Greetings AAHAM Friends!

I hope this message finds you all doing well! Where has the summer gone?! It seems that the older I get, the faster time flies…Today was the first day of school for our boys Griffin (4th grade) and Wesley (1st grade). This past Monday I moved my daughter Hailey to her first year at Millikin College! How can this even be possible!?? I have really struggled over the last couple of years entering my 40’s and having a child old enough to go off to college…my brain doesn’t think I am old enough to have an adult child, but my body says otherwise! I am too old to be young and too young to be old. I have been reflecting a lot lately and thinking about the things that are truly important in my life. I have become acutely aware that time is a precious commodity and one that we all take for granted. The problem with time…there is never enough. Things are changing. My children are growing. Life is different. I am getting older.

I recently heard John Maxwell speak at a seminar and something he said struck a chord. “Are you adding years to your life or adding life to your years?” We all get older, but are we all growing? If we do not change, we are not growing, and if we are not growing, we are not really living.

Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who do not succeed. If we get older right and try to run this race correctly, we gain the proper perspective, wisdom, and maturity. We get out what we put in…

Ok Ok, I know, how does any of this pertain to AAHAM? Well, I am glad you asked! Growth! AAHAM provides the opportunity for growth. Growth through education. Growth through networking. Growth through Certification. Growth through socializing with new acquaintances and old friends. Growth through new opportunities. Growth through being part of something bigger than you are. I cannot imagine my life and career without AAHAM. I have made some lifelong friends. Built a national network of colleagues. Furthered my education. Grown in ways I did not even know were possible. I spent 15 months preparing for the CRCE exam and passed! This is something that was a major goal for me and it was through my growth in AAHAM and my own personal determination that I accomplished this career-changing goal! The sense of pride and accomplishment it has given me is immeasurable.

Are you growing? Do you want to grow with AAHAM? Have you renewed your membership or thought about becoming a member? That is the first step. Have you thought about taking one of the many AAHAM certifications to grow your education and career? Have you ever wanted to reach out to someone and ask a question but don’t know who to contact? Grow your network with AAHAM! Choose AAHAM and Grow! If we do not change, we do not grow…

There are several IL AAHAM opportunities coming up to help us all grow!

The IL AAHAM Fall Conference will be Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Details are here. Hope you will consider registering to attend and come Grow with us!

Yours in AAHAM,
Joshua Johnson, CRCP-I
Illinois Chapter President