Kathy Blumentritt - Woman to Watch Class of 2015
Owner/Director of The Front Porch
Kathy Blumentritt started working as a licensed Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN, where she worked with mothers and children who were at risk with Lutheran Social Services. This inspired her to build an expertise in helping families heal and connect as a Marriage and Family Therapist. As she was in private practice, she prayed for a team of colleagues who were interested in mindfulness and healing relationships. One by one, over three years, the team for The Front Porch arrived and trained under her supervision. The idea of The Front Porch was born out of this team as a place for the community to heal and connect in many ways, it also serves to nurture the therapists so they are healthy and connected as well. The Front Porch family of therapists are open to educating and delivering new and ancient ways of healing. Some of these healing arts include family therapy, marital conflict workshops, sand tray, poetry readings, individual therapy, mindful meditation and art to express the inner world. The Front Porch hopes to be the leading team that listens and responds to the Michiana people's stories and needs and who hope within each story. We feel blessed and want to share our home with those who are in need of connection and healing.
Just In A Day's Work:
What do you love about your job?
The people and their beautiful real stories. I get the chance to hear and be with amazing people in ways even their families do not always get to see and hear. When I watch people heal or connect, sometimes for the first time, it changes me too. I also love to watch my staff grow into genuine healing therapists. I hope to inspire success and nurture their mistakes. Mistakes are essential, they are unique teachers who can transform good to great.
What was the best business advice you have received and who gave it?
Listen, listen slowly and intentionally to what lives and speaks to your heart and mind. We rarely if ever do great things alone, take help and work until it's done right. My parents Tony and Terry Marchettit, and a bit of Walt Disney.
Who inspires you professionally?
My family, they are all creatively driven. They do not quit! I watch them all get up time and again after challenges and become even better. Our strength comes from God, yet we all value hard work and getting it done well. Finally, my husband and his unique undying belief in what I do. He was the first to say, "Do it Kathy" every step in my career from my degrees to The Front Porch.
Do you have a professional mentor? How have they helped you succeed?
YES! I could not be me without Tim Nelson, PhD and Bonnie Badenoch, PhD. I have this perfect combination of mentors for me. Tim taught me to never stop reading and
challenging what I am doing and why I chose a method or a theory. Bonnie has taught me what books cannot even though she is an author. She has taught me about how deep and unknown the unconscious is to swim in. She taught me to follow people's natural instinct to heal and connect. They both have taught me genuine vulnerability. They have taught me in their own ways, that it is necessary for therapists to go towards our own inner wounds and beautiful wisdom that comes with the walk of healing. Suffering is inevitable, normal and it can bring a deeper trust of self when we listen to what we need. I've learned from God and many others that people usually do things that makes sense to them, we have to be willing to ask questions and truly listen.
What is your single best piece of advice for women in business?
Stay focused on the goal and connected to those who you trust. Failure does not mean the dream is over, it means another door is going to open. Be thankful, I owe so much to others who have given me their time, money, encouragement, creative work, hugs, patience, and most of all, belief in what we are doing.
The Balancing Act:
What does “success” mean to you?
Success means I have listened well to God, my loved ones and myself. Whatever comes from listening is usually something beautiful.
What’s your best secret to “having it all?"
I'm not sure you can have it all in any one given time or moment but I know I've come close to feeling connected to God and those I love. Earth is not the final place, but I have touched times and people that remind me of what is yet to come.
What is your favorite non-work activity or hobby?
I'm learning to quilt. It teaches me stillness and reminds me of life. I love watching separate things come together to make something beautifully new.
What is your favorite form of stress relief?
Running! It allows me to listen to music and shed stress. I also enjoy laughter, jokes and funny movies. They remind me that life's frustrations can be humorous. And of course,
mindful meditations and yoga.
11 SASSY Facts About Kathy Blumentritt:
Favorite TV Show:
Once Upon A Time
Favorite Guilty Pleasure:
Tennis! I could spend every day playing tennis with my friends and family. I have met amazing women who have inspired me and loved me when I'm not lovable. I love them and the game. I feel guilty only because I've played up to three to four hours in a row, and the guilt comes when I've got to get to work at home and at TFP. There will always be more laundry and more tennis, thankfully.
7,000 Way to Listen by Mark Nepo
Favorite Scented Candle:
Sandalwood and Vanilla
Dark chocolate with caramel on anything!
Favorite Beauty Product:
I love beauty products! I would have to say Veil primer that goes under makeup. It is so velvety and prepares the skin so the makeup stays on and smooth.
Biggest Pet Peeve:
Do what you say to the best you can do. Dirty floors and counters.
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
What do you think makes up a Sassy woman?
A woman who listens and believes in herself and who believes in other women.
What makes you feel the SASSIEST?
Celebrating women with women, all of us have wisdom and beauty. A great bracelet goes a long way too.
If you were a shoe, describe what you would be and why?
A black stiletto with a few pieces of rhinestones. If they invented one that could play tennis or run in, it would be perfect. I like to move and challenge my body, but I like a sophisticated look.