Happy 2018! Team NLC’s Plans for the New Year

Team NLC Stories

Team NLC likes to close out each year by sharing a little something we learned over the past year and how we plan to use it in the New Year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2018.


2017 was a year of firsts, personally and professionally. It was an exciting year! But it was also very

intense. My focus was intense, my drive was intense–and sometimes I was just plain tense.

More than once I found myself thinking there was “too much to be done” or it was “too hard” to get away or find some downtime or to unplug. Things that should have filled me with a sense of anticipation and then brought me pleasure became the final to do (cruise) on a list of things I needed to do (find kitten sitter, clean house, laundry, pack, set out of office messages, stock fridge) just to get myself to that bullet point.

In 2018 I want to reframe all of those lists, to make fewer to do lists and more to enjoy lists. I want to minimize tasks and maximize experiences and feelings. I’m still noodling on the how of it all, but I think just acknowledging that I can put down my sense of obligation and pick up my sense of anticipation again will be the first step in getting where I want to go—literally and metaphorically!   –Jen, Director of Education & Communications


My brain needs help! I’m not so vain that I won’t admit I need to work on my concentration and mental skills in this new year. As a Boomer, I’m probably not alone; losing focus, forgetting things, inability to solve problems easily—all these seem to be a common theme in my age group. Which is good news, because I should be able to find a plethora of solutions, activities, and methods to improve my memory and hone my concentration skills. Perhaps those AARP magazines piling up on my coffee table will finally become useful! On a serious note, the benefits will be huge both at work and at home, and for my mood and health. Looking forward to a year filled with mental exercises! –Lorraine, Operations Manager


We have a little chalkboard in our living room—something suggested by one of my son’s coaches—where my son can put little reminders, switching them out himself from time to time: Always do your best! Use your right foot! Play simple! Work hard, try hard! All of these have had their moment on the board.

In theory, these little messages are supposed to be for my son, not the adults who already have life allfigured out, right?! But I’m learning a lot from the little board.

What’s been there for a good while now are words that kept coming back to me again and again in 2017, as I know they will in 2018. And while we’re not winning the spelling bee with this one, it actually makes the point perfectly, if you ask me. –Laurel, Education Associate


In 2018, I look forward to welcoming the year with a renewed sense of priorities. There is no doubt that I have said this in anticipation of other new years, but in 2017 I welcomed a milestone birthday that’s allowed me to reflect on what I want the next “half” of my life to look like.

I have always been clear on my life’s mission…my priorities. However, it’s still a daily struggle to stay true to what’s most important. As I work with nonprofits at NLC, I consistently remind them to stay true to their mission…their priorities, their guiding principles. We use “mission creep” as nonprofit lingo, but I often find those two words can also be applied to our lives. Knowing my mission in life is the easy part, sticking to it will take all the New Year’s magic and momentum I can garner. –Tuesdi, Director of Strategic Solutions


I am a mountain girl. Given the option of beach vs. mountains, I’ll choose mountains every time. I love the fresh air, trees, rivers, the quiet, the scents, just the possibility of what might be around the next corner.

I recently saw an image of mountains with the caption, “Adventure Awaits.” That says it all. In looking forward to 2018, that image is first and foremost on my mind. I look forward to the awaiting adventure in 2018.

I look forward to the adventure of learning new things, meeting new people, going to new places, climbing to new heights. At NLC we have many big goals in 2018, including moving to a new home (stay tuned) and meeting the needs of our vibrant and fast growing nonprofit sector here in Tampa Bay. I look forward to working with our superb NLC team to figure all of that out.

Personally, I will celebrate a big birthday for my husband of 33 years, and the completion of our son’s freshman year at college. I hope to return to competition with my beloved equine partner Current Affair, and that is always an adventure!

Most importantly, I look forward to finding opportunities to pause in my busy life to renew the awe I feel in the presence of a mountain. In the words of John Muir, “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” –Emily, CEO