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…

Hey, Hi, Hello! 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships

After moving every 2-3 years during my adult life, I have quite a few workplace experiences that have shaped the why I build relationships with my staff and coworkers alike. I have written with 8 Steps To Build Strong Workplace Relationships with these disclaimers in mind: Not all coworkers want to be friends. This is perfectly fine! This…

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: Self Awareness

Recently, I have had discussions with old students of mine about Self Awareness and how that falls into responsibilities in the workplace.  It is one thing for someone to tell you you are doing something wrong that you were not aware was wrong, it is a completely different thing to view your actions from an…

5 Steps to Self Care

Written By: Dr. Kimberly Sommers Dr. Kimberly Sommers is a psychologist at the Minnesota State University, Mankato Counseling Center.  Her work focuses on student development, multiculturalism, feminism, promoting mental health, and defeating mental health stigma. As a psychologist in a university counseling center, I tell my clients to “go and engage in self-care” at the…

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…