Tweeting for Kindness

“What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise, although the philosophers general call it recognition!”

– William James

kind echos photoRecognition of others, using kind and thoughtful words, does make a difference. The veteran NBC reporter Kevin Tibbles, a friend on Facebook, recently shared a story spotlighting Jeremiah Anthony, a 17-year old junior at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, IA, who uses social media to tweet daily compliments.

Jeremiah’s singular actions, and the power of a few nice words, has resulted in overwhelmingly positive responses and changes with his peers and school.  Tweeting under the name of @westhighbros, Jeremiah and his friends are defeating bullying and negativity with small, kind, positive and uplifting messages, such as “You make everyone happy with your quirkiness”.  Selecting people at random, including sharing compliments with teachers, has proven that one good word at a time, has amazing impact and generates extraordinary results.

Social media has taken on a new, fresh and immediate approach to appreciating and valuing others.  We have all witnessed the negative stories in our newspapers, evening newscasts and on the radio, however, one person – or television news personality – can change the direction and scope of just about anything, just as Jeremiah has done.  In your life, whether personal or professional, how are you utilizing social media to bring kindness, joy and inspiration to others?

Within our work as Certified Recognition Professionals, we are acutely aware of the power of praise, acknowledgement, appreciation and recognition.  We work with leaders, corporations and organizations that desire to invest in their people while creating outstanding work environments.  Over the years, we have designed and created strategic corporate recognition systems that focus on day-to-day, informal and formal ways of appreciating and valuing others, while being respectful of and contributing to a corporation’s bottom line.

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Genuine, simple and sincere “Random Acts of Kindness” cost little, but thought, time and caring.  Our friend Ann Curry continues to tweet and re-tweet using #26Acts, which she initiated after the horrors of Sandy Hook.  Begin today and follow us @TheHuestudioCo or @HuesRandomActs.  Join our group on Facebook, 26 Kind Acts | Every Month | Day 26.  This is a way of continuing random acts, every month, on the 26th day.  We’ve started and invite you to join us!

Today, we recognize, honor and salute Ann Curry, Jeremiah Anthony and Kevin Tibbles for their exemplary work in kindness, appreciation and recognition.  All do great things in our world, including tweeting about it and reporting on it, for others to be informed, delighted and inspired by.

We too, love Kevin’s blue tie!

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26 Random Acts of Kindness

In the wake of the horrific and tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, our hearts are still heavy and grieving for the “twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults”, as tweeted by President Barack Obama today.  Twelve girls, eight boys and six adult women were all innocent victims.

We have been inspired by the numerous stories and people who have desired to help and make a difference, but none more than the lovely and kind NBC anchor, Ann Curry.  Four days following the tragic event, Ms. Curry felt like our world needed more good will and initially created the hashtag #20Acts on Twitter.  She later expanded to #26Acts to include all affected and to encourage a pay-it-forward, inspirational movement for our world.  We here at The Huestudio + Company, LLC couldn’t agree more and are happy to support this ongoing, precious endeavor. 

We’ve also been inspired by New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, who penned the name of one of the young victims on his cleats during a recent game with the Atlanta Falcons.  This simple gesture of remembrance resonated with many throughout our world and took only kind thoughts, little time and no money – just caring actions!    

With the pending website launch of The Huestudio + Company, LLC (www.thehuestudio.com) in early 2013, we are excited and delighted to introduce several unique product offerings which will directly impact Sandy Hook Elementary School.  In alignment with our Color Outside the Lines corporate initiative, we strategically act upon and engage in events, experiences and design innovative, product offerings that give back and pay-it-forward for the betterment of our communities and world.  We take pride to ensure that 100% of all proceeds, less costs, are donated exclusively to organizations that we partner with and are delighted to serve.  Stay connected to our upcoming events, experiences and unique product offerings by signing up for our newsletters, which feature specifics of our new website launch at www.thehuestudio.com

We hope you will consider being a part of 26 Random Acts of Kindness and let it lead you into 2013 and beyond.  With our featured, inspirational color of Orange for December, we’ve already started by –

  • Giving out 26 orange/pineapple candy canes to surprised customers while standing in long lines at the USPS mailing holiday packages.
  • Purchasing 26 small orange Angels and randomly presenting these to shoppers at the local Jewel-Osco.
  • Presenting 26 orange carnation flowers to people shopping in the local malls to great surprise!
  • Hearing that 26 prayers were offered by one dear and special friend (and client).
  • Hearing that 26 genuine and caring smiles were offered to travelers on trains while venturing to work.
  • Hearing that 26 $5.00 Dominick’s gift cards were purchased and provided to homeless women and men who braved the cold streets of Chicago.
  • Participating in the Facebook group, 26 Acts of Kindness.  This aims to serve as another social media platform for people to share their random, good deeds. 

As the holidays approach, we invite you to remember the lost twenty-six souls in your thoughts and prayers and think of them as you perform colorful, thoughtful and random acts of kindnesses for others during this season of giving.  Start on December 26 and continue each month on day 26! 

We remember –

Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

 

A Giving Tuesday!

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

– Albert Einstein

As today is Giving Tuesday, we wanted to share what we have done and are doing today to “pay it forward” and give back to our world. 

“Fabulous FEED-ing Frenzy” | November 19, 2012

Last Monday, November 19, 2012, The Huestudio + Company, LLC hosted the “Fabulous FEED-ing Frenzy” event at Francesca’s Tavola in Arlington Heights, Illinois to support FEED and The FEED Foundation.  (www.feedprojects.com)  Friends, family, clients, guests and new friends joined in to support a great cause!  All were asked to bring non-perishable food items for our “FEED-ing Tower” which directly supported the Greater Chicago Food Depository and purchased bright and cheerful “Flowers for FEED” arrangements for $5.00 and $10.00.  Raffle tickets were issued by the service team for the following, amazing gifts:

1.   “Fabulous FEED Gift Box”:  This gift box is valued at over $150.00 and contains FEED specialty items from www.feedprojects.com and other unique gift offerings.
2.  “FEED Thanksgiving Basket”:  This gift basket is valued at over $150.00 and contains unique Thanksgiving specialty items to prepare the best meal ever.  Keep it for yourself or donate it to your local food pantry. 
3.  “Francesca’s Loves FEED Gift Basket”:  This specialty gift basket is generously donated by Francesca’s Tavola and contains two (2) jars of Francesca’s-branded sauces [ Marinara and Tomato Basil ], imported Italian pasta, a Francesca’s t-shirt, Francesca’s-branded olive oil, and assorted other specialty items.  Value:  $125.00
4.  “Eat & Earn for FEED Appetizer Party”:  Value:  Priceless
5.  “Eat & Earn for FEED Seat at Francesca’s Wine Dinner:  One (1) complimentary seat is generously donated by Francesca’s Tavola.  Value:  Priceless
6.  “Eat & Earn for FEED $10.00 Monthly Voucher for 2013”:  Value:  $120.00
7.  “Dine and FEED at Francesca’s”:  Dinner for two (2) [ up to a $50.00 value ] dining certificate.  Value:  $50.00

All in all, a great event was had that generated fun, excitement and positive energy while giving back to local, national and world-wide communities.

Today, additional “Flowers for FEED” that were not purchased, were donated to CEDA in Arlington Heights, Illinois, along with $5.00 Jewel-Osco gift cards.  CEDA works in partnership with communities to empower families and individuals to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life.  They were thrilled to have our creative and lovingly-crafted arrangements to use throughout the holiday season. 

How are you giving back?  We’d love to hear from you!

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