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How Being a Catcher Sets You up for Success

Hello again, friends!

I'm coming to you on this fine, snow-covered morning to share a recent discovery of some keys to success in life. Specifically, how being a catcher on your baseball/softball team, while tough, is setting you up to be wildly successful.

Me catching a pitch behind the plate.

Receiving a pitch behind the plate.

1. Dedication

Being a college student in general requires a fair bit of effort. Now, pair that up with an in-season sport schedule and perhaps an internship or part time job, and you end up spending every waking hour of your day hustling in some venue or another. When you are a college athlete in season, your sport exists as if nothing else in the world really does. For those of us who really love the sport that we play, that's perfectly fine. Personally, I'm quite content spending my free time working out or practicing with my teammates. Being a catcher, you have to be prepared to be the first player to practice, and the last one to leave. This dedication teaches you not to take anything for granted, and that hard work is rewarded with success.

2. Relationships

Me jumping over the fence at the front of the dugout

Hurdling my way into the dugout to have some fun

The relationships we build may last a lifetime, teach us lessons, and make us happy. I'm sure that by now have heard the common phrase, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." To clarify, both matter equally in most instances. By being a catcher on your team, you learn to build relationships with the pitching staff and your teammates. You learn to trust them and be trusted by them. The catcher must be a player that the team can rely on, both on and off the field. Your ability to effectively build relationships and trust with others will serve you in other elements of your life.


3. Focus

When it comes time to accomplish a task, you must be focused to achieve your goal. Some goals are short-term (catching a pitch), others are medium range (winning a game), and the rest are long-term (winning a World Series title). Focusing on the small details in the game, as well as in life, will help you build a foundation for success in the future. Attention to detail is what separates brilliance from the mediocre in all of us. As a catcher, you will be involved in every play, you have to give every second of the practice or game your undivided attention.

Me getting a base hit in a fall scrimmage

Base hit swing in a fall scrimmage

4. Pressure

There will be times in life, as well as in the game, where a clutch moment approaches and your performance will be vital to the success or failure of the group as a whole. Learning to cope with the stress and pressure of will make you an effective leader and a reliable teammate. The more you are placed in the spotlight, in the biggest moments of the game, the more relaxed and capable of handling the moment you will be.

Remember, life is a game. Sit fastball and adjust.

Peace and blessings, friends.



Trust The Process

Hey, this is Lisa again.girl silhoutte jumping

So... Have I mentioned taking the path not followed is a little terrifying? Even when you know you have the right school, even when you know you have the right classes that will transform you for the next phase of your life cycle, even when you have a supportive spouse--stepping into the abyss is scary.

Trust the process.

I could assail myself with self doubt. But why do that, when lit-er-ally (see clip below) everyone else can do that for me, usually without trying.  When I begin to question my decision to quit my job and attend a university full-time, I think about what Professor Jane Mudd says when students begin to be hypercritical of their art work.  "Trust the process."

She's right.  As we grew into adulthood, we learned how follow-through is important. It is what distinguishes success. The feeling of pride when you stick-to-it, that feeling when you push through the challenges and see that the light at the end of the tunnel is not the train coming toward you, THAT is what we are working toward.

Trust the education.

When I chose WWU, I knew I was making the right investment in my future.  After I began attending classes, some 20 years after my first degree, I realized how much more fulfilling college was this time around. Having had the structure of working in the real world, now I would approach my re-education as my full time job. And as my graduation date in May approaches very quickly, I know that I will be prepared and successful. I trust the process.

Thanks for reading,




Where College Students Get Their News

If college students were honest, I think they would all admit that when you live on a college campus, you are in a bubble. Students must be conscious about staying up-to-date with the world around them because a lot happens off the William Woods University campus. If you’re like me, once you get to college, you will no longer have the AM and PM newscasts automatically playing on TV (because there are no parents). So, you have to seek out your own news. Here are they ways that I (try) to stay informed about the world around me.

My phone screen showing my many phone apps.

My phone with my many news apps.

