I started this as an presumptuous experiment to see if I could remedy my own useless social media atrophy while connecting to friends and family.  I asked everyone I knew if they wanted to connect this year through doing projects?  It wasn't for everyone but on the right is a list of folks that have committed to doing one thing a month.  Read and be inspired by their goals and projects.  

  Brene Brown directed me to the words of Theodore Roosevelt from a speech he gave:

  It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.  

The slogan "man in the arena" is a reference to Someone who is heavily involved in a situation that requires courage, skill, or tenacity.  

To those who have decided to do Project(s)Connect:  I consider you in the arena.  To those who pop in to see how it's going: Join the daily discussion with thoughts and encouragement of those "daring greatly" during 2014. 

Much love, Nora Mair

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