positive prank

prank it forward

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So, if you haven’t hear of Break, I feel sorry for you. Don’t worry, I will introduce you to the world of Break. Break is a place like YouTube for funny videos, but it’s all focused on wins, epic fails and pranks. Trust me after one video you be so happy about this discovery.

As we all know, yesterday was April Fool’s day and some pranks are just means, but all pranks don’t have to be cruel. In the introduction to the heart-warming video, which will see its makers Break donate money to charity with every view it receives, presenter Kevin Brueck explains why Springstreet Smoke House waitress Chelsea Roff deserves a ‘positive prank’.

*note, you will be balling your eyes out after watching this video.

a few new year’s resolutions

ones that you can keep

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Sure a new year means a fresh start, but why all of the hype with resolutions and changing? I never really understood why people had to wait until the begining of a new year to make a change. If you don’t like something, change it– don’t wait, make the change now. I’m preaching to the choir, and it’s much easier said than done– I know. With a new year in motion, there is change. Change will be happening all around. This year in addition to my regulation monthly resolutions list, I figured I would jump on the bandwagon of new year’s resolutions after reading an article. I hope you enjoy the combined list below.

From an article from Elite Daily I read an article entailed: 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make For 2014. I am going to take a few of the ones that are listed from the article, but I am going to subtract and add my own. Over all I think it is an awesome list and you should check out both. Here’s to a great 2014. Best of luck in all your resolutions this year.

New Year’s Eve is often seen as a time of rebirth, the chance to start anew. We all come up with the regular resolutions for the upcoming year (losing weight, seeing family more often and/or falling in love ), but often our ideas of what should change are too broad. This New Year’s Eve, we should all vow to take a closer look into our lives and make decisions about ourselves then. These are the 25 New Year’s resolutions every person should make:

1.Stop posting negative sh*t about celebrities on social media. Miley Cyrus does not care what you think about her haircut, Justin Bieber does not care what you think of his tattoos and Gwyneth Paltrow couldn’t care less regarding what you think about her diet.

2. Stop resenting yourself for drunk texting your ex. Sure, its a little embarrassing, but at least you’re addressing your feelings. Not that you should aim to drink an entire bottle of rum then see what happens, but… roll with the punches.

3. Leave the country. If you don’t have money, look into doing charity work abroad. Some programs will sponsor you.

4. If you hate your job, quit your job. Repeat after me: THE MONEY IS NOT WORTH IT. Food and shelter are clutch though, so make sure you have another job lined up.

5. Stop beating yourself up for skipping the gym on days you truly didn’t have time. But also, stop skipping the gym on days you had plenty of time to go.

6. Make up — not to be confused with make out — with an ex.

7. Rid yourself of enemies. Apologize for what you did wrong and forgive those who have wronged you. AND rid yourself of “frenemies.” Don’t spend 2014 surrounded by people you secretly despise.

8. Unplug, don’t like technology run your life. When you are with your friends and family truly value and enjoy that time you are spending with them– leave your phone elsewhere.

9. If you think somebody is cute, say “hi” and introduce yourself. Every relationship you have ever had started with a greeting.

10. This one is simple– eat fresher. Make sure the things you are consuming are fresh. Have a colorful plate.

11. Stop caring about how many people “like” your Instagram photos. If you like the photo enough to post it, what else matters? Social media anxiety is a waste of time.

12. Cross something off your bucket list. Sky dive, bungee jump, scuba dive, etc. Don’t make excuses as to why you can’t accomplish something, and check out

13.  Take up a new hobby! Learn how to make peanut butter, knit, take up running. I don’t care what it is, but make sure it’s something you enjoy. You might have to try a few things before you find one you really like.

14. Keep a journal. It doesn’t have to be something you use daily, but documenting your experiences is incredibly important. You’ll appreciate it later.

15. Strengthen relationships with family members. Blood is thicker than water.

16. Help strangers. “Pay it forward,” do good things for the world — and don’t post a Facebook status about it.

17. Conquer a fear.

19. Don’t check your Twitter feed when you’re with friends.

20. Politeness goes along way. When you are feeling glum, it’s always nice to have a cheerful face around. Make sure to greet everyone in your office. Be polite and say hello.

