Blooms to Blossoms: Integrating Wellness, Lifelong Learning, & Personal Development

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Once Learned, Never Forgotten

July 6, 2020

At the heart of every family tradition is a meaningful experience. Passing down family traditions can be inspirational & contribute to personal development.

Proud to Be an American

June 29, 2020

Many feel the American dream is for prosperity. I think it means more. Let's reflect on our opportunities, appreciate each other, & live our best life.

Title IX – More than a Game; An Opportunity

June 22, 2020

Life stages overlapped and influenced others, but the foundation remained clear. I was the first generation to benefit from Title IX.

A Virtual Trip Down Memory Lane

June 15, 2020

Memories have an important role to play in impacting well-being. Memory is critical for our sense of who we are – in the past, present and the future.

Well-Being:Self Exploration Pt. 3

June 8, 2020

The Science of Well-Being course provides insight in how to be more mindful of the difference between what we think makes us happy & what actually does.

Creating Community on a Porch

June 1, 2020

Sit down a spell...that can wait. "When you're on your porch you're a part of your community. When you're in your house you're not," Claude Stephens

The Poppy Story

May 25, 2020

The inspiration & writing of John McCrae and Moina Michael provide the symbol that identifies, describes, and commemorates Memorial Day...the poppy.

Well-Being: Self-Exploration Pt. 2

May 18, 2020

Santos discusses how interacting with others, kindness, taking time for self, exploring mindfulness, and thankfulness are the key concepts to well-being.

Day One…Year Two!

May 11, 2020

Happy 1st birthday Blooms to Blossoms. In year 2, I look forward to sharing more about learning as a lifelong process integrating aspects of the wellness.

Stay Calm, Connected, & Active: Stay Positive

May 4, 2020

Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. (J.J. Marine) Be strong now; things will get better.

Well-Being: Self Exploration Pt. 1

April 27, 2020

Santos discusses how gratitude can enhance and expand well-being by taking time to savor and think about (realize) why you are thankful.

Reading: A Path to Wellness

April 20, 2020

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Reading is a key part of the path to wellness, lifelong learning, and personal development.

Visual Happiness

April 13, 2020

Happiness & productive habits start with these tips: breathe, be kind, focused, healthy, & grateful. The science of well-being enhances personal development

Unlocking Your Potential in Solitude

April 6, 2020

Social-distance/stay at home policies can result in a solitude worth exploring. Take time to learn more about yourself and reflect on your experiences.

A Peek Into My World

March 30, 2020

Surround yourself with inspiration to encourage and motivate you. Personal development and wellness is guided by serenity, courage, and knowledge.

Women’s History Month: Granny + Mom = Me

March 23, 2020

Thanks to my Granny and my Mom my motto is: I do the very best I know how. The very best I can and I mean to keep doing it until the end.

Women’s History Month: Granny…Becoming Part of the Family

March 16, 2020

March is Women’s History Month. We honor the contributions of notable women. I share some tidbits about a woman that impacted my life...Granny.

The Right Fit: A Community!

March 9, 2020

A sense of community matters. Movement can do more than enhance your physical fitness. It will enhance social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual wellbeing.

One Small Step: United Rather Than Divided

March 2, 2020

It is important to listen and learn from other viewpoints. Being open minded contributes to lifelong learning and personal development.

Influencers Help You Find Your Best Life

February 24, 2020

I believe we can all agree that life experience, wisdom, and perspective allow us to see the value in the thoughts of those influential in our lives.

Buddy Was an Odd Fellow

February 17, 2020

Odd Fellows principles of Friendship, Love, and Truth which transcends labels helps us see people as brothers and sisters.

Feeling Good About Giving

February 10, 2020

In many ways it is better to give than receive. The “feel good” aspect of giving contributes to personal wellness…psychological, spiritual, & emotional.

Stuff Happens: Time to Retune

February 3, 2020

Planning for well-being, happiness, and success are good intentions that may need to be “retuned” from time to time. Strive to reach your potential.

Second Chances

January 27, 2020

We can all relate…we have all had a need for a second chance to try again. It would be hard to image life without second chances.

Love At First Sight

January 20, 2020

Pets are humanizing with a power of immense, non-judgemental love. They remind us we have an obligation to preserve and nuture and care for all life.

Creativity: Untapped Potential

January 13, 2020

What is creativity? Creativity is a useful skill for people from all walks of life. Have you ever thought about how creative you are?

Intentions Rather Than Resolutions

January 6, 2020

New Year’s resolutions are goals we think we “should” achieve while intentions are goals, we want to achieve. Intentions set the direction.

Practicing What I Preach: Year in Review

December 30, 2019

I promote integration of wellness, lifelong learning, & personal development. As I consider my plans for 2020, I thought I should share my year in review.

Spiritual Wellness: Our Beliefs & Our Values

December 23, 2019

A willingness to be inquisitive and curious as you explore your spiritual essence contributes to overall wellness, personal growth, and development.

Become the Best Version of Yourself

December 16, 2019

Integration of body, mind, emotions, spirit, & relationships is the path toward "being the greatest version of you that you can be."

With Freedom Comes Responsibility: Reflections on Retirement

December 9, 2019

Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different. Do you have a plan?

