Missouri weather strikes again! From time to time Mother Nature likes to toss a curve ball to those of us who least expect it. Well, on this day, that curve ball came in the form of a sunny, 60 degree day in the middle of "winter". In the dull winter, a day like today brings forth an positive, optimistic disposition among the William Woods community. Everyone is relaxed, happy, and smiling. This level of happiness is not a rarity here at WWU, however, when you're given a day like today you can't help but appreciate the smiles, compliments, and unspoken level of happiness that lives within the community. I wanted to take some time out of my day to say that I hope you are all having a great day that will turn into a great week, then a great month, all the way up to a great year. Share your satisfaction and cheer with those around you. Remember, life always contains a silver lining, your responsibility is to find it.
Today has been a full day of activities, classes, and practice, and it's not over yet! I woke up this morning to my cell phone playing the song "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran at 7 am, letting me know that it was time for the day to begin! I rolled out of bed fully aware of the days obligations consisting of class at 8 am, 9 am, noon, and 1 pm, my University Ambassador responsibilities at 2 pm, and then practice from 3 pm to 6 pm. It is on days like this that we find ourselves overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of commitments we must follow through with. Dealing with stress is an important part of learning to function in the adult world. Here are some tips and tricks that I find useful on those days when I feel overwhelmed.
1. Take things one step at a time! - when you have a lot to accomplish, you must focus on one task at a time and do your best at that very moment. It is easy to let your focus slip onto panicking about how much you have to do. Instead, focus on what you are currently getting done.
2. Focus on the here and now. - if you have many responsibilities to take care of, they can distract you from the here and now. Stay focused and use those thoughts and energy for later projects to keep your motivation up and your motor running.
3. Feel fortunate to have so many opportunities! - it's easy to get down and have a negative attitude about everything that you have to do. You have the opportunity to become better in many different aspects of life! Be the positive light shining down on the situation. Attitude is everything. Keep a smile on your face. It will stimulate creativity and affect those around you in a positive way.
4. Plan some down time. - we are only able to stay focused and on task for so long. It is okay, even healthy, to schedule 20 minutes of down time to grab some coffee from the Owl's Nest and relax for a few minutes! Allowing yourself to decompress for a bit can help spur you on to a victorious day!
I was on my way into the Admissions Office to give a prospective student a tour around William Woods campus and I was greeted by a furry friend. The admissions team found this little guy in a storm drain right outside the building and decided to take him in! They got the little fella cleaned up and found him a home of his very own (after we finished cuddling him, of course)! There's nothing like a heart warming puppy rescue story to begin the week!
Happy Halloween to everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your spooky, hilarious, and thrilling holiday festivities! All around Fulton, Missouri you could find jack-o-lanterns, togas, princesses, nerds, athletes, skeletons, and the occasional astronaut. We will never be too old to dress up and enjoy a night out with friends! Be it catching a movie with Student Alumni Council, the American Sign Language department, or the Jesters, to attending class in your costume, there is always a way for you to enjoy the Halloween festivities at William Woods!
Below are some pictures of my teammates and I dressed up on Halloween night, it was a great time with the best friends a guy could ask for!