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journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos
journey of doing - Florence Italy Photos

for more florence italy travel photos (and tips and tricks):

florence travel photos – 2015florence travel guide, st. regis florence,

st. regis florence river view, pizzale michaelangelo, and honeymoon in florence

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It’s hard to believe it’s only been a week since I met up with Katie for a lunch date in Michigan!!  If I’m being completely honest, I’ve been sick since I got back on Saturday night.  Up until yesterday, I hadn’t eaten since Monday.  I ended up in the ER for fluids and drugs on Wednesday… and I’m still not totally healed, but at least I’m keeping liquids in my body for more than 10 minutes now.  YAY!

Now, keeping with this month’s theme… let’s get to the good stuff and talk about professional success in 2017… better known as the moments that have brought me great joy (among all the tough ones – devos, I’m looking at you).

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Professional Success in 2017

  • I have been asked to serve on the Cal Tech Advisory Board.  Somewhere in heaven my dad is saying, “YES!  She’s finally using the engineering degree to do something positive!”  While I don’t know about ALL THAT, I do know that I’m super excited and totally honored to have been asked to serve with such a great group of professionals.  (Let’s just appreciate Sara-with-engineering-degree, shall we?)

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  • In other professional accomplishments, I found out that I’m definitely presenting at TACAC (got 1 out of 2 proposals accepted!), so you’ll definitely see me living out at least one of my 2017 travel plans in San Antonio in April!  I’m super excited about this because I’m presenting with some great colleagues on a topic that is sure to ruffle a few feathers… and we all know how much I enjoy doing that.  😉
  • Last week I got an email from a college on Ohio letting me know that another college in Ohio (lol) had named me as one of the people they wanted on their visit program… so for a few days in March, I’ll be headed to Ohio to visit a handful of schools.  I’m not going to lie – it’s nice to know that people recognize the work that we’re doing!  (Is this the year of the midwest for me?  Two trips to Michigan, one to Indiana, and another one to Ohio??)
  • I had a promising call last week with an institution about one of my favorite students.  It had been a tough morning (and tough to connect), but the time she took with me to listen to my talk about why my kid is SO amazing just encouraged me in so many ways.  Sometimes I forget what a gift it is when someone will take time to listen to me…  which kind of sounds jerky to say… but a lot of time, we fire off applications and never have a conversation about them.  This one was important though… and I appreciate the time that this woman took to talk to me.  Here’s hoping.  I can’t wait to tell you the story of this scholar.  I hope it has a happy ending.  She sent me poetry called Love All this week and it’s the most beautiful, human damn thing I’ve ever read…  Oh, I need this to work out.

“Love all, especially the ones who tell you not to.”

  • I know it’s early in the year but what are you proud of this year?  Even if it’s just a seemingly small thing, I want you to celebrate your professional success in 2017.  Brag on yourself.  Lean in.  Be excited.  Do something for you.  AND ABOVE ALL ELSE…

Nevertheless, persist.

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  • Katie Elizabeth - How has it already been a week?! And HOWWWW did we not take a single picture?! Blogger fail.ReplyCancel

  • Olya @ The Siberian American - I’m so sorry you had to go to the ER! I hope all that is behind you! Way to crush your professional goals, lady! You are such a rockstar. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Elizabeth - What an amazing beginning to 2017! I love that people around the country are affirming the work y’all are doing, and that you and your students are being given so many wonderful opportunities to showcase your passion and their talent & intelligence. Reading your blog is always such an uplifting experience for me and continues to inspire me!ReplyCancel

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journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
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journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernzza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernzza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernzza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernzza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernzza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T
journey of doing - Vernazza Cinque Terre Photos, Vernazza photos P I N I T

for more Vernazza Cinque Terre photos (and tips + tricks):
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  • Mandy - Beautiful images of Cinque Terra! I’ve been once before, but I don’t think I gave it the time or credit it deserved. I’d love to return.

    One question – I read about having to join a list or something to visit now? Like they only let so many people into the cities and you have to let them know of your travel plans ahead of time? Do you know anything about that? If I ever do go back, it would be nice to know ahead of time if anything like that is necessary. (It might just be for the hiking, but I’m not sure.)ReplyCancel

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  • Making Pesto in Cinque Terre » journey of doing - […] we first started planning our Europe trip, life was crazy.  I was working on a puzzle of Vernazza, and all I could think about was how I wanted to sit on the shore, listen to the waves crash, and […]ReplyCancel

  • Cinque Terre Trip Planning » journey of doing - […] manarola cinque terre photos, riomaggiore cinque terre photos, cinque terre hike photos, monterroso al mare photos, vernazza cinque terre photos […]ReplyCancel

Oh man.  It’s been a little heavy around these parts lately.  I’ve just been s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d… and things have been SO frantic lately.  I did, however, board a flight to Michigan yesterday afternoon with one of my staff members and a few of our scholars…  so I’m reporting live from Michigan AND hoping to enjoy a few short days away from everything.  Remember a few days ago when I said my intention for February would be to choose joy?  That’s where I’m at today…

Live from Michigan – Choosing Joy

  • You know you’ve made a friend when she’s willing to drive from her town in Michigan to the small one where you’re staying.  In addition to the work I’m doing here, I’m sneaking in a lunch date with one of my favorite bloggers that keep it real today: Katie!!
  • When we arrived at the admissions office last night, one of our kids stops, looks, and dives headfirst into a snowbank.  Because she could.  (That’s actually the reason she gave us.)  It was really the most magical (and hilarious) things EVER.  I really wish we had a video.

