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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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Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do Anywhere

T-9 days until Random Acts of Kindness Day and we can’t wait! We know it can be tough to think of new ways to be kind to people. To help you plan your R.A.K.s, here’s a list of things you can do…anywhere! Kindness for your team: Leave compliments for each team member to find before your next meeting Treat them to a meal Have a big brainstorm session coming up? Brings them snack to share Offer to help a team member with an upcoming project Use social media to shout out your team Kindness for your family: Surprise your family with breakfast or by doing extra chores around the house before they wake up in the morning Drive younger siblings around Designate an “no electronics” rule and host a game night instead Put post-it notes around the house reminding everyone how awesome […]

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An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

An Introvert’s Guide to Being an Active Community Member

I’m an introvert, and I definitely don’t hide it. Anyone around me regularly knows I need time to decompress after a long day in order to feel like a human again. In addition to being so introverted, though, I am also extremely involved on my college campus. I hold two executive board positions in different clubs, and I work two jobs. I’ve been an orientation leader for three years, and I’m the newest Swift Kick intern. How does my introverted heart handle all these outgoing commitments? I’m glad you asked! There are many confident, outspoken introverts in the world despite the colloquial definition of introverts as being shy. The thing that defines us as introverts is simply the source of our energy. Alone time and introspection are key to an introvert’s happiness. We just need some time to ourselves during the day […]

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Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Pay Attention, Ask For Help, Set Your Soul on Fire – Leadership Tips

Each month Swift Kick will be highlighting a member in our community who shows extraordinary Leadership within their own community. In the month of February, we decided to conduct a Q&A with Tony Williams. He is a dedicated Community Assistant, the Social Diversity Chair for Association of Campus Events, and the Membership Chair for KU Presidential Ambassadors. Because of his involvement and leadership style, we decided to share his talents with all of you! Meet Tony Gee Williams! Q: What is your best leadership tip that you would like to share with us when working with your community? A: If I could only give one tip out, it would be to pay attention and listen to other people’s input. Just because you have a title does not mean you are the only person entitled to an opinion. I feel like everyone else’s input […]

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Wedding Planning Taught Me that Humans Need Humans

Wedding Planning Taught Me that Humans Need Humans

Okay so I still haven’t gotten a dress and oh crap flowers are expensive and how can I possibly find dresses for my bridesmaids when they don’t even live nearby and what about my hair???? WEDDING PLANNING IS HARD!!!!!!!!!! This was the mental dialogue happening inside my head last week, as I realized my wedding to-do list from The Knot wasn’t getting any smaller, just longer. I was starting to panic, as I realized that with the turn of 2017, I was now in my wedding year. When you’re nine months away from the biggest day of your life, you start to get nervous. So, I did what any wedding-planning, color-coding, list-loving, team-leader person would do. I took a look at everything I needed to get done that was scaring me. Then I realized that I had just asked my […]

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“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

“You Won’t Go to College” – Sami’s Story Pt. 1

I have debated on writing this post for a while now. I am proud of my accomplishment, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to share my story with those outside of my life. Then I realized that this community has become my online family. I love writing posts for everyone here to read, so, why not share my story with those that inspire me to continue to do what I do every day. With that being said, here is my story: Growing Up with a learning disability Growing up I was a part of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) due to a reading and writing learning disability. I still have this learning disability to this day, I just learned how to work with it. Through the years, I was always behind in class work but never gave up. They […]

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Death Cafe NYC – #50MeetUps

Death Cafe NYC – #50MeetUps

You might think I am weird, but I like to talk about death. Not in a creepy way. I am simply fascinated by the conversations around death and dying. In our #50MeetUps journey, my next stop was with the Death Cafe NYC Meet Up. This group is run by a Hospice Memory Artist and a Grief Specialist who was widowed at a young age.   When I explained a little bit about wanting to learn what makes a good meetup (aside from my interest) the first two words they shared with me were “validation and support.” That is why people come to this group. There was a woman there whose husband is 92 years old and in hospice. She comes to the group to see what she should expect after his death. One woman lost her fiancé to suicide and hasn’t been able […]

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Your One Job – Keep People Out of the Twilight Zone

Your One Job – Keep People Out of the Twilight Zone

Sweating, tripping over his own two feet, a man cries out for anyone, anyone, to answer him. He stumbles around a strange town, completely devoid of any human life. Finally, he is rendered exhausted and terrified, repeatedly pushing the button at the crosswalk, begging for help.  I sat down the other day and watched the first episode of The Twilight Zone. For those of you too young to know what that means, it is NOT a convention of #TeamEdward enthusiasts. It’s an awesome show that started in 1959. Check it out. (Yes, it’s on Netflix.) The very first episode ever aired of The Twilight Zone is called “Where is Everybody?” and most of it is as I described in the first paragraph. At the end, we find out that the man is part of an experiment with NASA, and has been […]

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Can I Be Real A Second? [Open Doors, Open Hearts Style]

Can I be real a second, For just a millisecond? -George Washington, Hamilton First, this post is a personal one, stemming from a core value here at Swift Kick, Open Doors, Open Hearts, so I hope you can relate. Second, yes, I am still obsessed with the Hamilton soundtrack. Now that we have that settled, I’d like to ask one question. Do you ever feel like you have to be good at EVERYTHING? Over the weekend, I went to closing night of a friend’s show One Funny Mother and she told her story of being a mom. She talked about always feeling like she had to be a good mom, wife, friend, sister, daughter, etc… and I started thinking about my life and all the places I have to be good at everything. Growing up, I felt like I had to be a […]

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