Midwinter Transitions at ICF-NT … Time to Reflect, Rest and Renew!
Midwinter signals the year is ending. It gives me a pause—to walk in the woods or sit by the
fire—where I can take stock of the past year, rest with a long winter’s nap and then begin dreaming
for the New Year.
When I honor these transitions, I am renewed by:
1. Marking the endings. As you do, I send out my final invoices for the year, reviewing those
proposals that didn’t get approved and celebrating those that did. Taking inventory reminds
me of the clients I enjoyed and those that remained ‘challenging’ to the end! I always relish
throwing out old files and, especially, papers that I’ve graded for students who have
graduated. Cleaning out and making space for the new somehow cleans the cobwebs in my
own mind, as well. This year, I also put behind me my role as your chapter President with fond
memories of chapter highlights, regional retreats and an international Global Leader Forum.
Each week, I have relied on this wonderful 2017 Board to rally to action and adventure. I have
never been so proud to be part of a team!
2. Enjoying a rest. The cold and dark of winter invites me to snuggle with the pups, a blanket
and a cup of tea on the sofa to ‘be’ and not ‘do.’ I may watch a favorite movie or read fiction
or poetry or magazines that have stacked up on the coffee table all year long. If I get inspired,
I might get up to cook a new recipe or write a letter to a friend. I ‘let go’ of professional
pursuits and take advantage of semester break to give my mind a rest, too. My only venture
out might be the ICF-NT Board retreat where we all get to reflect and regroup together, then
reset for another amazing year.
3. Dreaming of possibilities. When I let myself wander and wonder in the dark of the
unknown, something new usually emerges. Like a star twinkling in the night—it could be
something novel or simply a new twist to an old pattern. As Past President next year, I look
forward to what the new Board of Directors will choose to explore. With Catherine Oleksiw at
the helm as our incoming President, I’m sure there will be surprises sprinkled amidst new
strategies! I will find a different niche, a new rhythm and a renewed perspective. My transition
will end and an exciting new journey will begin.
Happy Holidays and Transitions to you all at ICF-NT!
Connect with me at President@icf-nt.com.
Jude Olson, PhD, ACC