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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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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Lean In – Chapter 6

Chapter 6: Seek and Speak Your Truth

One of the best chapters in the book. It’s a must-read and provides good reminders that an “all business approach is not always good business”. If you know me, you know that I have a tendency to be very business-oriented. Do you think you have separate professional and personal lives? Think again…

Lean In Chapter 6 Quote

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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