The blog tour for Isn’t it Time for a Coffee Break? has begun. Be sure to check out this page for a current listing of participating blogs and multiple chances to enter to win some great prizes!
Today’s guest post marks a first in my blog history. This is the first time that my husband Kedron has shared on my blog!
In addition to being an incredible husband and father, Kedron has been a problem solving design professional for 14 years, and has delivered award winning Web experiences for universities, senators, congressmen, government agencies, and 1 presidential candidate (Mike Huckabee). As a designer he advocates for elegant solutions that meet business needs while delighting users. He posts bi-monthly articles about design and innovation at www.kedronrhodes.com. Anything that ever looks pretty on this site is Kedron’s doing! (Anything that looks a mess is where I’ve tried to do things on my own!)
Connecting for Sanity’s Sake
The feeling of being alone is nothing short of miserable. It’s a blank canvas for despair, wrong thinking and delusion to paint a gloomy view of the world around us. Like many others, I’ve been there. I’ve sat in front of that gloomy painting for far too often, when the truth is, the painting is a lie. In my experience, the key to stepping away from that painting involves getting a new perspective, changing the view, trading the old one in for a new, brighter one. Easier said than done, I know. That’s where connecting with others makes a meaningful difference. I owe a special thanks to two amazing friends that helped me trade a gloomy view for a much brighter one. Let me share 2 ways these guys helped me change my perspective.
- Play One of the easiest was to begin changing your view is to get out of the house and have some fun with a friend. I know it sounds simple, but getting together with a friend or two and just having a good time is medicine for the soul. Try it. Seriously.
- Schedule Make a regular commitment to take time to connect with friends; put it on the calendar. A regular respite with a friend will whitewash the gloom away before you know it.
I know it sound simple, maybe too simple. I can tell you, however, it works. You weren’t meant to feel alone, and these are some simple things you can do to help prevent that
** In my newly released book, I share about Kedron’s idea to start a monthly pizza party with our friends in Florida. He was the one who dragged me along and shot down all my excuses. That regularly scheduled, once a month fun evening with friends was one of the best things we’ve ever done. If you pick up the book, be sure to check out the chapter 4 for the full story! **
Lisa Littlewood says
Great post! That story about the pizza parties in the book was one of my favorite- it has really stayed with me as a reminder about how simple inviting others over can be. I always make such a big deal out of it in my mind!!!
Thanks Lisa! I think that the pizza party stories are definitely a big favorite so far. Simple, chaos, but so wonderful!!
Donna Fagerstrom says
This is great Keadron and Amelia. I’m so proud of you both.
Maybe Kedron can help me with my Converge blog site? 🙂
Thank you Donna! I’m sure he could. He’s quite the web ninja 🙂
Peter DeHaan says
Let me say once more, that I really like the pizza party in the book. I could really get into that, but I lack pizza crust skills.
You could always buy pre-made crusts!! It still would work!
Loved that…thank you Ked. You guys are really missed here in FL. Funny how we feel it so much more after seeing you!
Same here Susan. Aching hearts!