Thanksgiving is my favorite U.S. holiday, and I don’t really like turkey. And, if I’m going to be honest, I really don’t like the history of the holiday. Despite all of this, I still love Thanksgiving, for two big reasons: first, it is a holiday that is solely focused on appreciating what you have. Second,… Continue reading Thanksgiving 2019: My Stress-free Holiday
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During my kids’ fall break in 2017, our family took a road trip to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. Mark, my husband, planned this historic trip and even though I’m not a fan of museums, I was very grateful he pushed us to have this somber experience. Experiencing the National Civil… Continue reading Reflection on the 90th birthday of MLK Jr
I just got back from attending the fall conference for LeadingAge Indiana. I had been very excited to present Cultivating a Philanthropic Culture Within Your Aging Services Organization (ASO) because I have experience first hand how implementing basic development strategies can be quite fruitful for the ASO client with whom I’m working. This is a… Continue reading Personal Reflection on a Recent Speaking Engagement
After I earned my Master’s this past spring, I was in a professional funk. I had worked really hard this past year to complete my Master’s in Education, to the point of burning myself out. Once I had successfully defended my thesis, I did not know what I wanted to be when I grew up.… Continue reading Taking the Time to Recharge
This is really embarrassing for me to admit, but I have always been insecure with my looks and specifically, my weight. Since puberty, I have always had a “pooch” and shortly after getting married, I learned that my gut was the result of a metabolic disorder. If I truly wanted to be at my ideal… Continue reading Getting Back on the Bike
This fall, my graduate school, Upper Iowa University reached out to me about finishing up my Master’s in Education. I started the program while I was working at Saint Mary’s College because the College had a tuition reimbursement program. Once I left Saint Mary's, I stopped the program, because I didn’t want to pay for… Continue reading What am I going to do with my Master’s in Education?
I truly believe in the necessity of having a strong network of peers and mentors. It is important to have a group of peers whom you trust to bounce off ideas, vent, and to share victories. It is also important to have a strong network of mentors, individuals who are willing to share their expertise… Continue reading Growing Your Network of Peers and Mentors
2017 is a new year and even though there are so many uncertainties that this year could bring, I’d rather focus on the new and exciting possibilities that are ahead. At the end of May, I’m turning 40 and even though it might be freaking me out, just a bit, this month I plan on… Continue reading New Year, New Possibilities