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As I wondered about what to share with you, I thought about my recent personal experiences and information we all need to remember and can relate to. Not necessarily work related, but more importantly about life.
During the past few months, I’ve come to realize that life is too short. I came to this realization after losing five friends in the past two months that had so much more life to live. They had plans but were not able to see them through.
Too many times we put off things we want to do because of other obligations – work, children, aging parents, volunteer obligations, etc. – and we do this because we think we can do it another time. What we want to do isn’t always a priority right now, or we think it is something we can do in later in life like once we’ve retired.
It is important to have a healthy work/life balance and to accomplish this you cannot live and breathe work. Those verification files, loan certification requests, gainful employment reports, student employment placements, or whatever is on your plate right now, will be there tomorrow, and you will complete them. We spend the majority of our lives at work, and we all have a job to do, but sometimes our “job” outside of work should take precedence. Our jobs are what we do, not all we should do.
When you have an opportunity to spend time with your spouse, children or grandchildren, go to a concert of a performer you’ve always wanted see in person, play golf at an exclusive golf course, visit with long lost friends you haven’t seen in years, or even dine at that new restaurant you’ve heard so much about, DO IT!
Learn to enjoy life to its fullest potential and embrace every moment you are given. Work will always be there…. loved ones, new adventures and experiences may not be around when you “have the time.”
My advice: Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today; tomorrow is not guaranteed!
Laura is the Chair of MASFAP’s Associate Member Concerns Chair and Associate Delegate
In celebration this year of MASFAP’s 50th Anniversary, here are some fun throwback pictures from a few of the MASFAP conferences over the years! It makes you wonder what was the fun activity they were doing when the picture was taken?!?!?!
As you know, MASFAP is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! Have you saved the date for the fall conference? If not, please add November 6-8, 2017 now to your calendar, because you won’t want to miss this amazing conference!
We will be Celebrating Our Past and Inspiring Our Future at the Lodge of Four Seasons, in Lake Ozark Missouri.
The MASFAP Conference Program Committee has been busy planning an affordable professional development/training and networking opportunities for all levels of financial aid and business office personnel. Our Archives Committee is planning a special trip down memory lane and our 50th Anniversary Committee is planning fun and unforgettable events to make this conference experience one to inspire us for many years to come!
Registration is $50 per person. Room rates are $114/night. (Can’t beat those deals!)
Registration will be open VERY SOON! So, keep an eye on the Blog and your email for important notifications coming your way!
Hope to see you there!
The 2018 MASFAP election results are in! Here are the newly elected officials:
President: Samantha Matchefts, University of Missouri – St. Louis
Vice President: Alexandria Miller, William Woods University
Secretary: Kim Cary, Ozarks Technical Community College
Treasurer: Becca Diskin, Missouri Southern State University
Delegate (3 Year): Charles Mayfield, Northwest Missouri State University
Delegate (1 Year): Scott Young, University of Missouri – Kansas City
A heartfelt thank you to all who braved the ballot; it is because of your time and dedication our association is such a success. Please join me in congratulating our newly elected officers. Their roles officially begin on January 1, 2018.
This article was submitted by Gena Boling, MASFAP Nominations and Elections