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May-Be Memorable

May is quickly approaching.  The classic statement of, “I can’t believe it is (insert month) already!?!”  You know you have all said it in one form or another.

I love the month of May.  Considering the school calendar, the semester ends and summer begins.  I fondly remember high school proms, graduations and my long-standing tradition of listening to the Grease movie soundtrack on my parent’s record player the last day of school.

After selecting my bridesmaids, I discovered over half of them not only shared birthdays in May, but also their birthday’s fell within the same week of each other!  Coincidence?  Aries must get along well with Taurus and Gemini.

This May I will finish the first year in my doctoral program, with a break until mid-June.  My husband is also on ‘break’ from Epic Rap Battles production.  Time is certain.  It will go quickly.  Before long I will proclaim, “I can’t believe it is August!” 

Despite all attempts to slow the clock, each second will lead to a minute, that adds up to an hour.  We plan, we accomplish, and we wake up again.  Or like the classic daytime soap opera proclaims, “Like sands through the hour-glass.  These are the days of our lives.”

Have you ever had a week, where you had to refer back to your calendar to remember what you did?  Each day blended into the next?  Weeks zoom by and another year chips away.

I want more from May.  Maybe, no hopefully you do too.  I want it to be memorable.  This is fitting, considering the American holiday, Memorial Day is toward the end of the month.

I’m tired of the word maybe.  So I’m reclaiming it.

Adding a small dash to create a play on words, May-be memorable.  Still need me to spell it out?

May-(will)-Be Memorable.

Maybe implies uncertainty, a possibility with neither a yes nor a no.  However, the word memorable is associated with something significant, notable, noteworthy, eventful and/or remarkable.

No small task to put upon yourself.  It would be unrealistic to place an expectation on yourself that every single day needs to be memorable; filled with eventful experiences, money going to concerts or trips, or being surrounded by your favorite people.  Much needs to be self-made, on your own and both planned and spontaneous.

Here is my framework going into May

  1. Be open.  Adventures abound, make room for the unexpected.  Say yes.   Seek out others.  Read more.  Get outside everyday.
  2. Document moments.  Take photos daily.  Increase blog posts.   Make writing a priority.
  3. Stretch.  Try new things like vlogging.  Bike instead of driving.  Cook at home.
  4. Take care.  Exercise.  Eat healthy.  Wake up earlier.  Cut out the junk.

What do you want from May?  Could this month be your momentum into a memorable summer?  Look at your bucket list and actually cross something off?  Make purpose a priority?

That’s what I will be up to.

How about you?

About Josie

I’m Dr. Josie Ahlquist—a digital engagement and leadership consultant, researcher, educator, and author. I’m passionate about helping people and organizations find purposeful ways to connect, engage, and tell their unique story. I provide consulting, executive coaching, and training for campuses, companies, and organizations that want to learn how to humanize technology tools and build effective and authentic online communities.

My blog and podcast have been recognized by EdTech Magazine, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle of Higher Education. My book, Digital Leadership in Higher Education, was published in 2020 and was listed as a #1 new release for college and university student life. I have been growing my consultancy since 2013 and am based in Los Angeles. When I’m not helping clients lead online, you might find me training for a triathlon, spoiling my nieces and nephews, or exploring with my husband and our rescue dogs in our new RV called Lady Hawk.

I’d love to connect! Find me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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