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  • While we were waiting for admissions to pick us up from the airport, one of our students pulled out her ukulele and started to sing and play.  We LOVED it (of course), but other people started to watch.  I had this insanely proud moment when I saw people stop to listen to our angel sing.  It was just one of those moments when it seemed like the world just stopped for a few minutes… and that felt really good.
  • We’re staying at a cute little B&B across from campus.  It’s my first time staying at a B&B and after our sweet hostess showed us to our rooms, I wasn’t sure what to do… but Jordie and I were starving and the only place we knew to be open was the on-campus late night eatery.  I looked at her in all seriousness and asked, “Are we allowed to leave a B&B?”   She died laughing and then put that on the group text.   (In other news, we BOTH felt like we were sneaking out when we tried to head out to campus… so there IS that.)

Happy Friday my friends!!  Tell me what’s making you happy RIGHT now.  Where are you finding joy to focus on??

 

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This month has seemed long.  It seems like ages that I wrote about my goal to live 2017 with deliberate intention.  January was oddly liberating in some respects and emotionally debilitating in others.

January 1 – 15, 2017 – Intention for our seniors

The first few weeks of the month were truly focused on serving those seniors who were wrapping up their college applications.  This meant lots of editing, long nights, and trying to remain focused on how to help them, instead of succumbing to the fear of what was to come on January 20.  My students inspired me.  They kept me pushing forward.  By January 15, they had finally turned the corner of fear.  They wrote beautiful essays about being raised in a blue dot in the middle of a big red state and the safety they felt because of that.  They wrote essays about becoming activists and advocates.  It was no longer just about what their education would mean for their families – it was also about what they want to give the world.  And I was proud.

January 15 – 22, 2017 – Intention for my staff

I lead a beautiful group of world changers… and as I focused on my students, I also focused on what my staff could further contribute to changing the world for our kiddos.  I had to make a tough decision that impacted my staff, and though I know I made the right decision for our program, it made me very sad.  I thought about how I could continue to support the professional development of my staff and provide them a venue for continuing to grow as professionals.  We held a staff/support professional development meeting on January 20, and I asked them to lean on each other.  To value to teamwork.  To cheerlead for each other.  To learn and teach the SAT.  To realize that we have great power in our hands and we shouldn’t let it go to waste.  Together, we laughed, we cried, we complained, and we celebrated.

January 23 – 27, 2017 – Intention for the program

I was asked to be on the advisory board of a Top 10 institution (more on that later!)…. and the entire experience left me humbled and questioning my own stratospheric rise in the field of college access.  Newsflash: I’ve always dominated my field.  I forget that I was awarded Young Engineer of the Year within 5 years of graduating from college.  I spent a lot of time in data.  Understanding what institutions are serving our kids well (and not so well).  Understanding why there’s a disconnect between the work we are doing and the DOE/state data capture.  Making connections towards partnerships.  Helping my mentors understand what’s going on in Dallas and why the sudden policy shifts of this week were terrifying to me.  Asking for help in taking our program to the next level.  Trying to refine our goals.

January 27 – 31, 2017 – Intention for February

I ended this month with a meeting with one of my favorite #girlboss mentors.  She’s the parent of one of my kids – a wildly successful professional, a champion for women and equity in the workplace, and just all around #lifegoals for me.  As I sat in her corner office that overlooks downtown Dallas, I marveled at her resilience.  She also had a tough year in 2015, but every time I see her, I’m in awe of how she bounced back.  On Saturday, she shared something with me about choosing joy during those troubling times.

And it that’s what stayed with me.  Her deliberate choice to choose joy.

Later this week (and again later this month), I will board flights to Michigan with a number of our students who have never flown anywhere – let alone across the country.  What an incredible experience that I was not only able to facilitate that, but also that I will get to be a part of their journey.

So.  Like my mentor, I plan to choose joy for February.  It doesn’t mean that I will ignore the things going on in the world around us (and you shouldn’t either), but I will embrace the fantastic opportunity that I have to do life in such a meaningful way.

That I am surrounded by people who inspire, encourage, and challenge me.

That I am recognized as a leader in my professional field and champion for access.

That I get to make a difference at all.

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