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Next weekend is the Refresh and Renew retreat at Fontbonne and I am very excited to see how it will go this year.  I went last fall when Lori Helfrich had the first R and R retreat which was held off campus at the Mercy retreat center in Ladue. I really enjoyed the retreat last year as we had the opportunity to relax, be ourselves and pray with one another. I liked that we had the opportunity to explore the retreat center grounds and if needed we could pray outside on the labyrinth. I also had the opportunity to really bond with the other students who were on the retreat with me and even though it was only one night I feel like I was able to get to know people better.  I would really suggest this retreat to anyone who is still considering going on it and if you have already registered get excited because it will be a fun time away from campus. I am really interested to see what kind of improvements will be made to the retreat this year and how much more I will enjoy the experience.

There is also another retreat coming up in the coming weeks — the busy person’s retreat, which is actually open to anyone on campus. This retreat is for those who feel they are too busy to go off campus for a weekend with some of their classmates and have limited time during the week. During this retreat, one will have the opportunity to meet with a Sister of St. Joseph (CSJ) multiple times throughout the week and they will pray with that student or faculty member. The retreatant will also have the ability to share a meal with the CSJ and other retreatants during the week. This retreat is offered the week of March 12th and it is purposefully scheduled during the Lenten season, which is a time when Catholics either abstain from something or do something they don’t normally do. We do this during the spring season as it is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of the Easter Celebration, and Lent is a time of reflection and self-examination. When someone is on the busy person’s retreat, they will have time for reflection following their daily prayer session.  If there is anyone in the Fontbonne community considering this retreat, you should probably sign up for it because the busy person will be beneficial.

Learn more about the retreats!

Thanks for reading my post and I hope everyone has a great week.


Yessir, it’s that time of year again (provided you’re a (practicing) Catholic (and I think other Christian denominations celebrate it, too) (I’m really hitting the parentheses here, no?)) : Lent. Last week, we had an Ash Wednesday Mass in the Chapel, and afterward, there was a soup-and-bread “meal” where faculty and staff members dragged in their crock pots and offered everyone bottomless bowls of soup for a donation to the upcoming Africa trip sponsored by the campus’ service club.  I had the vegan tomato-basil soup, and it was pretty good!  (Note: I’m not vegan.)

My computer science professor baked home-made bread FROM SCRATCH! and it was incredible.  It was my first Ash Wednesday soup-fest (it’s my second year at Fontbonne, and I didn’t go to the event last year), and I really enjoyed the food and spending time with the other people who came.  It also gave me a warm-and-fuzzy-type feeling when I realized how nice it is that I go to a school where the professors take time to make soup and bread for the community to enjoy.  It was a good start to 40 days of almsgiving, prayer, penance, and self-denial.  I gave up Facebook for Lent, and let me tell you: as of right now, it looks like it’s going to be a looooong 40 days. (I’ll probably get a lot done, though!)


Hello everyone,
As some of you might have noticed, the Lenten Season started this past Wednesday. This year, I have been hoping to be less of a procrastinator. Lately, I have been putting things off until the last minute, which causes stress, the ripping out of hair, and the occasional yelling at the ceiling to that higher power. I am good about getting things done, but my prioritizing tends to put some things to the wayside and then sneak up on me when I least expect it! Among other things, I am determined to do things not necessarily super ahead of time, but sooner than the night before. Those reports I know about weeks ahead of time will be started that day and I will create little tasks to complete at intervals instead of the whole chunk at one time. Anyone else who is just as determined to make a difference in their time management can follow these tips. One thing that is always told to me is list, list, list. It is actually proven that things are more likely to get done when written down.

Someone I know likes putting any assignment that is given on a notecard. All notecards are then pinned up on a corkboard in the order that they are due. Every time an assignment is finished, that notecard gets taken down. For more motivation than disappearing notecards for a clean corkboard, a person can hide a cute/funny image underneath that can only be revealed when homework is done. I keep a notebook full of different lists. “To Do” lists, “homework” lists, “ideas” lists are all compiled into one notebook. This might sound like a waste of paper, but I only use notebooks from past classes to be more eco-friendly. Plus, with technology now-a-days anyone could create a list in Word and save it or use an app. Unfortunately, multiple obstacles get in the way — namely, Facebook, an easier assignment, or just pure laziness (I am most familiar with the last one!). Something to boost motivation to finish something could be a kind of rewards system. Do something before allowing yourself a Facebook break. You can be like “I will finish reading two pages with a page of notes before stalking this person I friended” or “if I write one more substantial paragraph, I can text for five minutes with whoever I want.” Either way, these are all possibilities for frequent breaks to increase productivity. If you choose to follow them or follow something that works for you!

On an ending note, don’t forget that RECYCLEMANIA is still going on!!! That means use our new recycle bins on campus to recycle those plastic bottles, aluminum cans, papers, and teracycles!! This is technically a contest, but it is all for the good of our planet so do what you can!!!

One more thing!! I promise to tone down on the exclamation points…maybe…Did you guys know February 26th –March 3rd is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week??! Well, it is. So keep your eyes peeled for information about this tragedy that is consuming our nation and what you can do to help stop it. If you can’t wait and would like to know more NOW go to! This is something people need to be on the lookout for. Just the other day I read an article stating boys are more likely to be anorexia than girls! What is with the gender shift? Check out the article at this link Alright, that is all I have to say on the matter so I hope someone got something out of this post.

Jeanne! (I might like exclamations a bit too much…!)


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