adventurers wanted

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I’m a dreamer. I like challenges. I thrive on new experiences and I want to live life to the fullest. Today, I received an email from Jon Acuff, which is below. This email really spoke to me and I hope it resonates with you, too. Don’t let life pass you by. Take on a challenge.

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Ready for a bit of awesome?

It’s time for 30 days of hustle.

In January, more than 6,000 people worked on some amazing dreams.

Now it’s your turn. (If you’re already part of the first group, ignore this post, you will already get the second wave of challenges.)

It’s time to have some fun. Time to plug into a crazy community of people who hope and hustle. Time to dream.

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spread the goodness

yes, more awesome opportunity

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Maybe you’ve caught on, maybe you haven’t. November is a month of philanthropy and awesome opportunities. This is the second year where I’ve been trying to find awesome companies who I can support to further their awesomeness.  I am really invested in charity and philanthropy, especially when I see a good cause with an awesome outcome.

Everyone has heard of TOMS and their philanthropic gesture. Buy a pair, give a pair. I love that. It makes you feel so good about buying a new pair of shoes.

Have you heard of these other awesome companies: Teva and Odwalla.

 

Teva is all about causes. When I was in Germany, I bought my first pair of Tevas. They are beyond comfortable and I helped out the shoreline. What a great benefit when purchasing shoes. Teva’s motto is, for ever pair of shoes sold, we will clean a foot of shoreline. As they say: There’s a lot of talk these days about cause-related marketing and corporate outreach. It seems like every few months there is a new “it” cause out there, but at Teva, we’re a bit of an anomaly, because we’ve been supporting the same cause since our inception 25 years ago: clean water.

 

Odwalla, yes the juice, spreads so much goodness. As stated on their website: The Odwalla community includes those who fight cancer, plant trees, and build bridges. This morning, I choose to drink an Odwalla beverage over another because I was helping Haiti just by purchasing their juice over another. To help Haiti recover from its devastating 2010 earthquake, we donate 10 cents from every 12 oz. Mango Tango smoothie to the Haiti Hope Project. This 5-year initiative helps 25,000 Haitian farmers sustainably grow mangoes, creating more fruitful opportunities for their families and their country.

 

In my mind, November is the perfect month to search out opportunities where you get more bang for your buck. With the holidays right around the corner, people are always looking for that last way to make an impact. Your impact can be as simple as choosing one product over another because of their cause-related marketing and corporate outreach gimmicks. I am sure there are more stellar companies out there, I just haven’t found them yet. Please let me know who I am missing because I would love to explore new options and more opportunities.

gift giving is encouraged

thanks, Starbucks!

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As I am sure you’ve already heard, and if not please let me tell you some amazing news. Today Starbucks launchedtweet me coffee “tweet-a-coffee”! What an excellent idea! It’s really easy to use and fun. It’s a new way to send $5 egift cards to your Twitter friends and followers. Currently this is only available for those in the US, but I am sure that won’t be the case for long.

Currently, to entice consumers to try the program, the first 100,000 who link their accounts with their Visa cards will receive a $5 gift card for themselves when they tweet a gift card to someone (a perk for Visa cardholders–that’s me!). About three hours ago I started to follow @tweetacoffee and sent my first gift to my sister. My sister and I live states apart, but we both love fall and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. I wanted to send her a gift because it is Monday and just because. Tweeting her a coffee is an easy way for her to enjoy a PSL on me until we could enjoy one together.

Some people are calling this groundbreaking, which I can see why. Now having the option to tweet a coffee to a friend is really excellent. This will allow you to be in connection with others on a more intimate level than just over a computer or phone. Now we can share experiences. We can send people gifts for events we cannot attend, and making it based on Twitter is an easy option. Now this allows us to send a gift right at our fingers tips.

Tweet-a-coffee now allows us to do something unique and different in eGifting, like I said you can now be there and give a gift at any moment.  With this platform it can be used with anyone, close friends, coworkers, and even people you’ve yet to meet. Tweet-a-coffee shows a sense of community. It allows us to  share acts of kindness with one another, both near and far. Tweet-a-coffee is a next step as we innovate our social digital gifting offering.

it’s so DC

“…so what do you do? So where are you from originally, yeah, right, but where are you from originally? I’m a grant writer for a non-profit who deals with micro-finance…” –Shit People in DC Say

on meeting new people

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I love meeting new people especially in such a transplant city. When you meet new people you have no idea what their background is or what will come of the conversation.

Over the weekend, I had three encounters with new individuals. I love meeting new people. You meet new people for a reason, whether they come into your life for that stint or for longer there is always something to be said about an interaction you have with someone else.

Last night I had the opportunity to meet two fantastic new individuals, not once did the typical, what do you do, where do you work, tell me about your past type questions come up–and it was fantastic. It was really refreshing to have an actual conversation with people and get to know them on a different level. There was so much ground covered, so much was learned. So many opportunities for new friends could come out of a simple meal and a beer.

I cannot wait until I have this opportunity again. I want to encompass myself around new individuals. I want to learn about them without asking mundane questions, because I truly am interested. I want to know what makes you tick and what you’re passionate about. What makes you get out of bed in the morning.

Remember, a simple hello can turn into a beautiful friendship.