there are many false starts, threshold guardians and obstacles.

Witnessing friends and colleagues pursue their passions is something that always excites and energizes me. I love the act of creation and the possibilities that may come from doing new things and knowing that no matter how big or small, it all takes courage.

Over the years I have developed many personal and professional friendships with people that have been consistently working hard in their own ways to express their dreams and I wanted to take a few moments to introduce a couple of them to our community.  

First up is SimplePractice’s very first Beta user, Ira Israel. Yes, even before the famed Katie Malinsky opened her wallet on that fateful June day in 2013 to become our first paying customer, Ira was there slogging through our half-built product and providing us with very honest feedback. I first met Ira when he was a customer of my previous company, TrackYourHours.

Among many of his amazing and inspiring accomplishments, Ira recently published his first book, How to Survive your Childhood Now that You’re an Adult, and I couldn’t be prouder. In this provocative book, Ira offers a powerful, comprehensive, step-by-step path to recognizing the ways of being that we created as children and transcending them with compassion and acceptance. A fitting topic for our community and I am happy to share it with you.

I also wanted to introduce our community to my step-sister Elizabeth Bass-Gillespi and her new business called The Kitchen Alchemist.

Liz is a true artist and entrepreneur and while she continues to have a very successful career as a costume designer in Hollywood, she’s also embarked on a personal journey, marrying her deeply powerful creative drive with the study and application of the healing qualities of plants.

She has created unique infusions, balms, tinctures, teas and healing foods. These all make thoughtful gifts for the holidays and beyond for friends, colleagues, or even you. Learn more about Liz and The Kitchen Alchemist here.


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About the Author

Howard is the CEO and Co-founder of SimplePractice. Howard has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. He is proud to have earned his MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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