THIS WEEK: MAKE SOCIAL MEDIA MATTER

There are 3.8 billion people on social media worldwide. That is nearly half of the world’s population. That’s an astronomical number of people scrolling, liking, swiping, tagging, hash tagging, sharing, creating stories, watching videos, influencing, commenting and connecting. Even more staggering is that the average […]

THIS WEEK: GATHER YOUR TEAM

Just as we need food, shelter, and safety, we also have a need to be connected to others. Of course there are introverts and extroverts, but even introverts need to have meaningful and enriching relationships. The pandemic has made it a bit more challenging for […]

THIS WEEK: SOCIALIZE GOODNESS

Every ten seconds social media gets a new user. On average, each new user creates five social media accounts and spends two hours per day engaging in them. Many argue that social media is a good thing. It allows people to use their voices in […]

THIS WEEK: STEP OUT & OUTSIDE

Winter makes us hibernate. We stay inside, bundled up, keeping our distance from the cold and dark days. But if we’re honest, there are other things that make us hibernate. They are our hurts, our broken hearts, and our fears. Our past experiences can keep […]

THIS WEEK: CREATE YOUR POSSE

“How many followers do you have?” This question has become such a statement of social status, popularity, and significance. If your answer doesn’t include at least five or six digits, or if your profile doesn’t have the official blue stamp of approval, you might not […]

THIS MONTH: MONDAY GETS CONNECTED

We live in an interesting time. Google search words like “connect, connected, or connection,” or the phrase “how to improve connections” and most of your findings will help you to better understand the Internet, wifi, and how to improve your Internet speed. Of course being connected to the grid is certainly a big part of our lives today, but this is not kind of connection we want to focus on this month. We want to talk about human connection—the relationship between two or more people that takes place off-line. This form of connection is not just nice, it’s necessary. Though it’s not always easy, we are designed to live in community and in relationship with each other. And, while technology has made it easier to connect with others, this doesn’t mean we are building true and meaningful connections or relationships. So get ready to find new ways to get connected and to really see what good connection does for you, all of us, and our world. Put your phone away and look someone in the eyes. Connect in new spaces and places, like community centers, classrooms, and metro stations. When you do use technology to connect, make it meaningful and true. Value our true interconnectedness and honor the relationships you have and are creating. This month, connect with others. It matters.