Category Mindfulness

Running and Job Searching by Jason Sininger

running and the job search

Running and Job Searching by Jason Sininger

Ready… Set… Go… I know these two topics do not at all sound like they are related but I have found myself doing both running and job searching this past summer and even now into the Fall. More specifically I have found that running has assisted me in being able to stay grounded during the job search process.

Here are some of the similarities in terms that I  noticed:

Training / Searching – Both seem overwhelming and sometimes impossible. The question of where or how to start may come to mind. One can start to answer this question or combing a variety of their thoughts and creating a plan that can identify where they starting from to where they would like to finish...

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1 Van, 2 Heel Drive, and 6 Women: Our Journey THROUGH Ragnar ( Part 2)

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Oh what a night (and two days).

In a previous #safit blog, we discussed our upcoming Ragnar race. We shared our motivation for competing in this 12-person overnight relay race and promised to share what we had learned.  We returned from Las Vegas with so much to say about the experience that we are excited to share with you!

Ann Marie was inspired by the symbolism of our relay bracelet

In the relay race, you hand off an orange bracelet from one teammate to another.  I was so inspired by the words I would hear (from my team and from others) at the handoff point.  “Love you!”, “Crush it!”, and “You Got This!” were some of the commonly heard phrases.  No matter how fast or how slow, the message was the same—positive, uplifting and supportive.

amk teri handoff

Now she would like to hand off...

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1 Van, 2 Heel Drive, and 6 Women: Our Journey to Ragnar ( Part 1)


There’s running for fun, there’s participating in an organized race and then there’s Ragnar.

In case you are unfamiliar with this word, I will quote the tagline which says “Ragnar is the overnight running relay race that makes testing your limits a team sport.”

It is a 12 people tag team running 200(ish) miles, day and night, relay-style. Only one runner hits the road at a time. Each participant runs three times, with each leg ranging between 3-11 miles and varying in difficulty. There are Ragnar races all over the country, but we opted for signing up for the one in Las Vegas due to warmer temperatures in November.

The six of us decided to form a team and we have been paired with another team of six. Our team ranges in age from 27 to50...

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Why a cat person would ever choose to adopt a dog by Pamela Mirabelli

Stormy and I 2Pamela Mirabelli serves as the Residence Life Coordinator for the Historic Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Originally from New Jersey, Pam received a BA in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Counseling from The College of NJ and a Master of Education in Children’s Literature from Penn State. Prior to starting at Carolina, Pam has previously worked at The College of NJ, Penn State, The School of American Ballet, and Seton Hall University. In her spare time, Pam enjoys yoga, reading, the beach, travelling, visiting friends, and spending time with her adopted Italian Greyhound Mix Stormy.

Why a cat person would ever choose to adopt a dog

I have always been the “cat person” among any of my groups of friends...

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For the Love of the Trails by Korrin Anderson


Korrin Anderson serves as the Associate Director for Orientation and Parent Programs at Florida International University (FIU). Prior to this role, she worked for Residential Life at FIU both as a graduate student and as a professional. She earned her undergraduate degree in Vocal Performance at Millikin University, a graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building, and her Masters degree in Educational Leadership at FIU. Korrin ran her first marathon this past February and is currently training for her fourth triathlon.


Sometimes you discover love in the most unlikely of places...

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A Thank You Note to My Office By Elizabeth Teurlay


Elizabeth Teurlay is currently a Program Advisor in Academic Services at Brandeis University. She earned her M. Ed. in Student Affairs at UCLA and previously served as a Resident Director at Boston College. Elizabeth enjoys staying involved in the NASPA Region 1 WISA & SAPAA KC’s and reading about all things Higher Ed. Outside of work, she is training for her second 5K and loves taking her dog Riley to the dog park. You can connect with her on Twitter at @eteurlay. 


As I quickly approach my one year work anniversary at Brandeis University, I realize I have a lot to be grateful for. I enjoy my new role, my new students, and my new dog that came with the live-off life...

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What works for you? by AJ Lauer

1540529_10101763812078369_1086932590_oAJ Lauer currently serves as Coordinator of Conference Services at the Colorado School of Mines in beautiful Golden, CO. She has also held positions as a Resident Director at the University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign and Manager of Student Life at Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus. She received her MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL. In her spare time you can usually find her either somewhere in the Great Outdoors or hiding in a corner writing an article or her next book. Outside of the Conference Season, she blogs regularly at, or you can find her on Twitter: @ayjaylauer.


Having an “active lifestyle” is something we are all supposed to aspire to...

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Watch Me Go by Summer (King) Mattina


Summer (King) Mattina happily serves as an Academic Advisor for Parks College of Engineering, Aviation, and Technology at Saint Louis University. She is a member of NASPA, ACPA, and NACADA, and enjoys rock and roll, rocky beaches, and rocking chairs. She also likes stone soup. Get to know her by connecting on Twitter @SummerMattina.


Watch Me Go

In the past year, I have moved three times, started two jobs, acquired one always-ornery dog, and joined forces and households with one occasionally-ornery partner...

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How do you do it? by Gioconda Guerra Pérez

twinsBorn and raised in Panama. She received a M.A in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development both from the University of Louisville. She attended Universidad de Panamá, Panama where she studied Journalism. Gioconda is currently the Director of La Casa Cultural Latina at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Before joining UIUC, she served as visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Southeast (IUS), School of Education and as Socio-Cultural specialist for the New Neighbors Center at IUS. She has taught courses on Multicultural Education, Current Social Issues in Education, and Intercultural Relations. Gio has also developed curricula for K-12 schools to work with Latino families and English Language Learners (ELL)...

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Influencing behaviors: it’s organic! by Lauren Piontkoski

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Lauren Piontkoski works as an Area Director for Residential Life Programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she serves as a liaison for faculty and in-hall academic support, develops programmatic initiatives to support women in the STEM field and co-supervises graduate/post-doctoral resident tutors. Additionally, she finds herself utilizing her recently acquired group fitness certification through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) as a bootcamp instructor in the Greater Boston Area. Lauren can be reached via Twitter: wickedrunnah


Influencing behaviors: it’s organic!

Two years ago I began a fitness journey, and I never thought it would have snowballed into the lifestyle ...

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