Posted in September 2018

self-esteem vs confidence

I’m guilty.  I’ve always thought that self-esteem and confidence were pretty much the same thing.  This morning, I read this article and realize how much they are NOT the same.  Here’s how the author defines the two: “Confidence is a feeling of self-assurance that arises from the appreciation of one’s abilities or qualities, while self-esteem … Continue reading

one week job

Since we’ve focused this week on career exploration, I thought I would share an interesting example of how to choose a job/career/calling when you don’t know what to choose. What should I do with my life? As an advisor, life design coach, and career exploration navigator for undergraduate students, I will typically get questions ranging … Continue reading

week 5 coaching course

week 5 coaching course

This week, we are moving away from Story and now moving on towards purpose, as illustrated in the SPARCK Model: In this week’s chapter of “Knowing Yourself,” students are exploring their personality type.  We have two assessments that we use, one in class and one online. First, we’ve created a quick personality assessment test that … Continue reading

right career path

Have you ever wondered whether you’re on the right career path – or not? I found this really short article that identifies 7 ways to know if you’re on the right career path – goes well with the career life lessons I posted yesterday. As you read the article, ask yourself, “Am I on the … Continue reading

important career lessons

As I was thinking about my life and my career, I wondered what advice I could give students as they embark on this journey towards meaningful work.  I shared with this this morning that my ultimate goal this semester is for them to understand their place in the world, especially when it comes to serving … Continue reading


Today, an inspirational song.  I’ve thought about using this song in the past, but seems to be most appropriate now that we’re having students talk about and share their story. I love it because it talks about how to rise up from your past.  And the video is very poignant; I’ll include the link below. … Continue reading

why your personal brand sucks

Interesting title, eh? This article came across my desk about a month ago, although I’m still not sure why.  The article made me think about my colleague and dear friend Megan, who teaches a personal branding class.  Wonder if she had a chance to read the article – I’m sure she would find it interesting … Continue reading

stop screwing yourself over

I consider this one of those “in your face” videos that may inspire you to move forward.  Check out Mel Robbins’ TED Talk here: “How to stop screwing yourself over (Mel Robbins)” – It’s time to stop screwing yourself over!

week 4 coaching course

It’s Story Time!  This week, our students are presenting their My Life Story Posters to their classmates.  I just posted the Week 4 information for our coaching course.  I will be posting pictures of some of the posters from each day that we collect from the students in class for you to view.  I’ve also … Continue reading

purposeful work

In Tuesday’s Edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, there was an article titled, “How Colleges Help Students Find Purpose in Their Work,” highlighting Purpose Work at Bates College.  I was amused and intrigued by the article because the article takes the stance that purposeful work (or meaningful work) is something new and cutting edge … Continue reading