Mary Betlach 0000-00-00 00:00:00
Turning the Calendar Now that we are in the final month of the year, it's almost time to replace the 2011 calendar and start off fresh in 2012. As we consider the upcoming year, we may feel inspired to look at both the things that we "have to do" and those that we "would like to do." We know that we have to go to work, pay the bills, do the laundry, cook for the family, clean the house, take the kids to activities and all our other daily duties. But think of how different those activities would be if you could change the phrase "I have to do" to "I would like to do" or "I can hardly wait to do"! Reframing our tasks using this mindset is an energizing way of staying positive and taking care of ourselves both physically and emotionally. As you look toward 2012, consider creating a personal calendar that reflects your individual priorities and passions. Think of all of the choices you could make to ensure that the days ahead are unique and special to you. Go beyond thinking of a calendar as a mere tool to keep yourself on task and organized. Changing that mindset can lead to a fresh, fun perspective.and it might challenge you to step out of the box. Here are just a few examples of how you could create your new, personalized calendar: Establish a holiday.once a week, once a month.that is designed just to celebrate you or your family and friends. Set a weekly goal; make it for something that is reasonable and practical to achieve. Each square on a calendar template represents one day of the month; make a point to fill in that square with one positive thing that happened during those 24 hours. Plan one thing you can do each day to address your professional development and growth on the job. Inspired? Start with some blank calendar pages and experiment with a format and options that will mean something to you. Find these at www.pdfcalendar.com. Now, when it comes to SNA's calendar, I sure hope you're ready, because the Association will have a busy year ahead! Through legislative advocacy, training, public/media awareness and other projects and initiatives, SNA and its members will find new ways to support and share best practices for serving nutritious meals to students. A way that you can participate is to consider putting one (or more) of SNA's great conferences on your calendar! Check the Meetings tab on www.schoolnutrition.org to learn more. Whatever your particular plans and goals are for 2012, I wish you a wonderful holiday season. Happy New Year! Have Happier Holidays Four Simple Steps The key to surviving the hectic holidays and managing stress is to take care of yourself.and encourage your employees to do the same! Eat Healthy, Exercise and Get Plenty of Sleep. Make a commitment to staying healthy through the holiday season. Balance the desire to indulge in tempting treats by first filling up on fresh produce and whole grains. Overwhelmed by crowds, obligations and your to-do list? Allotting time each day for a brisk walk or a workout is sure to make you feel much merrier! And remember that you will have more energy for all those extra holiday tasks when you get a good night's sleep! Manage Your Expectations. Sometimes we create our own stress by setting expectations that everything has to be "perfect." Let go and remember that not all your relatives will get along, not every recipe will turn out well, people will get sick and you will never have enough time to do everything that you "want" to do! Take Control of Your Time. You do not have to accept every invitation, give the best party or find the most unique gift. Stay focused on doing things that you enjoy and find meaningful. Celebrate...and Give. Slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. Find a few minutes this month to make a difference for someone less fortunate. Donate toys, help at a charity holiday event, buy gifts for a needy family or take Christmas cookies to an elderly neighbor. You will feel the true spirit of the holidays and be reminded of your own blessings. Free Money! Take Advantage of SNF Scholarships If 2012 finds you contemplating completing coursework toward your high school or college degree.or attending your first SNA Annual National Conference, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) can help! You could be among the hundreds of members who have been awarded scholarships through SNF's seven different programs. For more details, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/scholarships.
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