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Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Melissa’s Summer Bucket List

Summer, summer, summertime! We are approaching my favorite time of year – when the weather is warm hot and people are happier. There have been a few summers though, that have passed without really any significant memory. So this year, I made a small bucket list. Emphasis on small, because the more I put on there, the less I will do. Anyone else like that? Here are three things that if I get to do this summer, I will be one happy camper. (Fun fact: I don’t like camping.) Volunteer Besides talking about #TeamHuman, I live it too. Sometimes, I can get stuck in the regular “to-dos” of life and I want to take more opportunities this summer to help others. Go on at least 3 day-trips somewhere new. Learning about a new place, seeing and smelling new things…it’s just […]

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How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

How the Dictionary, and 6 Famous People, Define Community

According to dictionary.com, one of the definitions of the word community is “similar character; agreement; identity.” Here at Swift Kick, we believe that people become better versions of themselves when they are connected to a strong community. We aren’t the only ones who feel this way…#TeamHuman         Which one of these quotes best describes your community? How can you create more empathy, connection, inspiration, and service within your organization? Pick one of the above quotes and share it with your team members as some extra inspiration this week!

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The Random Acts of Kindness Day Mini e-Mag #RAK17

The Random Acts of Kindness Day Mini e-Mag #RAK17

Random Acts of Kindness Day 2017 was a success – thanks to you! There were many creative ideas happening throughout the day. So, we decided to switch things up by presenting to you some of the best ideas in a mini e-mag form. Enjoy!   Are you as impressed as we are? How was your RAK day? Let us know in the comments. ūüôā

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RA Appreciation week: An Advisor’s Perspective

April 10th – 14th was RA Appreciation week at Cedar Crest College. During my undergrad, I was always on one side of appreciation week. Now, as a Hall Director, I had the opportunity to see what it was like on the other side. I have always been a giving person. With RA Appreciation week, I had the opportunity to give my RA’s fun notes, gifts, and appreciation all week. Here are some ideas of how to appreciate your RAs: 1. Place Door Decs that that say “you are amazing! thank you for EVERYTHING you do!” 2. Send an email to all residents on campus notifying them that it is RA appreciation week. Encourage them to do something nice for their RA. This could be a simple thank you or a card on their door. 3. Ask the president of the […]

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Helping Out on a Walk Home

Helping Out on a Walk Home

New York¬†City. Busy sidewalks. Tourists. Baby strollers. Dogs. People down on their luck. And me.¬† As I was walking home from the subway last week, I saw a¬†woman – almost in slow motion – trip over the top of the sidewalk and fall to the ground. I was too far away to catch her or offer any support on her fall. But I, along with four other people, scurried over to make sure that she could stand on her own. Embarrassed, she said, “That’s what I get for texting and walking.” Then, she hurriedly looked in her bag to make sure her wine bottle didn’t break, then to her phone to make sure her screen was intact. #Priorities #FirstWorldProblems. Once aware that her things were in place, she thanked the group of us that hurried to help her up. My […]

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3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

3 Reasons Free Coffee Made Me Feel More Welcome at Work

Let’s just get this out of the way – yes, coffee is amazing in its own right. Seriously, I am Italian. I am pretty sure when I get a blood test, the results come back 100% espresso. Amazing things like coffee should be put to good use. This is what I realized one morning, walking through Swift Kick’s shared office space, LMHQ, coffee in hand. I rejoiced when LMHQ announced that they would start serving free coffee to members. Further, this simple gesture was a smart move on their part to make their collaborative “third space” even more welcoming to members. Here’s why: 1. Free = home. Being part of a community that has little perks for members is what turns a space into a home. When you’re exhausted and you just really need that extra cup o’Joe, being able […]

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Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Top 10 Things To Do with Your Residents or Roommates During a SNOW DAY!

Almost everyone gets snow days. If you do not, I am so sorry. Snow days are personally my favorite days! The weather is cool, there are fun activities to do, and most importantly, NO SCHOOL!!! I think of snow days as “mental health days”. Everyone needs a day off every now and then. So just relax and don’t do¬†work. I thought up some amazing and fun things to do on a snow day. I highly recommend taking the time and taking advantage of these tips for a fun and relaxing day. Sleep in Encourage your residents to take an extra hour or two of sleep if they seem to not get enough. It is always nice to catch up on sleep that no college student ever gets. Go sledding Ahh, the beauty of team building. Go ahead and take some […]

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3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

3 Qualities of an Exceptional Leader #50Meetups

I wandered into the bar in Midtown Manhattan, looking for a group of people who looked politically engaged. How on earth would I find a meetup group in the middle of a bar during Friday Happy Hour? As I headed to the lower level to find the bathroom (I wanted to touch up my red lipstick to bolster my confidence), I realized I didn’t have to worry about finding them. The back corner, opposite the bar, was sectioned off with a sign and people wearing name-tags. Found them! Five minutes later, lipsticked excited, and nervous, I walked up to two people closest to the edge and asked if this was the meetup group. Immediately, they said yes and welcomed me, and then pointed me to a small, friendly looking man with the name-tag that said “Perseus.” They told me he […]

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Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Are You Ready to #RAK17?! – Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming Soon!

Imagine walking up to a vending machine, desperate for a chocolate bar, and lo and behold – there’s 4 quarters taped to the glass! There’s also a note that says – You’ve been RAKed! Enjoy your next snack on me. #RAK17.¬† Wouldn’t that feel amazing? Even more amazing – you could be the person leaving little surprises like that all day on…. April 13, 2017 Sign up with a team or solo and get ready to spread the love. What are you waiting for? Go go go! Remember, love isn’t love till you give it away. Your small action might change someone else’s entire view of your campus community for the better.

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5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

5 Lessons About Time Management – #50MeetUps

The journey to #50MeetUps continues on a stop to a workshop about time management by Barbara, a Certified Professional¬†Coach. It is always interesting to see to the different approaches people take to common topics, such as this one. The techniques offered were things I have heard before, but the discussions in between the techniques were more interesting for me. Besides¬†the gentleman who snored through most of the meeting (Oops!), here are my¬†big takeaways: 1. BE-ing vs DO-ing: It is one thing to BE busy, but it is way more valuable to DO things that lead to your personal and professional growth. 2. Self management: Time management is the phrase that has been coined, but what we’re really analyzing is self-management. Do you always say yes to things, inevitably leading to not having enough time? Things that make you go “hmmm…” […]

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