entrepreneurial spirit

About a month ago, I attended the Ice House Entrepreneurial Facilitator Training in Durham, NC; I got to hang out with 50 inspired individuals interested in spreading the entrepreneurial mindset in North Carolina. Since then, I felt something was missing – and then it hit me.  The “Entrepreneurial Mindset” was too focused on the head…it … Continue reading

Re-Imagine You

Good day friends! I wanted to share an interesting conversation I had with my colleague Megan this morning that I think might be pertinent to these various groups. We were talking about the conversations/changes that are coming on our campus – mainly to our General Education program and our Student “Transitions” programs. As we were … Continue reading

changing a mindset

I’ve spent the past three days at the Ice House Entrepreneurial Training Program, sponsored by the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative (https://elimindset.com/). One of my projects for the training was to identify a problem – my problem: what strategies are institutions using to increase retention and graduation rates. I sent my request out to the First-Year Experience, … Continue reading

who says i can’t..

I’m a big sports fan…and LOVE great, inspirational stories. If you don’t know Rob Mendez, you will after watching this video. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXEruspkD_Q It’s a powerful story about purpose, intention, vision, and love. Enjoy!

advising vs coaching vs guiding

I just got back from the First-Year Experience Conference yesterday.  As always found a few nuggets that can be used in our Life Design work. I presented a session titled, “Advising, Coaching, and Student Success with Life Design in Mind.” After the session, I had a few interesting conversation with a few of the participants.  … Continue reading

back in the saddle…

Hello everyone!  Decided to take a little bit of a break due to personal and professional life challenges.  But now….I’m back! I will be posting more regularly now, since there’s a LOT more going on since I last posted.  Since the start of 2019: Started a business – Life Design Institute, LLC – with my … Continue reading

make better life decisions

As we get ready for Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday, we’ll get plenty of opportunities to make decisions. How can we make better decisions?  Well, Mark Manson shared a great article that might help; check it out here: 5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions – https://markmanson.net/how-to-make-better-life-decisions As usual, another interesting read. Have a great … Continue reading

how would friends rate you

As we prepare students for Project #3: Personal Charter Posters and Presentations, I wondered if they’ve REALLY ever done a deep, honest self-evaluation of themselves.  Or, if they’ve had their friends do an honest evaluation of them.  Of course, I’ve had many work evaluations and self-evaluations in the past, but I don’t know if I’ve … Continue reading

week 13 coaching course

Only two weeks/classes left before the end of our coaching course! This week, students are provided the instructions to create Project #3: Personal Charter Poster and Presentation.  We use the Personal Charter as a summary of everything they’ve learned about themselves over the course of the semester.  The idea for the Personal Charter Poster came … Continue reading

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