Find Your Personal Passion Project

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The phrase “Passion Project” is trending among inspirational speakers. With a new generation, it gains new relevance to everyday life. Passion projects are those that you work on outside of work, school or chosen path. They give joy, take focus and feed your soul. At one point or another, everyone needs a creative outlet that excites, encourages and envelops. Here are a few ways to find your personal passion project:

  1. What are your strengths? Make a list of hobbies or activities you enjoy doing on a regular basis. Find out what excites you and go from there.
  2. What are your goals? Write our five solid goals you have for the future. Take on one of those goals today. Make completing it your project.
  3. What is on your bucket list? A bucket list is a little different from goals. This consists of anything slightly out-of-the-box that you have ever dreamed of doing. Skydiving? Make learning the proper form your project.

A passion project doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t have to consume all of your free time. Let is inspire you. Feed your soul with something that makes your smile brighter.

What is your passion project?

Band Slam: Graphic Tees

Let’s talk about every day fashion. I’m referring to those days where you need to relax, run errands and complete the basic functions of everyday life. My go-to outfit for days spent at the grocery store is a band graphic t-shirt, comfortable jeans and sneakers.

I will link everything, or similar items, in the description below! Let me know what you wear on your “errand days”.

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Outfit Details: J. Crew Jeans (similar), Guns ‘N Roses top (similar), Flannel (similar), bandanna (similar), Converse. 

 

 

The 7 Best Shows to Binge Watch This Summer

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Let’s talk about binge watching. It can be done at the pool, on the couch, while running on a treadmill, or while eating popcorn in bed at home. Here are (in my biased opinion) the best TV shows to binge watch this summer.

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  1. Master Chef/Master Chef Junior – Delicious food, competition, and Gordon Ramsay? Count us in. If you want a little more drama in your day I’d stick to the original Master Chef. On the other hand, MC Junior brings the adorable backstories and kids who have loads of ambition, drive and perseverance.
  2. The Blacklist – I always need a good crime drama in my life. Since I’ve watched basically every episode of SVU and Criminal Minds, I moved on to the delightful acting chops of James Spader. This show is good, really good and is chock full of action, romance and mystery.
  3. Psych – This is a throwback, but if you’re a fan like me, you know that Psych the Movie is coming out this Christmas! I’ve never seen a show that fits so many cultural references, comedic jokes and wit into one episode.
  4. American Ninja Warrior – Who doesn’t want to be inspired by amazingly fit, good looking people? You get caught up in the competition, hoping for them to just complete the next obstacle.
  5. Riverdale – I must warn you, this show is heavier than the others on the list. With so much drama, mystery and teenage sexual tension it’s like Gossip Girl set in a small rural town. This show will satisfy your high school drama needs. Plus the cast are all friends in real life and it’s really cute.
  6. The OA – This Netflix original is confusing and weird, but so addicting. We couldn’t stop watching the first season and are pumped for the second season release. This show contains a good dose of reality packed into a supernatural drama.
  7. The Office – This is never a bad choice. Ever. Michael, Dwight and Jim can always make your life a little more funny. Enjoy this half hour show in increments or all at once.

 

Thanks to my roommate and brother for helping me with this list. Let me know what you’re watching this summer in the comments below!

xx,

Rebecca

Bible Verses to Help Combat Loneliness and Strengthen Friendship

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Friendships are a tricky avenue of life. They ebb and flow, they grow strong, they break, they dissolve. Friends keep you on your toes. They make you think outside the box. Friends entertain, thrill, admonish and encourage.

Recently, I’ve moved to a brand new city for a job. People move time and time again, but I didn’t realize how different and perhaps lonely a new city could be. Now, I am extremely grateful to Jesus for bringing my college roommate and I together again in this new town. The housing hunt, move and day – to – day would be more difficult with someone I didn’t know.

For all of you out there in the same situation as me (a tad lonely, homesick and anxious) I have a few tidbits of hope for you. This isn’t a how – to list or a city guide, but a list of a few Bible verses about loneliness and friendship that can help you put this new stage of life into perspective.

Friendship

1 Corinthians 15:33 –  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Colossians 3: 12 – 14 – Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Proverbs 12:26 – The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

Loneliness

Deuteronomy 31:6 –  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Psalm 25:16-17 – Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.

