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What to do when you want to give up on your goals

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE The first quarter of the year has already passed. Crazy, right? How are you doing on what you set out to accomplish this year? If your answer is “not that great”. Giving up on your goals is not the answer.  So many times we get pumped up about our goals at the New Year or at the start of a new semester, making plans to go after what we most desire. And then when the bright, shiny new year fades and we are mired in the real work – the rise and grind – day in and day out – we lose sight of our goals, of what we truly desire. It’s easy to allow ourselves to become derailed from the path of our dreams. It’s easy to forget why we were motivated to take action, to build rest into our schedule, to become healthy …. (insert your desire). And then what happens when we fall off the path? We berate ourselves. We make excuses. Or we say to ourselves things like, “Well, that didn’t work” or “I can’t do that.” or “That’s too hard.” And we give up. If this is you… I want you to know, my friend, that you are not alone. […]

What would it look like to channel Garth Brooks in your classroom?

Kelly P. Beischel Ph.D., RN, CNE   My husband and I saw Garth Brooks in concert this past Sunday night. I don’t typically stay out late on Sunday nights as the price to be paid on Monday is too steep. But for Garth Brooks … I made an exception. What a performance! I love his music and know nearly all of his songs by heart. The lyrics and accompanying music are catchy thus memorable. But do you know what I love most about him? His energy. His enthusiasm. His passion for his art. And from what my son told me after meeting Garth personally, Garth is an unbelievably kind person.  Refreshing to hear, right? Even if you aren’t a fan, you have to agree that he has something special going on.  I mean. Come on. Garth goes on a world tour after being absent from the music industry for nearly 16 years. And every one of his concerts sells out within minutes of the shopping cart opening.  During the concert, I couldn’t help but note that when we were all clapping, screaming, and singing with Garth, he responded with over-the-top expressions of gratitude and joy.     Garth’s gratitude and joy generated, even more, engagement and enthusiasm from his fans.   And […]

7 Life Lessons Learned While Hiking the Cascade Mountains

7 Life Lessons Learned While Hiking the Cascade Mountains  by Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE Our family vacationed in Seattle recently.  There are 7 of us, including significant others. Planning an entire vacation for a group of this size felt overwhelming.   So I messaged everyone and requested that each person text to the group 1-2 activities they wanted to be sure they accomplished while in Seattle.  I accumulated their wishes and then assigned each person(s) to organize an activity or event.  Mine, of course, was a vineyard and wine tasting tour.  My son-in-law, Brandon, planned a hike for us in the Cascade Mountains.  Now for my unpopular revelation… I don’t get the appeal of hiking.  I love walking and exploring but I don’t understand why one drives to a mountain to make a grueling trek up the side of it.   What’s the point? Is it exercise? Is it communing with nature? With self? Is it a race? To get to the top? And then what? What is the objective when hiking?  I NEED to know!  As you can imagine, I wasn’t my typical adventurous self before the trip up the mountain. Mind you; my brand-spanking-new-whale-watching-souvenir-travel-mug caught on fire in the microwave just as we were leaving the house.  At the […]

How to write a meaningful piece with a quick deadline.

By Kelly Beischel PhD, RN, CNE I volunteered. I wanted to do it. But I was also overwhelmed by it. What was “it”? My dad passed away recently and I raised my hand when the pastor asked, “Who would like to give the eulogy?” I had only four days to write  the most important piece I had ever written.   It was important that I got it right. And I didn’t have much time.  Writing Strategies for that Time You Need to Get it Right (and be Fast About It) Sit and quietly reflect. Allow your thoughts to flow.  Begin listing or mindmapping your thoughts as they come. Brainstorming early gives your thoughts time to percolate. You will continue to add to this list as more ideas come to mind.  You will simply be recording ideas that you don’t want to lose. The sentences may be fragmented ideas. But refrain from editing this brainstormed list until you are ready to write.  Keep a note-taking device handy. The note-taking device can be in the form of a journal, index cards, or even voice notes. Using the notes app on your smartphone is easy because, well, who doesn’t have their phone adhered to their hip at all times? The idea is to be […]

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