Let’s be honest. Times are tough. Our current circumstances can make it feel like the walls are literally closing in. But at some point…some day…not too far away…this too shall pass. Better days ARE ahead. So what do we do in this present space? We prepare for those better days.Continue reading “Look to Tomorrow”
A weird trend has developed and boomed with the invention of social media and our ability to share thoughts on the daily. The concept of “national days” is everywhere. Anything from National Donut Day to National Talk Like a Pirate Day, there’s something for everyone. But today’s “national day” struck me as something of which we can all use an extra dose. March 20th is the National Day of Happiness.Continue reading “Sharing Joy!”
Do you have a support system? A friend, family member, or co-dreamer who cheers you along in your pursuit of your goals and life-change? If not, building your “team” could be the missing key to your success.Continue reading “Who’s your Cheerleader?”
When people think of post-high school education, most automatically think about college. But your road to continued education may not lie in a traditional 4 year college. Are you considering a trade? If so, your skills and talents are in demand.
Need a kick start to your day? We all need to shake things up every now and again to get us going and begin our days with confidence and new energy. Even small changes to your am habits could shift your perspective and set you up for greater success in study, work, and life.
One of the greatest joys of working in our Student Success Team is hearing from real students, making real decisions for life change. Discovering what motivates and continues to encourage our students to keep moving forward is truly inspiring. Take a moment to read Stephen’s story.
If you are anything like me, life is busy. There are work, school, family, and life responsibilities at every turn. If you aren’t careful, trying to do “all the things,” can stall your progress and result in burn out.Continue reading “Trying to do all the things?”
I saw a post on social this summer. It was one photo and a few simple sentences. The photo showed a collection of work ID badges for “Faye Lewis.” The first was marked by a KFC logo and the first name, “Faye.” The second again showed the KFC logo, but carried the moniker, “ “Faye Lewis, Manager.” The next badge indicated that Faye went on to become the “Manager of Housekeeping” at a residential care facility. Still additional badges indicated Faye’s move into the medical field. First as a nursing assistant, then LPN and finally RN, complete with a bright smiling photo of Faye Lewis in the corner. The post included the encouragement, “Not all goals are accomplished overnight. Success can take time. Take your time.”
I spoke to a student recently who shared a really powerful story. She explained that she’d been working toward her high school equivalency credential for a while now, but remained determined to finish, claiming that 2020 was her year.
She went on to share that when she first began studying, she struggled with reading…that she had always struggled with reading. But she received a special gift from her husband that encouraged her. He gave her a bookshelf. Puzzled, she questioned why he would have purchased a bookshelf for her when he knows she’s “not a great reader.” He replied by saying, “Yet. You’re not a great reader yet.”
My grandpa and I used to eat clementines on the back porch every day. He showed my sister and I how to get the little orange balls of juicy goodness started with our thumbnail and peel the strips around in a curly swirl.
My sister always got impatient. Just as soon as the peel was off, she dove in face first and took a big bite. Grandpa would laugh as the juice squirted everywhere and reminded her she was, “Doing it wrong!” as she ran off to play.