the year of you, day 122

Sunday, May 2, 2021 (Day 122)

New Meditation Music for the week: Touching Calm: Liquid Mind (7:44) –

Question: What have the highlights of your career path been up to this point?

Answer: The first highlight that comes to mind was when I received Golden Key International Honour Society’s International Advisor of the Year Award. It was the first time that I realized that my work isn’t about the fame, rewards, and recognition – it was about the impact that I had on the students I worked with. When I was on stage to receive the award, the award presenter read my nomination letter, sharing how much she felt I was her dad away from home. I literally broke down and cried on the stage because it was such a heartwarming letter. Right then, I realized that my priorities were screwed up. I was so wrapped up in myself and what in it for me that I lost sight of the fact that my work is about impacting the lives of others. And that was such a defining moment for me. Even today, I do Life Design Catalyst work not for me, but to impact the students in my classes and the Tribe that uses the work in a variety of ways. The only reason why I apply for awards these days is that I feel like I need the outside recognition in order to justify my work and my job. As an example, our Life Design Catalyst Group Coaching Program was seen as a best Advising Practice by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation AND the National Academic Advising Association – and UNCG still won’t embrace the work. Yet, they will implement a variety of student success and coaching programs on campus, but won’t even put me on a committee on student success. So, I have to go outside my institution to promote the work, get feedback/thoughts on what works and what doesn’t work, and find ways to make it better. Yes, I do it within my classes in the School of HHS, but I also outside entities to provide thoughts on what works and what doesn’t work. I can tell you that I am grading my HHS125, HHS135, and ENT250/HHS250 (cross-listed) courses right now – and it’s gratifying to hear the students share how much they appreciate doing Life Design Catalyst work because it’s helping them get clear about their personal and/or professional goals, especially the non-traditional students.  Anyway, that’s one LONG answer to one highlight! There are many more, but that’s the one that stands out most, since that event was most transformational for me.


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