When we were collecting words to create the 2020 EMM Calendar, we kept receiving the words “love” and “kindness” more than any other word. This can be taken one of two ways, because the question we asked to collect our words was, “What is one word that you think we need more of in our schools, companies, families, communities, and the world?” So, when “love” became one of the top responses, it made us wonder… Are people saying that we need more love because there can never be too much of it; or is it because they truly feel like we have lost our loving ways? Well, whether we want more of it or need more of it, the message was clear—so let’s dedicate an entire month to be more loving. Love is the most powerful force in the world. Nothing can make us feel happier and more hopeful, yet nothing can bring us to our knees so harshly at the same time. That’s the risk, but it’s worth it. For a life or a world without love is also a life or a world without empathy, compassion, gratitude, thankfulness, kindness, and care. Which means it is also a life and a world without community and relationships… which is not how we are supposed to live. So let’s all chip in this month to let love shine. After all, if we want to create more love in our world, then we all need to be more loving… to ourselves, to other people, and to our community. Being loving matters.      


It’s the start of a new year… and a new decade. That’s big. This is why we ended 2019 with a focus on being hopeful. We wanted to help you prepare for this very moment by spending some time on what matters most to you, […]


A new year has begun. Time to start fresh and determine how we want to do this year. We break out the pen and paper or device and begin to chart resolutions and goals. Maybe we want to be healthier, more financially stable, or more climate-conscious. Perhaps, we assess our relationships and determine that we want to reach out more often to family and friends or create new connections. Or maybe we want to get involved in our community, start a new hobby, or pursue an interest. Once we write down our resolutions, we begin to brainstorm ways of achieving them. We say to ourselves, “This year, I’m really going to…” But then something happens… we fail. There are several reasons why we don’t hit our resolution goals, but one of them might be something we’ve never considered. Grammatically speaking, the word “dedicated” and “dedicate” are two different parts of speech. Dedicated, in the adjective form, is when one has a single-minded loyalty and is exclusively committed to a task. Dedicate, in verb form, is the act of devoting time to a single task, purpose, or subject. When New Year’s resolutions fail, maybe it is because we are using the wrong part of speech. We get dedicated to the idea, to the vision, or the image of something, but we forget that it is only we take action and truly dedicate our time, energy, and emotions into something, that we succeed. Dedicate, the verb, is where the magic happens. Being dedicated matters.