Palmer Award Finalist: Logan Robinson

We received so many wonderful applications for this year’s Palmer Award that not only did we want to announce this year’s recipient, Mitchell Tijerina – we also wanted to share the work of those who were among our finalists. Today we learn about Logan Robinson, Institute graduate from the University of Texas-Austin.

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“The Institute challenged my way of thinking and the purpose of my thinking. As I contemplated what my vision would be, passions and areas of my heart were exposed. With a sensitive heart towards orphaned and fostered boys, my vision from the Institute was to eventually lead a ranch that would be a home for many of them.” – Logan Robinson

Given the focus of his vision, Logan is committed to learn as much as he can about working with children. He has spent much of his time serving and volunteering with young children, such as through his church and with refugees in Berlin, Germany.

From these experiences, Logan has learned that compassion, love, and acceptance are vital to understanding and supporting children. Sharing time, affection, and a game of soccer can also do a lot of good! All of this breaks down the barriers that are created from past hurts.

Throughout Logan’s award application we noted a common theme. Whether he was writing about what he dreams his ranch would be like or about an interaction with a child, his experiences have lead him to the importance of offering love. Unconditional love.

Your Year Ahead

With the new year quickly approaching, it is that time where people start to look ahead to what could be. Embrace the possibility of achieving new goals by checking-off these seven tips or by setting priorities.   

As you celebrate festivities with family and friends, get pumped up for what 2018 will bring – be sure to include an exercise of mindfulness and continue to live with integrity.

In this post you will find 10 questions to help guide you in embracing the new year. We invite you to sit down with a warm cup of cocoa with your journal and pen to write out your responses, or to think about them in your head.

10 Questions for 2018

  1. What possibilities are you looking forward to in 2018?
  2. What is one word that you plan to focus on in 2018?
  3. What is your vision for 2018?
  4. What new habits do you want to create in 2018?
  5. What skills do you want to learn or improve upon?
  6. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  7. What kind of leader, peer, friend, partner (and other roles) do you want to be?
  8. What new experiences will you do in the new year to have more fun and enjoyment in your life?
  9. What one thing will you do to “give back” or be of service to your immediate community this year?
  10. What one person do you want to collaborate with this year?

Take a look at our other blog and celebrate your 2017, here.

Where we found inspiration for our questions:

Your Year in Review

With only 30 days left left until a new year, it is that time where people start to take stock of what they have done and look ahead to what can be. As you reflect on this journey, we encourage you to take an integrity check or to develop a habit of appreciation by creating a Gratitude Jar.

As you celebrate festivities with family and friends, celebrate the past 12 months as well – you deserve it! Reviewing your year is a great exercise of mindfulness and living in integrity.

In this post you will find, 17 questions to help guide you in reflecting on the past year. We invite you to sit down with a warm cup of cocoa with your journal and pen to write out your responses, or to think about them in your head.

Read over these 10 questions that get you ready for 2018, here!

17 Questions for 2017

  1. What was your proudest accomplishment this year, either personal or career related?
  2. What are three words that would describe your year?
  3. What did you learn about yourself this year?
  4. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  5. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  6. What were some of your core values that stuck with you in tough times?
  7. What topics did you enjoy learning most about?
  8. What habits did you intentionally create and keep in 2017?
  9. What advice would you give your early 2017 self?
  10. What is your biggest disappointment or regret this year?
  11. How did you manage your stress level this year?
  12. What held you back this past year?
  13. Where did you find inspiration this year?
  14. When was a time this year that you felt inspired about the work that you do?
  15. In what ways did you change the lives of others this year?
  16. In what area do you feel you have improved in the most?
  17. What was your aha moment of the year?

Where we found inspiration for our questions: