In today's issue:
Use Summer Vacation to Recoup, Recharge & Reinvent Your High School and College Experience
Support Is Everywhere
Recap - 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
Feature tip: Are Your Friends Costing You Money?
Dear students, parents & educators,
Welcome to this week's issue of Campus Calm Connections. Thank you to all new subscribers, and welcome all awe-inspiring young women that I befriended while speaking at the 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders!
Summer's coming and with it bring lazy days at the beach, dangling legs over wood-planked piers, spitting watermelon seeds over juice-soaked paper plates and (hopefully) applying and reapplying sun screen across sun-kissed, not sun-baked, skin. Summer is also a time for reconnecting with family over barbeques, working to pay for next semester's books or tuition, or even adventuring to a new location. Wherever your summer takes you, I hope you allow yourself time to recoup, recharge and reflect how you can reinvent your high school, college or grad school experience. Here are some tips to help you out!
• Listen to your body's cues. How was your sleep last semester? Was it erratic, or did you go to sleep around the same time and wake up around the same time? Are you exhausted? Take Summer to develop better sleep habits that you will take with you back to school in the Fall. Strive to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night so you wake up feeling well rested each morning. If you have trouble falling asleep because you cannot seem to quiet your mind like me, try relaxing at least a full hour before bedtime. Drink some caffeine-free herbal tea, watch or read something uplifting, do Yoga or meditation, take a warm bath with lavender oil, whatever works for you. Tell yourself every single day that sleep is a necessity, not a luxury that's meant to be earned. Lead by example to teach each other, and kids who are watching you, that sleep deprivation is not a prerequisite for success.
• Take control over your time. Listen to the audio coaching CD, Schedule Makeover™ with time coach Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Time Management Secrets, or check out the workbook, "Three Steps to Time Management for the College Student." Also check out Campus Calm's article, "5 Time Management Tips to Calm College Student Stress."
• Ask for help. Be really honest with yourself. Do you need some help, personally or professionally? Consider taking some of your downtime this summer and visit a counselor, your school's career resource center, or talk with friends and family. Check in to see how you're doing emotionally and spiritually, as well as physically. Remember that leaders ask for help and lead by example to teach others the same critical lesson.
• Assess your priorities. Download Campus Calm's worksheet packet Unlock Your Goals & Values: It All Begins With Y-O-U. Ask good questions and seek answers that are right for you. Try asking yourself the following: What really stressed me out about last semester? How can I learn from that experience to make my next semester more calm? Did I get sick a lot last semester? Why? Was I making time for sleep, stress management, healthy eating and exercise? If not, can I start a routine now so by the time I head back to school my routine will be a habit? Did I communicate well with my teachers and professors? Did I allow myself to hear them, and let them hear me as well? If not, how can I learn better communication skills? How did I lead others to see me this past semester? What am I proud of? What can I improve upon as I move forward?
• Take time to stop, smell, and see the roses. As I was leaving last week to speak at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, I noticed that three of my rose bushes were in full bloom in my backyard. Brilliant reds, pinks and peaches. Since my husband and I moved in to our house last year, we're learning a thing or two about gardening ... and that roses only bloom for a short, short time. I was sad to travel out-of-town and leave my blooms behind. So I made sure to spend a few moments outside and take them in. I marveled at their colors, smelled their fragrant petals and really allowed myself time to just be still like them. For a moment anyway. In the words of Ferris Bueller in one of my favorite 80s comedies Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Happy Summer!
Recap - 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
I just returned from leading my workshop "Success Starts With Self-Love" this past Friday at the
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), which was held at The University of Maryland. The conference was sponsored by the AAUW and NASPA. All I can say is, "WOW!" That was the most memorable, life-changing conference I have ever been to, and wish I would have had the opportunity to attend when I was a college student. I highly recommend the 2011 conference to any young woman who is looking to develop strong leadership skills, network and make friends with women from around the world, the whole time learning to invest in self-care, self-growth and self-empowerment!
Leading my workshop, "Success Starts With Self-Love."
I will absolutely be returning to speak at NCCWSL 2011 to be held once again at the University of Maryland. Thank you to all the young women who invested their time in me and in themselves during my presentation. You were among the most supportive, attentive audiences I have ever had the privilege to serve. I discovered that being in a learning community of women is a rare, wonderful experience. It it not every day that you get cheered with such enthusiasm when you share your knowledge and wisdom with the world. I am truly grateful!
I want to take this opportunity to thank Heather and Brittany Williams, rising college women leaders from SUNY Fredonia, and their mom Ruby, for assisting me during my presentation. Between the three of those extraordinary ladies taking photos, directing attendees to their seats, loading my PowerPoint presentation and passing out handouts, I was in speaker heaven, able to focus my energies on connecting with the audience. Thank you! For all the young women I met, please stay in touch with me, you can friend me on Facebook, join Campus Calm's Facebook fanpage, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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