Weaving the Threads of Working, Living, and Learning

December 2, 2019

Lifelong learning & leadership cross boundaries of work and life. Lifelong learning sustains & improves the quality of your life & your life with others.

Be Thankful & Grateful; Be Aware & Appreciative

November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving is not only a day to reflect on the past and enjoy the present. It is a day to start an ongoing life of gratitude.

Coaching: Teaching Teachers to Teach

November 18, 2019

A good coach is positive, enthusiastic, supportive, trusting, focused, goal-oriented, knowledgeable, observant, respectful, patient & a clear communicator.

Veterans Day: Remembering & Honoring the Service

November 11, 2019

Celebrate veterans & honor families of those who served & are on active duty. Recognition & support to servicemen & women is as important for parents.

MuSIC – Music Stimulates Improved Community

November 4, 2019

Music is transformative. Music experience(s) crosses boundaries of lives, stories, language and is a blending of science and art.

Be Open: Inspiration Comes From Everywhere

October 28, 2019

Have you thought about what inspires you? It is interesting to consider that inspiration comes from everywhere if you are open to the possibilities.

A Great Teacher = An Educator

October 21, 2019

A great teacher is an educator. We are all learners and educators whether we are directly connected to an educational institution or not.

What I Learned From Dad’s First Job

October 14, 2019

Each day is an opportunity to do better, be better, be useful, and enjoy life…each day is an opportunity to “learn as you go”.

Student Development & Learning: It Takes a Village

October 7, 2019

Human development is a lifelong process of learning. There is a need for collaboration that connects the campus community (academic and co-curricular).

DJ Finds His Forever Home & Best Friend

September 30, 2019

If you're a cat owner or if you know a cat owner…either way you would more likely agree the cat is the true owner. A rescue cat's gratitude is never ending.

Sharing Stories, Sharing Life

September 23, 2019

“Each moment in life can be a story worth telling, because sharing stories isn’t just about relaying information. It’s about sharing life with others."

Storytelling and Education: Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me

September 16, 2019

Learning through storytelling actively engages adult learners in the process of knowledge acquisition. How does storytelling contribute to adult learning?

Sports: A Spectator’s and a Fan’s Perspective

September 9, 2019

From mental to physical to emotional health, research shows being a crazy sports nut makes you anything but crazy. (Anderson, n.d.). Are you a spectator or a fan or both?

Social-Psychological Aspects of Sports Officiating

September 2, 2019

The training of young adult sports officials must extend beyond rule interpretation & mechanics and include social-psychological aspects.

Keepsakes and Memories

August 26, 2019

Keepsakes of your life are objects that mean something to you; symbolizing a snapshot of life that has personal meaning & enhance a sense of wellbeing.

Recreation & Leisure: Rhythm of Life

August 19, 2019

The value of recreation & leisure is its effect on life itself. The purpose of participation is simply & fundamentally to achieve a better state of being.

Oh the Places You Will Go

August 12, 2019

Lifelong learning & personal development is an individual pursuit. Choices made to guide the path taken differ with each of us…”one size rarely fits all”.

Nature, Wildlife & Well-Being

August 5, 2019

There is a connection between personal well-being and the well-being of the natural world. We need nature & nature needs us.

Play the Ball Before It Plays You

July 29, 2019

Proactive well-being...taking care of your body, mind, & spirit...inspired by Covey & borrowing from goal setting strategies take the S.M.A.R.T. approach.

Mentoring is Enduring…from Bloom to Blossom

July 22, 2019

Teachers change lives…through education, inspiration, & guidance. Who has been/who is your mentor? In what way have you been a mentor?

Run For My Body, Run For My Soul

July 15, 2019

Enhancing body, mind, & spirit throughout my lifetime result from my physical activity. Reflecting on experiences is a key to personal development.

Recreational Sports Contributes to Student Development

July 8, 2019

Recreational sports programming contributes to student development (Chickering’s vectors). The sports environment is a participatory model of life.

Music Matters: Music for Me!! Music for You??

July 1, 2019

Music enriches lives & society through two contrasting but complementary ways. Music is linked to the private self and is a collective, public experience.

Music Matters: Musicians & Athletes

June 24, 2019

Teaching & performing music stem from a similar background as coaching & athletics. Identification of traits and characteristics musicians & athletes share.

Music Matters: Master-Class

June 17, 2019

Artists and audience can benefit from concentrated public coaching. A master-class program provides a guided view of learning and appreciating music.

A Virtual Community Evolves as Members Develop Affective Bonds

June 10, 2019

Belonging to a community can lead to a meaningful life. Affiliation with and acceptance by others provides a sense of belonging.

Together Our Settlement Can Become a Community

June 3, 2019

A virtual community evolves as members develop affective bonds. The goal is to create a community of scholars, practitioners, and pupils.

Memorial Day: Remembering & Honoring the Sacrifice

May 27, 2019

Remember & honor the sacrifice and keep the past alive. Ideas to show respect for the holiday & encourage others to do the same.

My Purpose + Your Purpose = Our Purpose

May 20, 2019

Finding the path to put various life pieces together with insightful balance. How can we live and share our personal well-being legacy?

Next Steps for Me & What’s the Point for You?

May 13, 2019

Introducing Blooms to Blossoms...This blog crosses generational lines to create a community to share ideas and experiences about ways to live a healthy, evolving and enriching life