by Dan Roberts Jr
So, let's make sure we are all clear here: Nobody's perfect.
I get that. I'm the first to admit my imperfections - and have done so in the past right here on Mueller Musings. However, over the past several years we have seen an increasing trend and celebration of public resignations. With the advent of Social Media - the trend has either been amplified and/or magnified. But it's not Social Media that amplifies it: we do.
Case in point, illustrated in a previous post, is the resignation of Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith. Mr. Smith, of course, did not resign via Social Media. No - he resigned via the New York Times. Just as the scrutiny on Wall Street began to fade, here comes Mr. Smith to reignite the flames. While the Op-Ed piece was not a YouTube sensation, it did go viral - within 24 hours, it had been shared 1600 times on LinkedIn, and there were over 17,000 related news stories on the Google News Feed.
That was in March of 2012. Fast-forward to September 28, 2013, when Marina Shifrin turned her resignation in via a YouTube video set to Kanye West's Gone. Of course, the resignation went viral and to date the video has almost 17 million views. When typing the keywords "best resignation ever," there are over 76,000 results.
All of this begs the question that no one cares to ask, think about, or even debate (If that's not true, I ask you why articles like this one don't go viral?):
Is the public resignation the right thing to do?
More and more, I am inclined to believe that my answer is in the minority. With these examples - and so many others - of public resignations going viral, being accepted in of all places like the New York Times, and these acts even being further rewarded ... maybe I'm wrong:
The Meriam-Webster Dictionary defines entitlement as:
the condition of having a right to have, do, or get something
the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)
WAKE UP, AMERICA!
STOP REWARDING THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR!!
Shifrin and Smith believed it was their right to resign from organizations that they did not believe in anymore, nor felt as if the organization were treating them fairly.
So be it - only they know that. And, obviously, employment is a two-way street. Anyone can resign at any point in time.
However, they should not have publicized their resignation. They do not deserve to publicly criticize or humiliate the people and organizations that employed them.
Whatever happened to the two-weeks notice? Or - even better - what's wrong with going a step above and negotiating a 30- or 45-day exit strategy so that a replacement can be hired and adequately trained?
Oh - that's right, that would require us as a society to forgo public glorification in the simple every day occurrence of changing employers. That would require a little bit of decorum, self-accountability, and dare I say - *GASP* - professionalism. Quiet victories are far more satisfying, than 30-seconds of fame.
It doesn't matter if your an alcohol & drug counselor in San Diego, a Holistic Health Practitioner in Austin, a financial representative in New York City, or a musician in Erie, PA - my advice is the same to everyone. Act like a true professional - no matter how horrific the work conditions, no matter how unfairly you feel your employer is treating you. The best, single most powerful action you can take is resigning. It sends a message that your values are not aligned with either your leader's or the direction of the organization. Resign amicably, and the respect you will gain - from your peers and ultimately yourself - will be immeasurable.
In each of our certificate programs, we offer students training in business and ethics, career management and hands-on experience through externships. To learn more about Mueller College, schedule a visit or click on the icon below.
by Dan Roberts Jr
Holy Crap - it's here! The Holiday Season is HERE!!! Wheretheheckdidthatcomefrom?!?!?!! I'm not ready!!!!
If you're like many people, the holidays can be on of the most stressful times of the year. Between the demands of family, friends and work it's busy enough - throw in the idea of goodwill toward all men & women...well, that's just a recipe for meltdown! It doesn't have to be that way though. With a little bit of perspective, and an active gameplan, anyone can get through the holidays with little to no stress whatsoever. Here are eight great tips to get you through the, *ahem,* most wonderful time of year:
1. Have a Plan-A and a Plan-B
One of the best things I ever implemented in both my professional and personal life is the acceptance that nothing goes according to plan. Appointments cancel, kids get sick at the most inopportune times, the car gets a flat - Plan A rarely happens when you want it to happen. So - have a second (or even a third) option ready to go if Option A does not go according to plan.
