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5 Books that are Perfect for Your Team

5 Books that are Perfect for Your Team

Do you do extreme sports? The stranger next to me at our shared office looked expectantly at me while my brain tried to understand why on earth anyone would think that about me. I am barely over five feet, I wear high heels and sun dresses, and I talk very loudly and often about my hatred for all things in “nature.” (There are bugs, people. SPIDERS!) He nodded at the book I was currently reading, placed next to my laptop: Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez. No, sir, I, emphatically, do not do extreme sports. Here at Swift Kick we have a book club that meets about once a month. One of the books we read was Deep Survival, which explains my uncharacteristic book companion. I never would have picked it up on my own, ever. But I loved it. I learned so much about what survival […]

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5 Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

5 Reasons My Dog is, Ironically, on #TeamHuman

Now that I am an Intern and stay at home a lot, I mean A LOT, I learned some important things from my dog. I tend to talk to him a lot and ask him to help me figure things out. Yes, I know he is only a dog, but when there is no one else here it is relaxing. No, he does not answer my questions, but speaking out loud and having him stare at me with his puppy eyes is relaxing and helpful. Here are 5 things I learned from Grimm: Love Everyone Grimm is always happy. He greets every person who walks through our door. It doesn’t matter if you live here, are visiting, delivering pizza, or trying to sell us something. He is a gentleman. Grimm is the first one at the door barking his little head […]

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Travel Journal: Human Connection

Travel Journal: Human Connection

Silent. Wide eyed. Breathless. Inspired. So high up above what felt like a completely different world, I stood alone. Getting to the top tells a much different story. I felt the ground crunch beneath my feet with each passing step. I could feel the wind pass through the trees that each rose what looked like miles above my head. The Earth was pure and the air was fresh. Ralph Waldo Emerson has said, “The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.”. I was searching for something inside myself that I was hoping the trail within Mt. Rainier National Park could provide. Gratitude Something Swift Kick does regularly is recognize what we are grateful for. For me, I’m thankful for my family. Their unrelenting support allowed me to come to Washington and have […]

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Kerri Walsh Jennings – Team USA or #TeamHuman?

Kerri Walsh Jennings – Team USA or #TeamHuman?

I was 13 years old and I had a new set of personal heroes : Kerri Walsh and Misty May. Their Olympic successes amazed me. These two kick-butt women couldn’t lose. I loved their chemistry as teammates and friends. I loved their incredible skill. They made me feel like I could do anything. I never grew out of that admiration, and 12 years later, I am rekindling that feeling as I watch Kerri Walsh Jennings and her new partner April Ross dominate in Rio. (Misty May retired.) The 2016 Olympics awoke my adolescent self of so many year ago, with an added admiration garnered by maturity. These women have taught me a lot about being a part of #TeamHuman: Great talent is highlighted by teaming up with more great talent. When you watch volleyball, you can’t help but notice how the pair […]

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Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]

Do you hug like a Ninja or a Koala Bear? [VIDEO]

Some people hug like a koala; others hug like a rhino. Another day, another ridiculous video created by the Swift Kick team, with help from friends and family. This time we decided to ask #TeamHuman the very important question: How do you hug? The answers were…unexpected. Ch-ch-check it out!   Bonus points if you know how the guy on the couch with Tom is! Want a great reason to hug (with permission)? Stay tuned – #FreeHugs16 is coming up on November 3rd. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and blog for more info soon. So, how do YOU hug?

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Why Little Moments Have The Biggest Impact

Why Little Moments Have The Biggest Impact

I’m told the Earth moves on its own. Time is fleeting. It is often said that the older we get, the faster time moves. To quote Andy Bernard from ‘The Office’, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them”. We often only appreciate a moment for what it is after it’s over. We go through life on this ‘quest’ to be accomplished professionals and to achieve everything we set our hearts on. But life isn’t always about the fancy name-tag or extra large office space. Life is the sum of the little moments we’ll never forget.  Importance of Involvement In college, we organize our accomplishments by our class year and email signature. We wait on titles and recommendation letters to shape and define who we are as student leaders. It shouldn’t […]

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How a Free Meal at Chipotle Reminded Me to Pay it Forward

How a Free Meal at Chipotle Reminded Me to Pay it Forward

New Chorizo? Sure, I’ll try it. Brown rice, no beans, pico, sour cream, cheese, guac, lettuce with a bag of chips. I usually get steak, but other than that, there you have my standard Chipotle order. The manager was training a new staff member and pulled him over to observe processing the order in the computer. The manager looks up at me and says, “Okay, that’s all. Your order is on us today.” Confused and thinking it was a joke, I must have asked four times if he was serious. Sure enough, I walked out without spending a dime. I left in such a good mood, I was looking for nice things to do for other people. Since then, I picked up sunglasses that someone dropped on the subway, told a young lady her book-bag was open with her wallet exposed, signed up to volunteer at an […]

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The Train Conductor on #TeamHuman

The Train Conductor on #TeamHuman

TARRYTOWN, TARRYTOWN! WATCH THE GAP AND DON’T FALL DOWN IN TARRYTOWN.  RING A DING DING, IT’S OSSINING! A while back, on my personal blog, I wrote about Dr. Wachs, the dental surgeon who made it fun to get my wisdom teeth removed. After that, I realized a greater theme of doing your work excellently, no matter what it is. Like Dr. Wachs, there’s a train conductor on the Hudson Line of the MetroNorth Railroad who puts that extra effort into a decidedly repetitive career. Don’t ask me why, but sometimes the conductors announce the stop instead of the automated system over the loudspeakers. Usually, it’s a terse announcement, sometimes unintelligible. But not this guy- he’s too busy making a often lonely and exhausting commute just a little better for everyone on his train. With silly rhymes like the ones stated above, the […]

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WEIRD is the New NORMAL

WEIRD is the New NORMAL

When entering college, I knew I wanted to make an impact. I did not know what I would do, but I knew it would happen one way or another. During the past 5 years at Kutztown University, I became known as the girl who smiles a lot and yells people’s names way to loud, a lobby rat, and a weirdo. I loved these titles. They made me who I am today. These titles helped me succeed in college and left an impact on others’ lives. Just a few weeks ago, one of my residents messaged me saying they missed my weird comments and unique personality all the time. This made me happy knowing I left a great impression on others. I then sent them a quick Snapchat yelling their name to make their day better. 🙂 Just a few days ago, […]

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