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…

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…