If you work out everyday already, do not sacrifice that time. If you don't this is the perfect time to start! Exercise produces endorphins, which in turn make us feel happy and relaxed. You don't need a personal fitness trainer for this - ride your bike, run around the field at your local high school or just play outside with the kids! No matter what, get your heart-rate up with a good 30 minutes of exercise. Plus, with all that food we're planning to eat, burn some calories before you add them - great way to not feel guilty about what you eat!
3. Have Fun
Speaking of playing with the kids - HAVE FUN! If you don't have kids, that's OK...the holidays are the perfect reason to act like a kid yourself! Go take an awkward picture with Santa, lace up the old skates for some time on the rink, take a drive down Christmas Tree Lane or prank someone at the office! The holidays are supposed to be a time to have fun - don't forget to have some yourself!
4. Stay Sober
Have fun, just not too much fun. Cap yourself off at 1 or 2 drinks when at holiday parties. Don't run the risk of adding more stress by doing something you might regret. There's no better way to add stress than to say too much at a Christmas Party, or worse, get caught driving while under the influence.
5. Say No
Speaking of staying sober, it is alright to say no. You can say no to that third beer, you can say no thank you to you 11th holiday party invite of the season, and you can say no thank you to hosting a party yourself. It might be the season for goodwill toward all, but politely and firmly saying "No" doesn't mean you're spreading any ill-will. It just means you know you're limits and boundaries.
6. Take a deep breath...
...of something you love. Aromatherapy has some wonderful benefits to us all, chief of which includes decreasing stress. Remember to breathe, and take the time to surround yourself with some wonderful aromatic offerings too! After all, it just makes scents! (See what I did there, heh-heh!!)
7. Get some 'ME' time
You heard it right - give yourself a break. Perhaps - just snowballing a bit here - book yourself a massage. C'mon what's 50 minutes out of your schedule compared to a scream-free holiday season? If a massage isn't your speed, then head over to a coffee shop with the latest Dean Koontz or Nicholas Sparks book. You deserve it.
8. Be Thankful
If you are reading this, then you are already ahead of so many this year who don't have the means to do so. The recent tragedy in the Philippines and the terrible weather a few weeks back in the Midwest are just two very recent examples of how precious life is. Take advantage this holiday season to hug a little longer, and say that extra "I love you." After all, if combating stress is one of our chief concerns, then we have a lot to be thankful for!
Wishing a wonderful, fun-filled, safe and stress-free holiday to you, from all of us here at Mueller College!
by Mueller College Staff
The days fly by, and the weeks do too. We get caught up in our deadlines, and projects, life at home and life here at Mueller. Often, there are times where we have a moment to reflect and celebrate, like last month's graduation ceremony. Rarely, do we get the chance to write about it, give it more than just a moment in time - let it live.
Except - here, in our lil' slice of blog bliss, we can. So, this Thanksgiving, we share with you a few of the things for which we are thankful.
I'm thankful for obvious things like my health, my friends, and my family. But at the top of my list is Luna, my blue nose Pitbull. She gives me unconditional love 24/7, greets me with all her favorite toys, knows how to comfort me, protect me, and make me laugh. You only need to be in a room with her for 30 seconds to be affected by her loving heart. She's my best friend and I am thankful she came into my life 3 years ago.
This year I am thankful for all the moments that evolved my being. The moments that made me strong, and weak. The moments that made me grow.
I am so very thankful for my position here at Mueller College, which affords me the opportunity to share my energies with so many wonderful students and staff. I would never have imagined as a Mueller Student in 2002, that this would be my future. And, of course, I am thankful for my continued good health and the good health of my family and friends.
I am always thankful for my health, my beautiful wife and two adorable children. But what I want to convey here is that I am particularly thankful to witness such amazing examples of change here at Mueller College. Every day, I see students go through changes - some minute, others gargantuan. The tenacity and passion of our students continues to amaze me. I am so very thankful to our students for the tangible, daily inspiration they provide.
