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Thrively Helps Children Find Their Strengths and Passions

by Jason Ramsey

This post was written through a partnership with Thrively. All opinions are my own.

Thrively is a startup company that strives to help children find and/or acknowledge their strengths and passions. It is currently a start-up company with loads of potential. Jon Kraft is the CEO. You may have heard of him, he founded a little site called Pandora, and has been involved in many other successful start-ups. I had a chance to be on a call with Jon earlier this month, and he has a great vision for where this site can go and how to take it there. This isn’t just a business though, it’s a mission. One that keys on understanding and nurturing the strengths of children. After all, they are our most important resource.  

Their mission and goals align with mine in many ways. I own the School of Rock in Wichita, KS. We see kids on a daily basis who are looking for their ‘thing’, or as one mother put it, their child’s “give a damn”. She was desperate to find something her child gave a damn about. She isn’t alone. A lot of parents out there are looking for their childs ‘thing’. It can be difficult to find, but easy to recognize. It must be something they have fun doing but also be a good fit with what their strengths are.

Thrively

Thrively

 

Most parents know their children pretty well and can identify their aptitudes. Usually more so than the child can themselves, but it can be difficult for the child to accept an assessment from their parents. This is why most parents don’t teach their kids guitar, or coach them in sports. 

The beauty of Thrively is it takes the parents viewpoint out of the equation for the child.  The child answers the questions, and the results are specific to the child without any input from Mom or Dad. Sometimes the child may already be involved with an activity that they love, and this assessment can acknowledge that they’ve made the right decision. This happened with my 12-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, who are heavily involved in music and sports. Others can realize strengths they didn’t know they had, then receive recommendations on activities would otherwise be difficult to locate.

If this sounds like something that would interest you, please check it out. You can have your child take that assessment here. The assessment is really designed for children ages 11-14, but you can be the judge of your child’s maturity level.  Neither of my children wanted me standing over their shoulder while they took it, so I didn’t. I’m glad too, because they both thought it was fun. My son did need help with the way a couple of questions were phrased, and it took him around 25 minutes to take it. My daughter flew threw it in about 20 minutes with no questions at all. Both of them were excited to get their personalized strength assessments.
The recommended activities are powerful. If you live remotely, some activities may be located further from you, so this is a way to weed through them. If you live in an urban area, location may not play as big a role in your activity, but you can still use the recommendations to fine tune exactly what the right fit is.
In the end, this is what it is all about. Getting the child active, engaged, and in a situation where they can be successful and happy. I suggest you join Thrively (http://www.thrively.com/)  and check it out for yourself. It is a great resource for parents and kids. 

The Jawbone UP and a Healthy Lifestyle #VZWBuzz

by Jason Ramsey

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

Living a tech lifestyle can be tricky at times. Our devices are so accessible that we can find ourselves staying up too late to be on our phones, tablets, or laptops. Constantly consuming data and creating content can also make it easy to justify not exercising. I’m guilty of both of these. Now that I have the Jawbone Up though, there is nowhere to hide.

Jawbone is a wristband that pairs with a fitness app. I have the app on both of my Verizon devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5S, so it is available for Android and iOS #VZWBuzz. It can track everything from your sleeping patterns, how many steps you take each day, to your day-to-day mood. It’s easy to use, and very honest with you. Follow the simple instructions that it comes with, and you will be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle. The Jawbone UP updates you via bluetooth connection, so there is no need to plug it in to sync it. It is also loaded with colorful graphics that help you monitor your exercise and sleep. Pair that with the goals it allows you to set, and you can really make some progress.

UP Sleep stats

UP Sleep stats

The part of it that has helped me the most is the sleep statistics. I have worn mine for about two months now, and I am sleeping better. It amazes me how much detail that it can give me too. I push the button to tell it I’m going to sleep and it does the rest, no pun intended. UP can tell me how long it took me to fall asleep, how much time was sound sleep, how much time was light sleep, how many times I woke up, how long I was awake, and total time in bed. Displayed with text and a beautiful bar graph, with a running weekly total at the bottom. It will even email you weekly summaries Astonishing.

While the sleep data impresses me the most, it has just as impressive data about my activity. Exercise is important, and has improved since I started using UP but that’s a story for another post. Overall, the app encourages me to change by tracking my habits. I’ve always declared I’d rather be healthy than skinny. For me its more about attaining a feeling of wellness, and for me that starts with my sleep.

UP in Box

UP in Box

 

UP unboxed

UP unboxed