Coffee on the Wall

Slowly but surely I am working my way back into a blogging routine. This summer has been full of transitions: I started a new job, relocated to a new city, and moved into a new apartment.

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I start each day with a cup of coffee, usually from my Keurig but sometimes from Starbucks or a local coffee shop. That warm (or cold) cup of coffee starts my day on the right foot! When is the last time you shared a cup of coffee with someone in need? If you haven’t heard of “coffee on the wall” take a second today and read the story below.

Coffee on the Wall

I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighboring town.  As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat at an empty table beside us. He called the waiter and placed his order saying, “Two cups of coffee, one of them for there on the wall.” We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two.

When he left, the waiter put a piece of paper on the wall saying “A Cup of Coffee”.

While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he put a piece of paper on the wall saying, “A Cup of Coffee”.

It was something unique and perplexing for us. We finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

After a few days, we had a chance to go to this coffee shop again. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man poorly dressed entered. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, “One cup of coffee from the wall please.” The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity. The man had his coffee and left without paying.

We were amazed to watch all this, as the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the trash bin. Now it was no surprise for us – the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town made our eyes well up in tears.

Ponder upon the need of what this man wanted. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem… he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee… without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee to him… he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.

A truly beautiful thought. Probably the most beautiful wall you may ever see anywhere!
-          Unknown source

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Thoughts on Happiness

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.” – W.H. Sheldon

This summer put your phone awaysource

Lately I have been thinking a lot about happiness. What truly makes you happy? Are you happy? I was on a journey to find happiness and I did not even know it. Undergraduate school, graduate school, reading The Happiness Project, and starting my first full-time job. Lucky to be happy where I am, with what I have and what I do, and because of the people in my life. Thank you all. Let you too go wholeheartedly towards something and be happy!

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Lean In – Chapter 7

Chapter 7: Don’t Leave Before You Leave

Anyone lucky enough to have options should keep them open

In chapter 7 Sheryl Sandberg discusses how planning too far in advance for a family can close doors rather then open doors. Women should lean in and “keep a foot on the gas pedal until a decision must be made” (p. 103). Staying committed to your professional development and success will help you find a position that you are satisfied with and make you more likely to want to stay in the workforce. This chapter covers many aspects of balancing career and family, acknowledging that a number of factors, including society’s expectations, play into a woman’s decision.

Sandberg also discusses the challenges planning for a career and a family presents for men. “And what about men who want to leave the workforce? If we make it too easy for women to drop out of the career marathon, we also make it too hard for men” (p. 103). The book is a good starting place to think about planning (but not planning too much) for future personal and career goals.

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This is post is part of a series on Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Residence Hall Twitter Accounts

Last night I had a great phone call with one of my UGA classmates, Brittany, about her new job and ideas for her building’s social media presence. After brainstorming together now seemed like the perfect time to share my thoughts on residence hall Twitter accounts. Her staff has a great foundation with a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account, but they need to be more interactive, especially with their tweets. In this post I focused on ideas for Twitter because during my 2 years as a Graduate Resident I was responsible for updating the Twitter account for @BrumbyHallUGA. I am also really interested in other ideas so please add suggestions in the comments!

Twitter tips for move-in:
Tweet tips up to the week before.
Use a hashtag during move-in.
Hang up posters saying follow us on Twitter.
Offer a contest or prize (hall t-shirts) for retweets and follows.

Twitter tips for the year:
Use Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to schedule tweets for programs.
Tweet pictures at programs inviting residents to join.
Tweet about programs, with event date, location, and time.
Tweet pictures of the program flyer.
Retweet or share information about other offices, organizations, and events on campus.
Answer questions and engage with students online. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
If allowed, give student leaders (hall council publicity chair, resident assistant, etc) access and expectations to assist with Twitter postings
Tweet about breaks, building closings, building changes, fire drills, fire alarms, and anything else that residents may want to know or have questions about.

Lastly, Evan and I did a presentation on social media last fall for hall councils. Check it out!

Do you manage a Twitter account for a residence hall or housing department? What have you learned from that process? What are some of the ways you use the account?

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