“Do It Yourself” Does Not Mean Do It Alone

Sometimes, life is utter chaos. My calendar is constantly packed with work and personal obligations, and the to-do list is never-ending. I need to be intentional about keeping self-care, hobbies, and contact with loved ones a part of my routine. For example, one of my favorite intentions is my Sunday afternoon phone calls with my parents. I moved away from my home state of Kentucky … Continue reading “Do It Yourself” Does Not Mean Do It Alone

Under Construction: Building Learning Experiences with the End User in Mind

Over the last few years, my husband and I have slowly renovated our home from the outdated, 1950’s bungalow with some craftsman character to a more up-to-date, functional, and put-together home that fits our needs and interests. While the home had a ton of charm and historical architecture, there have been many components that needed to change to suit our needs. We’ve needed to rearrange … Continue reading Under Construction: Building Learning Experiences with the End User in Mind

Working Nine to Five

Long before the “Great Resignation” or the “big quit” were ever concepts, Dolly Parton had a thing or two to say about life in the workplace. Like most things Dolly does, she was spot on. Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’ Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’ In her hit song “Nine to Five,” Dolly laments the … Continue reading Working Nine to Five

Spring Cleaning is for Organizations Too.

It started when I asked my kids to try on their shoes and bring down the ones that no longer fit.  The next thing I knew, we were deep into spring cleaning.  During the process, I discovered a pipe that needed to be tightened, boxes that had not been unpacked since our move three months ago, and piles of bags were being filled with items … Continue reading Spring Cleaning is for Organizations Too.

Are You Ready to See Your Fixer-Upper?

In January 2021, Chip and Joanna Gaines aired the first episode of their rebranded home improvement show, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home. Similar to the original show, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home features home makeovers in the Waco, TX area. Viewers continue to enjoy getting inspiration from Jo’s style and aesthetics and have a good chuckle at Chip’s shenanigans on-site. The twist – their new show focuses … Continue reading Are You Ready to See Your Fixer-Upper?

Understanding Yourself: How the Birkman Assessment Can Be an Enlightening Resource for College Students Starting Their Careers

The world is full of people who analyze their every move, feeling, and trait alongside those who try to avoid such activities. I would say I am more of the former as I have always prided myself on understanding, or at least to my best ability, who I am, my passions, and emotions. As a rising senior in college, however, I have found myself at … Continue reading Understanding Yourself: How the Birkman Assessment Can Be an Enlightening Resource for College Students Starting Their Careers

Preparing for the Fall – Considerations for Returning to Campus

In May, the cast of Friends reunited after 17 years since filming their last episode.  The reunion episode brought colleagues back together and created a space for those colleagues to reflect on the time they spent together and the time they were apart.   In many ways, getting to the start of the 2021-2022 academic year has felt like 17 years.  Almost all of our … Continue reading Preparing for the Fall – Considerations for Returning to Campus