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…

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….

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…

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…

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…