With almost a year away from this, no better time to get back into the swing of writing. I am entering my 4th semester at UT in Student Activities and learning so much about my profession, myself and where I want to be down the line in Student Affairs. I've worked in Admissions, Orientation, Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Multicultural Student Affairs and now Student Activities, This year I will make strides diving into more of my field and determining my next step, whether it is academically and the job. In student affairs we are taught to be knowledgeable in all areas, thus Master in our Universe...sity to best support our student population, and challenge them along their way (when appropriate). But I feel as though I have lost the ability to intentionally challenge myself and dig deeper into my plan. OK, maybe not lost, just placed on hold for some time. My goal is take charge of this and walk forward to the next step. I am excited and nervous, naturally, all at once.
Did you like my He-Man reference? :)
I know I'm not the same person that started work, thank goodness. Even the powERs that be have made strides to challenge me and improve my growth. I'm so thankful. I'm not just looking to be better, I'm searching to reach out more and support more. But I have to take care of myself to become a stronger pebble in this ripple effect.
My pup is quite large, and he will be 3 this March. I remember the 1st day I saw him. He was from a litter of 9 and was the chubbiest, quietest and the pup who was by himself in the family. Perfect grown into his own, and no surprise to me, he is the strongest, loudest and most extraverted dog I have ever met. I feel safe with him around and living in a city full of animals and interesting people, he's quite the ice breaker.
My bike and I are in a complicated relationship but I assured myself soon I will be back in the saddle. This year I participate in 3 scheduled bike rides and 3 running races. I have no intention in running a marathon, although I think about it, I just don't believe my knees would last the distance. Taking care of my health is mandatory. Less sugar, more protein and veggies are a must. I'm watching my parents make strides to the gym, and it makes me excited to see them eager to burn some calories. My brother is a beast at the gym, and I need to play some serious catch up, in my own way, to ensure I improve my endurance.
I was going to make a lonnnng list, but I thought I would keep it simple with a 5 point plan.
1. Follow through with my intentions
2. Take a chance on myself and not give up
3. Write/Read more
4. Find Balance....then exercise balance
5. Stay Organized
Each month, I have instilled a MBS formula (wow, my "J" grad colleagues would be shocked at this) that will help me stay balanced. I mean really, no one runs a marathons in one shot. Let me re-clarify that statement. No one runs a race in one shot, we need to break it down. For me, at least, I need to see steps. If I have some check points, I know I can accomplish and reach the finish line.
M = Mind. Read/Write more. Stay committed to reading professional articles related to my work and other topics of interest.
B = Body. Its time to hit the gym. Stay focused on breaking a sweat b/c its fun and worth it in the end. 2x week is a must!
S = Soul. It doesn't have to be church persay, but finding time to do community service at least once a month may just what the soul needs. Keep praying and ask someone to pray with me if they are comfortable with it. I miss that praise and worship.
Hopefully next time, 10-11 months will not roll by without something said. :) Say something b/c you are worth it.