In response to months of experiencing the impact of COVID-19 and the requests we received from people asking us to create experiences that delivered some much-need levity, we had decided to make the month of June all about having fun. That decision lasted for one […]
EMM Family. I have sat down to write these words so many times and simply find myself deleting them over and over again. As a white male, it feels as though I should not be the one writing this, for how do I ultimately […]
Saying there is a lot going on in our world is a massive understatement. Political divides, COVID-19, social injustices, changes at work, changes in schools, changes in just about all of our personal routines have all been enough to wear us down a bit. Hopefully you are one of the lucky ones who aren’t “feeling it,” but our hunch is that you would be part of a very small group of people. In no way do we want to belittle what so many people are experiencing with our theme for this month; but this theme was decided upon in November of 2019, and we believe it just might be the doctor ordered today. In all of the heaviness, there is a good chance that we have lost a bit of our lightness. Ask yourself… Do you smile as much? Do you laugh as much? Are you having as much fun? If so, please share your secrets, for many of us could benefit. So this month, we want to inspire more fun. Yes things are different and the headlines are hard to stomach, but this doesn’t mean we don’t need joy and levity in our lives. Let’s create meaningful experiences for one another that allow us smile and play and be a kid again. Let’s create more wonder and even dork out a bit. We need it and so does our world. Being and having fun matters… even today.
Note: This video was shot and first shared in May 2018. Today, two years later it still applies.
In the spirit of having fun, we want to start with you. You are awesome. You are amazing. You are truly one-of-a-kind. However, in the scramble of COVID-19, there is a good chance you have had to weather a few storms and step up like […]
Buddha’s quote, “Nothing is forever except change,” might be the biggest bane of our existence. We hate change. We always have and probably always will. But we shouldn’t necessarily beat ourselves up for this because part of our reaction to change is also physiological. Our […]
When the going gets tough, as it has been for the past few months, one of the best things we can do is to be the best humans we possibly can. We often see this in the face of tragedy—the heroes that run into the […]
In 1637, Descartes stated, “I think, therefore I am.” The intention of his statement was to help us understand our ability to attain certain knowledge as human beings. However, might it have also blunted an equally important part of being human… our ability to feel […]
- Enjoy the Now
- Feel Your Feelings
- Choose Civility
- Turn the Page
The terms mindfulness or being mindful have become more prevalent in our world. Maybe, it’s in response to what used to be our increasingly fast-paced lifestyle. Maybe COVID-19 has even brought more attention to our need for mindfulness. There are books about being mindful. There are websites dedicated to mindfulness. There are mindfulness therapies and coaches. There are apps to help and remind us to be mindful. Mindful resources are within our reach to help us create more meaningful moments. And life is truly amazing, when we are able to be mindful and present. But this isn’t necessarily easy and there is a good reason why. Our conscious brain processes 40-50 bits of information per second. That may or may not sound like a lot, but it is estimated that our unconscious brain has the ability to process 11 million bits of information per second. Our eyes process 10 million bits of information. Our skin senses 1 million bits of information. Our ears and noses take in 100,000 bits of data. Finally, we process 1,000 bits of information with our sense of taste. All of this can happen within one second, and our phenomenal brain compresses all of this down to a consumable 50 pieces. Not only does it inform us on why it is so challenging to be present, it also illustrates our need to create moments of peace and quiet and presence. Being mindful matters.
This might seem like a strange weekly theme at a time like this. So much has changed and so much is still uncertain because of COVID-19. Sure we see glimmers of hope and positivity, but most media and news coverage is far from joy-filled or […]
It’s the topic of nearly every #1 music single. It’s the stuff that makes up many blockbuster films and best-selling novels. And, it’s the thing our heart yearns for more than anything else. It’s love. Arguably the most powerful combination of any four letters in […]