Welcome to March, 4word women! Check out this week’s favorites, and be sure to set your clocks forward 1 hour this weekend!
Video of the Week
If you haven’t heard the Oscar Award winning song Let It Go by now, here’s your chance to catch a version of it performed by Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots.
A Pinterest Find
Daylight Savings is this Sunday, March 9. Check out this list of 10 things you should consider doing while you’re putting all of your clocks one hour ahead.
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Happy International Women’s Day! Never heard of it? International Women’s Day is a special day set aside to celebrate the accomplishments of women, while identifying areas of needed improvement in opportunity and equality. Here’s what the United Nations has to say about this special day.
To celebrate, we spoke with Liz Ibrahim and Heidi Rasmussen. Both Heidi and Liz are currently participating in the winter session of the 4word Mentor Program for professional Christian women. Liz is our first international participant, hailing from Australia. Heidi and Liz speak about their experience, and the cultural differences between America and Australia. Read on for their answers.
4word: What persuaded you to become a part of 4word’s mentoring program?
Liz: As a Christian and a new manager, I wanted to be mentored by another Christian woman whose faith is an integral part of her life. Christ brings a richness and vitality that we wouldn’t have otherwise, and I believe bringing Christ and these characteristics to every part of our lives is our calling.
Heidi: When I worked in corporate America, I was assigned women mentors and mentees as part of our development program. I can truly say, it’s where I learned the most about the nuts and bolts of being a great leader. I’m still in touch with most of the women I was mentored by, as well as those I mentored. The one-on-one mentorship relationship creates such a strong bond that you find yourself staying connected for life. That’s a great thing since we face different types of challenges throughout our careers and need mentors to reach out to for help. There are so many women who don’t have the benefit of a formalized program, so I love that 4word has a program that makes it available to professional Christian women everywhere.
4word: What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
Liz: It’s a celebration of all the wonderful things that women do and contribute to society – as daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, co-workers, managers, and leaders. Women bring a unique set of qualities and skills that are indispensable, both in the home and at work.
Heidi: Honestly? I didn’t even know it existed until this year! How sad is that? Growing up, my mom was one of the only career women I knew. I started working when I was 12 cleaning offices for a large corporation, where I worked my way through the ranks for 27 years. I have always worked and never really felt the sting of inequality. How blessed am I to live in a country where I can say that?
And yet, there is so much to be done in our own country and especially throughout the world. You hear stories of the struggles women in other countries go through to drive or visit a medical facility without a male escort, let alone getting the right to vote, own property, a business, etc. I think it’s great to have one day set aside where we can raise awareness and celebrate women’s economic, political, and social achievements!
4word: Are there any cultural differences between Australia and America that you and Heidi have had to work through?
Liz: Only in the words we use to describe some things, which are different. As an example, to describe something that occurs every two weeks, Aussies say fortnightly, but Americans say biweekly. Heidi probably thought I was speaking in a different language when I first mentioned it. Needless to say, our fortnightly catch ups are fantastic and I’m learning so much!
Heidi: I think it’s harder for Liz than it is for me! We typically meet on Friday at 2 p.m. my time which is 7 a.m. on Saturday her time. She has to get up that early on her weekend to talk to me. It makes me think, “Well, I better be worth it and add a lot of value to this relationship!” Other than the time difference and a few minor language differences (the book she ordered came in “the post”, not in “the mail”), I’m amazed at the similarities in our work. Our career backgrounds are totally different, yet we’ve experienced many of the same questions and situations. It just goes to show you how business can be somewhat similar throughout the world.
4word: How do you plan to celebrate International Women’s Day?
Heidi: I’m creating a red carpet runway in my house. All my girlfriends are getting dressed up in gowns and…okay, maybe not! The way I’m celebrating is actually even better than that! As a result of being a Dallas 4word leader, I was invited to attend the commencement ceremony for the Women’s Initiative Fellows Class of 2013 at the George W. Bush Institute. Imagine my excitement when I received the invitation in my email box from none other than Laura Bush! The Women’s Initiative Fellowship is designed to enhance the leadership skills of women around the world. What an honor to attend the ceremony and congratulate these women as they “graduate” from the program and take their new expertise around the world!
