Life Balance

Mary Beth Erskine

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Super Bowl Sunday: More Than A Game

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jan 29, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Even the most casual sports fan can score big answering our Super Bowl trivia questions.

If you’re a student in one of Saint Leo’s online degree programs, you’re probably planning on submitting those discussion posts and assignments early this Sunday.

Because whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s Super Bowl Sunday. And the best thing about this American ritual is that you don’t have to be a sports fan to have great time.

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Topics: Just For Fun

Keeping It Simple

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 23, 2014 8:02:00 AM

Thinking back to the birth of his first son, theology professor Randall Woodard reflects on what matters most as we prepare for Christmas – and journey through life.

By Dr. Randall Woodard,
 Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion

When my oldest son was born (he’s now 15!) I was in graduate school and had no money at all.

In fact, money was so tight that a friend of mine found a crib on the side of the road and decided to pick it up for me, knowing how financially embarrassed I was at the time. It was somewhat humiliating, but Danny slept in that crib in the one-bedroom apartment for the first two years of his life.

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Topics: Happiness

Why Do We Overeat During The Holidays?

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 18, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Do holiday comfort foods help put you in the Christmas spirit? Here’s some food for thought on what science says about this perception.

It’s hard to think of Christmas and New Year’s celebrations without thinking of food — particularly rich, creamy decadent comfort foods.

Whether it’s the meals that remind us of childhood, the ubiquitous sweets or the coffee drinks with more calories than cheeseburgers, many of us indulge during the holidays only to start the new year wishing we hadn’t.

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Topics: Eating Right

It’s Finals Week And You Need A Laugh

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Dec 10, 2014 7:45:00 AM

As you finish up the academic term, you could probably use a little stress relief. Here are a few one-liners to make you smile.

It’s finals week. While the end of the term is in sight, right now you’re up to your eyeballs in papers and final exams for your online degree program.

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Topics: Happiness, Just For Fun

Being Grateful For The Blessing Of Busy-ness

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 25, 2014 6:56:00 AM

Do you feverishly reply, "Busy!" when asked how you are? Saint Leo theology professor Stephen Okey did, until he decided to see life’s chaos not as a burden but as a blessing. Now he says, “I’m good.”

By Dr. Stephen Okey ,
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Theology and Religion

I have long had a particular fondness for celebrating Thanksgiving.

In part, I have to admit the several selfish reasons for this: I particularly like the traditional menu, I enjoy the days off from school (or work), and my birthday, Nov. 22, is the earliest possible day in the calendar for Thanksgiving to fall on. Thus, a few times in my life, Thanksgiving has been a day when people are even more explicitly thankful for me

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Topics: Gratitude

21 Apps To Get You Through The Holidays

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 18, 2014 8:29:00 AM

If you're a working adult enrolled in an online degree program, this time of year is crazy busy. Here are some apps that can help you finish the academic term strong and prepare for the holidays.

If you love apps, you know you’re not alone.

But you probably have no idea how “not alone” you really are.

Last year, more than 1.2 billion mobile app users worldwide downloaded more than 82 billion apps.

Currently, there are more than 2.5 million apps available from the Apple App Store and Google Play alone.

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Topics: Success

How To Show A Veteran Your Appreciation

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Nov 11, 2014 7:40:00 AM

No one knows better than a veteran that actions speak louder than words.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-- John F. Kennedy, U.S. president and
World War II Navy veteran


A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Nick Lanier wore the camouflage green, tan and gray of a U.S. Army uniform for 13 years.

During that time, he was often approached in airports, restaurants and shopping malls by strangers who shook his hand and thanked him for his service.

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Topics: Gratitude

5 Labor Day Tips For Better Work-Life Balance

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 28, 2014 8:02:00 AM

If you’re looking for some insight into how to create a better work-life balance, check out these tips for some practical ideas.

It’s hard to find time just for you, isn’t it?

Maybe you check your work e-mail compulsively from your phone or spend your free time shuttling kids to their activities. Maybe you have postponed vacations because you’re too busy, or you sacrifice sleep because you have papers to write.

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Topics: Productivity

An Infographic To Inspire You To Persevere

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Aug 12, 2014 8:13:00 AM

If you’re a student in an online degree program who is managing work and family responsibilities, in addition to your educational pursuits, you know how difficult it is to stay the course.

History is replete with examples of people who persevered despite challenges and setbacks and succeeded. Undoubtedly, you’ve heard many of them.

Beethoven composed his most important works, such as the epic Symphony No. 9 including the “Ode to Joy” movement, during the last decade of his life, when he was deaf.

J.K. Rowling was a penniless, single mom when she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.

Walt Disney’s first animation company went bankrupt.

Colonel Sanders, a sixth-grade dropout, didn’t even start his entrepreneurial venture until he was 65.

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Topics: Success

The One Thing You Should Do This Independence Day

Posted by Mary Beth Erskine on Jul 3, 2014 7:16:00 AM

Slurp watermelon. Plunge in the pool. Ooh and ahh over fireworks. But first take a moment to read the most cherished words in American history.

Don’t you love it when the Fourth of July falls on a Friday or a Monday! Three-day weekends can’t be beat. It’s a great time to take a break from hectic work schedules and rigorous online studies, and have fun with family and friends.

How do you celebrate? Do you host a family cook-out or head to the local park? 

Before you start boiling the potatoes for salad or reach for the beach towels, you might consider taking a few moments to reread the most beloved words in our country’s history: the Declaration of Independence.

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Topics: Gratitude

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