Respite Reflections’ purpose is to help people push the “pause” button in their transition work — to take a break from the thinking, researching, networking and preparing for interviews.
Taking a moment to center yourself, ponder a positive thought, and focus on a broader perspective is invaluable during a time of transition.

Respite: A short interval of rest or relief

Just as we look outward, we must also look inward.

“As I walk into a future that looks exciting and bright,
I hope to remember those who help me do what’s right.”

– Laurie Calzada

At the beginning of any new cycle of life, many ponder how a diversion or U-turn or even a setback can help one’s career. We tend to be grateful for those who help us accomplish our goals but how often do we consider those who challenge us to stay on a positive path and do what’s right–not because it will help us earn more but because it encourages us to become better citizens in the world, of the world and for the world.

Sometimes these people challenge us to do what is right even if it hurts in the present moment and sometimes we do not like what they say–but often times these are the people who substantially mold our character and make the greatest difference in our lives.

– Connie Popp

Dr. Connie PoppDr. Connie Popp is a board member for The Center for Life Transitions as well as an active facilitator for the Center’s Life-SHIFT and Job Search Courage programs. She is also the Director of Campus Ministry at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Read more.