Breathe

May I be happy
May I be healthy
May I be peaceful
May I be safe

May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you be peaceful
May you be safe

(Loving-Kindness Meditation)

This fellowship has been more than just a professional opportunity full of growth and learning, it has also been an opportunity for mental and physical growth for myself. I have signed up for my fourth half marathon in April (yay!) and I have begun the rigorous (and fun) training involved. I have found my times outside or on the treadmill challenging and exhausting as I ‘sweat out’ the day’s stress and projects, yet finishing with a clearer mind and a positive attitude. I have found myself no longer needing to run with my iPod as I have become more mindful in listening to my breathing, foot steps, and nature around me. I no longer find myself turning to music as a distraction, rather nature encourages me to move forward. I have found it necessary, for work-life balance, to make time in my calendar for physical exercise and to decompress after a busy work day. More importantly, to step away from a computer or phone screen, and to let my eyes rest from technology.

race
Yay! That’s me running at my most recent 10k in Raleigh in November. It was a hard race for me, but I continued forward and ran the entire way. My body definitely felt it afterwards 🙂

I have also found myself practicing meditation. This is new to me and as I am still exploring the meditation practices, I have found it to be internally peaceful and rejuvenating. I have frequented Elon’s 20 Minutes Still once a week which I have thoroughly enjoyed. At yesterday’s session, the instructor said that we were happy to facilitate an upcoming session if we wanted. Hey, why not?! I took a Stressed Out class during my undergraduate and practiced different kinds of meditation, and I am interested in revisiting these sessions. I am all for trying something new. And if I’m feeling super adventurous, I’ll potentially even invite the career services staff.

What have I learned from both of these opportunities? I have learned that it is vital to make time (I wouldn’t even say find time, because there is very little time to find! Making time, takes action!) to focus on mental and physical development. When taking time (even if it is just 20 minutes every day) to spend on this aspect, my whole being is much more satisfied and I perform better at work. I feel happier, healthier and more grounded. What more could I ask for?

-Namaste!

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Author: Danielle G.

Danielle Golinski will be serving as one of two Career Advising Fellows for the Student Professional Development Center. She serves as a liaison between the students at Elon University and the SPDC. Before arriving at Elon, she earned a M.Ed in School Counseling from Rivier University in New Hampshire where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for Student Success. Prior to completing her Master’s program, Danielle attended the University of New Hampshire where she received her B.S. in Psychology, with a minor in Nutrition. Danielle has spent time working for the non-profit organization Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Match Support Specialist, and for Work Opportunities Unlimited as a Career Resource Specialist. In her role as a fellow she is devoted to helping students work towards clarification of their professional and educational goals through self-reflection and experiential learning. With a focus on interests, strengths, and values Danielle works with students in all areas of professional development. She also partners with Greek Life and other organizations across campus to provide career-related programs and drop-in advising hours in an effort to meet student’s needs in a way that is convenient for them. Education/Training M. Ed., 2014, School Counseling, Rivier University, Nashua, NH B.A., 2011, Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH Professional Interests/Background Career advising, professional development, positive psychology in career development, career services in higher education, mentoring, school counseling, and client-centered therapy Professional Activity North Carolina Association of Colleges and Employers (NCACE), Member 2014-Present Personal Interests New to the area, Danielle enjoys exploring all that North Carolina has too offer in regards to both indoor and outdoor recreation. During her free time she enjoys working out, experimenting with new recipes, being crafty, and trying to find as many things that Sriracha tastes good on. I can help you with: Career Exploration Connecting you with the Career Services Department for Support Cover Letters Interviewing Skills/Mock Interviews Networking Resumes

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