The President’s Tweets and the Future of Shame

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Last week the new Twitter account @POTUS of President Obama became a lightning rod for the worst in social media behavior. Within minutes of its setup, as reported in the New York Times, the account was flooded with vitriolic racist tweets, complete with hideous images, including one of Mr. Obama with his neck in a noose.  Many troubling issues arise from this shameful behavior, but at the center is shame itself.

Behavior on the Internet, Twitter, and other social media outlets has become shameless, and at the same time, these outlets are being used to publicly shame people, especially innocent high school students being electronically bullied by cruel classmates. Shameless behavior has no consequences, and social media and the Internet afford easy anonymity. Put these two elements together, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for anti-social trends that keep building and building. Continue reading

The Honor of Remembering

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On calendars in the United States, today is a day dedicated to remembering, Memorial Day. We remember those service men and women who sacrificed everything for the sake of others and that is an important practice because it feels easier to forget difficult things. It makes sense to forget everything aside from the happy endings and the good news but there is something very important to remembering the journey as a whole.

Acknowledging the journey allows us to be gracious. It reminds us not to take our steps forward for granted and that time is limited. How we choose to spend it, whether it be in vain pursuit or for the betterment of ourselves will ultimately affect everyone. Remembering is important because it allows us to be informed as we start a new page today. Continue reading

Officer Empowers Student to Independence

For many, their job is what happens between the hours of 9-5.
Their hearts sit on the sideline while their heads navigate a schedule of activities, expectations and stressors. But this isn’t the case for everyone.

Our Intent staff enjoyed getting to hear one man’s story from his proud sister! Beesley is the Student Resource Officer at Oberon Junior High School in Arvada, CO. What began as a result of a shared interest in bikes with an outgoing middle schooler named Micah Petersen became a story of independence and friendship despite the presence of a cognitive disability. Continue reading

Hopeful Parenting When Your Kids Are Emotionally Hurting

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As a parent, you never want to see your child in emotional pain. When you do, you often have a natural instinct to want to do everything in your power to take away their pain.  Sometimes, you cannot automatically “fix” your child’s situation as quickly as you would like to. Your child has to go through their own process of healing to find success on the other side.

There is however something very powerful that every parent can do when their child is experiencing emotional pain and that is “Hope.” Parents can create hope within their children that they will work through their feelings and emerge confident and strong from the experiences that caused their emotional turmoil.

Hopeful parenting is about believing that you possess the inner strength, determination and tools to move you and your children beyond emotional pain. Continue reading

Yoda Shares His Intent

Mallika Chopra comes from a family that understands the power of meditating and setting intents in living a life you’re genuinely proud of. Still, sometimes the lessons come in surprising new ways. For instance, the family dog, Yoda: Continue reading

Secret of Adulthood: Sometimes, You Have to Work Hard to Be Lazy.

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I feel this way often. I need to schedule time to be unscheduled, I need to force myself to wander, I have to reassure myself that staring into space is as useful as staring into my laptop.

I guess the idea isn’t so much “laziness” as ”leisureliness.” Continue reading

Salmon Dating: Stop Swimming Upstream And Find Your True Mate

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A mature female salmon’s purpose is to make it to her natal river to lay her eggs and get them fertilized by a male before she dies.  Kind of macabre, but having a clear purpose and goal is what’s important here.  The female salmon’s journey starts in the salt-water ocean.

When she is ready to spawn, she swims thousands of miles to fresh water rivers and streams.  On her journey she is met with poachers, sport fishermen who catch and release, fishermen who catch for profit, bears, birds of prey, wolves, and other voraciously hungry mammals. 

Part of her journey also includes jumping upstream through a strong waterfall to get up to her natal river or stream.  Against all odds, many females make it to their natal river to spawn. Continue reading

Why I Sing the Blues: BB King’s Life of Purpose

May 14, 2015 will be a day known for the loss of blues legend BB King.
He shall be known as a man who overcame great obstacles to be known the world around for his moving lyrics and his even more moving guitar playing. Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi in 1925, King was just 4 years old when his parents split resulted in his being raised by his grandmother. It was under the care of his grandmother, however, that he first picked up the guitar as a teenager. Continue reading

Gretchen Rubin and the Habits that Create A Life of Intent

In preparing to write Living with Intent, Mallika Chopra sought the wisdom of friends and leaders who exemplified the embrace of their own journey toward their dreams. One of those people is Gretchen Rubin, author, wife and mom, who is known for her teaching on happiness and the habits that get you there.

Are you a night person trying to make early morning habits?
Are you trying to institute a million changes as once?
Is any of it helping?
We’re excited to share the interview with Mallika and Gretchen today: Continue reading

The Beautiful Intents of Intent.com

In April we were excited to launch the brand new Intent.com app!
After building a family online, we were excited to take that family out into the world and allow you to share your intents as they happen. It has been wonderful to see the marriage of words and images, your feelings paired with that what you are seeing.

Some of those intent are… Continue reading

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