Okay so this one has been a long time coming..... I am playing catch up on a few blogs so expect more posts from me than usual! As you guys probably know you have not seen me in class as much lately and a couple of the weeks missed were because I was at a leadership conference. This experience was one of the most rewarding and challenging things that I have experienced. I met many new people some of whom I will continue to be friends with for a very long time. The first week, surrounded by strangers we were pushed to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses as leaders. It is challenging to be so open and raw with people that you do not know, and fascinating to learn how others perceive you as a leader and a person. It was described as being on the edge of a razor....a little bit painful, but making progress at taking away the things you don't need. I have always known that I feed off of the energy around me and that I am in tune with other people's emotions and feelings so much so that it affects my emotions. What I realized during this process is that this is both a strength and a weakness. As much as I loved the process I really struggled with one person who was not open and willing to learn in that environment. It was distracting to me trying to draw him into conversation and feeling the tension in the room. I took it personally that he wasn't responsive to questions and spent the majority of the time staring out the window instead of engaging with the group. I am challenging myself to make decisions based on what I think and feel instead of always looking to others for reassurance and for how I should react. We then had a project back at home between the two sessions. That also proved to be challenging as my plan blew up my first day back at work....(set a goal, take action, CHANGE if it's not working) so I made a new goal, which I feel like I successfully achieved. Then we returned for the second week. It was a totally different energy and environment, I continued to learn and met more amazing people. I learned so much through this experience and am so thankful I had the opportunity to participate. As I see all of the leaders and emerging leaders throughout Aim High, I am in awe. I am so blessed to be surrounded by the positive energy and role models throughout the school and within this testing team.