You are dreamers, artisans, and difference-makers. You are creatives, entrepreneurs, and adventurers. You are believers in the world’s best future. Welcome to our community blog.
If you are breathing a sigh of post-holiday relief, you are not alone. Before the shock and grinch-shaming ensue, know that I am just as much of a sucker for Christmas as the rest of us. There are very few things in this world I love more than sitting around the dinner table with family, taking a break to enjoy those I love, making pretty gift wrappings, and my cupboards filled with all things peppermint-flavored. However, with the beauty of community and Christmas cheer also comes a madness of unabated consumerism and pressure. Whether it’s the stresses of buying impressive and thoughtful gifts, filling our time with the right loved ones, or rushing around to beat traffic, visit Aunt Sally, and time the holiday sales right; there is something relieving about the post-holiday silence.
Four new startups have been accepted into FLDWRK’s second Launch program (Batch 2). We’re excited to see them launch their movements and begin forming their institutions. Let’s take a look at these missional organizations and their intrepid founders.
I was recently on a plane with my three kids. We were flying to meet up with my husband, so I was outnumbered. The way the plane was set up, I sat in a row with my youngest, and my two oldest sat next to each other in the same row across the aisle from me. The plane had a particularly intense take-off and from across the aisle I heard a nervous voice call out, “Mom, can I come sit by you?”
The greatest thing about working for FLDWRK is that we get to help people help others. The not so great part is that when we want to sleep, our brains still want to work. It’s obvious, but without sleep none of those incredible projects are going to get done.
So why aren’t we sleeping? The exciting projects, of course. And coffee. You smiled a little when you read that word, huh? Then you were angry that I implied a correlation between that sweet cup of happiness and your run in with insomnia. Just hang tight a bit before you throw your laptop at me.
Coffee may be the only thing keeping you from turning into the Incredible Hulk in the morning, but before you overdo it on your cup of Bruce Banner, take a second to monitor how much you’ve had. Sure we’ll admit what happens when we haven’t had coffee, but we don’t often talk about what happens when we’ve had too much. Personally, I go from productive to a jittery mess, knocking things over and typing emails with caps lock on. But let’s not get crazy; I’m not saying no to coffee. In fact, I’m praising it and also suggesting a tool to help you enjoy it more—the UP Coffee app from Jawbone.
Let me break it down. Too much coffee = no sleep. Not enough coffee = sleep—but at inappropriate times like on your keyboard or your breakfast burrito. UP Coffee helps us find balance between what it calls “sleep ready” and “wired.”
By tracking how much coffee we put in our caffeine riddled bodies, Up Coffee can tell us when to stop consuming. The result is a much more relaxed evening and a great night’s sleep. Find it in the app store, and while you’re at it, check out Jawbone’s other great health technology.
At FLDWRK, we believe in the world’s best future and this month we are focusing on and supporting education in our community.
Education, and literacy in particular, are key contributors toward a person’s ability to achieve their fullest potential which will obviously allow them to live a fuller life, but will additionally enable them to use their gifts and talents help others.
#####Mentorship: Young Adults and Recent Grads
So, you’re in your senior year of college. Or perhaps you’ve recently graduated. Congratulations! Now what? If you find yourself not really knowing what’s next, here are a few options for you:
Keep going to school…and rack up more debt trying to figure out what to do.
Start the job search for something you think you might be a good fit.
Seek guidance from people who have been there and are passionate about helping you find the best fit for your life. A.K.A. Get a mentor.
Mentoring Leaders in Low-Income Neighborhoods
In April, FLDWRK chose Community Development as our monthly focus and we chose Mika Community Development Corporation in Costa Mesa as our main partner for this focus. It was a joy to see people from all over Costa Mesa and Orange County gather as FLDWRK’s space in Costa Mesa transformed into a Taco Tuesday fundraiser for this awesome organization in collaboration with the
Orange County Community Foundation’s Giving Day Fundraiser. The fundraiser was a great success, but funds are just one portion of the greater picture in terms of supporting Mika. Relationships are the core of what Mika is about, and mentorship is a key part of the mission of this awesome non-profit organization.
At FLDWRK we believe that relationships are a catalyst for the world’s best future. We believe that everyone has something to offer, and that mentorship can be a fantastic way for everyday people to make a significant impact in the life of another. Mentorship is, at its core, intentionally engaging in relationship with another person and genuinely caring for them while providing the guidance they need to grow. This is the first in a series of posts that will outline various types of mentorship and programs facilitating it.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and we couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up the month than with a guest blog by our dear friend Sally Kim. Sally is an Orange County local, affectionately titled a “Mister” by her brothers, a newlywed, and a mother to her honeymoon baby girl, Scout. She’s passionate about foster care and spends her free time representing foster families in the Huntington Beach High School District, and content managing for The Yellow Conference. She is also a wonderful story teller, and we are thrilled and honored to have her share her story with you all on our blog today.
Father’s day is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to honor and celebrate that special dad in your life. He’s hardworking, never thinks of himself, and is more than likely also the world’s hardest person to shop for…. until now. We’ve put together a list of some gift ideas your dad will love, show him how much you care, but also make a difference in the world we live in by empowering others - just as he’s empowered you.