1. Apps, Apps, and more Apps
I am addicted to online news apps. On my phone, I have Flipboard, the NPR app, KTAR news, Reason, and Twitter (which is basically all news for me). That might be a bit excessive, but I really like having a lot of news sources where I can receive a lot of different opinions and updates. Plus, they all have push notifications, so I can stay on top of breaking news even when I am not actively seeking it out.

2. Facebook
I don’t follow a lot of news sources on Facebook, but I think we have all experienced the following phenomenon: All of the sudden, every single status is the same. I remember this very distinctly when Paul Walker passed away. I had not read any news about his death, but my news feed flooded with updates. While this is not always the most consistent way to get news, it can be helpful and most of the time accurate (but it’s always good to fact check your friends).

The USA Today newsstand I pass on my way to class.

The USA Today newsstand I pass on my way to class.

3. USA Today Newspapers
This might seem outdated. Not too many college students pick up the paper. But, at William Woods, we get free copies of USA Today! I really enjoy picking them up as I walk to class as they make good passing-period reading material. Recently, I picked up an issue to read their debate coverage. Plus, USA Today has other sections I don’t normally read, like business, so it keeps me up to date on a lot of different subjects.

4. Friends
In my circle of friends, I do a lot of news reading and so I share a lot of news. But, every day when we eat lunch and dinner, news usually circulates around the table. Whether it’s breaking news or the fun fact that a mammoth was found in Michigan, news usually comes up at some point. Friends can be a great, and entertaining, source of news.

5. Funny News Shows
Personally, I don’t really watch a lot of TV, and I especially don’t watch a lot of local news or newscasts. But, I do really enjoy shows like Last Week Tonight with John Oliver or the monologues on The Tonight Show. While these shows are not the best places to solely receive news, they are hilarious and mostly accurate. And, they often comment on funny or unique topics, which I really like.

And finally, my nerdy moment—I really love watching CSPAN. I think it drives everyone in my dorm room crazy, but I can watch judiciary meetings all day long. This is hardly the most interesting way to receive news, but I do find it interesting. This doesn't get its own point because I might be the only person that does this, but it would be dishonest to leave it out.

It's fun and exciting to stay up on the news, whether it's politics, business, or sports. How do you enjoy getting your news?



My First Blog Post as an Undergrad–Wait! What?

Since this is my first post, you may want to check out my bio.

Why is this my first post? Frankly, there wasn't a World Wide Web the last time I was an undergrad!

Because I am in class with students who are the same age as my own daughters, some students assume I am an instructor. But it's not a big  deal after I confess my student status--most of the students, faculty, and staff think it's cool that I am attending William Woods as a "non-traditional" student. I am enjoying it a lot!

my selfie

Selfie from a previous life as a cubicle-dweller, with pretty-grown-up-daughters in the background.

When I was contemplating what I was going to do "for the rest of my life," I really knew was I wasn't totally happy with my current situation. And the rest of my life was still as daunting as it was when I was graduating from high school.

So I broke it down into smaller decisions, with smaller time horizons. I'm a problem solver, and that's how we do it.

Here are some questions I asked myself:

Q: Can I change careers, to anything, with a quick re-arrangement of my C.V.?

A: Probably not without a great reduction in pay, since moving wasn't an option.

Q: Since I am going to have to get some kind of training, what are my most important needs? The appeal of continuing my status quo was absolute zero. So that ruled out going to classes in the evening while maintaining my full-time job.  I didn't want to continue on my current trajectory.  So, I wasn't up for pursuing a degree at night or online.

A: I needed to consider a nearby university with great faculty who work directly with students and understand their individual needs.

But wait! What are my options?  Just because I want to do something doesn't mean I can--financially speaking.  I want to go back to school. Not only that, I want to go to art school (see my bio), but is my "hubby" down with me not contributing to the lifestyle to which we have become accustomed?

Amazingly, he was okay with that, having embraced the philosophy, "If momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."

Yeah! Now to decide which "art school."   I will discuss this in my next post.

Thanks for reading!