Finding Harmony

A friend and colleague said to me at a recent professional conference that she doesn’t believe in work-life balance, rather she looks for work-life harmony. If that didn’t capture exactly what I’ve been trying to say to students and other colleagues for so long, I don’t know what could! This is not a new concept,Continue reading “Finding Harmony”

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Go and Do

As the world is continually made smaller through social media, I find some of us are lulled into thinking we “know” people and things because we read a post about it. Or that we are somehow worldly because we have a few friends in international places. My challenge for you is to go further inContinue reading “Go and Do”

Finding Your Genius

“Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Einstein This quote (and that picture) gives me chills. We are nearing the end of the first month of a new year. Students are settling intoContinue reading “Finding Your Genius”

You Are Stronger Than You Think

I want to slightly modify and repost something I wrote a few years ago. I think it’s important to share a quote that resonates when doing tough work. Tough work in these times is sometimes just living. Such death in the world, and uncertainty, and fear. Politically things are uncertain (which is always the case with aContinue reading “You Are Stronger Than You Think”

Y-Of-U

I had an amazing opportunity to speak with a group of student leaders at DePaul University over this past weekend. I spoke with them about finding their “why” and what they should be doing/thinking at this phase in their life to do that. It is a message I have valued and personally held close forContinue reading “Y-Of-U”

Sweat the Small Stuff

Much of my life I have heard the phrase “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Usually that is followed by “and everything is small stuff.” I lived by that quote for much of my life – using it to help me get through, over, and past my disappointments with myself and others. I used it whenContinue reading “Sweat the Small Stuff”

Holland

I’m going to write something everyday. I’m going to try hard to do this, so I can a) reflect on what I’m learning and feeling, b) remember it, c) share it. This will likely be the longest post. It doesn’t take long when I travel to realize why I do it. The anxiety and stressContinue reading “Holland”

A Life Worth Living

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a retirement celebration for the outgoing President of Oakton Community College, Dr. Margaret B. Lee. Peg, as she is affectionately known by all, is retiring after 20 years as college president, and 30 years total at Oakton. I could spend this post raving all about whoContinue reading “A Life Worth Living”

Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons

Habari gani!? Inspired by the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of Kwanzaa, I felt it timely to write this post. It captures of the best of what my people have taught me, and how I want to teach others. Every year during Thanksgiving, the Wilson’s (my mother’s side of the family) come together for fun, fellowship, and aContinue reading “Cards, Kwanzaa, and Life Lessons”

Solitude vs. Loneliness

I don’t know this young scholar all that well, but social media has a way of blessing us at the most unexpected times. His words traveled across the ocean to fall on my heart at a time I really needed to read it. His words also reminded me of gifts from two of my favorite authors,Continue reading “Solitude vs. Loneliness”