Give Hope

Live what you love - Jessica EkstromJessica Ekstrom, a 2013 graduate of NC State University, is doing amazing things with her company, Headbands of Hope and I think you should know about it.

Jess’s story is incredible. She states on the HOH website: “All I had was inspiration and two seconds of courage” I am constantly amazed and inspired by the company she created to spread hope to children with cancer. It is no surprise that she is gaining support (and celebrity requests) from all over the country.

If you are still not sure about what gifts to purchase for friends and loved ones this holiday season, consider purchasing a headband (or headwear) of hope. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Jess’s current adventures are also inspiring and I enjoy reading about them on her blog: xo, Jess which somehow always manages to make me laugh, think, and cry.  My favorite posts so far have been 5 Things Not to Say to an Entrepreneur and Find Your Crazy. Also, you can bring Jess to your campus as an inspirational speaker via CAMPUSPEAK!

UNCG flower headband pictureOn any given day you will probably find me wearing one of my glitter headbands. They not only benefit a good cause but are comfortable and cute! I hope this post inspires you to purchase gifts that give back this holiday season. What’s your favorite style on the website? To support the cause and do what I can to spread hope, I am going to purchase a headband for one lucky reader. Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a glitter headband!

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Photos courtesy of Headbands of Hope. Connect with them on Facebook & Twitter.
**Disclaimer: This review and contest were my idea. I received no compensation for the post. The opinions expressed in the review are my own and were not influenced in any way.**

UPDATE: Congratulations Megan Johnston, winner of the headband giveaway! I am so excited to send you your headband while also supporting St. Baldricks and providing one to a little girl with cancer. I met Megan when she was working at UGA, but now she works at Marymount California University. She was part of the original group that joined Athens Road Runners with me. Thanks for participating in the giveaway!

What is so great about Twitter?

I still meet a lot of people that do not use Twitter or do not understand why I like Twitter so much. Friends or colleagues that take a chance on Twitter either try it and love it or try it and do not understand why others find it so useful.

Twitter gets categorized with Facebook, Instagram, and other sites as a social networking sites. But social networking is not the most prominent feature of Twitter. Twitter is an information network (that allows for social interaction). It is important to accurately explain the site when recruiting new users. If you prefer the social aspects of Facebook (like my professor, Dr. Dean) you will quickly learn that Twitter is a very different type of site.

Why did Twitter catch on from the start for me? I predict it is because I joined Twitter in April  2009 and followed a large number of accounts tweeting about NC State. I can not remember why I decided to join Twitter but I’m sure it had something to do with the NC State community. For example, my first tweet:

If you decide to join Twitter, the most important thing you can do is find and follow accounts tweeting about your interests. “You don’t have to tweet to get value from Twitter” – Twitter states this directly on their about page and that is completely true. Sign up for a Twitter account to gain information even if you are not interested in tweeting.

Learner is my number one theme on the StrengthsQuest assessment.  I love learning; I like to be knowledgable about everything going on (which is good and bad at times) and I like that I’ve created a network for learning on Twitter. I hope this post will encourage you to try out Twitter and follow a community that interests you. Now that I’m in graduate school, I still follow NC State accounts but also student affairs and higher ed accounts. I also follow people and organizations that tweet about running. Another way to find your community on Twitter is to follow and search specific hashtags, such as #sachat

At first I did not know if this post was a relevant blog topic (Twitter was created in 2006), but I decided to write it because I still know people hesitant (or scared) to try Twitter. Let’s get connected – @ChandElaine on Twitter