<strong>Why Core Values Matter</strong>

Akia’s palms were sweaty, and her nerves were out of control! She felt like whatever decision she made at this moment would have a major impact on the company for the next several months. But what should she do? Her manager, Eric, was on vacation, and no one ever trained her on what to do […]

<strong>How Much Is Too Much Programming?</strong>

A fresh cup of hot tea is brewing away on this lovely spring morning next to my desk as I open up my email. Loading, loading, and still loading my inbox finally shows over a dozen emails from different companies inviting me to events they have coming up. The first email is from Airbnb saying […]

<strong>The Wheel Of Life</strong>

It was hard not to get emotional as I looked at the ten pieces of paper in front of me that represented the past ten years of my life. One year I was super depressed; another year, my health was way out of whack, then I noticed one year I was deeply in love, but […]

<strong>The Perfect Welcome Gift</strong>

Excitement came over me as I sped up the highway back in 2012. With my favorite music blasting through the speaker and my parents jamming in the car behind me, I was off to college as a new freshman. We only had 30 minutes to go, so I queued up some songs I knew would […]

<strong>5 Ways to Increase Engagement on Slack</strong>

I was desperate. I called my mom, dad, and neighbor to ask if they could like my post. My plea for help came after posting my fourth bit of content on Slack without anyone else in the community sharing, commenting, or even liking it. It felt like I set up a dance party, invited everyone, […]

Inspiring The Future By Reflecting On The Past

Sometimes you need to look back on things to better prepare yourself for what’s on the horizon.  For instance, back in 2016, my mentor gave me and everyone on our team a handful of marbles. We were to walk around the room and place a marble in front of someone else, each marble recognizing a […]

Creating Goals In Your Community

Growing up I always made goals throughout life. Some were more serious than others, however, they were still goals. For example, I always wanted to be better at school than my older brother. If you knew my brother, you would know that he is a genius. He was a straight-A student whereas I was not. […]

And the Winning 2022 #FreeHugs Postcard Is…

Thank you to everyone who has participated by submitting wonderful designs and voting for our 2022 #FreeHugs postcard! We are so grateful to Jonny Division Martinez for such creative contributions. She designed 3 wonderful postcards for us and through your votes, one was chosen! Jonny is an Early Childhood Education (PreK – 4) major with […]