Oh, Chester, Have You Heard About HOBY?

“Ohhh, Chester, have you heard about HOBY? Just got back from HOBY. I hear they know how to wear their tags. Hip-hip, Hooray! for HOBY!”

It might be striking to you at first when you see a bunch of high school students tromping around a university campus in different brightly colored t-shirts.

The singing and chanting might remind you of a cheerleading camp, though you’ll wonder why on earth teenagers would sing about burritos, baby sharks, or pterodactyls.

If you observe long enough, you might even pause to wonder what “Boom-chicka-boom” could actually mean, why every single person knows how to spell “outstanding”, or what they could possibly be summoning when all 100+ students holler “Waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-waaay-a-loo-way-yah!!”  Continue reading


Going Boldly, Wanting Freely

“You have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” –Louise L. Hay

In this limbo-time after recently giving my best effort for an interview, you can quote me on this when I finally know the results: “I’m pursuing what I really want, and I don’t regret doing this.”

I’ll admit, I’m sometimes the most dense person I know. When I don’t clue in to how I’m thinking, and when I don’t pay attention to the self-talk that filters through my daily thoughts, I can convince myself of bizarre things. In these last few weeks, I’ve been taking deliberate steps toward new career goals and long-time aspirations. Continue reading

“Every great dream begins with…”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman

I wrote this quote on a sticky note  months ago, and it’s stayed pinned to the side of my top desk. I glance at it (and others I have there) on occasion, but today my eye focused on the “always remember” and made me read it over again. I find it amazing how thoughts you may have considered before can take on an enhanced personal meaning as time passes. More than anything, I’m glad I noticed and pondered this quote again, especially on a day like today when I’m close to overwhelmed by the many unknowns that are ahead of me. These words cheered me considerably, giving me a dash of courage. I hope they’ve done the same for you.

New Years Cheers and My Upcoming, First-ever Family Vacation!

“It is a chiché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue.” –Stephen Fry

Are you done with all the New Years clichés by now? Christmas was barely over and that’s all I was seeing: resolutions, goal setting goals, goodbyes to 2014 and hellos to 2015.

These are all fine and dandy, but this kind of approach doesn’t really suit me. (Clearly, since it’s already mid-January and I went above and beyond in missing the bandwagon for this one.)

I admire those of you who got down to business with goal setting before New Years Eve. I’m usually still reeling from the holiday festivities by then, and I rarely secure a moment of quiet during that post-Christmas time. Forget having the chance to even think about making good resolutions. Operating on my own time table, my style drifts more toward  Continue reading


Post-Grad to Ideal Career: 10 Tips for that “Awkward” Transition Phase

“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” —Andrew Shue

Another summer is quickly passing… lightning speed! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already August. It’s been 2 years since I graduated college, and it’s gone by quickly and in very unexpected ways. You may laugh, but 3 years ago, I was fully expecting to be pursuing further education, finishing a Masters program at the very least.

Ha!  Continue reading

The Brief Blogging Hiatus

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” —Eleanor Roosevelt

What was I thinking, taking a whole 3 months to write another blog entry? I thought I’d been convincing enough a year ago that good writers must write on a regular basis. Now I seem to be going back on my commitment… and I’ve been inconsistent for some time now. What happened?

Clearly, I’ve been on a blogging hiatus of sorts. Unintentional? Yes. Justified? Perhaps.  Continue reading