July has come at the blink of an eye, and I am officially thru my first year at Fordham University. For the first time in my career, I’ll be entering year 2 at the same school, and am really looking forward to implementing some positive changes within our department, and finding ways to improve both personally and professionally. It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post, and during that time a lot has happened. I’ve experienced many ups and downs along the way, but overall am very happy with where I’m at in my career and look forward to learning more as year 2 kicks in.
One thing that I am going to stress in this post is the importance of time off. Especially in the field that I am in, days off are hard to come by. Typically, the summer months are a little quieter, and serve as the time where you can take a vacation, or just time away from the office. For myself, I was fortunate this year to travel, and spent 10 days in Europe with 2 of my friends. Other than the fact that the vacation itself was amazing, one thing I realized when away was how important it is to get away.
Even when things are going well, when you become to divulged in your work, it is hard to step away and really assess where you are at. Especially working in college athletics, where things are cyclical, busy, and similar year in and year out, it can be very easy to get stuck in your work and not take a second to get away from what you are doing. The most underrated part of my vacation this summer was the simple fact of getting away from the office.
Regroup and Refresh- This year, I was able to step back and take a clear look at what I felt went well, didn’t go well, and where I want to improve the most heading into year two. Because I was able to clear my head and get out of the rhythm of working day in and out, especially with the busy Spring that Fordham has, it has allowed for me to paint a clearer picture of my path. Another benefit that I have felt is the feeling of being refreshed. I am recharged, re-motivated, and look forward to getting back into that zone where I can work to the best of my ability and continue to improve on my strengths and weaknesses. I truly believe that if I didn’t take those days off from the office, that I would not have been able to take some time to step outside the bubble and give myself an honest assessment.
To keep it simple- its okay to take some time off!