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At Wonderist, one of our main Pillars is rooted in the personal and professional development of our team. Graphic Designer Nina, Account Manager Zach, and Controller Chappy make up this year’s Personal and Professional Development Pillar heads. Each quarter, this rockstar crew sends out an eblast that’s packed with reflections, tips, resources, and incentives to hone our team’s skills at the office and promote growth in their personal lives, too. Check out the latest newsletter for some helpful tips and tricks to keep you and your team survinin’ and thrivin’ all quarantine long.
"How you do anything is how you do everything.”
– Carrie Taylor, Assistant Coach for SD Loyal SC
We hope you're hanging in there and staying safe & healthy. As the world grapples with the bombardment of plot twists that 2020 keeps handing us, your personal/professional development pillar heads will be sharing some resources to keep you reassured, entertained, and as prepared as possible to handle whatever life throws your way.
In this newsletter, we're focusing on ways to stay sane and entertained at home. You'll find:
The Wonder Scout Review, an update on the leading Wonder Scout Point earners, a first look at the badges, and a few new activities to help you earn more Cupcake and Poodle Points.
So sit back with your favorite Quarantini, relax, and enjoy some tips on how to roll with the punches during these crazy times.
Our first quarter was filled with activities that gave us the opportunity to reflect on what it means to build good habits so we can set ourselves up for success. In case you weren't able to attend, here are some highlights from our events.
We kicked off 2020 by chatting with SD Loyal's Carrie Taylor over some Belching Beaver Milk Stout floats. From her (unintentional) four-year-cycle of growth to her unexpected gig as a UPS packer, the milestones Carrie talked about showed us that there are always valuable lessons to be learned from the highs and lows of life.
Last month, we sipped on Seven Seas Coffee as we chatted about our first Coffee Chat theme, RITUALS + ROUTINES.
During the chat, we broke into small groups and challenged each group to identify three key takeaways that resonated with them. We found that many Buds discussed how routines play into accomplishing goals, and many had some great productivity and mindset tips to share with the crew.
Pass your time inside by brushing up on your meal prep skills! Here are some ways to hack the sparse grocery scene and maximize your grocery haul in the time of 'Rona.
Are the dried/canned goods completely empty? Explore the produce aisle. Lots of fruits and veggies can be washed, chopped, and frozen to prolong their shelf life. Here's a helpful list of freezer-friendly veggies that you can start with.
More likely than not, the spice aisle is still probably stocked at your local grocery store. Try your hand at making your own spice blends to spruce up those dull staples you're trying to get rid of in your pantry. Some handy spices to keep on hand include:
What do you do with these? You can try making a Creole-inspired spice blend, or maybe dust some sweet potatoes with a Moroccan-inspired blend before roasting them in the oven.
Keeping cilantro and parsley on deck is an easy way to make your meals feel fresher, fancier, and tastier. Some quick tips:
For healthy, tasty recipes delivered right to your inbox: Clean Plates. A platform loaded with articles and nutritious recipes that help you maximize your grocery shopping list. Sign up for their newsletter to discover healthy ingredients and recipes.
For entertainment when you've already watched all the food shows on Netflix: Tastemade. Fun watchable content on cooking, travel, and food documentaries. Some favorite playlists are Struggle Meals and Lightened Up.
For fine-tuning your grocery budget: Budget Bytes. Cheap and tasty recipes that even break down the approximate total cost per recipe and cost per serving.
For making your kitchen a happy place: The Kitchn. The kitchen-specific section of Apartment Therapy, this blog covers topics that include cleaning, meal prep hacks, kitchen decor, and making the best hard-boiled egg.
Bored at home? Tired of scrolling through Instagram? TikTok not doin' it for you? Check out 5-Minute Crafts on Youtube. You'll be amazed at all the ways you can repurpose household items. (Our personal favorite? DIY buttons made from drinking straws.)
Q1 is done, and together we've earned a total of 500 Wonder Scout Points. Well done, Folks! In case you forgot, our personal and professional development activities this year are centered around the areas of Curiosity, Creativity, Confidence, and Communication. Your participation earns you Gidget Points for Curiosity-themed activities, Cupcake Points for Creativity-themed activities, Poodle Points for Confidence-themed activities, or Moose Points for Communication-themed activities.
Big props to these Buds for crushing it with their personal/professional development participation! While the average Bud has earned about 10-15 points so far, Sarah leads the way with a whopping 30 points, while Davia follows closely behind with an impressive 25 points. We've also got seven Buds who've doubled down and joined the 20-Point Club. Keep it up!
At the end of the year, the top earners in each category will receive a sweet prize and bragging rights. All participating Wonder Scouts will receive a certificate commemorating their journey this year!
Let's fire up the Personal + Professional Development Cliq Channel with some Wonder Scout fun! We'll be posting challenges to help boost your Curiosity, Creativity, Confidence, and Communication throughout the quarter. Start with the below challenges and keep checking the channel for updates in the near future.
CHALLENGE #1: Put yourself out there from the comforts of your home.
Record yourself — TikTok, IG Story, or just good ol' fashioned video on your phone — sharing a new skill, revelation, or lesson you've learned while in quarantine. Share your video in the Personal + Professional Development Cliq Channel and earn TEN (10) Poodle "Confidence" Points.
CHALLENGE #2: Flex your creative muscle!
CreativeMornings has moved their free Field Trips to the virtual space! Check out their list of Zoom Field Trips, sign up for your favorite, and attend the session. Share one key highlight you learned in the Personal + Professional Development Cliq Channel and earn TEN (10) Cupcake "Creativity" Points.
CHALLENGE #3: Overheard at Wonderist: Who Said It?
Every issue of The Wonder Beat starts with an "Overheard at Wonderist" quote. If you can guess who said the quote, Cliq Kelsey your answer. The first person to guess correctly will earn FIVE (5) Gidget "Curiosity" Points.
Stay tuned for more money-saving tips and event updates in our next newsletter!
Peace, Love, and Growth,
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