21. Double-text without fear. THOU SHALL NOT BE IGNORED!

22. Find one awesome piece of artwork. Maybe it’s your own? Whatever this awesome art is, make sure to display it

23. Cry. When you’re happy and when you’re sad; embrace your emotions as they come.

24. Stop being so shallow. Next time you find yourself judging someone based on his or her appearance, imagine the person standing in front of you saying, “I’m beautiful.” You’ll start to believe it.

25. Conversations. Make and have conversations. Make it a point to call people rather than text and email them. It’s important to have this type of interaction and I am sure your parents (family and friends) will love to hear from you.

millennials

the giving generation

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After reading this article, I was blown away. This article is the perfect way to describe the Millennial generation. Sure, I have a biased opinion because I am a Millennial but this article focuses less on the “me, me, me” aspect of my generation and it hones in on the compassion.

Maybe a few of these teasers will entice you enough to read the article:

  • Only 7% of people believe Millennials are more generous than previous generations
  • 56% of Millennials have given a charitable gift, a new survey shows
  • Organizations need to learn to work with this generation to figure out how Millennials can get involved on small levels
  • Millennials are attracted to the causes, but organizations struggle with connecting with them on recommitting to the cause

Honestly, take a look at the article especially if you represent this awesome generation. USA Today does an awesome job reporting on the topic of giving in the Millennial generation. Take a read, Millennials: The Giving Generation?

#givingtuesday

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This is the first year I have heard about #GivingTuesday (#GT) and I wanted to share with you what I have learned. #GT is an awesome opportunity. First we had Black Friday, then Cyber Monday and now we have #GT— What do you think will be next?

For a little background this is a movement that has created a day of national of giving. Essentially, this day, GT,  is a way to start off the giving season. GT allows us to physically put something on the calendar which follows the mayhem of shopping. 2013 marks the second annual GivingTuesday. Like retail stores take part in Black Friday,  this is one way to allow for a community to come together for #GivingTuesday.

You can find all of this information on the website: http://community.givingtuesday.org/Page/FAQ. As I am sure a link might stop most of you from reading it, read below for the same information and enjoy. Remember, it’s never too little or too late.

Question: What is #GivingTuesday’s mission?

Answer: #GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations.

Question: How did #GivingTuesday start?

Answer: New York’s 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, bringing the expertise of 139 years of community-management to the project and providing #GivingTuesday a home. The United Nations Foundation joined as partners, bringing their strategic and communications clout to the project. An amazing team of influencers then offered their ideas, contacts and wisdom to help shape and improve the concept. A powerful list of corporations and non-profits agreed to be founding partners, helping spread the word and committing to their own #GivingTuesday initiatives. Since then, countless organizations, friends and leaders have all added their support and talents to make #GivingTuesday a reality.

Question: Did #GivingTuesday make a difference last year?

Answer: In 2012, we had more than 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday™ partners from all 50 states of the United States. The collective efforts of partners, donors and advocates helped fuel a marked increase in charitable giving on GivingTuesday.

Blackbaud processed over $10 million in online donations on 11/27/12 – a 53% increase when compared to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving the previous year. DonorPerfect recorded a 46% increase in online donations and the average gift increased 25%. More than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about GivingTuesday – resulting in milestone trending on Twitter. Not too shabby, right?

Question: Who can participate?

Answer: Everyone! #GivingTuesday is an initiative to start the giving season and we encourage everyone to be involved with it. However, to be an official partner, you must be a registered non-profit [a 501(c)3 in the United States] with a specific #GivingTuesday initiative, or a for-profit business, school, religious or community group who commit to spearhead a project that will benefit at least one registered charity or non-profit. Families and individuals are encouraged to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating to a favorite cause.

Question: Who can be a partner?

Answer: To be an official partner, you must be a registered non-profit [a 501(c)3 in the United States] with a specific #GivingTuesday initiative, or a for-profit business, school, religious or community group who commit to spearhead a project that will benefit at least one registered charity or non-profit.
 
Question: Can organizations get donations through the #GivingTuesday website?

Answer: No. #GivingTuesday is a movement. We are not an organization and do not accept or distribute donations. All donations need to be made through partner websites. Official partners are responsible for their own fundraising initiatives.
 
