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It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

It’s The Little Things That Matter Within Communities

A few days ago I went to the store to find one of my undergraduate friends her graduation present.  Since my friend’s graduation is a big milestone in her life, I decided that I had to find her the perfect, meaningful graduation gift. Fast forward a few days, today I get a text message from a mutual friend of ours saying, “You are the sweetest person I have ever known. Your graduation gift to our friend is so cute!”  I was shocked by this kind statement from our friend because I had no idea how she could have known what the graduation gift was.  After this text message I proceeded to log onto to Facebook where I found a picture of the gift with the following lovely statement: “Once again, I would like to acknowledge the fact that I have the greatest and […]

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When the Team Leader Lets Go

When the Team Leader Lets Go

The hallway was dark and narrow as we wound around the inside of a restaurant towards our table. At any given moment, I expected a Ninja to pop out and scare us…after all, we were having dinner at Ninja New York. My dinner experience was one of many unknown moments I had through the day during our Q2 strategy retreat. At the start of every quarter, our team has a strategy retreat to prep for the next three months. Typically, I’m the one who sets the agenda and activities for the retreat and keeps it a surprise for everyone else. This time however, Sabina and Melissa were in charge. Despite my general nervousness about not being the one driving the boat, having them develop the agenda for our quarterly retreat was perfect for four main reasons: Ownership – I was […]

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Why an Electronics Company Needed to Order 1,200 Mattresses

Why an Electronics Company Needed to Order 1,200 Mattresses

Hi, yes, Sleepys? I need 1,200 mattresses by next week. No they don’t need to be Sleep Number. The cheapest you got. At least this is how I imagine this story started. (I don’t actually know if they straight up ordered these mattresses or not.) Apparently, the important people at this particular electronics company decided it was high time they broke a world record – particularly, the record for biggest human-mattress domino chain.  Talk about company culture! I imagine that the folks at this company are pretty comfortable with each other, because they agreed to use their bodies on mattresses to knock each other down and be knocked down. I can also imagine the sheer adrenaline rush and giddiness they all felt afterwards. This exercise was the perfect storm of employee bliss: A ridiculous experience A shared accomplishment Team work Awesome […]

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When You Want to Scream Remember Me

When You Want to Scream Remember Me

Last night I knocked over my coat rack as I was heading out the door to handle a problem.  It had already been such a rough Monday that just this simple event almost led me to tears.  Shortly after I received a text message from one of my classmates who told me that she just spilled a bunch of rice on the floor and almost started to cry. Right away I made the connection that we were both having a rough Monday and could truly understand what the other one was feeling like.  Talking about our situations, we were then able to laugh at the fact that we were almost brought to tears by something as simple as a coat rack or spilled rice.  We both also experienced an immediate sense of calm because someone else went through a similar […]

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So, this one time, in an Uber…

So, this one time, in an Uber…

  As I opened the passenger door to the Uber, the first thing I heard was, “Hi Melissa!” To be completely honest, I was tired and really looking forward to a quiet, awkward silence type of drive home. Not this time. The two women, Lisa and Karen, in the backseat of this very fancy, black Mercedes SUV were lifelong friends; one lives Nebraska, the other, in Texas. They were meeting up with another friend, who was in NY for business, for a girls vacation. I can’t be mad at that!   We had the usual small talk and I asked what they were going to do while they visited. They had no idea. No plans, except for tickets to see Wicked. Now, being who I am, I started to rattle off a whole list of things they should do: The […]

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#RAK16 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Random Acts of Kindness Day

#RAK16 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Random Acts of Kindness Day

Thank you to everyone who participated in #RAK16 Day! It was fun, as always, to see how many different ways there are to show kindness to others. The Buzz “Our group looks forward to RAK every year. This year we are pledging more random acts of kindness then we have ever done. I am very excited to be a part of our Phi Theta Kappa Chapter and the great things that we are doing in the community.”  – Roane State Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (Advisor Ms. Claudia Cummings) “It’s the little things that can make a huge impact on people’s lives.” – Erik Trenary (A.R.K. Society, Colorado School of Mines)  The Stats The video Extra Blog Posts #RAK16- 10 Reasons to Spread the Love Tomorrow  5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16 – Swift Kick

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Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

Handling Goodbyes: Make your Community Last Even After Members Leave

So it’s coming to that point of the year again…after all the stress of the spring semester classes and finals are over.  My Res-Life Staff is leaving me!  How can I possibly say goodbye to six unique individuals who have been a big part of my life as a first time res-life supervisor? Well, I can say goodbye by realizing that I do not actually have follow everything on the checklist that normally describes how people handle goodbyes. So… — I do not have to stop checking up on how these six individuals are growing. — I do not have to stop asking how these individuals’ new college experiences are going. — I do not have to stop having these individuals’ best interests at heart. While goodbyes are not fun, too often, people get into the mindset that once another […]

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Emotional Intelligence – It’s Not as Complicated as it Sounds

Emotional Intelligence – It’s Not as Complicated as it Sounds

It had only been about 48 hours that I was working at Swift Kick full time. I walked in the office on the third day of my first week and didn’t even make it to my chair when Sabina asked, “What’s wrong? Are you okay?” Trapped. Couldn’t shake it off like I had planned. I woke up to a message that my grandmother passed away in the night. (Her passing was not sudden. She had been deteriorating for some time.) When I told Sabina and Tom what happened, Tom’s response was “Wow, Sabina, some really great emotional intelligence.”   Emotional intelligence is being able to recognize your emotions and what they are telling you about how they affect the people around you. Having someone on your team who is so in tune that they can offer support before you know you […]

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5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16

5 Adjectives to Describe Random Acts of Kindness Day 2016 #RAK16

It’s Random Acts of Kindness Day! You knew that though, since we haven’t shut up about it. As always, we drafted up a half-time post for you so you could see the good stuff for yourself. Without further ado, 5 adjectives to describe #RAK16 so far: Contagious #RAK16 – I had someone read my RAK awareness poster and then they give me a high 5 because "Hey, it's Random Acts of Kindness day!" #Proud — Marina Garza (@mmichellegarza) April 12, 2016 Adorable Happy #RAK16 Day! Enjoy the little things. Thanks @marinametric ! A photo posted by Celeste McNiel (@coolceleste) on Apr 12, 2016 at 8:09am PDT Intellectual #RAK16 – A STEM professor just gave their class bonus points on a test for the fact that it is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Wow! — Marina Garza (@mmichellegarza) April 12, 2016 […]

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#RAK16 – 10 Reasons to Spread the Love Tomorrow

#RAK16 – 10 Reasons to Spread the Love Tomorrow

When someone signs up to pledge hugs for Random Acts of Kindness Day, we ask them why they are excited to participate. Here’s what some of our participants said!   There’s still time to pledge for tomorrow’s RAK Day. Have an amazing day!

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