The 3 R’s of Planning and Preparing

For the regular followers, we have been highlighting the importance of preparation and planning over the summer.  For many of you, your academic years have already started.  Like us, if you are on quarter system it is just now beginning.  The questions you should be asking yourself as you move into this point of the…

Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken

(Found from Mama Prayed blog)   A little slice of wisdom for this Pacific Northwest beautiful day.     After working for a number of years in the fitness field, and seeing people constantly compare themselves to others “I want her butt,” “I want his pecs,” “I wish my abs looked like that,” I have really…

Be Thankful.

Ask yourself: “What has happened to me, that has been out of my control since I was 15 years old?” Aside from disease and sudden traumatic life events, every thing that has happened to you since you were 15 is your own choice and design. Recognizing that we are in ultimate control of what we do…

Wisdom Wednesday: Dwell in Possibility

We all want resources. The problem is that they are finite. How do we make more with less? and when is more necessary increase the quality and depth of your work?     This is been a year of yes’s, a year of no’s, and a year of reframing my mindset. While prepping for the upcoming…

Planning for Success

I was a freshman in college and I was NOT transitioning well from a small high school of 350 students to a large university of 35,000+. No one taught me how to study, how to take notes, how to say “no” to friends when they asked if I wanted to hang out, or how to…

Say Less, Ask More

“Answers are closed rooms; and questions are open doors to invite us in.”- Nancy Willard Are there any other chatterboxes out there? Do you catch yourself interjecting or trying to offer advice as soon as you can identify a problem? You just really want to help right? Turns out jumping to help can actually not…

Jammin’ on my planner: Tools for Planning Success

“Hobbies? Organizing my agenda.  Wait.  That doesn’t sound fun.  Jammin’ on my planner!” – Leslie Knope   Summer can be a very busy time of year for people who work in any level of education.  For those in higher education, semester schools are starting up in the next couple of weeks and quarter schools have…

Gratituesday (On a Wednesday)

What is Gratitude? Robert A, Emmons PhD from UC Davis, defines Gratitude as an acknowledgement that we have received something of values from others.  And why is it important? Well, over the past few years the amount of scientific evidence supporting the contribution made by gratitude to psychological and social well being has significantly increased….

Part 1: Creating a “Success” Mindset

How do you define greatness? There is a difference between striving to be the best at what you are doing and being the greatest version of yourself. For most of us, there will always be someone who can be perceived as “better” than us. They can lift more weight, run faster; they make more money,…

Motivational Monday (Be a Rainbow)

Where to even begin? This has been my current state for the last week. Large projects and planning for the upcoming academic year had me at a loss while trying to effectively create a plan. This is how I have created a plan for my overwhelming large tasks:   Write a to do list Create a…

Gratituesday (on a Wednesday)

Between closing out the academic year, starting summer programs, planning a wedding, and moving; life has been moving at faster than normal speed. “If your legs are moving faster than you can fall, you won’t fall”- Mat Fraser This week we begin with an exercise in gratitude. It is too easy to be consumed with…

Helping Future Professionals Find Their Way

  I have often thought about where I would donate some of my money if I ever won the lottery.  I have thought about making small contributions to the institutions (specifically their Recreation Departments) that formed who I am today as it would be great to give back to programs that gave me so much….