In October, the NNLSO Board hosted a regional meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina at Campbell University School of Law. What a lovely law school with great people – talk about southern hospitality! It was a great meeting. We had an admissions and registrars panel discussion, and presentations on assessments and compliance with ABA Standards, bar passage tracking, and communication. We ended the day with a roundtable discussion and a tour of the Law School. I encourage you to attend a regional or annual meeting if you ever get the opportunity to do so. Your colleagues are great about sharing stories, experiences and ideas. If you want to host a regional meeting sometime, please let me know. The regional meetings are a great way to bring professional development and networking closer to you.
As you approach the end of the year, I hope you find time to rest, regroup and just have some fun. The new year will present challenges and work to be done. You can do it; but first, take a break!! Here at Baylor Law, our staff recently sat through a presentation on ‘grit.’ Grit is defined by Dictionary.com as courage and resolve; strength of character. What great attributes to strive for, no matter our place in life. Will grit help me resist a piece of cheesecake? Well, maybe; maybe not! All kidding aside, we know our students certainly benefit from grit. Meanwhile, as a staff member, advisor, contributor, friend to students and colleagues, grit certainly can benefit me as well. I believe that taking the time to recharge in December, even if just for a little time, will help me to be more resilient, not to mention more creative and fresh in the new year.
I can’t believe we are approaching the holidays already. For many of us, this translates to end of semester, finals, graduation and preparing for spring term and new beginnings. Good luck with all those things! I wish you a successful end of year and a blessed holiday and winter season!
P.S. Watch soon for a call for nominations for the upcoming election of NNLSO Officers and Board Members. I hope you will consider running for a position or nominating a colleague!
So much of life is about our outlook!
“You’ve probably heard the oft-told story of the two shoe salesmen who were sent to Africa in the early 1900s to assess opportunities. They wired separate telegrams back to their boss. One read: “Situation hopeless. They don’t wear shoes.” The other read: “Glorious opportunity. They don’t have any shoes yet!”
From Principle #4, Falling Up.” The Happiness Advantage, by Shawn Achor, Enterprise Media, 2011.