Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

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It’s that time of the year… Award Ceremonies. There are graduations, annual dinners, end of the year banquets, celebratory picnics and the list goes on. To me, these are such strange events. They are so important and yet they seem to fail in so many ways…

It’s important to recognize the accomplishments of our peers. To celebrate our group and individual successes. They are worth celebrating! Too often we forget to acknowledge how far we’ve come and an award ceremony lets us celebrate that distance we covered on our life journey. We need to celebrate how GOOD at life we really are and how FUN life really is!

Yet, just as often as we are lifting up one of us, I often wonder if the people that lift up others realize how important and deserving they are of an award. Are we leaving out the most important people by lifting up a person who is the face of the work? Many of these individual accomplishments were far from individual successes. They aren’t an individual’s dream, they are the dream of a team. The success of the individual is the result of a sustained body of work of a team over time. Each success is comprised of sweat, work and planning from a whole team of people that believe in the dream.

If you graduated this year, how do you let those teachers, administrators, tutors, coaches, relatives, and friends know that your diploma is the culmination of hours of their hard work? Did they get a thank you, an award?

If you were MVP, how do you let your teammates, coaches, trainers, family, and friends know that your success is thanks to them? Did you write them a note, post it on Facebook?

These people aren’t participants, they aren’t deserving of a passive “Participant” ribbon, they are active workers, shaping your success, their success, and the success of the group. So before, during, and after our award ceremonies this year, let’s not forget to equally acknowledge that it takes TEAMWORK to make the DREAMWORK!

-Jennifer S.

A Teen Just Trying To Figure It Out

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We found a very cool Ted Talk worth noting and that completely relates to The Confidence Post. Please take 10 minutes out of your day to check this out and share with others!

Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models — so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

What a force this young woman is! Tavi is 19 years old and founded Rookie magazine in 2011 as a creative outlet and as a place where teens could share about issues impacting teen girls. Rookie is a website for teenage girls. With monthly-themed content, updated three times a day, five days a week. Check out Rookie magazine here, http://www.rookiemag.com/.

I Got It From My Mama

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A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.
— Washington Irving

This past weekend, Americans all across the country celebrated mothers many different ways for Mother’s Day. Piggybacking on the idea Mother’s Day, and ways in which we honor moms, I found a quote that was awesome, and reflective of how we change and evolve over time –“Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.” Had you said something like this to me as a pre-teen, I would have scoffed at you and told you ‘nonsense.’ As a 30 year old, that is the ultimate compliment you could give me. It’s funny what 15-20 years can change, isn’t it?

In looking for a blog topic this week, I found this great article, Your Mom Said WHAT? A Collection of Funny Momisms for Mother’s Day (I encourage you to check it out!). Immediately after reading this article it made me think of the many things my mom would say in situations that just stuck. I find myself doing something on the weekend and I remember a quote she used to say. I may be in a work meeting and the same is true. Something happens in a relationship or with a friend, and I can think of one of her quotes. These “sayings” we hear from our moms/mom figures as we grow up become road maps for us as we get older. Like sage words of wisdom or little nuggets of humor – just when we need them. I find myself in situations where I can absolutely imagine what my mom would say, or I just laugh because I think of something silly she said in situations and it’s like a little gift. In honor of showing thanks for our moms (whether by blood or those we have appointed as our mother figure), I’d like to encourage us to take some time to think of these quotes. I also encourage you to share them with others. What a marvelous way to honor moms.

-Alex W.

Interesting history of Mother’s Day courtesy of Wikipedia:

The modern American holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Her campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her beloved mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Anna’s mission was to honor her own mother by continuing work she started and to set aside a day to honor mothers, “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues…

Although Jarvis was successful in founding Mother’s Day, she soon became resentful of the commercialization and was angry that companies would profit from the holiday. By the early 1920s, Hallmark and other companies started selling Mother’s Day cards. Jarvis became so embittered by what she saw as misinterpretation and exploitation that she protested and even tried to rescind Mother’s Day. The holiday that she had worked so hard for was supposed to be about sentiment, not about profit. Jarvis’ intention for the holiday had been for people to appreciate and honor mothers by writing a personal letter, by hand, expressing love and gratitude, rather than buying gifts and pre-made cards.

Come Help Plant Trees in Long Beach This Saturday!

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“Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop…” – Dorothy Height

Please join the Junior League of Long Beach and community members on Saturday, May 9th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to help plant trees in Bluff Park. This is a really fun group volunteer project that builds teamwork and provides a good workout for volunteers of all ages (kids and adults are welcome).

The Port of Long Beach has provided funding to plant 6,000 trees in Long Beach neighborhoods through 2020!  Businesses and community groups are partnering with Neighborhood Services to provide volunteers at the tree planting events. The Junior League of Long Beach is using this opportunity to honor Junior League members and supporters who have passed away through this day of service to our community. Please come out and share with friends and family!

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