Of Post-It Notes and Positivity

A year ago today, I covered my office window with blank post-it notes. Many of you followed this activity via an earlier blog post – Post-It Project 2014.

My hope was students and staff would stop by, share a note of positivity and inspiration and then anyone could take a note as needed. One year later, it’s time to look at some of my favorites notes that went unclaimed this year.

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I’m not certain I expected a drastic change in myself over the course of the year, but I spent a year looking at notes like this. I spent a year of students and staff members silently walking into my office, taking a post-it note and leaving. I spent a year of students and staff walking into my office laughing, writing a note of positivity and leaving. I spent a year of students talking about why sharing positive news was important. I spent a year thinking about happiness, light and laughter.

It wasn’t an easy year – but whenever I needed it most, there was light coming from my window.

I haven’t put any post-it notes on my window yet… and I might not. For once, I like seeing actual light come through my window. As another work year comes to a close, I wish you and your loved ones nothing but light.

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Of Post-It Notes and Positivity

Embracing the Laughter

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve selected #Light as my #OneWord2014.

As part of living my OneWord, I’ve decided to help spread some light by profiling some of the happiest people I encounter. Students, co-workers, family and friends… their relation to me is irrelevant, only that they emit some form of light and positivity. The goal is to do one every week, maybe every other week. We’ll see how this goes. My first profile in positivity was an easy one to select.

Meet Rebecca.

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Rebecca is a student at Emerson and a student leader in my office. While she may appear pint sized, she is a force to be reckoned with… Rebecca has the biggest laugh you’ve ever heard. It’s an unusual laugh… part dolphin, part whale and all happy. It literally rings through the halls. You may not see her coming your way, but you’ll always know she’s near. I asked Rebecca a few question about being positive and I wanted to share her insight with you.

What keeps you happy?
When I make other people happy, it brings me the most happiness. I just love making people feel good and smile. If I can make someone else’s day, it makes my day.

Who do you surround yourself with?
I want to surround myself with people who I want to be like. People who inspire me. Maybe I can be like them and that makes me happy.

Tell me about your laugh. Why does it draw people to you?
My laugh is very unique. I have a low registered voice, but laugh at such a high range/pitch. It throws people off, they don’t expect it. It’s an unusual, joyful sound. You can tell that my laugh is genuine. You can’t fake it. People feel good when they hear it. That’s what draws people in to my laugh.

What’s your goal for the year?
I live on a day-by-day basis. If I make one person smile today, it’s worth it. If I can make 365 people smile this year, then I’ve made it.

 

 

Many thanks to Rebecca for being not only fierce, but being a fabulous first interview as I begin these profiles! Keep doing beautiful things, my friend!

Embracing the Laughter

Post-It Project 2014

Friends know my office window has had a certain amount of character for the last two years.

In 2012, I found myself at a loss on the last day before the holiday break. With little ability to work (no one, and I mean no one, was working that day), I found myself in a creative space. This was the result.

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In the event you aren’t a child of the 80s (or a big geek), you may not recognize him or his distinctive art style.

His name is Link and he’s the hero from The Legend of Zelda games. For those of you still not following along, he’s from a Nintendo game that came out in the 80s.  You may also not recognize it, but he is completely made out of Post-It Notes.

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In 2013, I made the decision to replace Link with a new creation. And again, on the last day before the holiday break, this was born.

In the event you don’t recognize this guy, his name is Cheep-Cheep and he’s the fish from Super Mario Bros. Sometimes he was flying out of the water and sometimes he was swimming happily in the underwater levels. No matter, he was always out to get Mario. And still, he was made out of Post-It Notes.

So this year, there was a certain level of pressure to top by past two Post-It Note creations. I’m happy to unveil the Post-It Project for 2014.

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Yeah, to the average eye it’s a blank window of Post-It Notes. But there’s a catch… It’s not just a blank window overlooking an alley. It’s an interactive project that I officially invite you to take part in helping me create.

After a day and a few meeting with students, this is what it looked like: 

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What’s different? Notes.

I’m inviting students, faculty and staff to write notes to each other… notes of inspiration and positivity. Notes of self-worth and value. Notes written by your peers because they believe in you.

If at any time, someone needs a pick-me-up or a moment of inspiration, they’re welcome to stop by and take a note. No questions asked.

If they take a note, I’m asking they replace their note with a new Post-It in a different color. As the year progresses, the wall will grow and change, flowing with positivity and light. I consider it my first foray into an art instillation.

If you’re ever in the area, I hope you swing by, say hello and leave a note for someone. Or, if you need it, you stop by and take a note. It’s time to spread some light.

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