5 Ways to Disrupt Your Routine & Have More Authentic Experiences

Do you ever feel like your life is stuck on repeat? Routine can be considered a sign of stability, but the risk that comes with having too much routine is that you’ll look up one day and realize you’ve basically been repeating the same year of life over and over. As I’ve gotten older I’ve…

4 Ways to Stop Being the Annoying Phone Person

Have you ever arrived for a meeting and found that everyone in the room has their nose buried in their phones? You don’t need me to tell you that our relationships with phones range from an extension of self to full-blown addition. You know this, I know this, we know this. Whether I’m in a…

Four Simple Lessons to Thrive in the Workplace

On Sunday, January 12th, I celebrated my fourth year working at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. The last four years have been rewarding, as well as challenging, testing my confidence, patience, and faith, but through it all my commitment to learning, service, and excellence never wavered. Every job I’ve had has gifted me with rich experiences,…

Action Through Affirmation: 11 Quotes to Reconnect with Yourself

“Yesterday you said tomorrow” Last year I added this statement as a screen saver to my phone because I realized I had developed a severe case of procrastination fueled by insecurities, overthinking, and a desire for perfection. I, like many others, was paralyzed into inaction (Alan Lightman) and decided it was time to make some…

I’m Think You’re Awesome, You Should Too!

I often tell people that we should be as grateful for having a sound mind as we are for our many other blessings. Recently I was rereading one of my favorite books, You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, and I was reminded of this very concept. She explains: “We’re on a planet that somehow…

Going for the Goal: Tips for Goal Getters

It’s the start of a new year and for most people it’s goal setting season. If you’re like me, you spend most of the year trying to figure out if you’re making progress towards your goals and, more importantly, trying to figure out what risks to take to expand your potential. Goal setting can be…

Using the Holiday Season to Prepare for the Hiring Season

The holiday season is officially upon us! For those of us that work in higher education this time of year brings many highs and lows, but it also marks the eve of our industry’s peak hiring season. As you prepare to close out the semester, I encourage you to dedicate some time to refresh your…

On Behalf of Boy Moms

One of the best things about being a mom is the annual opportunities to engage and celebrate in traditional childhood moments. However, each year I am reminded of the many subtle ways in which we perpetuate gender norms and miss the mark on the simple concept of raising humans that live and lead with integrity…

Lessons Learned Along the Way

Today marks the completion of my first year in academic affairs. The last 18 months have been some of the most challenging and rewarding times of my career, but I am so thankful for the many lessons, both good and bad, that I’ve learned. In honor of this small moment in time, I decided to…

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….