Question: I’m a member of the media. How do I connect to someone at #GivingTuesday?

Answer: We’d be happy to speak with you. Please click here to contact us.

give to the max

so much philanthropy

Allow me to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Stephani Jo. Stephani Jo is chipper, spunky and warmhearted. This woman, is fantastic. I had the opportunity (thank goodness I took it) to become friends with SJ my Freshman year of college. That year, I learned the ins and outs of her that I would need to know for a long lasting friendship. Her morals and ideals match up with mine very closely, which is a huge reason we were inseparable our Freshman year. Take the time to read about this awesome opportunity that she partakes in every year. Thanks to her, I am on a search for something like this as well. I love her for many reasons, and two are: her giving soul and warm heart.

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the great Minnesota give together

guest blog presented by: Stephani Jo Reding
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Yes, I’m talking about Give to the Max Day. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, you should probably read up on it here. And for those of you who have… well, what are you waiting for?! Go make your donation!I have participated in GTMD since 2010 when I accidentally stumbled across it as I was surfing the internet in Mass Media Law (sorry Professor Vivian). I immediately fell in love with GTMD because of the opportunity to make the most of my charitable giving… and let’s face it, as a broke college student I was always looking for the best ways to stretch my dollar.GTMD can be overwhelming because of the thousands of nonprofits participating. If you’re unsure how to decide who to donate to, think of the ones that mean the most to you, family and/or friends. Here are a few I’ve donated to in the past and why:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare:
Gillette’s mission is to “improve the lives of children who have disabilities, to help them move forward towards their goals and dreams,” but in all honesty, they do so much more than that. I truly believe Gillette improved the lives of my entire family as they took such careful and special care for my little brother. During a very difficult time, they became an extended support group and for that I am ever thankful.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos:
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, Spanish for “our little brothers and sisters,” is an organization that has provided a home for thousands of orphans in Central America. I had the privilege of visiting NPH Honduras on a church mission trip in 2007 and it changed my life. Not only did I witness extreme levels of poverty and abandonment, but I also witnessed the hope this organization gives the children. NPH instills values of unconditional love, responsibility, education and volunteerism.

Winona State University:
Lastly, my alma mater, Winona State University. I support education on all levels and while I couldn’t be happier with my education at St. Vincent de Paul and Maple Grove Senior High, Winona was a great time of self-discovery for me. It truly is as our mission states “a community of learners improving our world.”

Just remember, friends, every penny counts!

no makeup november

& we’re off

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Men have No Shave November, which is awesome. Cool, grow a crazy beard and cut it off just in time for the holidays. It’s getting chilly out so it’s just another layer to keep you warm. I get the craze. Everyone wants in on the new fad. A few years ago in college, some people would participate in No Shave November for charity– that’s even cooler. I am all about doing something for cause and promoting awareness.

Men have a month, so why can’t women? In the past, the month of November has been considered to be No Makeup November. During My senior year in college, three women and I pledged to not wear makeup for an entire month. This was a lot harder than expected. As it is, I hardly wear makeup a few bushes of mascara and maybe a touch of blush– then we are good to go. But with No Makeup November, I want to explore who I am without hiding behind a mask. Unfortunately, our culture and society has painted us a picture that you are only beautiful with a painted face, and often that is not the case.  I understand that wearing make up is more necessary (essential) at times, and there are times when it isn’tsmile_large_large. For instance, I know when I mean meeting with my company’s executives, it’s not a bad idea to have a fresh face and to put on a touch of makeup. This isn’t to over do it.

No Makeup November is an experiment in confidence. By not wearing makeup for a month, you will naturally grow confidence in your own beauty and in your own skin. This month is a search for  answers. The goal of No Makeup November is to free women from beauty extortion. It will be challenging, but it will allow you to see the dependency makeup has on our lives.

I pledge, here and now, to not apply makeup & society’s definition of beauty to myself for the entire month. Realistically, I would love to allow myself to do this for an entire month; however, with a few business trips and a campaign on the horizon, I am pledging to not wear makeup for 20 of the 30 days in November.

Of course it will not be easy, but the outcome will be worth it. The goal: learn about myself, ideas of beauty, bringing awareness to others.

Stay beaYOUtiful.