1 Peter 5:6-7  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

May God bless you my friends in your time of need. May He lift up your spirit and encourage your heart. 

Feel free to comment below with any insights!

In His name,

Rebecca

INSPIRE: 6 Steps to Becoming an Effective Leader

Welcome to the next installment of the INSPIRE series. This piece is written by Matt, a driven leader who wants to share his insight with others. Enjoy & share!

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I say this in two parts: first, the overarching theme that I am about to share with you is not groundbreaking, though it is my goal to shine it in a different light through my experiences. Second, and most importantly, I have failed numerous times in individual opportunities to lead others effectively; however, without these trying moments I would have never gained some of the most valuable lessons that I have to share with you. I do not claim to be a perfect leader, but I do claim to be an individual who strives each day to serve others better than I did the day before. The following are just a few of the lessons that I have learned. I hope that they help you as much as they’ve helped me!

“An effective leader will always pass the recognition onto the general body…”

  1. Leadership is a mindset. Many people will claim that “leaders” posses a certain talent or skill. However, I have found that leadership is more so dependent on a state of mind. While personality traits such as confidence, innovation, and decisiveness may enhance an individual’s potential to be a great leader, even the most skilled individuals may not be able to lead if they aren’t willing to put others before themselves. Effective leaders shift the focus from themselves onto those whom they are serving. Every action that you take within your role should be taken with the intention of benefiting the people or organization that you are serving.
  2. Find your role. As a leader, you will have a large influence in determining the direction that your organization takes. The question arises: How can you effectively lead without knowing your own role? Without a true understanding of your position, your potential as an effective leader will remain untapped because the time and energy that you invest into the organization will lack structure. Luckily, many organizations have a written description of their positions and the roles assigned to each. Read them. Additionally, ask your fellow members how they would like to see you integrate your leadership abilities in the organization. No matter how established your organization may be, your members will be satisfied knowing that they picked the right person to represent them if you let them play a role in determining how you lead the organization.
  3. Set realistic goals. After you have defined your role as a leader, take some time with your members to facilitate the establishment of the organization’s goals. These goals should be measurable and under the control of your organization. I recommend setting no more than five goals at a time so you will be able to pay proper attention to each of them individually.
  4. Follow through. Once you have listed your organization’s goals, now comes the time to plan out exactly how you are going to accomplish them. Though it may seem odd at first, I have found an approach called backwards planning or backwards goal-setting to be extremely helpful in completing daily tasks and long term goals. This mindset puts the focus on where you want to be at some point in time rather than concentrating mainly on where you are currently. To use this approach, first, picture your organization accomplishing a specific goal. Then, ask yourself what your organization would need to do just before that moment to reach the specific goal. In doing so, you have set a subgoal that will occur just prior to accomplishing the final goal. Repeat this step over and over again until you find yourself where you are currently. Retracing your steps from the finish line to the starting point will provide you with a roadmap to success by breaking down even the largest goals into smaller, more attainable pieces.
  5. Build individualized relationships in your organization. No two people are exactly the same. So why would you use the same approach to motivate members in your organization to accomplish a desired task? Your members are driven in their daily life by various factors, which will come into play when fulfilling their responsibilities in your organization. Thus, an effective leader will take the time to get to know each of his or her members on a personal level. By discovering the different reasons that each member joined, not only will you gain a better perspective of what they would like to see in the future, but you will also identify ways in which they can be inspired to help the organization reach its goals.
  6. Recognize others and share thanks. Oftentimes, the leader is looked to as the face of an organization. This can be a very humbling experience for many leaders, as you will be congratulated for nearly everything that the organization accomplishes, regardless of how involved you were with the process. An organization’s daily operation requires the hardwork of many people working together and thus an effective leader will always pass the recognition onto the general body or to those who were responsible for the feat.

Organizational leaders go to phenomenal efforts to see that goals are met and deadlines are reached. There may be times where you feel overwhelmed and overworked, but never let a day go by that you don’t thank those around you for the unconditional support that they offer you. In due time, you will see the work that you put in pay off through the positive impacts that you make on your organization and its members.

 

For the past year and a half, Matt has served as the Chapter President for Phi Delta Theta – Missouri Iota at Lindenwood University. Along the way, he has gathered countless pieces of information on how to be a more effective leader from personal experiences, lessons from other leaders, and many missteps.