I am so thankful for the compassion of the people who surround me. The staff, faculty and students at Mueller are truly committed to serving others and are daily living out the mantra "Be the change you wish to see in the world." I am grateful for their example. I also thankful for my amazing husband and the adventure we're on together - and the great San Diego weather certainly doesn't hurt!
It might go without saying that I am grateful for my family and friends, without whom I fear life would be unhappy and lacking in companionship. They are why I strive. But I am also grateful for music, without which life would be unsettling and lacking in dimension. I am grateful for my struggles, without which life would be unrealized and lacking in growth. I am grateful for the opportunity to help others, without which life would be undervalued and lacking in community. And I am certainly thankful for ice cream, without which life would be unconscionable and lacking in luxury.
I am thankful for everyday. Being able to live, love and laugh. I am most thankful for my family and friends.
I'm thankful for my family, for Mueller College and the opportunities it offers our students. And I am especially thankful for the students who come back and express their appreciation for the programs here. I guess it's all family when it comes right down to it!
I am thankful for my spouse, family, friends, and great co-workers. Also, I am thankful that I am a part of changing the lives of students here at Mueller College.
I am not sure where to begin, but I am thankful this Thanksgiving to be close to my family, I really appreciate their support and legacy of love; and for my coworkers that have become family. Thank you.
I am thankful for all of the new additions to my family this year. I am blessed beyond belief by all of the love and support my family gives me every single day. I am also thankful for the friends I have that have turned into much more than that! Overall, this year has been full of things to be thankful for!
What are you thankful for? Maybe some holiday health and wellness? We'd love for you to share with us the things you appreciate as well!
by Dan Roberts Jr
Since 1976, Mueller College has been a staple of the University Heights/North Park communities. For almost as many years, the members of these communities have been able to experience the healing that our bodywork students provide through the Mueller Community Wellness Center. The Center, located on 4601 Park Boulevard, offers an amazing array of professionals and students who have a background in various modalities and techniques of massage therapy. It's the holiday season afer all - what better reaon to get a massage than to de-stress from all of that holiday shopping! (Support your small business too!) Or stop by for a gift certificate too!
The Community Wellness Center is one of the great benefits for our Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapy students is the ability to not only gain hands-on experience for their new careers, but it can also be utilized as a launching ground for their new career. Graduates have the ability to build their client base and use the Wellness Center as a means to have their own "office."
However, having access to these modalities at such a great value is also a hidden opportunity in our community. These graduate professionals are available at any time during the week, while student massages are only available at set times and at various levels of experience. Those in the introductory labs are just launching their career. However, there are those students in our advanced labs who have close to their 1008 ours needed for the HHP designation.
This is not to discount the Essentials lab, for the students just launching their career. They certainly have the focus and touch necessary for an amazing massage experience for the public. Altogether, this makes for a full-service clinic, providing the community with the chance to implement an array of preventative measures to their overall individual health.
Here's a list of services the Community Wellness Center provides:
(*Service only available from professional therapists)
For more information about hours and appointments, click here. To book an appointment, call 619-794-2444 or click the button below!
by Dan Roberts Jr
The word capstone is defined as the high point or the crowning achievement, as defined by the Meriam-Webster dictionary. For Mueller College's Personal Fitness Trainer program the capstone experience has always been a week-long bootcamp. Held the week of November 4th, the most recent bootcamp took place here in San Diego. With 60 hours of on-site workshops and training in various training modalities, students were able to learn from guest lecturers and other professionals from the fitness industry as they shared their methodologies with the students.
Without a doubt, there were two big messages that students took home from the phenomenal week of lectures and workouts:
If you work hard, you can reach your goals
This is a people-based industry, you're here to help change people's lives
Mueller College Program Director Erin Dougherty states that the experience for the students is huge, and an appropriate way to end their program. "Students have the opportunity to take the education, the theories they have learned int the classroom and put it into practice. With the various guest lecturers, the can really see where goals can take you through what others have done for themselves."