4word: What is your message to women around the globe this International Women’s Day?
Liz: I love this quote by Mary Anne Radmacher. It inspires me every day and I hope it inspires you:
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regrets. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
We want to hear from you. What does International Women’s Day mean to you? How do you plan to celebrate? Leave a comment, tweet us, or let us know on Facebook!
Need celebration ideas? Be a part of the spring Mentor Program, or give the gift of mentoring to a loved one. Applications are being accepted through March 14.
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There’s a holiday coming up, and ladies, whether you know it or not, it’s your holiday!
This Saturday, March 8, is—drum roll please!—International Women’s Day.
Never heard of it?
You’re not alone; it’s definitely an under-celebrated holiday in the United States. That might be because when it started about a century ago, it was part of a Socialist movement, which made it a hard sell in this country. Since then, however, it has developed into what is simply a day to celebrate and uplift women and girls of all cultures, religions, and political affiliations. In many countries throughout the world, there are festivals, parties, and parades, and women and girls often receive flowers and chocolates.
Imagine a kind of cross between Mother’s Day and Valentines, but without regard to whether you have kids or a significant other.
It’s not technically an official holiday here in the U.S., but I’m enthusiastically adopting it nevertheless.
Despite the real challenges and hardships that women face throughout the world, they are a uniquely powerful force for change and advancement. I’ve experienced this myself in the corporate world, as I see women slowly but surely changing the way our society thinks about work and professional life. And I’ve heard story after story from aid workers, missionaries, and others about how women are the key to transformation of even the most desolate communities.
From board room to refugee camp, hospital to hovel, women are strong. We are capable. And together we can do great things.
So let me be the first to wish you a “Happy International Women’s Day!”
This year, Women’s Day has special meaning for me, because starting March 8th, and over the course of the following year, I’ll be serving as a mentor in the Bush Center Women’s Initiative Fellowship program. My mentee for the year is a bright and engaging Tunisian woman. I’ll be working closely with her over the coming months to help her develop her leadership skills and to work towards her professional goals. And—this is the part I’m most excited about—I’ll have the incredible opportunity to get to know and love a woman from a totally different culture and background.
I am beyond excited to get started, and I pray that I can be a positive force in this young woman’s life.
That’s how I’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day, 2014, do you have plans of your own? It’s not too late to make some! If you’re interested in securing a mentor (or mentee) of your own, consider applying for the 4word Mentor Match program. Or you can start small with Women’s Day, by inviting a girlfriend to lunch, writing an encouraging note for a coworker, or buying flowers for a neighbor.
For that matter, go ahead and buy some flowers for yourself!
Chocolates too, if you’re a chocolate kind of girl.
It is, after all, your day.
Happy Friday, 4word women! Check out our favorite articles from the past week, including the February Favorites from the 4word team!
Video of the Week
Check out the trailer for the movie Son of God, in theaters today! Click here for information on showtimes and tickets.
Team Monthly Favorites
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Amy Wilson, Social Media Consultant
Favorite: Suave Moroccan Infusion Weightless Dry Shampoo
Let’s face it. Some mornings, you don’t have the time or the energy to go through the whole routine of shampoo, condition, blow dry, style with your hair. Enter dry shampoo, one of my favorite morning time-savers. I know there are a host of more expensive dry shampoos on the market, but I’ve tried those AND I’ve tried the Suave version. It works just as well, and it’s less expensive. What’s not to love?
Sandra Crawford Williamson,COO
Favorite: Son of God
This month, I am eager to take my 8 year old, Jenna, to see Son of God, the amazing new movie by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey that is the follow-up to their The Bible series. It will be the first time Jenna has been old enough to see such a realistic narrative of Jesus’ life, and I can’t think of a better way for her to learn about the love Jesus has for her. Son of God will provide us with quality family time and discussion: a win-win!
