Oftentimes, especially in the field of Student Affairs, I find that people place a lot of emphasis on professional goal development and they lose sight of the importance of personal goals. I slowly but surely became one of those people over the course of the last 2-3 years. I had a 5+ year plan of who I wanted to become as a professional; however I never really sat down and thought about who Bobbie was aside from the Student Affairs professional.
The latter part of 2012 was definitely an evolving time for me personally. Yes, I transitioned to a new institution and department and was navigating a new mid-level position, but during this time I also entered into a new relationship with my current significant other. It is amazing how another person can show you so much about yourself.
This emphasis on my personal life has forced me to come to a realization that there are things about me that I am not 100% happy with. GASP! I know right...but I have been forced to see my flaws and now I am determined to improve them...and improve the person that I am.
This epiphany, if you will, has led me to select the word Wellness as my One Word 2013. Although my physical healthyand well being is a large focus of my steps to improving who I am, wellness, encompasses so many other things. This year I have decided to be well in all aspects of my life and take stock of who I am and become the best me possible.
No, I have not lost sight of my professional identity, but in 2013, I have decided to put just as much focus into who I am outside of my professional identity as well.
Who are you outside of your professional identity? How will you be the best you possible in 2013?