Dougherty was also ecstatic over the opportunities students had to create a local network in the fitness industry prior to graduation with this capstone experience. "They are able to build a bridge from their life as a student to their life an a trainer," she said. "The goal is to help them network with personal trainer managers, gym owners, club managers - people with hiring power - so that they can prepare for life after Mueller."
This opportunity was evident from the line-up of local fitness industry experts as well. Students had the opportunity to meet and hear lectures from Todd Durkin of Fitness Quest 10, Derrick Price - a Master Trainer at Core-Tex and Function First, and Tom Hill - owner of Crossfit ATR to name just a few.The week also allowed students to particpate in a variety of workouts, visit the Olympic Training Center, prepare for their NSCA exam, as well as get CPR certified.
Students in the Personal Fitness Trainer certificate program gain a variety of hands-on experience. To learn more about the program and Mueller College, visit today! Or download the FREE guide below!
by Dan Roberts Jr
I am fortunate to have had several teachers throughout my years that made a big impact in my life. I can name them, the classes they taught, and retell stories from those classes all these years (decades - oh my gosh, decades) later. They all had their own unique talent to offer, yet they all share the one unique quality that set them apart from the others:
It was infectious. These teachers were the ones whose you looked forward to attending. Sad? - no problem, go to class. Sick? Their class was the cure.
Yet, it never amazes me, as I visit the classes here at Mueller College, how many of our instructors fall into this category. Never was this more true than with Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master Debi Ball. And while she has only been with Mueller College a short time, her passion is infectious.
Ball is not immune to the fact that she sees herself in a lot of the students here at Mueller. "My path was a long journey, starting when I was four or five years old," said Ball. "I was always interested in life, how our bodies work, how nature works...it always intrigued me."
Ball started training in Reiki after the mother of her then boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer. "I started getting into reiki.," she said. "Then I was doing reflexology before I even knew what it was. When I started learning and performing the various levels of reiki and reflexology, everyone kept asking if I did the whole body? And I grew into massage from there."
Ball studied modalities in polarity, shiatsu, massage, spa techniques, and nutritional medicine. An east-coaster - a former resident of Boston actually - she longed to be on the West Coast. "My heart was always here in California." Once she moved to San Diego, time and again people would tell her she should teach at the San Diego massage school, Mueller College.
Once here, the life changing experience she saw daily was the most surprising aspect.
"The nurturing aspect of Mueller College is so shocking, in a good way," said Ball. "Some schools can be so clinical. What I always love about Mueller is that it feels like home. As a student, when you enter, you are one person, and when you leave you're another person. It is such a beautiful place to go through this change - it's beautiful, nurturing and supportive – and it has plenty of parking!"
All kidding aside, for Ball, witnessing this process is deeply moving.
"I am so overwhelmed with the love I have for each student. There is no other field of healing," Ball continued, "that has you connected to your clients like massage does. The nurturing of the whole person through massage is something each human needs. And each of the students are out to heal the world in their own way - that is so profound."
But, as with every great moment of growth, there is usually someone there to spark that change. And like any great teacher, Ball joyfully revels in the process - "The growth process is so magical."
To learn more about the courses Debi Ball teaches, download this free guide by clicking on the icon below!
by Dan Roberts Jr
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a problem.
Unfortunately, it is nothing new for the global community. Society has seen countless examples, perhaps though not played out on a stage quite as large. You see, a little over five month's ago, Mr. Ford and the city of Toronto began hearing rumors of a video...a video that showed the mayor smoking crack-cocaine. The rumors hit a fever pitch, and he felt the need to address them directly:
What had to be an unimaginably difficult five months - with the story/rumor that would not go away - came to a startling revelation last week when Mr. Ford finally admitted that he did indeed smoke crack-cocaine "in one of my drunken stupors."
