the mentally strong

How well are you at managing your thoughts and emotions?  Are you mentally strong? Don’t know or don’t have answers?  Here’s an article that might help: “12 Things Mentally Strong People Do That Nobody Else Does” – It was a fun and intriguing read for me because I had a chance to reflect on … Continue reading

shoulder taps

One of my dear friends and fellow Life Design Catalyst Coaches Kara shared a link with me that really touched my heart last week.  She told me that I was her “shoulder taps” and thanked me for being a part of her life.  I appreciated the thoughtful gesture, but it didn’t make sense to me … Continue reading

where are you right now?

Today is the first day of classes at UNCG; just finished meeting with my first “What Could I Do With My Life” class today. During class, had them answer a set of questions; my favorite was having them answer: “On a scale from 1 (my life completely sucks and I don’t want to be here) … Continue reading

win or learn

During my workout this morning, I have a great song on my playlist.  For some reason, it resonated with me more today than most days – maybe it’s because I feel it’s time for me to find things to stretch myself and step out of my comfort zone. I think it’s a sign, since I … Continue reading

delusions of entrepreneurship

As I prepare an opportunity for a few close friends and Life Design Catalyst Tribe members to venture into the entrepreneurship world by introducing them to the world of side hustles, I remember the real reason why I started the Life Design Catalyst tribe in the first place – I wanted to create a group … Continue reading

“themed” music

Something different today. About a month ago, I challenged my mastermind group to come up with “themed” music, a song that described them best that would be played when they would come onto the stage of an event.  I thought it would be a fun way to delve a little deeper into our personalities. So, … Continue reading

purpose and well-being in college

As promised, here’s the second inspirational article, this time, addressing high impact practices for student success. This article has a different take than the one posted yesterday; this time, the article is focused on high-impact practices and student well-being.  The author states that high impact practices should actually focus on student well-being and should involve … Continue reading

purpose and learning

The next two articles I’m sharing, today – Thursday and tomorrow – Friday, have provided me great fuel for me to do purpose work in higher education. This first article illustrates how an intervention for low-income high school seniors centered around purpose/serving something bigger than yourself increased the likelihood that they would go to college. … Continue reading

how to have a happy marriage

For all of you married folks out there – or even those looking for a partner.  READ THIS! Eric Barker shares research on specific things you could do to have a happy, long-lasting marriage.  You may already do many of the secrets on the list; but if not, imagine what would happen if you could … Continue reading

how do you measure your life?

Another Mark Manson gem!  This one addresses social comparison, something that we all do – some more than others. I love his approach, as he uses what he calls “Happiness Hypotheticals” as his way to determine his metrics for success.  Questions that really get you think about success and happiness in your life. Here’s an example: “Would … Continue reading