July 26, 2016
In the spirit of work, family, and life balance, this may sound counter intuitive, but I advocate for finding/carving time to involve yourself in some community-based social or civic organizations or activities that are not necessarily connected to you in your role as an educator for K-State Research and Extension. Involve yourself in something that utilizes a special passion or talent you have that goes beyond your routine work, or possibly something that is new and different that provides a whole new unique experience. The advantages for such involvement include such things as simply a fun outlet for you away from work, building a broader social network, learning how to be a great volunteer, meeting others who might be great volunteers or connectors in your educational programs, and dozens more advantages.
Most importantly, it can be a meaningful way of bringing some balance to life, family, and work.