With most political systems, this would be the end of a career. However, as evident in the video above, not in Toronto. While it seems there are no legal grounds for Mr. Ford to be dismissed, something has to be done - right? After all ... he not only admits to smoking crack in the video, but admits to going on alcoholic benders. This is most clearly, extremely huge, cartoon-like signs of an individual who may be suffering from addiction.
Mueller College Alcohol & Drug Counselor program director Kim Myers says "First of all, this is a perfect indication that problems with substances know no boundaries. It can affect any one of us regardless of economic status, societal standing, or age or color. If he were here in the U.S. something could be done. The fact that he is somewhat protected from his abuse is just another form of enabling."
Which leads us to one of the biggest problems in the cycle of addiction. For it is not only Mr. Ford who is in denial - it his close circle of family, friends, colleagues and confidants as well. Ultimately, by being surrounded by "Yes-men" and women, there is an implied or unspoke permission that this behavior is OK. Say your sorry, be more careful, keep moving, keep moving.
The behavior of Mr. Ford's circle is called enabling. Toronto's news paper, The Globe and Mail, has a fantastic editorial speaking to just that:
"Toronto has a mayor who has smoked crack, lied about smoking crack, claims to not remember it because he was in a “drunken stupor” at the time, has “gotten hammered” in public on numerous occasions, has exchanged hundreds of phone calls with a suspected drug dealer and extortionist, has been observed accepting mysterious packages from the same man, and has numerous associations with other people on the fringes of the law as detailed in, among other places, a 474-page police document. Rob Ford has also refused to answer questions about nearly all of the above. And he still shows no signs of planning on stepping aside, or stepping down.
The city of Toronto is the one that needs help. The term “enabling” has particular resonance around substance abuse. It describes the process of removing consequences, with disastrous results. Mr. Ford’s actions – and getting hammered and high is the least of it – should have consequences. Now, more than ever, it’s time for an intervention."
"This is the sad part, says Myers, "because what kind of message are we sending here - that you can do this as long is there is a loophole, a means to get away with it? I'm not mad at him - I feel sorry that he is not going to get the help he needs."
Indeed, for Mr. Ford and the city of Toronto, an intervention is needed. Here's hoping that some brave souls will take a stand for them both so that everyone gets the help they need...and so that we as a society can quit this enabling cycle that directly and indirectly hurts so many.
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What is Qi (pronounced CHEE), you ask?
Qi, in traditional chinese culture, translates as "lifeforce" or "energy flow". The literal translation of "qi" is air, breath, or gas.
Our body's ability to make quality Qi is imperative to good health. Once this energy force is created (through Tai Chi, and other Asian modalities) it's essential to have the qi flow smoothly and evenly throughout your body to nourish and energize. This is done through your meridian channels in a very organized manner.
Knowing the pattern and path of the flow is useful as it can aid in both assessment and treatment of symptoms of imbalance. Bringing the flow back into balance can often reduce or eliminate health symptoms, allowing you to return to your fullest function and get back to experiencing the full vitality of life!
For an introduction to the flow of qi through the meridians, join Mueller College bodywork instructor Holly Halsey as she traces these life-giving pathways around the body!
To learn more about Mueller College and our Massage Therapy programs, click here to come and visit us, or download the program guide below!
by Dan Roberts Jr
From Halloween through New Year's Day, this is by far my favorite time of year. I love this stretch of holidays more than any other because it is the perfect reason to not only make extra time to be with my kids -- but act like one too! (See my Halloween get-up on Facebook if you don't believe me.)
But - these holidays also provide real danger if you are currently committed to health, wellness and fitness goals. For me, I have been really paying attention to what I eat, when I eat and how much I eat. I am happy to say that I am more than half-way to my goal weight of 200 pounds, having lost 16 pounds so far, with only 12 pounds to go. (Unless the batteries on my scale are fading, then I'm screwed!)
