How Do They Cope: Helping Others Through Sudden Losses

Dealing with loss is not easy.  Helping others deal with loss can be even harder.  I am not trained to counsel grieving individuals or groups, but what I have learned is that I can still be there. When tragedy strikes, it is usually unexpected.  Our students are often away from their families, their main support…

Motivational Monday : Seeing Beyond the Present

“No rain, no flowers”- The weather After four gorgeous days of sunshine, it is harder to remember why this resonated so deeply with me. The last few weeks have been a down pouring of literal and figurative rain. Factors such as the end of the school year rapidly approaching, moving this month, teaching many Red…

Wisdom Wednesday: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

  When it rains it pours, right? While participating in a leadership cohort this week, there were several opportunities to coach/be coached which involved a lot of on the spot self reflection and vulnerability. I am almost always of the flip-side of these conversations. It was an opportunity to examine the following: What am I doing well? What…

Motivational Monday – Age is just a number

I , Caitlin Sommers, turn 31 on Saturday!  And, I feel great about it.  I have always felt that you are only as old as you feel, and to quote one of my favorite songs from my childhood “Age is just a number, don’t you stop having fun.” – New Kids on the Block Happy…

Motivational Monday- Prove Me Wrong

You may have heard the quote “you only get one chance to make a first impression.”  And although that is true, you have multiple opportunities to change that impression.   Occasionally our first impressions of employees, students, and other groups are negative based on the thoughts, experiences, and facts shared by others around us.  It…

Motivational Monday: Hustle

“A lot of people “know” what they need to do to make their organization more successful… but it is a precious few that possess the discipline to take those great ideas… and turn them into positive action on a daily basis.” – John Spence It seems as though many people I encounter within the realm…

Motivational Monday: Look On The Bright Side

Happy Spring!! Yesterday was mild and sunny; the perfect first day of spring. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.”- Walt Whitman As we talked about self reflection last week and goals the week past, this quote brought everything full circle for me. It is so easy to…

From Recognition to Implementation

Self-Reflection.  We all have heard about it.  We have maybe even told others they should think about doing some.  But what is it? Oxford dictionaries defines it as “Meditation or serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives.”  And it can serve as a valuable tool for setting, re-setting, and reaching one’s goals.   Self…

Motivational Monday; Teachable Moments

  “One day at a time, one moment at a time.”- Anonymous When I look around me, I see a world spinning, sometimes out of control. Especially of late, I have been overwhelmed with everything that is happening in the world, in the USA, and in my own life. I already tend to take too…

Demystifying Vulnerability

Two years ago I had the opportunity to do some professional development at a week long intensive “school” put on by our governing body.  This experience definitely helped me to grow in many ways as a professional.  But there was one part of that week that will stick with me for probably the remainder of…

Motivation Monday – Bucket Lists

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey Last week, Richelle and I both wrote about the inspiration we drew from Ben Nemtin’s Opening Session Keynote at the NIRSA annual conference.  And although I think both of us have had information and tips surrounding Goal Setting hammered into…