Cindi Pritchett, Writer and Editor
Favorite: Heart mug set
This fun little set has made mornings a little cheerier this month. Besides being perfect for Valentine’s day, I enjoy the daily reminder to love during other times of the year as well. For a similar set, click here.
Jordan Johnstone, Copywriter
Favorite: Contigo water bottle
I scored this water bottle (and its brother) on Black Friday at Target. At the time my goal was to use it as motivation to drink more water. Little did I know how well it would work! The measurements on the side help me track how much water I’m consuming, and it is not unusual for me to refill this bad boy at least four times a day!
Betsy Gray, Graphic Designer
Favorite: Imagination Soup
With two kids on iPods, we’re always looking for tested, safe games and apps. After discovering unsavory features even on games rated for our children’s age level – a fashion app whose characters drink and date, shared games that nearby users can access and post inappropriate messages – I found Melissa Taylor, a Denver mom blogger. She posted a curated list of science, math, creativity, and books apps in “Kid-Tested, Parent-Approved App Guide for Kids”.
Trina Lee, 4word Mentor Program Coordinator
Favorites: The Brilliance and Harvest
I love discovering new artists and at The Justice Conference this month was introduced to The Brilliance and Harvest. Their worship music was movingly beautiful, and both familiar and new.
Katie Reiff, 4word Director of Local Groups & Development
Favorite: Financially Fearless
I have liked Dave Ramsey’s ideas a lot and the principles behind them, but Alexa Von Tobel seemed to understand that sometimes it’s hard to use the cash system. Her book Financially Fearless is full of worksheets and practical tips that I spent a day implementing. I took most of her ideas and added a few priorities of my own. I have stressed a lot about money over the years, but I am feeling really good this week after having ‘invested’ in getting financially organized. I particularly LOVE her “Money Minute” idea to stay apprised of my situation on a daily basis and the app (Learnvest) that helps me do that (it’s like Mint.com).
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Last year, the mini series The Bible, produced record breaking results. Now, husband and wife producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey aim to set records again with their feature film, Son of God. Set to open on Friday, this is the first time a film about the life of Jesus will be in theaters since the Passion of the Christ ten years ago. We were able to speak with Roma about the film and the passion that led her and Mark to undertake the endeavor.
4word: Why did you and Mark choose to create this film?
Roma: The simplest way I can put it is we wanted people to fall in love with Jesus. To experience His kindness, compassion, sacrifice and love in a fresh and tangible way. I fell in love with Jesus when I was little girl – just 10 years old. My mom died suddenly and it just destroyed my world.
But it was in that loneliness and emptiness that I found Jesus, or, more accurately, that He found me. My life has not been the same since. Trials still come, but He never leaves my side and helps me through them. He loves me deeply and unconditionally and forever.
Working on this movie constantly rekindles my love for Him. In the midst of the challenges, the stresses and the busyness, His warmth, peace and joy are, as it says in the Bible, “an ever-present comfort” to me. I pray everyone who sees the film has the same experience.
4word: What challenges were presented during filming?
Roma: The biggest challenge was finding the right cast, especially the role of Jesus. He had to look strong like a carpenter, because even though he is described as “meek,” “meek” is not “weak.” He needed to be shown with the human strength of a manual worker, but with the compassion and love of the Son of God. He needs to be able to portray The Lion and the Lamb, as Scripture says. And, after much prayer, we found Diogo Morgado, whose portrayal is absolutely stunning.
4word: You also play Mary in the film. How has playing her role impacted you spiritually?
Roma: It was such a privilege to step into that role. I can’t begin to imagine what Mary must have been feeling on that Jerusalem road when she witnessed Jesus falling with the cross, and then standing at the foot of the cross. I know that, while she was the mother of the Son of God, she was also the mother of a son. So I tried as an actor to bring a mother’s heart to the role.
4word: How did you manage to juggle producing and acting in Son of God, along with your family life and faith?
