people you need

Relationships matter. In my class yesterday, one of my students shared (after our “Are You Living Your Best Life” Self-Assessment) that she just decided cut off several people in her life the past weekend because she realized they weren’t truly her friends.  You could tell in her voice that this decision had a great impact … Continue reading

staying the same in education

As I think about my role in education in the future, I was intrigued by the article, “Focusing on What is Going to Stay the Same in Education” by AJ Juliani.  I was intrigued because he states that all we hear in the news is how education is going to change in the next 5…10…20 … Continue reading

7 truths to know

It’s been a busy week, so I haven’t had a lot of time to read articles or write; however, I was compelled to read this article today because it touched on many of the things that I have to think about on a daily basis. Here’s a great article that might be helpful in living … Continue reading

week 12 coaching course

Last week, I had the opportunity to facilitate a one-day Life Design workshop at Folsom Lake College with my colleague Megan.  What a great experience! Our Fall Semester “What Could I Do With My Life” coaching course is coming to a close.  In the second week of class, we had students define their story by … Continue reading

the comparison trap

Hi again!  Took a little break from blogging due to travel; facilitated a half-day staff development and a half-day faculty development Life Design workshops at Folsom Lake College in California last week.  Awesome experience!  It’s always a joy to be around kindred spirits! Both workshops used many of the tools that I’ve Incorporated into our … Continue reading

be your own life coach

In yesterday’s blog post, I shared our Personal Philosophy Activity, with the hope that students could use their Personal Philosophy Statement to make important decisions about their future.  Ultimately, it’s our goal that students are empowered to coach themselves towards happiness and success – happiness and success for the student, not for the institution. Although … Continue reading

week 11 coaching course

We are getting close to the end of the semester!  We’ve spent the past 10 weeks working on the “Story” and “Purpose” parts of the SPARCK Model.  We will spend the next couple of weeks focused on “Aspirations.” This week, students will be developing their Personal Philosophy – a statement that define how they will … Continue reading

the rhythm of life

This week, our students will be creating their Personal Philosophy – a statement that describes how they plan to live their lives every day.  I’ll post the actual activity in tomorrow’s blog. Today, I want to share the book that inspired me to do this “best version of yourself” work in the first place.  When … Continue reading

the how of happiness

I had to take a few days off from blogging for personal reasons…  Now I’m back and ready to go! I was chatting with a student last week about happiness, where she stated that she wasn’t happy about her life.  Not happy about school, not happy about her family, not happy about anything.  Decided to … Continue reading

week 10 coaching course

This posting is later than usual, but I wanted to make sure that I had a few examples to share before I delivered the post. This week, students are required to create either the Major/Career/Calling Exploration Poster (freshmen and sophomores) or the Calling Connection Mind Map (juniors and seniors).  In a nutshell, the students take … Continue reading