a difference

I don’t take the time to share many emails, but I had to share this message from one of my students.  Every now and then, I need that reminder of why I’ve been in higher education for 30+ years.  To be honest, this message made me cry.  I am truly honored to serve profoundly serve.  … Continue reading

plus one catalyst challenge

This semester, we teach a class – Redesign a Life You’ll Love – where students engage in weekly activities to build a better life.  Although we don’t typically get a lot of students to take the class (it’s an elective), those that do share that the course has been life-changing for them. During the first week … Continue reading

identity transformation

On one of the evenings during my Life Design Catalyst Facilitators Training, it became clear that it’s important for me (and other educators) to help students understand the concept of “knowing yourself.”  Before bed, I was called to read “Chapter 11: People Want Your Brand to Participate in Their Transformation” (from the book, “Building a … Continue reading


As the Fall Semester closes, I had an interesting conversation with one of my students.  For two of my classes, I had the students write down the answers to “What’s your definition of happiness?” and “What’s your definition of success?” – since these were two of the five most important values as stated by our … Continue reading

overcome your demons

Yesterday morning, one of my Inbox “greetings” was from one of my favorite authors, Mark Manson.  I’ve always LOVED his writing style because he writes the way I think – and finds such eloquent ways to speak my language. When I saw the title, “How to Overcome Your Demons,” I wanted to find an appropriate … Continue reading

holistic student support

We had a speaker (Julien Gordon) come to our campus (UNCG) almost a month ago, where he made a declaration that we are not in the education business, we’re in the mental health business.  To be honest, he turned off a few faculty and staff members, but I thought he was 1/2 right.  We are … Continue reading

inspirational videos

It’s been a while since I last posted; life and work sometimes get in the way! I plan to share several posts over the next few days, so get ready for great stuff! As we get closer to the end of our “What Could I Do With My Life” class this semester, I wanted to … Continue reading