Roma: It helped, of course, that Mark and I did this film together. There weren’t long periods of time that passed when we weren’t together. It was a little tougher with our children, because we did have to be away weeks at a time on occasion. But we were able to get through it because faith is an important part of our family life, and working on a project like Son of God, rooted so deeply in the Bible, kept us all focused on the higher purpose we felt called to in making the movie. When you feel as though you are walking out God’s will for your life – that we were doing His work in making the movie – it brings a tremendous sense of peace.
4word: What is the takeaway message that you want the audience to hear from Son of God?
Roma: Jesus loves you. He wants a personal relationship with you. Will you follow Him?
Have you made plans to see Son of God yet? Click here for more information about the film, along with showtimes and ticket information. Join 4word women across the country as show our support for the film this opening weekend! Be a part of the movement with us and invite your friends!
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I have two inspiring stories to share with you this week about people using their gifts to serve God at work.
One story involves a pair of rich industrialists who used their wealth and power to try to better the lives and the working conditions of their employees. The other story is about a gravedigger.
You read that right. He digs graves. For God.
Everard Hall is a professional gravedigger. It’s a job he takes a lot of pride in, and one he’s been doing every day for over fifty years.
In Maine, where the ground is frozen solid for several months a year (and you thought your job was unforgiving, huh?)
An NPR radio story about Mr. Hall caught my attention this week, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So many things about his story are interesting (like, for instance, why there’s a special need for gravediggers like Mr. Hall in freezing cold places like Maine), but what really impacted me was how his faith shone through. As the piece was coming to a close, the reporter asked the 70-year-old how long he planned to keep up his work. His answer gave me chills:
“God knows, I don’t know. He knows. I’m here to do his job. I’m working for the Lord. He gives me the strength to do the work that I do. I’ve got a God-given talent: I’m a gravedigger.”
Contrast Mr. Hall with George and Richard Cadbury, who, in their early twenties, together inherited a small confectionery business from their father. Together, the brothers painstakingly built the business into a veritable empire. For God.
The Cadbury family were devout Quakers, who first started selling chocolates as an alternative to alcohol. As profits bloomed, they sought to improve the conditions of their workforce. They built a custom factory town in the countryside, complete with gardens, parks, recreation areas, and quality homes for their employees, sometimes at their own personal expense. They offered company bible studies, pensions for retired workers (unheard of at the time), days off (again, revolutionary for the time), and staff medical services. To this day, the town they developed in the late 1800’s is considered one of the nicest places to live in England.
In short, the Cadbury brothers accomplished a lot. Our gravedigger Mr. Hall, on the other hand, boasts humbler accomplishments. What struck me about these two stories though, is just how much the men seem to have in common in the way that they approach work.
Mr. Hall and the Cadburies each did what they could with what God gave them.
They did what they could. (Mr. Hall, in fact, is still doing it).
No more, and no less.
How much time do you spend worrying about what you should be doing? Or what you might accomplish? Or about what others expect from you?
There’s certainly a time and a place for thinking big. But it’s great to be reminded that in a world that demands flashy accomplishments and impossibly polished images, God offers a different standard. You don’t have to be the best. You don’t have to do it all. Simply do what you can with what He gave you.
Before you breathe too big a sigh of relief, think carefully about that statement.
Yes, it’s incredibly freeing. But there’s a level of accountability there too.
Sometimes it means taking risks with your resources that others might not take.
Sometimes it means taking on the job that no one wants, with humility and honor.
God created you. He uniquely equipped you with certain gifts and resources. He knows exactly what you are capable of. And He may use you in ways that you can’t possibly know or even understand. Because, as Dr. Denison put it, “when we do what we can do, God does what we cannot.”
Even if work is frustrating or demoralizing (or downright dirty!) God may be using you to bless others around you. There’s a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi that I’ve always loved. I used it in Work, Love, Pray when I talk about sharing Christ at work, but it’s just as applicable in this sense: Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words.
