Thriving to me is finding appreciation in what I have and the ability to stay present in the moment. It is about connection both with myself and with others. At work I Thrive by working with people on plans that make a difference either in their own lives or on campus. Laughter is an important part of daily work in my office and I love to surround myself with things that make me smile, such as photos, inspiring messages and my Thelma and Louise poster. I love the outdoors and have made a point of bringing some of the outside into my working space in the form of plants, rocks, and sunlight. Not all days are great, and if things are feeling a little tense, I make sure to take a short walk outside or listen to a great Songza playlist to unwind. In addition, my work team makes a point of going to the gym at lunch and I find taking this time definitely makes a difference in my focus, energy and resiliency for the afternoon.
Balance is key to maintaining my mental health and it is for this reason that I try my best to unplug from work when I get home. I am currently developing a meditation practice, I enjoy knitting and I am learning how to quilt. I’m a ukulele beginner, I love a home cooked meal, a music festival, and a good book.