At my day job, we order out a lot. We also occasionally bring in food and have a potluck. And, we often bring our own lunches. But what I like about my environment is how we often eat together. Now many people may not find eating with one’s co-workers that much fun, but I happen to really enjoy it. We spend so much time with each other, it’s almost like having lunch with our family: our work family.

Not everyone likes to eat together at work but I’m grateful that there are many of us who do. It’s a nice way to get to know each other, talk about “off-work” topics and occasionally share in each others’ food for that day, share jokes, stories and family recipes. We laugh and generally don’t “talk shop” when we eat, so it’s a good stress reliever, too.

Today I’m grateful for my work lunches with my office mates. I appreciate their company, and the fact that we all have jobs that put food on our work table every afternoon during the week!

Appreciating My Colleagues

I just got done with my regional conference and once again, I’m reminded of my fellow colleagues in the field of international education who make my work so meaningful and enjoyable.  I absolutely love going to my professional association conferences because of the people!  They are such interesting and passionate people and we always have a good time. Many of my colleagues over the years have also become my friends.

So today, as I reflect on these past few days, I’m sending out huge chunks of appreciation to my fellow colleagues around the region who are making a difference in peoples’ lives by serving in the field of international education. You rock!