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What does “doing what you can do” mean for you?
Check out this week’s favorite articles, video and Pinterest find!
Video of the Week
What’s worse than having to partake in a Kiss Cam at a sporting event? Having to partake in a Kiss Cam with your sister. However, this clever brother was ready.
Krawcheck Says Women on Wall Street Have ‘Gone Backwards’ – William Alden with The New York Times discusses Sallie L. Krawcheck’s, a former executive at Bank of America and Citigroup, Bloomberg TV interview about the current state of women on Wall Street.
Except the Lord Build the House – Darlene Schacht with Time Warp Wife writes on for the family and urges those starting a major role in life (marriage, parenthood, etc.) to prayerfully build a foundation that will help you withstand whatever life may bring you and your loved ones.
My Problem With the Bible – Brian Zahnd shares his thoughts on why getting the most out of the Bible grossly depends on your perspective.
A Pinterest Find
Celebrate the Winter Olympics with these kid-friendly recipes!
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Trust. Being a team player. It’s what every workplace needs to thrive and excel in the industry, but the truth is that it’s not so easy to come by. Politics, office drama, and selfishness tend to interfere with our best intentions and goals.
Today, we are speaking to Molly Fletcher, of MWF Enterprises. Not only does she believe that every corporate environment is meant to be a cohesive team, she has dedicated her career to helping employers and employees discover this truth for themselves. And the results can completely revolutionize the workplace. How? Read on for Molly’s answer!
4word: Can you share a bit about your career path? What led to MWF Enterprises?
Molly: My career path hasn’t been a linear one and I’m grateful for that because I think it’s given me diverse experiences. I think I’ve always been open to and embraced opportunities, while finding a way to pursue my passions. I was a student-athlete at Michigan State and I had a desire to work in the sports industry, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity. I moved to Atlanta at age 22 to chase that dream. I worked part-time jobs while I interviewed and networked within the industry. I was hired by a small sports and entertainment agency. There I started in marketing, then shifted to the representation side, eventually serving as President of Client Representation, where I represented over 300 athletes, coaches, and broadcasters while managing a team of agents.
After spending almost two decades as a sports agent, I decided in 2010 to start my own company, MWF. I saw so many parallels between the sports space and the business world, which led to an opportunity to share my experiences with a broader audience. I spend a large amount of my time traveling the country speaking to Fortune 500 and other corporate audiences about business development, leadership, teamwork, and recruiting. Our company is all about transforming the relationships that make business successful. We do a lot of team development work as well, both with companies and sports teams. Many of these resources are also available on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.
4word: One of your program goals is creating authentic relationships. How do co-workers relationships with each other affect their work?
Molly: It’s just like it is in sports. Co-workers are teammates and you have to learn how to shift from pseudo relationships to authentic relationships. If you have teammates that are connected and understand each other, it changes the culture. Whether you are talking about sports or corporate teams, the best teams do it for each other. They just don’t work alongside each other; they sacrifice their self-interest for a larger vision. I think anytime you have that level of trust and engagement, you can create something really special. And when you don’t, your vision can crumble rapidly.
4word: Are authentic relationships possible in the corporate environment? How do you encourage women to take down their masks and be real?
Molly: Yes, yes and yes! I think women especially have a tendency to let fears or others expectations dictate too much. Authenticity to me means making a choice to live in curiosity, not fear. We have to put our egos aside and have a real love for learning. I’m a big believer in feedback too. I think people who embrace feedback are receiving a gift and I always try to be mindful of that. It’s a big part of growth.
4word: How do you encourage companies to develop trust with their employees?
Molly: Trust is developed via their behavior, not just their words. Trust takes time and it takes effort to develop. You have to demonstrate credibility, consistency, and a willingness to be a little bit vulnerable. And you can’t let self-interest dictate decisions. The minute self-interest tips the equation, you lose trust.
4word: The type of corporate culture you strive to create goes against the norm. What kind of reactions have you seen?