But it feels good, and I am really close to where I should be. With about 7 pounds of candy in a bowl on the dining room table from Halloween, and Turkey Day around the corner, we here at Mueller Musings thought it might be a good idea to share some healthy and nutritious Holiday Recipes, 2nd Edition. (See the 1st edition here.)
So - here we go:
Apple Salad with Figs & Almonds (Serves 6)
2 large red apples, cored and diced
6 dried figs, chopped
2 ribs of celery, diced
1/2 cup fat-free lemon yogurt
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 carrots, peeled and grated
In a small bowl, combine apples, figs and celery. Add yogurt and mix thoroughly. Top with almonds and grated carrots. Serve.
Green Beans with Red Peppers & Garlic (Serves 6)
1 pound green beans, stems trimmed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin slices
1/2 teaspoon chili paste or red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cut the beans into 2-inch pieces. Bring a large saucepan 3/4 full of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until they turn bright green and are tender-crisp, 1 to 3 minutes. Drain the beans, then plunge them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again and set aside.
In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper and toss and stir for about 1 minute. Add the beans and saute for 1 minute longer. Add the chili paste and garlic and stir for 1 minute. The beans will be tender and bright green. Drizzle with the sesame oil and season with the salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
Honey Whole Wheat Bread (Makes 4 Loaves)
- 1 cup dry rolled oats
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup soy flour
- 3/4 cup ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal
- 3 tablespoons flaxseed
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 4 1/4 tablespoons yeast
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- About 5 cups unbleached white flour
In microwave-safe bowl, microwave dry rolled oats mixed with water to about 120 F to 130 F. In mixer bowl of a heavy stand mixer with dough hook, combine whole-wheat flour, soy flour, ground flaxseed or flaxseed meal, seeds, yeast and salt. Stir to mix. Add applesauce, honey and oil. Mix by hand. Add the hot rolled oats mixture. Mix by hand. When blended, start mixing with dough hook of mixer and continue for about 3 minutes. Slowly add white flour until dough comes away from sides of bowl and becomes smooth and elastic. Cover dough in bowl and place in a warm spot. Let rise until about double in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Punch dough down. Turn onto countertop. Divide evenly into 4 pieces. Shape into 4 loaves. Place in 2 1/2-by-4 1/2-by-8 1/2-inch loaf pans that have been generously sprayed with cooking spray. Cover and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise until nearly double in size, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes, or until tops of loaves are golden. Remove from pans and cool on rack.
We hope you'll try some of these recipes at your Holiday Feasts! For more recipes like these, visit this site! To learn more about Nutrition, and how to become a Licensed Sports Nutritionist, click the icon below!
Just 2 More Days Until Halloween...
It's that time of year where adults can act like kids, and everyone, for at least a day, is Boo-tiful!
This year, we want to see costumes from everyone - students, alum and staff - and there will be a winner in each category! Here are the guidelines for this year's contest:
All who participate, and cannot make it to the campus (this means you Mueller Alum!), merely need to snap a photo of themselves dressed in (family-friendly) costume and post it to Mueller's Instagram or Twitter pages with the hash-tag: #MuellerCC4 (for Mueller Costume Contest 4). We will in turn post all of these photos to our Facebook page for voting
Those who arrive for class in costume will have their pictures taken at the front desk, then posted
Voting will take place all day on October 31st - a vote is cast by liking someone's photo/costume
The student, staff member, and Mueller alum with the most votes (as represented by most likes)
Make sure you check in to the Mueller College Facebook page throughout the 31st, as we do have day and evening classes
Voting will end by 10 AM on November 1st
The Winners will be announced via Facebook on November 1st at 1 PM
Some important information:
You can find us on Twitter at: @MuellerCollege
You can find us on Instagram at: Instagram.com/muellercollege
Let's have some frightful fun, and may the best costume win!
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