Recognizing Nikole Kelzenberg as a SHE RECOVERS Gem

SHE RECOVERS® Foundation Volunteer Recognition

Nikole Kelzenberg volunteer

“Being a SHE RECOVERS volunteer means being of service to a community of people committed to self-exploration, growth, and honesty. I love being a piece of the patchwork that keeps the SHE RECOVERS offerings up and running.” — Nikole Kelzenberg, SHE RECOVERS Volunteer

Recognizing Nikole Kelzenberg as a SHE RECOVERS Gem

For the last three years, Nikole Kelzenberg has been stewarding the SHE RECOVERS community as a SHE RECOVERS Together Online Gatherings Guardian. During the global pandemic when everything moved from in-person to online, she found being of service restorative. Volunteering allowed her to build deeper connections with SHE RECOVERS community members. Recently, Nikole has been recognized as a SHE RECOVERS Gem.

SHE RECOVERS Gems are volunteers who have been acknowledged by their peers for their profound and life-altering contributions and service to our community.

We had the honor of interviewing Nikole Kelzenberg about her role as a SHE RECOVERS Volunteer.

What does being a SHE RECOVERS Foundation Volunteer mean to you?

It means being of service to a community of people committed to self-exploration, growth, and honesty. I love being a piece of the patchwork that keeps the SHE RECOVERS offerings up and running.

What made you want to become a SHE RECOVERS Foundation Volunteer?

I find being of service restorative and during the 2020 timeframe, in-person opportunities were limited so helping via Zoom was a great avenue. It allowed me to build deeper connections within the SHE RECOVERS network. 

What three words would your friends and peers use to describe you?

Witty, giving, thoughtful.

How do these aspects of who you are show up in your everyday life?

I try to always assume the most respectful interpretation, remain patient, and offer to help others both personally and professionally. I strive to get to know people genuinely, often taking note of the seemingly small details mentioned during conversation. Your favorite nail polish color…noted. The animals that make your heart swoon…got it. The food you despise, off the menu. I love sending mail to friends & family just to let them know, “hey, I was thinking about you.”

What is something of which you are proud?

Getting sober and diving into everything that is underneath is what I take the most pride in. I truly feel that I am breaking familial patterns for my children by leading a sober life driven by compassion for myself and others.

What do you do outside of your volunteer role for work and/or play?

I have had the opportunity to grow my career over the past 23+ years working in a variety of roles for a large medical device company. The connection and friendships built there fulfills me. Outside of work, I navigate parenting my son (18) and daughter (22) through all the curveballs thrown my way. I love watching stand-up & improv comedy, story-telling competitions (The Moth Story Slams), volunteering with local organizations in various roles, card/board games, and hosting friends & family.

What does radical self-care look like for you?

Therapy, connecting with friends, nature, saying no when appropriate (don’t ever ask me to attend a large sporting event), being mindful of time spent digitally numbing, and always using a handrail when walking on stairs.

Tell us a little bit about your recovery journey. What are you recovering from? What tools and resources do you weave into your patchwork of recovery? 

Around 2015, I looked at my relationship with alcohol and knew that if I continued to drink the trajectory would not be what I wanted. I devoured various sober blogs and the words inspired me to try not drinking. Since quitting alcohol in December 2016, I have added yoga, in-person connection, therapy, and deep self-reflection into my patchwork. 

What or who is inspiring you right now? 

I recently had the opportunity to visit SHE RECOVERS Integrated Partner The Retreat in Wayzata, MN. The positive energy at the campus coupled with the passion for the work that radiated from the staff has inspired me to dive into learning more about the 12 steps. 

What SHE RECOVERS Intention & Guiding Principle resonates with you the most?

Connection is our sole (soul) purpose. We’re stronger together. 

What is your favorite SHE RECOVERS resource?

The Mothers of High Needs Children identity-based group. Hands down that has been a lifeline for me. 

What is one piece of advice you would give to another woman/non-binary individual who is seeking a community like SHE RECOVERS?

Show up, test the water, and dive in. The SHE RECOVERS Together Online Group and Gatherings are both a soft spot to land. Let the community be your life preserver if needed.

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Feeling Inspired by this She Recovers Gem Story?

We invite you to get involved with SHE RECOVERS and explore the many ways you can help inspire hope, redefine recovery, reduce stigma and empower women who are in or seeking recovery. You can become a SHE RECOVERS PartnerFriend of the Foundation, Volunteer, or Advocate.

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