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"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble." --Helen Keller

Sometimes we can clearly see the end of the tunnel. But, there are other times the path is winding and unclear, or the goal seems too out of reach.

When we are lost in a haze, it is vital that we pause to zoom out and ask: Where are we going? It can really help to recenter ourselves, to look at the map to understand the bigger picture, and to ask questions of those who might have a more clear vision of the way.

Once we've recalibrated and rediscovered the purpose behind our work, each little task will stop feeling menial and begin to feel special; the goal will feel within our grasp because we can see the achievable path to get there. Each little task is both a step toward our goal and is a great accomplishment in and of itself.

Make it a goal this week to pause and name what it is you are doing right now that brings you joy or satisfaction in your work. Is it in "the doing" in and of itself? Is it in the knowing what it will accomplish? Is it in the relationships that have and will be built? In the experiences you know students will get to share one day? In the development of skills you will be able to add to your professional and/or personal toolkit?

Celebrate your accomplishments from yesterday, today, and tomorrow, big or small. You did it! You are amazing.



We are so excited that our team members have the opportunity to get vaccinated. We are so grateful for the added protection from a virus that have made it so much harder for us to see and work with each other and our communities.



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Tips & Tidbits

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Public speaking on Zoom is a lot different than in-person, but still requires *command* of the screen with the right body language and a confident presence. Use these tips when communicating with CAN students, clients, or partners!

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This is totally on point with how I am feeling in the midst of winter. Need to remember to celebrate the small stuff and zoom out when things feel tough!

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