Off and Running

Hello and welcome! This is my attempt at keeping up with writing on a regular basis, personally and professionally. As I write today, I am beginning my third week as an Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Between overseeing student organizations, advising the Student Government Association, hosting Cory Booker (Mayor of Newark, NJ) as our first of two Distinguished Speakers, taking in a performance by saxophonist Matt Corey, and helping out with Homecoming / Parents’ Weekend – it has been a busy first two weeks!

In addition to those responsibilities, I also work with a great group of students that make up the Leadership Living Learning Community. One of their tasks is to maintain a blog, like this one. Recently, the prompt for a post was to set two S.M.A.R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely). After some help from a few of the students in the program, I have finally set up my own blog to join them on this mission as best I can. With that said, I’m following the lead of my co-worker Becca and am writing two S.M.A.R.T. goals of my own.


I am a huge believer in the acronym DWYSYWD, which stands for Do What You Say You Will Do, and, for the most part, I live by this idea. Unfortunately, I sometimes falter. It happens. One area where this is most true is when I tell myself I will read a new book and actually finish it. I have two or three books at home that I have started at one point or another this year, but have yet to finish. Once I get reading, I am an unstoppable force. I’m also just as strong when it comes to passing by the same book if given the choice. So, my goal is finish three books that I have started by the end of the year. Here is how I plan to make that happen:

  • Read at least three days a week for 30-60 minutes.
  • Read before turning on the television
  • Read during travel
  • No new books until this goal is completed


Running is my sport. Plain and simple. Not the big three (basketball, baseball, football), not soccer, not hockey – running. Whether it was a competitive 5k or just an easy six-miler, I was out and running. Anymore though, I find myself not running nearly as much or at all. I need to get it back. Therefore, I commit to getting back out and running again. Not just to run for fun though – competitively as well. My goal is to run four (4) 5k’s before the end of the year, with the first of those coming up on Oct 22. The plan of attack is as follows:
  • Run every day for at least 30 minutes
  • Mix up training between road, grass, and treadmill
  • Incorporate speedwork and hill training (as best I can given the lack of hills)
  • Run one race in October and spread the remaining three across November and December
  • Research local running groups
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine

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