When we moved from the Lone Star state to Pittsburgh, I knew that this adventure would involve not only a new city, but also a new career. I understood before embarking on our new journey that my teaching certification would not transfer states without going through a recertification process. This admittedly yielded a layer of small fears and this understanding, coupled with leaving the familiar and known without having a job in place was most definitely concerning. I continued however, to feel a prompting for Casey to pursue his dream of attending law school. I felt encouraged and reassured as pieces of the puzzle fell seamlessly into place and I trusted that we needed to say "yes" to something that was in our hearts all along.
In leaving behind teaching, I prayed that the students who had spent time in my classroom could see their potential, their worth though my eyes and that they felt inspired going forth. In approaching a new career, I strived to focus on continuing to pour love, creativity, and joy into the work I would be doing, although I didn't quite know what that would be.
After some time, a job entered my life that was most definitely a blessing but also very different than what I was accustomed to. Nevertheless, in transitioning into the business/corporate world, I strived to continue to seek ways to share inspiration and to build up others around me up. I started to realize that no matter what place of employment one has or the age of those you work with, there is so much value in investing time to seek ways to change lives and encourage the people in your life, at your job. I hope that no matter what your career entails, you can find ways to create community and boost the spirits of those around you.
Here are a few ideas that enable an easy implementation and result in shared hope, joy, and a sense of community within the office.
1. Practice being mindful
It is so easy to feel detached from our surroundings when we have mile-long agendas and meetings sprinkled throughout our day. Sometimes it can feel like we are running a marathon and we are so focused on the end, that we don't take time to evaluate the journey.
When we stop and take a moment to reflect on the bigger picture, rather than rush to move forward, we often gain an opportunity to evaluate ways to be more strategic and reduce complexity.
Furthermore, being mindful allows you to appreciate your surroundings. This can translate into having an opportunity to encourage your coworkers. Taking time to recognize the people that make our endeavors a possibility can really make a difference. I encourage you to compliment your coworkers; making an extra effort to acknowledge their achievements and create a positive culture in your office as well as create an environment that is founded on being supportive.
Writing an encouraging email or note or even just complimenting someone in person can really help someone feel appreciated and valued and lift spirits in the most positive way.
2. Share workouts together
I have recently come to value how going to the gym with your coworkers on your lunch can really result in encouraging each other to be the best versions of yourselves. Our team (made up of myself and two other women) recently implemented this tradition and this simple change has really brightened all of our weeks. Encouraging each other to step out of the office and take new workout classes and be active for one hour a day has resulted in feeling like the best versions of ourselves each day. Additionally, knowing that your coworkers are there for encouragement can really help with motivating one another to continue to go each day and feel healthier and better overall. It's also a great way to have some time carved out for support as well as time to look forward to each day. Mixing it up by adding Zumba or unique workouts can make it even more enjoyable and fun.
3. Celebrate Special Occasions
Often times, time away from devices and the office can enable us to create community as well as provide the opportunity to further recognize areas to support one another.
I encourage you to get to know the people you spend eight or more hours a day with on a deeper level and seek to learn the things that make them feel great and special- especially so that you can remind them of those things and how wonderful they are when they might go through a difficult day or have doubts.
Furthermore, getting to know someone beyond their roles and responsibilities can enable you to celebrate special days and moments such as birthdays or any other milestones in their lives.
Knowing these things and celebrating these moments together can lead to a positive environment and a special sense of camaraderie that will enable your office to be a support network for both the small and big moments that occur in life!
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