Pics of the Month: November 2016

November has come and gone, and we’re now in the thick of December. It’s hard to believe that there are only a few weeks left in 2016, and that along with that comes the sometimes soul-sucking tradition of reflecting on the year that was.

And it has been some year.

But before I get into all of that, it’s time to reflect on the last few weeks. Here are the Instagrams that made the month of November!

The Future of HR

In early November I had the opportunity to work with the SHRM-UTSA chapter. I presented on the importance of personal effectiveness as the catalyst for organizational effectiveness. I hope the students got something out of my presentation. I know for sure that they affirmed my hope in the next generation of HR professionals.

They were a great group and I hope to continue working with them. And yes, I forced them to take this picture!


Post Election Church of Pop

I won’t lie. The election kicked my ass. Greg Popovich perhaps said it best:

“It leaves me wondering where I’ve been living, and with whom I’m living.”

And the day after the election, I was definitely feeling it.

By chance, I had previously scheduled lunch with a coworker who would almost certainly not bring up politics and keep the mood light. It was a great escape, and besides, having gourmet hot dogs and great conversation in a repurposed church just felt like the right (and kind of quirky) thing to do.


Be More Like This Bird

It was a rough month. It was rough in its own right, but also  because October was rough, and 2016 as a whole has been rough on many levels. I have friends and family that are struggling through major life changes, personally and professionally, and most recently, working through the sudden passing of one of our cousins.

My brother shared this:

I’ve been trying not to get down, and to find perspective on everything. That’s why I’ve taken a particular liking to this article, and embraced this mantra:

“Control what you can, ignore the rest. Accept everything, but don’t be passive” 

The Monday after Thanksgiving break, while on a walk during lunch, I came across this bird who just stands there and waits for food to come to him. It doesn’s stress about what it can’t control, it just knows it has found the spot that works and it sticks with it.

This bird has it figured out.


That’s it for November!

In December I’m looking forward to the long Holiday Break, (perhaps) a trip to UTSA’s first-ever Bowl Game, and loads of meaningful time spent with friends and family.



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