Communication, a tool…

If there’s one thing I was reminded of on retreat this weekend, it’s to be honest and open about what’s on your mind and to share your thoughts and emotions with those around you. The more you keep things to yourself and let it bottle up inside you, the more stressed and miserable you’ll be.

Over the last few years I’ve seen how much I have grown and matured. No longer do I avoid confrontation and differences for fear of upsetting or offending the other person, but I respect and embrace them. Communication is so important to maintain lasting relationships—with family, friends, co-workers, your boss—and I want to continue to work on strengthening those relationships.

This morning began day one of going to the gym before work. I can’t believe how much I’ve missed peeling myself out of bed at 6 a.m. and getting up and going for the day with the birds and the sun. You can accomplish so much in those early hours before work—with no distractions and a clearer mind. I love the silence of the morning, it’s so peaceful and relaxing.

I spent my time at Adelante piecing together more of the E^3 Resource Center. There is SO much involved in this project I didn’t consider at the beginning. Not only am I creating an employment center where clients can get help with resumes, cover letters and job search, but the list of topics are widespread. From healthy relationships, to parenting, birth control, abuse, depression, stress relief, time management, organization, mortgages and home-owning, credit and finances, ESL, GED, college, financial aid, scholarships, study tips—the list goes on and on. I hope my work here truly leaves a mark and that these clients are able to keep reaching for more meaningful and sustainable lives.

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.” ~Daniel Goleman

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