Category Archives: Professional Development

My professional strategic plan and growth

Meet ACC’s new alumni director: MaryAnn Cicala

Austin Community College has hired MaryAnn Cicala as its new full-time director of alumni.

Cicala will develop and lead initiatives to connect with and support ACC’s vast international alumni network, while helping the college benefit from the experience and expertise they represent. Continue reading

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Dream WiThOuT FEAR

What if failure was not an option? True, I have lists for everything–just see my bucket list with links to other lists I’m using to track each item. But I have to admit that sometimes I’m so afraid of failure … Continue reading

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Write to Succeed

It’s the third of February and time, I’ve decided, to check in on the state of my new year’s goals. According to a national survey, nearly nine in ten resolutions won’t make it to February. I just came from a … Continue reading

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Mindful Success in 2013

Last year I jumped the curb from making no resolutions for several years to going for 12 goals in one year (in honor or 2012). For better or worse, I am a goal-oriented person.  Without my next goal to strive … Continue reading

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Report Card 2012

Before last night’s Urban Zen photo post, it has been a while since I checked in on The Accidental Optimist. And so the end of 2012 is here and it’s time to take inventory on the goals I set for … Continue reading

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Life Planning: Building the Framework.

I have promised myself for several years that I would complete a strategic plan for my life.  I imagine myself as someone who takes control of her life and destiny… as someone who recognizes opportunities as seizes them.  But if … Continue reading

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This Is Your Life

Because sometimes we just need to check in with our priorities to stay healthy…

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That was SOOO 2011!

On Sunday my friend, Jessica, hosted a brunch to celebrate the fact that we finally rounded the curve on holiday party overkill. It was a “Post Holiday (Not Another Holiday Party) New Year’s Brunch” and a great excuse to get … Continue reading

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From Zero to Twelve

In 2010, I made a resolution that I would have No New Years Resolution.  I followed that rule again in 2011 with a simple theme of making the year “all about fun.”  While I did have lots of fun in the … Continue reading

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Orientation Week at Emerson

Emerson College Orientation Leaders cheer on the new students as they arrive on the first day of move in. Some of my fondest college memories occurred during orientation–my first week as a hopeful small-town girl and the ensuing years as … Continue reading

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