Move Along

Wow, we made it! I haven’t been so glad to see Friday since…. Ummm, well, last week. 😉

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It’s been a bear of a week, hasn’t it? Just when you start to whine about your challenges, stop and think of those around you. I find it’s easier to let go of the frustration by empathizing, which means focusing on others and their experiences. This not only helps you shift your focus from you and your misery but also opens you up to supporting others. Isn’t that what community is all about?

Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day makes me think of how hard it is to be isolated. Even though it’s a melancholy song, I find myself humming it. It’s also a great crowd-shout song for road trips….You know I can see y’all motoring to this. 😉

Need something a little more upbeat for your Friday? All American Rejects Move Along is an anthem to picking yourself up after a fall.

“When all you got to keep is strong,

Move along, move along, like I know you do

And even when your hope is gone

Move along, move along just to make it through….”

And I can’t help adding Traveling Wilbury’s End of the Line. It’s got me grooving while I clean up email this morning, imagining setting off on a great adventure.

I’ve got road trip music on my mind (can you tell?) – May y’all have great adventures this weekend!

Caryn

Shake It

Good morning and Happy Friday!

Has your week felt like a party that never ends? Sure it has! 😉

How about we “shake the stress away” with Rihanna’s Don’t Stop the Music? That part where she’s sitting in a corner and dancing? Hold onto that thought as you work your way through your day. No matter how challenging our week, we can still find the energy and joy that comes from within.

And I hafta say, you gotta love that she’s worked in a riff from the King of Pop.

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If you know someone who thinks these musical bits are a waste of time, check out Forbes Level Up, where researchers state that we’re more productive on days we exercise. There’s both a physical and mental benefit to exercise, even from a little chair dancing. So get your groove on and get your day done!

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Enjoy your day, take a minute to stretch or (wheee) go for a walk, it’ll make your day better!

Caryn

Viral

GM, it’s Wednesday!

Why do some things go viral while others don’t? IMO, it’s because the viral item catches our attention, holds it and fulfills a need or want. It makes us feel something. What do you feel when you see this Jeep ad, 4x4ever? Sure, some of you couldn’t care less about offroading and you might even see 4x4s as gas guzzlers (sorry to be a Debbie Downer…). Take a listen to the ad, though, and see if the song doesn’t pull you in anyway. There’s also Matt Dorr’s full length version of the song. I’m not even slightly rugged and it makes me want to get up and go somewhere “’cause I like to fly free”.

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Raise Your Glass

Whoot, it’s FRIDAY!

Tonight, let’s all celebrate another week done, shall we? Sure it’s been tough (again!) and not everything (or much?) went our way but life is more fun when we have a few challenges. Ha! How about you Raise Your Glass with Pink and celebrate with me? I love her music, she has a sense of playfulness despite her edges showing.

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My favorite line: Raise your glass if you’re wrong in all the right ways. That’s me (and a few of you, which is why I love you)! Gotta love her energy, that beat is gonna rock my office all day long.

Raise your glass with me tonight, be it water or wine – take a minute and celebrate each other!

Keep Calm

Wooohooooooooooooooo! It’s hump day! Are you ready? It’s time to check a few things off of this week’s to do list and get ready to complete the rest by Friday. How will you get them all done? 😀

You know the phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On?” Did you know it was a form of a PSA (Public Service Announcement, a type of advertising) from the British government in 1939? I wonder what the creators of this slogan would think if they saw all of the ways it’s used today…talk about a sticky slogan! AT&T’s gotten in on the popular meme with its Keep Calm Your Internet’s On ad.

What’s your favorite from the list of “Keep calm and…” in the ad?  I’m pretty sure the creators of Keep Calm wouldn’t recognize most of those statements; for example, “stream” would have been a noun, not a verb, in 1939. Then there is the whole concept of cat videos…I can see my Grandpa Ralph’s face reacting to that genre.  🙂

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Ever wonder what people do on the internet? Ok, maybe not, LOL. But us data nerds do wonder how much is done on the internet every hour. Check out this picture from equities.com to fill you in.

 

Who thinks we’re gonna lose?

It’s Monday. (Good morning!)

Are you feeling optimistic about this week? I can hear y’all overthinking your answer (“Uhhh. I think so?”) so let me help.

If you got out of bed, thinking you can make a difference, the answer has to be “Yes!” For those who are still overthinking: Could you also make a list of everything that could go wrong? Of course you can. In fact, you can probably predict what will break before it does. But are those things enough to make you get back in bed?

One of my favorite kid stories is about our son’s soccer club when they played a border team, where the kids ‘sleep with their cleats on’, meaning the kids live and breathe futbol. On the sidelines, no one is spiraling a football or tossing a baseball back and forth. There are families and friends lining the field, singing and chanting, just like at a professional game. We usually got crushed by the border teams and all the kids knew it. Adding to this, we had to drive about 3 hours each way for the privilege of getting creamed. How do you think our kids felt when they took the field? Did they put on their boots believing they’d lose or did they think there was a chance they could win?

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That day, the coach was doing his pre-game thing and asked the team, “Who thinks we’re going to lose today?” One player raised his hand. The coach looked at him and said, “OK, you’re on the bench.” He then looked around and said, “Now, who else thinks we’re gonna lose today?”

What message do you think the kids heard? That’s right. Don’t take the field unless you have hope that you can make a difference. At least make the opposition earn the win, don’t just hand it to them. Give it your all. That’s a pretty powerful message for all of us, kids or adults.

So, as you look at the week ahead, are you going to begin every day with hope that you’ll make a difference? If you’re having trouble answering these questions, I hope you’ll lean on each other. We’re here to inspire each other, we’re here to win together.

Celebrate the Trailblazers

Another week, another FRIDAY!

It’s time to get up and move as we wrap up another week and our inspiration comes from yesterday’s news, when we lost a music trailblazer. Prince made music history and never deviated from his vision. He was an icon in purple and platforms.

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Each of us is made up of how we view the world – how do you not celebrate Prince and his music without celebrating part of your own life? Do you have a favorite Prince memory? I’ve got several, like putting on my Sony Walkman and those big foam headphones (I lived Prince’s greatest hits in real time, like many of you), cranking his music while I dance-walked to class. A close second were the endless college dance parties. We lived to dance and Prince was our soundtrack.

His Purpleness wasn’t big on music videos but here’s a sample of his greatest hits, you can use it as your soundtrack this morning. 🙂