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…

We’ve All Been There

I recently watched Inc.‘s interview with Dwyane Wade about overcoming challenges and found his remarks reminded me why I love being an educator and that his experiences as a student are not all that different from those of a professional. During the interview he reflected on his transition from high school to college and the…

Lessons of a Temporary Stay at Home Mom

Today was my first day back at work! For the last 84 days (yes, I counted) I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at home with my family, which was something I never thought I would do. For the last 10 years I’ve been that parent who picked up their child and thought the…

Advice for Doctoral Students

This weekend five years ago I walked across the stage at Lamar University surrounded by friends and family as I received my doctorate. I remember being terrified of tripping nervous about messing up my hooding, and reminded that while I was never made to feel different, I was becoming a statistic I could be proud…

Remembering Lessons of the Past

While shopping in the home decor store, At Home, today, I ran across some of my favorite self reflection journals and note pads created by Knock Knock. I love these products because they feel like an outward expression of my mind as they are snarky, insightful, and truthful. While there are many that I’ve purchased…

What’s Your Next Move?

Recently I’ve had the luxury of time to reflect on things that I care about and find fulfillment in. Like many, my days are often spent taking care of other people or focusing on completing a checklist. I’m often so lost in the day to day functions, I don’t take time to determine if I’m…

Expanding Your Legacy

Every time I check my social media sites, I always reminded of the amazing stories and experiences of those I’m connected too. As I scroll through my feed, I am often left wishing that people would consider taking the time and risk to consolidate their posts and turn them into something that has further reach….

Have You Lied Today? Me Too!

Have you ever wondered about the point when trust begins to erode? In nearly every moment of every day we filter our communication through our personal truth spectrum, which is influenced by our lived experiences and perspectives of the world around us. For the sake of a mental break, think about the last time you…

It’s Gen Z, Not Millennial

This week I hosted a webinar titled It’s Gen Z, Not Millennial: An Overview of the Current College Student for the Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators. My goal was to enhance others understanding about Generation Z, understand how the characteristics of their generation impacts their engagement within higher education institutions, and explore…

Speaking of Veracity

After a long hiatus, I’m excited to re-launch The ASR Touch. Originally started as a method to cultivate conversations about topics I discussed with friends and colleagues, I’m looking forward to learning, exploring unique perspectives, and challenging assumptions through this outlet once again. After taking some time to settle into a few new adventures, I’ve been reminded that my…