Molly: Very positive. The irony is people want to connect with others, but a lot of times the structures and processes we implement get in the way. At MWF, we help companies remove some of the perceived barriers that emerge within corporate structures and we emphasize authentic relationships and communication.
What is your corporate environment like? Do you trust your team and co-workers, or is there room for improvement?
After nearly two decades of recruiting top athletes, coaches, and media personalities, Molly Fletcher started her own firm, MWF Enterprises, serving as President and CEO. Molly is a popular keynote speaker on topics such as relationship and business management, client service, leadership and more. She has also authored two books, Your Dream Job Game Plan, a tactical guide to becoming your own career agent, and The Business of Being the Best, in which she extracts the common traits found in top performers.
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I’ve seen God do big things in my life. Huge things. He mended my heart after my first marriage fell apart. He softened the spirit of my rebellious teenage son. He healed my impossibly sick daughter.
In fact, God has done so many big things in my life that sometimes I forget that He’s at work in the small stuff too. God doesn’t sit on the side lines waiting to make the big plays!
I recently had a great reminder that God really is in EVERYTHING with us.
I was flying with my husband Chris from Dallas to Singapore, via Tokyo. By the time we landed in Singapore, it was 3:00am local time, and we’d been traveling for thirty one hours. I was so eager to stretch my legs and to get to our hotel that I forgot to retrieve my Bible from the seat pocket in front of me.
Any Bible is special, but this one was especially dear to me because it was a gift from my daughter, Annie. I had carried it with me for almost thirteen years, all over the world, and now, in a distracted instant, it was gone.
I didn’t realize my mistake until after we made it to our hotel room nearly an hour later. Exhausted and sad, I called the hotel desk. I explained what had happened and gave them all my flight information.
And then I prayed:
“Lord, thank you for that Bible. Even though it is really special, if it is your will that I get it back or if you will use this Bible to change someone else’s life or if me leaving it gives me the opportunity to by example show others that God’s word is important to me as I pursue retrieving it, I leave this in your hands.”
Now, even in my travel-weary state, I fully realized just how fortunate I actually was. Let’s face it, in the spectrum of things that can go wrong during international travel, one lost Bible is about as small a problem as you’re likely to encounter; it’s not a limb, after all!
Would God even care to hear about my little predicament?
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6).
God does care to hear about the “small stuff.” In fact, He lives in the small stuff.
I got my Bible back, but I’m still not sure how. It took three different people at the hotel and who knows how many at the airport to track it down and get it to the airline lost and found. Then I somehow managed to find the lost and found office (despite some inexplicably locked doors), while Chris waited with the most patient taxi driver ever!
It was a small miracle, but it’s one that I will never forget.
I am so, so thankful that I can go to God with every part of my life.
Think about it. If it was you or me in charge of the universe, we would have to focus on the big stuff. Prioritize! Delegate! Heavens, I have to do those things just to manage my own life, let alone the lives of other people!
Not God though.
God is big. Bigger than you or I can imagine. Big enough for small miracles.
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Have you seen God’s hand in any small miracles lately?
Happy Valentine’s Day, 4word women! Check out our favorites from the week before checking out for the weekend.
Video of the Week
SoulPancake has partnered with Darling Magazine to produce a series of videos called That’s What She Said, which will address issues that women face on a daily basis. This powerful video on Aging and Death features a variety of women speaking candidly about what they fear.
Avoiding Office Drama – 4word’s Diane Paddison kicks off her regular contributor role on Today’s Christian Woman with an article on how to keep emotions in check when you’re at the office.
The Promise You Can’t Keep in Marriage – John Mark Comer writes on Relevant Magazine about the one thing couples go into marriage seeking, only to find out it’s the one thing marriage will not always yield.
Depression is Biblical – Steph with Everyday Awe talks about the often stigmatic subject of depression and the advice God gives to those who are suffering in any way.
A Pinterest Find
Need a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea? Here’s one that we’re sure will be a hit: chocolate covered strawberries in an edible chocolate box!
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