Trust Your Training

Just like when preparing to run a 10K, this journey of learning we are on requires diligent training. The race can be tiresome and seem long sometimes. Our muscles of motivation can grow weary; there is no one-size-fits-all road map on how to navigate through the unexpected curves. Life happens, there are some grades we may not be proud of, projects we wish we had spent more time completing. Our legs are tired, we are thirsty for rest and then remember we have studied hard, we have remained engaged, and we are motivated because we believe our efforts are leading to something better. These are our training tools and they have prepared us for the challenges of the race.

The end of the semester is close and as the finish line comes into view, we will listen to the whisper inside that says, “Trust the training.”


10 Signs You’re Living on Autopilot

Noelle Bloom March 28, 2018

So what exactly does living on autopilot look like?  Here’s the best way I can describe it…

You’ve just driven home and stepped out of your car, but you don’t remember stopping at any lights, switching any lanes or making that right-hand turn. The drive was a blur, yet you arrived home safe and sound. What about that time someone was talking to you but you weren’t really listening so you had to ask them to repeat what they said?

That was your brain working on autopilot while your mind wandered…

The problem is when living on autopilot leaves you sleepwalking through life’s pivotal moments, making it difficult to make intentional decisions about how you want to work and live your life.

Before you know it, you’re living your life by default, not design. Over time, these small mindless decisions can prevent you from reaching your definition of success.

Here are 10 signs you’re living your life on autopilot:

  1. You dread the day ahead.
  2. Your daily routine is predictable.
  3. You do things without thinking.
  4. You can’t seem to put your phone down.
  5. You stay deep in thought.
  6. You have a difficult time remembering.
  7. You can’t seem to let go.
  8. You’re not making meaningful progress.
  9. You say “yes” more than you say “no”.
  10. You know there’s a better life to be lived.

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day…mated for life

Opened red heart-shaped box of chocolates with a bow wrapped around it

We can already feel the love in the air; after all, it is Valentine’s Day in just few days.

Did you know…Richard Cadbury introduced the first Valentine’s Day heart-shaped candy box in 1861? Wow! Today, more than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are sold each year. That totals 58 million pounds of chocolate.

A little later, chocolate pioneer Milton Hershey, who started as a caramel maker in 1894 began covering his caramels with sweet chocolate. In 1907, Hershey launched production of tear-dropped shaped “kisses,” so-called because of the smooching noise the chocolate made as it was manufactured. Mass-produced at an affordable cost, the kisses were advertised as “a most nourishing food!”

Whether you Valentine’s Day plans are to spend a quite evening alone doing what you enjoy, giving flowers, or dinner and a date, what a perfect day to surprise yourself or your partner with loads of chocolate!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Career Women’s Network Scholarship Fund

The Career Women’s Network is seeking to support non-traditional women in their academic journey.

Are you:

  • a non-traditional female student at least 25 years of age?
  • enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college, university, or technical institution?
  • working towards your first bachelor’s degree?
  • have a 2.5 minimum GPA?

Learn more at

Practice Gratitude

"Thank you" next to an origami bird

Gratitude is one of the most accessible positive emotions, and its effects can strengthen friendships and intimate relationships. One 2010 study found that expressing gratitude toward a partner can strengthen the relationship, and this positive boost is felt by both parties—the one who expresses gratitude and the one who receives it. Remembering to say “thank you” when a friend listens or your spouse brings you a cup of coffee can set off an upward spiral of trust, closeness, and affection.
Relationships are not static—they are living, dynamic aspects of our lives and require attention and care. In order to benefit from strong connections with others, you should take charge of your relationships and put in the time and energy you would any other aspect of your wellbeing.


Sleep Rocks! …get more of it!

Illustration of boy frowning in bed while holding an alarm clock

College students, like Americans overall, are sleeping less, and if you are like most college students, chances are you are not getting enough sleep. On average, most college students get around 6 hours of sleep per night, and the college years are notoriously sleep-deprived due to an overload of activities. Recent research on college students and sleep indicates that insufficient sleep affects our health, our moods, our GPA and our safety. Sleep really matters.

National Sleep Foundation,

The Better Sleep Council,

Her Own Words

Words from a Machinist!

“I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be a Machinist, but, I am so glad that I just got the opportunity because I think you kind of take for granted all the trades that are there. And if you just get an opportunity and have an open mind about something, and you try it, I think you surprise yourself.” – Veronica Ramos, in Riley, Women in Machining

“I like the physical labor. I like taking apart machines and putting them back together. I like seeing the finished product and thinking, I made this. I helped make this.” – Tina Couillard, in Riley, Women in Machining


Words from a Welder! 

“Everything you run into in life is either welded or built by someone that’s welded. Even if you are at McDonald’s, the French Fries are cooked in a precision-welded stainless steel container. I have found such tremendous satisfaction out of building things, being able to go home and know that I built this thing and I can go see it. Stair railings or road-pavement equipment, things much bigger than you living room that you built yourself. And that gives a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction and there’s very few things as satisfying in life as having a job that pays you well, that you like.”  Valerie Weihman, in Riley, Women in Welding

“When I go out at night and they ask me what I do, I say a welder, and they look at me and say, ‘No way.’ So, yeah, I get real funny looks, especially from men. The stuff we do is heavy. We do exactly what the men do. It is physical work, but when you leave it, you are done. And you keep in shape. That’s the way I look at it. I mean, between two kids and this job, I don’t have to diet and I don’t have to exercise, so it’s great.” – Joan Collier, in Riley, Women in Welding