Managing the Imposter

August marks the start of a new academic year for many, as well as mixed emotions as many people are transitioning into new roles or new responsibilities. It should come as no surprise that these transitions, combined with a personal desire to do something greater than the prior year, can lead to intense imposter feelings….

Passion to Purpose: July 2019

If you’re anything like me you get really excited when you see other people living their best life and fulfilling their purpose. You’ve also likely realized by now that I appreciate people who embrace their entrepreneurial spirit, especially those who invest in themselves for the purpose of investing in others. In addition to the wonderful…

The Art of Biography Writing

Have you ever been in a situation where your excitement about a new opportunity was deflated by the dreaded request for a biography? In my experience most people don’t give themselves enough credit when writing their biography, but then there are the people that include the fact that they woke up this morning as an…

Reflections from New Professionals Institute 2019 (Hosted by NASPA/SACSA)

Last week I had the great honor of serving as faculty for the 2019 NASPA/SACSA New Professionals Institute (NPI). Hosted at the beautiful University of North Carolina-Charlotte campus, I had the opportunity to work with an all-star faculty group and over 80 new professionals representing 11 states, 60 institutions, and countless functional areas. During this…

Passion to Purpose: June 2019

One of the best things about working in higher education is the abundance of amazing people you get to meet. This month’s Passion to Purpose post highlights three people that have transformed their innate gifts and lived experiences into powerful tools to create change for others. Please visit their website, support their efforts, and remember…

What’s Your Purpose?

Have you ever thought about your purpose in life? It seems that regardless of age people are always searching for their purpose. More often than not they are also rationalizing their actions in life by aligning them with their perceived purpose. When I decided to refocus on this blog I found myself in a similar…

Mid-Manager’s Institute: 5 Years Later

Five years ago I completed the 2014 NASPA Region III/SACSA Mid-Manager’s Institute at Texas Christian University. The Mid-Manager’s Institute (MMI) is a focused and unique professional development experience that offers an opportunity for mid-level professionals to enhance and develop the skills, relationships, and dispositions that distinguish them in the profession and enables them to make more…

Follow Up: What Were You Thinking

Last month I shared that I would be calibrating my decision making process and embracing a personal experience grounded in the “power of pause” in my What Were You Thinking post. As you can imagine I didn’t get it completely right, but I’m excited to share that I’m closing out the month of May feeling…

Passion to Purpose: May 2019

Years ago my husband came home with a new digital camera and a giant smile on his face. As long as I’ve known him his smile has been infectious and his charm, whether it be in a social or professional setting, has always brought out the best in people. I knew the moment I saw…

What Were You Thinking?

Have you ever wondered how or why you let yourself get into the position you’re in? For the last several weeks I’ve been battling a “yes” mentality. Don’t get me wrong, I love to help other people and I also take a lot of pride in my various roles in life, but recently I’ve found…