Been slacking a bit on my positive posts since I’ve been crazy busy. BUT tonight’s episode of Teen Wolf confirms that I am in love with the actor Ryan Kelly.
Positivity Day 7
I finished ‘Greater Than Yourself’ by Steve Farber, and I’m just filled with this sense of obligation and awareness. We all have so much to offer another person, whether its in a professional or personal setting. Resources aren’t just financial. It is our talents, crutches, contacts, values, life lessons, and beyond. Dont hold them to yourself. I admit that I can sometimes be a hoarder of my own resources, but to give all of these freely to another person strictly for their benefit rewards you just as much as it rewards them. This is something I’ll keep close to my heart as I meet and work with many new people in the upcoming months.
Share the wealth. Spread the love.
Positivity Day 5
Very chill day today. I woke up, made a pot of coffee and got some items on my to-do list checked off. One of the items on my list was to start this book that I’ve had for some time. It is titled ‘Greater Than Yourself,’ by Steve Farber. Basically it is about how the truest form of leadership is about using all of your resources to help even just one person become greater than you are. Which first requires you to have the strongest level of confidence in yourself and everything that you have to offer another person. I’ve only made it to Chapter 11, but I wanted to share a quote that stuck out to me:
"No matter how smart you get, no matter how many times you travel the world, no matter how many great people you know, you can always learn more, you can always experience more, you can always connect more and love more. That’s the great and mysterious thing about human beings."
Enjoy the week ahead!
Positive Post Day 4
Today was my first full weekend day off since I’ve been here. It was a beautiful day and I got to spend most of it outside seeing different parts of the campus and area. Our friend Kyle took a few of us to this river that had a rope swing. I’m always up for new and exciting things, but I have a slight fear of heights. Not going to lie, as I stood on the edge of that platform on the tree, I was pretty nervous. But as soon as I grabbed that rope and swung off the platform and plunged into the river, I felt amazing. Slowly gliding through the air, and into the cool water. Ughh so much fun. It even rained for a brief few minutes while we were swimming. Perfection.
Later a few of us went on a four mile walk on one of these nearby trails. It was early evening and the sun glowing through the trees and some of the fields. I couldn’t help but admire all of the scenery surrounding me. I knew that I made the right choice by moving to Maine. Even got to see a few deer, and I picked up a grasshopper. #Win
Then I finished the night with The Purge 2, which was really fucked up, but a good movie. Overall it was an awesome day!
Positive Day 3 Even though I’m a day late on my Friday Happy Post, I wanted to share anyway. So for my work, I will be supervising two first year residence halls at the University of Maine. These halls are Androscoggin and Knox. Although I know working for a first year program will certainly have it’s challenges, I am super excited for the experience. Today, I got to see my office. I HAVE AN OFFICE. With a desk, and a computer, and the whole nine. Granted, my office is in a somewhat common area for the RA staff. My supervisor has the more legit office right behind me. He is the nicest guy, and really is the man. Plus, he has an adorable 3 month old terrier mix puppy named Lexie. I will also be the direct supervisor of eight resident assistants, who I will meet with 1-1 every week. When our residents walk into our office, I will be the first person they see, and I am really looking forward to being that friendly face who is here to make as much of a difference in their college experience as I am able. :)
Positive Takeaway Day 2
Each day in our Res Life training, people have been bringing water bottles. I’ve wanted to bring one but didn’t want to carry a bunch of things around. I already had my binder in hand, and my backpack has yet to be unpacked from my move to Maine. It sounds like an easy fix, but whatever, I’ve just dealt with it.
Yesterday I had mentioned how I wished I remembered to bring one of my drawstring bags with me, since they are easy for just a few things. One member of my cohort mentioned having some from her old school if I wanted and didn’t mind it being from another school. I said that’s ok, she was just being nice.
This morning she tapped me on the shoulder and said here you go, and handed me one of her own UMaine drawstring bags. I completely forgot, but she remembered. And however small the act, I was touched. :)
So today in my training session, we watched a Tedx Talk video. Shawn Anchor spoke about the “The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance.”
One of the methods to living a more positive life was to record one positive element of your day, every day. While consistency isn’t my strongest suit, this is something that I’d like to try. Even if it’s not every day, maybe it’s something I can do often.
Day 1, Positive Element.
Today is my fourth day at the University of Maine, and in these past four days, today I’ve felt like my most natural self since I’ve been here. Yesterday, after my mind was exhausted from a long training session, I was a bit down on myself. I felt as if I wasn’t fully understood by those around me, like know one really knows me yet. This is natural of course. New environment, new people, you don’t just become accustomed to a new life over night.
Today though, I’ve been able to make others laugh with my most natural sense of humor. I’ve enjoyed other people and laughed freely with others during our training sessions. Today I’ve been myself in the most comfortable way.
We took a StrengthsQuest Analysis, and I discovered my top 5 out of 34 strengths.
3. Woo ( Winning Others Over)
Having positivity as one of my top 5 strengths was exciting for me to see, because I do see myself as a positive person for the most part. After the Tedx Video, I realized that positivity takes effort. This is an attempt to further strengthen my own positive lifestyle. Things are looking up, and I plan to utilize this method more often!