Service Provider Toolbox

What Are You Fantastic At?

Posted by on February 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Many interviewers still ask some form of the questions “what do you consider one of your weaknesses” or “what one area where you seek improvement is”. In my opinion, these are two very different questions. There are some things I’m fantastic at, some things I’m good at, and some things that I just don’t do well at all. I’m sure the same holds true for you. No one is perfect. We all have areas in our lives in which we can improve. The key is to know which things are important enough to work on and which things don’t warrant a third thought.


Love Yourself First

Posted by on February 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm


I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line.  -Lucille Ball

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.  -Zoe Kravitz


Don’t forget to show yourself some extra love today!!

Happy Valentines Day

Eliminate Self-Defeating Thoughts

Posted by on February 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

Eliminating self-defeating thoughts is a daily journey that requires persistence, patience, and practice.  Here are four steps to aid you in the process of moving away from negative thinking toward more positive thoughts.


Step 1
Record – Notice your thoughts.  Get a small journal and record your negative thoughts for 48 hours.  Yes, write down every negative thing that you say to yourself or about yourself for two full days.


Step 2
Reflect – Reflect on your thoughts and what brought them on.  How do you feel?


Step 3
Rebel – Distance yourself from self-defeating thoughts.  Make a commitment to change.


Step 4
Recondition – It’s time to recondition your mind with uplifting and encouraging thoughts.  What would you like to have said to yourself? Take out your journal and write the opposite of the negative thoughts you’ve recorded.  Read the positive list aloud regularly,

These steps can be repeated as often as necessary.

4 Steps


Where Is The Real You?

Posted by on February 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

Authentic = not false or copied; genuine

Human beings are created to live in groups.  We are social creatures who want to be loved and accepted.  We live in a world that bombards us with its standards of beauty, success, and normalcy.  You may have been called odd or different more times than you care to remember but I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to conform.  Don’t settle for being a carbon copy of someone else when you can be authentically you.


If you want to get more out of life, then it’s time to embrace your individuality and accept yourself for exactly who you are. Embracing your individuality doesn’t mean that there won’t be things within you that want to change.  Embracing your individuality means you see the real you, who is imperfect, but you know you’re still amazing. 


Let’s go beyond the superficial “beauty is only skin deep” and get to the root of what makes you uniquely you? 

Today Was A Good Day

Posted by on February 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

Today was a good day but every day won’t be a good day. We all face struggles and get discouraged at times. Sometimes it’s really hard to remain positive. Thinking positive thoughts on good days can help you to sustain your hope on challenging days. Positive thoughts build your skills, boost your health, and improve your work. Developing a habit of positive thinking helps you develop a positive attitude. Optimism can make life seem easier and even more enjoyable.


We all have met people who lose their motivation when they fail or who believe that they are constantly bombarded by adversity. It’s really hard to be successful when you doubt yourself. Positive thinking often leads to positive results. Believing that you have the ability to achieve a task puts you on the fast track to accomplishing it. It allows you to regroup and seek different solutions when things aren’t going well. We all get stumped sometimes but our thoughts determine whether we fall down and stay there or get up and keep moving forward.

Is The Teen Toolbox Gone?

Posted by on January 29, 2014 at 5:00 am

Have you read these other blog posts?

  1. From Case Manager To Life Strategist
  2. Nicki, Queen of Planning
  3. Stop, Hiding Nicki


If you have read these blogs and you’re concerned that The Teen Toolbox will no longer exist, let me assure you that we have not turned our back on our youth.

The Teen Toolbox is now a division of Packaged For Success™. Under this division, you can still hire me to present life skills programs and services to teens and youth empowerment workshops to service providers and parents/foster parents. I will continue to raise awareness about the needs of teens in foster care and host our annual Pack A Purse™ and Pack A Backpack™ Drives.


Pack A Purse™ annual drive has collected over 2, 211 purses and donated them to thirty-eight organizations over seven December holiday seasons.

Pack A Backpack™ annual drive has collected over 256 backpacks and donated them to eleven organizations over two consecutive National Foster Care Month commemorations.

Yes, Nicki Is A Consultant Too

Posted by on January 27, 2014 at 5:00 am

Packaged For Success, LLC specializes in personal empowerment, career development, program management, and youth investment.


Nicki Sanders, Program Management Consultant:
A respected professional who has led, coordinated, and managed teams of diverse individuals to produce positive outcomes within required time frames. Highly successful in planning, initiating, and managing relationships between the public and private sectors. Documented experience in finding viable solutions to problems in a flexible, time-sensitive, and creative manner. Knowledge of social work professional standards and ethics as well as current research and best practices on child welfare, youth development, leadership development, and community engagement. Skilled trainer and workshop facilitator. Committed to producing consistently high quality work. Passion for the healthy development of children and adolescents.


Core competencies include:

  • Program Development and Management
  • Community Outreach and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Foster Care and Youth in Transition
  • Career Research and Development


Additional qualifications Nicki Sanders possesses that are essential to successful program management:

  • Subject matter expert in program operation, administration and measurement with project management responsibility.