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…

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…

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….

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….

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 can…