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Day 356 - November Gratitude, part 20

Friday, November 20, 2015

We had our monthly meeting this morning with our full-time faculty. At our college, the faculty are the actual governing body. While our board of trustees puts a stamp of approval on all decisions and actions for the district, it's the faculty that make any real changes to our organization, our operation, and, most importantly, our curriculum (a more complex concept that I realized).

The meeting was energized by frustration that we are feeling as we switch from one college in our district to another. We were told that it would be a smooth process with nary a bump, but it is turning into a rollercoaster ride that none of us signed up for.

What I've realize through all of this process is the value of collaboration. We may not be able to accomplish much individually, but together we are stronger and more resistant to being knocked down!

SparkPeople is much the same way. By ourselves, it's not easy to push through the challenges that weight loss, healthy living, and smart choices entail. When we find people who are in a similar situation, and come together, then we are armed with better tools to make our dreams come true. We are more capable, and we get support from fellow Sparkers to ensure that we can reach the milestones that are so much a part of this journey.

When I started SP a year ago, I floundered often. Some of my early Spark friends pointed out some tips that would help me reach very short-term goals and allow me to feel a sense of accomplishment. Once those little goals were met, I realized that I had the power to go farther. Every week I hit a new milestone, and had many non-scale victories in between that helped to fuel my journey and my feelings of success.

Find people who collaborate with you and connect with you. They will give you support and encouragement so that you can keep moving forward. I'm here for you too! Just know that you don't have to go through this alone.

Collaborating with someone (call them a buddy or mentor or supporter, it doesn't matter) will help you become the person you want (and were meant) to be!

I am so grateful for the people who collaborated with me on my journey, and especially grateful for those who stayed with me after I reached my goal.

THANK YOU, SparkFriends! You've made this journey AWESOME!
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  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    We live and we learn and what we learn is that old adage, the whole is stronger than the sum of it's parts. So basically, the whole is like a puzzle. There is only one place where each piece fits. It takes time, but with patients and perseverance you can achieve your goal.
    Your success at SparkPeople was no accident and you will be just as successful in your position at the college. You are both passionate and level headed and they are exactly the qualities that are needed when the road gets bumpy. You have supporters and probably a few people who are jealous of you. Put the latter group in the first car of the rollercoaster and enjoy the ride.


    1925 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Spanning across continents, cultures and age groups, Spark has the ability to offer changes, choices and life-altering accomplishments. You are part of that Steve. I still look at your picture of you in your Dad's trousers and am inspired at your progress. Love that picture.. Cannot wait for the renovation pics... (hint, hint)
    1925 days ago
    I think I am going to have a bit of a ruffel here for you are MY BUDDY!!!! Just joking Steve. You have so many sp friends that care for you and we are all super greatful for your friendship, for your blogs, for doing this journey with us. THANK YOU for being at my side always. emoticon
    1925 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Nothing in life of value is done alone. Collaboration is needed in most things of life. Steve they have the right person there, and your job of changing your life has been awesome to watch. Someday, I will reach my goal, with the inspiration of folks like you.
    1925 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    ... Watch for a hint that you are getting close to solving the issues. Just like you have succeeded so far.
    1925 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    I concur on the collaboration. Sometimes the solution seems out of reach and quite suddenly it comes together. What a lot of changes for you personally and professionally. And that is our life... One change after another. Watch for that hint of succe
    1925 days ago
  • ADF1981
    Spark people is definitely a wonderful place. Having an accountability partner and support from others going through the same thing is awesome.

    I agree with the smaller goals and milestones. That helped me a lot in the beginning with setting goals and then putting down the date that I completed them. Great blog, thanks for sharing.
    1925 days ago
    thank YOU! You are an inspiration. I like to surround myself with positive folks.
    1925 days ago
  • CRETE2953
    Great job Steve! I totally agree. TOGETHER is the key word here. United in the same but individual goals, working together, gaining knowledge and confidence, and making new friends along the way. When it all comes together it just doesn't get any better. Good luck with the merger at school. Eventually it will all work out.
    1925 days ago
    Hey, awesome buddy! I so agree with what can be accomplished with a network of friends who are going, or gone, through the transition and can provide support, encouragement and insight as we make our way! I did something you did, I cleaned house with SparkFriends...I sort of felt bad but when I started doing it I realized it truly wasn't personal at all...there is usually a reason you initially friend someone, but that can grow or just not move in any direction! I found many people were gone...had not been around for over a year, etc. I found some that had unfriended me or never returned the friendship! I still have a few I don't know how to remove as I can't get to their page to make it happen! Any ideas? I have a few who have removed themselves for various reasons. Once I did that I realized who was left and began putting in more effort and I am finding it's much more fulfilling and I feel even more involved! Awesome! Have a wonderful Saturday! Hugs!
    1926 days ago
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