Nancy Thatcher 2013-02-28 05:11:18
It’s Not Too Late to Go for Goals! It’s March, and while I hate to admit it, I already have lost three months’ time by not working on some of the goals I set for myself for 2013. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Sometimes, I look at my goals and think, “I’ll put this aside for now,” or “That’s hard, and I don’t want to try.” Fortunately, I ultimately do achieve most of my goals, because I work on them for the long haul. Yes, I may stop when I get frustrated or overwhelmed. But then, I get determined again after a few days. And sometimes, a little unintended negative reinforcement serves as inspiration: Someone will tell me to just quit, reassuring me that no one will blame me. But I tell them, “Yes, I can do it” and I start all over with renewed spirit—and accomplish my goal. We need to work at our goals the way we do a marriage, remembering that the efforts will benefit us greatly. Having goals and making a commitment to some kind of personal or professional growth is so important; it can impact our emotional, mental and physical well-being. Let’s face it we tend to take care of our children, significant other, grandchildren and parents before we make it a priority to take care of ourselves. But ignoring opportunities for self-care can put us on a road to self-destruction! We might need to make it a goal to schedule regular medical tests that ensure we stay in good health—so that we can be there when our families need us, and not become a burden on them. Another good personal goal is to exercise more—but do it together with family members or friends. There are the benefits of the exercise, of course, but also the time spent in the company of loved ones. Plus, the best way to teach the children in our lives is by setting a good example. What are your professional goals? Mine are to always do my best and treat my staff, teachers, students and administrators well. I also want to smile and be friendly to everyone , even those people who make me cringe (on the inside) when I see them coming. I will go over the top to please such people—and have found that in changing my approach, I actually have made friends with some of them. Why not give this a try yourself? When setting your own goals, make them reasonable and attainable—and make them fun , too! Soon the changes you work toward will be a part of you, and will come much easier than they did at first. Think it’s too late to start on 2013 goals? It’s not—after all, there are nine months left in the year! And a good place for inspiration and tips is this month’s issue of the magazine. Good luck! NSBW 2013 Reports and Photos Wanted! National School Breakfast Week 2013 (NSBW) may be over, but the memories will live on. How did you celebrate? Maybe you introduced students to a new food they love or publicized the value of your school meals program to your local community. Send in a brief report and photos of your NSBW activities, and they may appear in the magazine’s November 2013 wrap-up or on SNA’s Facebook page. Send them by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to NSBW Wrap, School Nutrition, 120 Waterfront St., Suite 300, National Harbor, MD 20745. [Note: Submission of photos grants permission to use the images in the magazine or other SNA materials.] School Nutrition Employee Week May 6-10, 2013 While school nutrition professionals deserve to be celebrated every day for their work to feed and nourish the nation’s children, School Nutrition Employee Week offers a special opportunity to recognize your staff and coworkers with some focused attention on all of their valuable efforts and contributions. The week also reminds everyone in the community, including parents, teachers and school administrators, of the important role that school nutrition professionals at every level play in the education setting. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snew for ideas on how to honor your colleagues using this year’s exciting “School Nutrition Employees Are Superheroes” theme. Show your thanks by giving staff the gift of an SNA membership or by purchasing small gift items from SNA’s online Emporium. However you recognize your colleagues during this special week-long event, they’re sure to feel honored and appreciated!
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