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5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

5 Quotes to Hang on Your Wall to Make You a Happy Leader

Have you ever felt like life is bringing you down and you need a pick-me-up? If you answered yes, then I am right there with you! If you answered no, then I am extremely jealous of you but grateful that you have not had this feeling. 🙂 It doesn’t matter if you are a student, staff member, or faculty member. Everyone has this feeling at some point in their life. I am here to share with you how I kick this feeling to the curb! I have a quotes board in my office that I look at every day. I would like to share with you the quotes that I have in my office. I love to fill my head with happiness and positive quotes because they help me get through the day with a smile on my face. No matter […]

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Graduating Senior? Read this.

Graduating Senior? Read this.

Senior class, are you ready? No? Yikes. I know it can be a stressful time, but it is also a wonderful experience complete with laughs, tears, sweat and hopefully some fun. As graduation season approaches, here are some quotes to motivate the senior in your life, especially if it’s you! Memorize them, print them out, recite them daily, whatever you need to do to know you’re not alone and that you CAN do whatever you set out to do. No matter how insane the idea may seem now. Go for it! Don’t lose sight of the things that excite you. You are awesome for all of the things that make you who are. Celebrate it, own it and change the world with it. Think big. You’ll have to compromise along the way, but act with your big vision in mind. […]

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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. 🙂

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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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Laverne Cox, Feeling Your Feelings, and Staying True to Yourself: What I Learned from an Amazing Campus Event

Laverne Cox, Feeling Your Feelings, and Staying True to Yourself: What I Learned from an Amazing Campus Event

Last year, my university approved the creation of an Arts and Cultural Enrichment Series (ACES): a committee focused on bringing large-scale artistic, informative, or otherwise enlightening events to campus. Earlier this semester, ACES announced Laverne Cox as their first inaugural speaker. I could not have been more excited! As a strong advocate for trans rights and someone who has struggled finding my own identities within the LGBTQ+ community, this felt like a great opportunity for me to learn and grow. Laverne was an incredible speaker, and I wanted to share some of her wisdom with all of you. Pick your battles. Life can be a struggle, especially if you identify within one or multiple marginalized groups. Sometimes humans just aren’t the greatest. The bad stuff piles up, and at the end of a long day, it can feel like you’ve faced so […]

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Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

Why You Should Lend a Helping Hand to Someone You Don’t Like

When I was in second grade, I didn’t like substitute teachers. Yes, I actually cried when my teacher was out sick. We can delve into that at our next therapy session. Anyway, there was a particular substitute teacher who I thought was scary because she seemed like a grumpy old lady. One day, as an inspired seven year old, I decided to face my fear of this substitute by tidying up the pile of homework papers on her desk. She thanked me for being thoughtful, and I instantly wasn’t scared of her anymore. In fact, I thought she was alright. I didn’t know it then, but I had just employed the Benjamin Franklin Effect. What is the Benjamin Franklin Effect? Good old Ben had a sneaky way of getting someone to like him. He had a political rival that he […]

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Food for People, Dogs, and the Soul on #RAK17

Food for People, Dogs, and the Soul on #RAK17

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day, folks! There have been some RAK-attackers at it since first thing in the morning. We have been monitoring all the activity on insta and twitter. Here are 3 of our favorite RAKs done so far! Food for People Food for Dogs Food for the Soul These are some great ideas. I bet a lot of smiles are happening all day. Thanks for making Random Acts of Kindness Day special! Remember to use the hashtag #RAK17 to share any RAKs you are seeing! Haven’t pledged yet but still want to?

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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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How a Rangers Hockey Game Made Me Cry – New York’s Steven McDonald

How a Rangers Hockey Game Made Me Cry – New York’s Steven McDonald

Madison Square Garden, April 9th, 2017. I am wearing my fiance’s too-big Rangers jersey, standing next to a father and son in Penguins jerseys. The game has not started yet, but we are all on our feet, Penguins fans included. We are honoring the late NYPD officer Steven McDonald. Tears force their way past my eyelashes as I let myself feel the emotion that ripples from the ice all the way up to our seats in section 208. Steven’s wife sheds her own tears, as his son in dress blues speaks on behalf of his late father. Steven’s absence is felt by long-time Rangers fans. The presentation of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award to player Mats Zuccarello holds extra meaning this evening. Officer Steven McDonald is famous for a legacy we don’t often hear about – forgiveness of the […]

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