Thursday, September 30, 2021 (Day 272)
Relaxing Music for the week: Matamua: Deuter (9:47) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-ndoU0_bf8
Question: What will be your next adventure?
Answer: I have two “adventures” coming up; this coming weekend, I’ll be on an adventure to visit my daughters in Georgia, one I’m looking forward to because I haven’t seen them in about 18 months. Then, a week from today, I’ll be on another “adventure,” where I’ll be heading to Cincinnati, Ohio for the 2021 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference. I look forward to the first trip because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hanging out with Bethany and Amanda. Anyone who know me knows that they bring out the best in me! I always feel alive when I’m around them. So that will be a good trip. The NACADA Conference will be an interesting experience; it used to be one of the biggest highlights of my year. Now, it’s been a great way for me to get speaking engagements for pay, but for the most part, I spend most of my time in my room, working on my presentations. And at this conference, I’ll be presenting two concurrent sessions and one poster sessions, so that should be good for me. I get great joy sharing Life Design Catalyst work with others, especially when you see them have that “a-ha” moment, the moment when they get “it” – whatever “it” means to them. Every week, it seems like I have at least one student in my classes who all of a sudden “gets it,” where something that I shared clicked for them. Sometimes it’s a video clip, sometimes it’s an activity, sometimes it’s a journal activity, which is why I try lots of different methods over the course of the semester. Most of the times, students are disengaged; but every now and then in their sharing groups you’ll here some laughing, some crying, and some connecting on common group. Because of COVID we can’t put them into pods of 4 (they have to be spread out at least 3 feet apart), but I think they do like to share. So, I will be going to Cincinnati to share this wisdom with advisors, coaches, and administrators in higher education next week, after a (hopefully) wonderful trip to see my lovely girls.