the year of you, day 304

Monday, November 1, 2021 (Day 304)

Relaxing Music for the week: Language of Silence: Deuter (10:11) –

Question: What big things are you most grateful for right now?

Answer: So, this month’s topic is on “Spirituality,” which is rather interesting since Rebecca and I are exploring our options to get connected with “church” right now. And I will say that I’ve VERY picky about my options, since I’m specifically looking for a place that is more focused on exploring spirituality vs. religion. Done the religion thing – not a fan. I’ve been told that a lot of the work that I do is spiritual in nature, as I help students explore purpose, meaning, mission, and vision in an educational setting. Anyway, this should be a really intriguing topic for me to explore this month.

So the question for the day is: What big things are you most grateful for right now? First and foremost, I am grateful to be alive, able to do Life Design Catalyst work with hundreds (and maybe thousands) of people on this earth. Considering that I had two experiences over the past five years that could have easily moved me on to greener pastures (blood clot/pulmonary embolism and severe car accident), I am convinced that my work on this earth is not done yet. I’m also grateful for the wonderful people in my life, like my darling daughters Bethany and Amanda, my wife Rebecca, my dear friends, and the Life Design Catalyst Tribe. They are the people that really keep me going during the good times and bad. It’s the people I know I can lean on when things are at their toughest. I’m also grateful that I was able to create Life Design Catalyst work at UNCG. Even though they aren’t really interested in the work any more, I am grateful that I was given the opportunity to “do something different” than the other advisors on campus and create something special and magical. And at this juncture in my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else – which is why I have to search for new opportunities elsewhere because I won’t do “traditional advising” any more. No more registration, scheduling, and degree planning, no more focusing on policies, processes, and procedures. College – and life – is more than that; and the work that I’m here to do is more than that. So, here’s to a new chapter in exploring my spirituality in 2022!

October Reflection: Physical and Mental Health

What did I learn about myself this month?

  • I don’t know if I actually learned anything about myself this month regarding my physical and mental health. I do know that I am definitely committed to my physical health, which is obvious as I have accomplished my yearly goal earlier this month. As far as my mental health…I think I have practices in place that have helped me stay (fairly) sane through COVID, relationship struggles, and a bad car accident. I would bet that if I didn’t have the practices in place, I would most likely be in a deep, dark place with no end in sight.

Which of the prompts this month were most challenging? Which of my answers most surprised me?

  • There weren’t any prompts that were extremely challenging or answers that were really surprising for me. I am big into holistic health in my work and in my life, so this topic is very near and dear to me, a topic that I constantly think about. One of the things that’s funny is how I have become so “routine” in what I do in most aspects of my life. I’ve tried to be consistent in everything I do, so that I can spend most of my brain cells on stuff that matters. For example, I know that I’m going to work out in the mornings 6 days a week when I’m home, then on Saturdays I can sleep in and do a little less. I eat only the things that I like and don’t experiment with new foods. And this year, for the most part, the first thing that I do when I sit at my computer in the morning is submit a journal entry for this blog. And I like this routine, this consistency; it makes life much simpler.

Based on what I’ve written, one action I want to take over the next month is…

  • 10-minute meditations! There isn’t anything else I need to do.


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