The least comfortable things in life are sometimes the most rewarding – like waking up early!

This morning I had to get up before the sun had to. It wasn’t fair. But I wanted to hear a friend of mine who was a keynote at an event before I went to work, so I didn’t really have an option not to get up. Needless to say I got up out of my comfy bed and started my routine 2 hours earlier than normal. I even had time to grab a latte on my way to the meeting. When I arrived, I was greeted by many dear friends and mentors that speak to my heart and encourage me greatly. Gil did a phenomenal job speaking and I am so glad that I went. I have not regretted waking up so early one moment today.
Sometimes in life the things that don’t seem fair end up being the most rewarding. Sometimes in life the things that are the least comfortable and the most out of our realm of normal are the most memorable. This morning it was. The journey begins…

Odyssey’s bike building, teambuilding program called Life Cycles

When teams build bikes for kids, teams are brought together. Click here for more information on the original Life Cycles bicycle building teambuilding. Kids and bikes… bikes and kids, is there a better match than kids and bikes? Odyssey’s bike building, teambuilding program called Life Cycles is a great event to promote teamwork. Building bikes are a great way to build teams and work as a team. Walking into a room with kids and seeing the kids look at all the bikes in the room that are for each kid is a wonderful teambuilding experience. Kid’s light up when they see bikes. Teambuilding is great for the participants, especially when they are donating a bike to a kid. Building bikes takes teamwork. When building a bike that will be donated to a kid the teamwork is more effective and memorable. When kids walk in and see bikes and the groups that built the bike see the kids, smiles and tears are on every face. Build bikes for kids for better teamwork today.

Have you ever started a smile chain?

Its simple…just smile and say pass it on. Smiling is the quickest way to relax every muscle in your body, bring cheer someone’s day, and add value to someone’s life.
The times when I smile the most are when I am at an Odyssey Life Cycles Event, the teambuilding, bike building event. At this event it is apparent how rewarding it is to donate bikes to kids. Not only do I get to see these kids’ faces light up, but also I am able to help them learn about the value of a smile and saying thank you.
Being in the room with the kids before they get their bikes is a really fun experience because many times, the kids do not know that they are getting a bike. Usually the kids think they are on a field trip. There is excitement from the moment they arrive. As the unveiling of the bikes gets closer it is really fun to watch the kids smiling as they line up and are given numbers. When they walk in the room their faces exude excitement as they see the shiny new bikes in the room. Every person is smiling and so thankful for the past hour that they had either building the bike, or waiting in anticipation. I am confident that every person does one RAOK (random act of kindness) they would not have done after they leave that program. It is the best way to show people that actions speak louder than words and that the things we do have a profound impact on those around us. Don’t believe me? Start a smile chain.

Teambuilding. What comes to mind?

Just a way to spend the day? What about an investment into the future? No matter what teambuilding experiences you may have done before, none of it compares to a teambuilding program with Odyssey Teams, Inc. Odyssey not only provides hands on teamwork and applicable life application, but has found a way to incorporate philanthropy and make investments in the future.
Building a bike for a kid that has never had one before is one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, in my opinion, one that every person should have. Building a bike that is donated to a kid is a very memorable experience. Watching the kids face light up as they see their brand new bike that was built just for them is a once in a lifetime experience. Additionally, each child learns about the importance of gratitude and appreciation. Many of these kids never thought that they could have a bike that they could call their own. With Odyssey and their teambuilding experience, not only do they provide a bike, but the investment into a kid’s life that says they are worth it. It speaks volumes to parents and volunteers that companies would take time out of their day to build a bike and donate it to their kid. Every person leaves the program smiling and ready to go out and do a little more good in their day. So far 10,000 bikes have been given away… imagine the return on that investment.

Yesterday the pigs got out.

Yesterday the pigs got out. We are all getting ready to go to work, school, the gym and get our day started and 10 year old Adam ran out back to feed our 5 pigs. After looking out the kitchen window, it was taking way longer than usual, I went out to check on him. There he was sitting on a stool crying while 2 of the pigs were running around. Totally helpless. Now, when a pig gets loose (since you all have experienced this, I’m sure) its hard to get it back in the pen by yourself. They like to run around and need to be guided on 3 sides to pointing them where to go and tap them on the shoulder to keep them focused and prod them along. After wiping some tears, Adam and I corralled the pigs and got them back where they needed to be. We walked back to the house with my arm around his shoulder more connected than we had been earlier that morning.
Sometimes in life the pigs get out, and our first reaction is to sit on a stool totally helpless. Remember, there are people there that want to help you and get you back on track. We don’t need to live life alone, doing everything by ourselves. There are people out there, guiding us on all sides tapping us on the shoulder and making sure we get back to where belong, because they care for you and want the best for you. You may relate to any person in this story, but know that which ever one you are your role is incredibly important. The journey begins…
Katie Connett,