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JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference

How to chase the mid-winter blues bye-bye?

Attend a conference, your own conference. I wish I could say this was my idea but I stole it from Chris Brogan.   

Here are a compilation of my favorite Ted and Tedx Talks.

None pertain to joy but if you act upon the ideas in these talks you will find or create joy in your life or the lives of others. Every speech pertains to you no matter what age or what nasty life event you have or are experiencing.

There is a break after every session so you can review notes or rewind to rewatch part of a speech. So grab a pen and notebook and start the conference when your schedule permits.

One day we will all gather in a warm location, wearing bikini’s and speedo’s and sipping tropical drinks with umbrellas in them and listen to speakers live and not via Memorex (Does that even still exist?).

Hungry? Here are some recipes for your conference:

Cherry Cheesecake Tarts: How To Get Out Of The Doghouse

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

Feta, Beans and Champagne – Oh My!

Agenda

Opening Prayer: How Great Thou Art by Elvis | Jordainaires | Imperials

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

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Small Ripples Make Big Waves by Abby Kohut

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The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown

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5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure

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Connected, but Alone by Sherry Turkle

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The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

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How To Sleep by Jessa Gamble

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Should you live for your resume…or your eulogy? by David Brooks

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Closing Remarks: A Pep Talk by Kid President

Music by the BeeGee’sYou Should Be Dancing.  You will understand why I picked this song after you watch Kid President’s pep talk.

Enjoy!

Recommended Reading: 

Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

Connected by Erin Davis (a nice compliment to Sherry Turkle’s speech.)

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome – Robby Novak and Brad Montague

The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?  by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Official Conference Quote: 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

(emphasis mine)

Official Conference Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Official Conference Scripture: 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I hope you enjoyed attending the JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference.

Please let me know what you thought about the speakers. Who would you like to see next year?

Disclaimer: None of these links are affiliate links, so I do not earn any money when you click on them. I have not been paid by anyone for posting links to the talks or the books.

Valentine’s Day: The Elephant In The Room This Week

Let’s just name and claim the elephant in the room this week –

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Valentines Day. 

A rough day for those fresh in their grief.

For the rest of us it can still be rough if ambushed by the grief monster.

I no longer have a rough time with Valentine’s day because I decided years ago to stay home away from all the festivities, as this lessens the chances of an ambush. Would I stay home if I were dating? No, not unless I was cooking a romantic dinner for two.

Wherever you are at in your grief the best thing to do to get through Valentine’s Day is to make a plan.

Do only what you feel up to doing.

If people want to take you out to lunch see if that can be done on Friday or Sunday and avoid the chaotic restaurants on Saturday.

May Valentine’s Day be filled with joy even in the midst of your grief. Sometimes the anticipation of a holiday is worse than the holiday itself.

Here is a video I got in my email yesterday. May it be of comfort to you this week and always.

Remember:

“Earth has no sorrow that heaven can’t cure.”

Weekend Wisdom: Palm Sunday Reminder

Author’s Note: The original post was no longer coming up on this blog, so I rewrote it today, April 5, 2020.

“Palm Sunday’s thought; Life is full of ups and downs. Glorify God during the ups and fully trust in Him during the downs.” -Unknown

“It’s Palm Sunday and it’s time to look back and remember what Christ has done for you. He had you on His mind over 2000 years ago!” -Unknown

You can read the full article on Latin Times.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently using those skills as a virtual logistics contact center representative for a Fortune 100 company. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

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