5 reasons you have to take a Tech Sabbath…

…and it’s not just to eliminate smart phone hand cramping. 

We’re fans of Krista Tippet’s podcast, OnBeing. In a recent episode she interviewed the filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. Tiffany and her husband created the now popular ‘tech shabbat’, a 24 hour fast from SCREENS that has turned into a movement.

Take a moment to consider what your life would be like if you didn’t look at a digital screen for 24 hours. Go ahead. Let it sink in. Before you break into a cold sweat and a panic attack, consider the following reasons why you must take a Tech Sabbath.

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  1. You’re more creative. Our brains perform better when we give them time to wander, explore, and think deeply. Constantly filling our moments with screen-time prevents our minds from this creative wandering. When we disconnect from the stream of content being fed to us by technology, our mind is free to consider other things. Great ideas are born in these moments. Why not create more space for them?
  2. You’re less prone to be jealous. 24 hours away from seeing what awesome trip your friend is on (while you’re stuck in your cubicle), or the amazing time your buddy is having at that restaurant (while you eat Ramen in a cup. by yourself. at home.), or that amazing outfit your friend documented in a perfect selfie (while you slouch on the couch in your sweats)…24 hours away from all that can be a very healthy thing. It’s often said, “comparison is the thief of joy,” and our 24/7 access to social media provides so many opportunities to compare. What if we turned off the comparison switch for 24 hours. How would that change our perspective?
  3. You begin to notice the world around you. I often wonder what I miss in the world around me when I have my head buried in a screen. Do you? The people, the activity, the beauty, the complexity…it’s all around us. To simply observe it and perceive it without our phones or laptops is an audacious thing.
  4. It trains you to seek connection over connectivity. You know you’ve done it. You’ve found yourself without someone to talk to at a party. You feel awkward. Vulnerable. What do you do? At the first instance of feeling self-conscious, you pull our your phone to see what your digital friends are up to. It’s a hit of digital connectivity that helps us bypass a deeper longing to CONNECT. When we leave our phones at the apartment or in the car, we suddenly are faced with the need to work past some of our tendencies to withdraw and check out what we missed online.
  5. You appreciate technology so much more after you’ve deprived yourself of it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. The same is true of the technology that is embedded in the rhythms of our lives. If we deprive ourselves of it for a period of time, we appreciate it all the more when we have it back.

Try a 24 hour Tech Sabbath and consider, did you experience any of this?

ONE indispensable thing you need to enter the unknown.

…and it’s not more money. 

Your twenties can be a dizzying, confusing mess of experiences and adventures. Lots of adventure. Lots of uncertainty. With so much uncertainty, what can you cling to?

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Studies show you’ll change jobs 15-20  times in your working life. That’s a lot of job hopping. This means you’ll move (a lot). You’ll enter (and leave) significant relationships many times. You’ll change churches, internet providers, and grocery stores. You’ll buy and sell cars (or, go carless).

That’s a lot of change. What will guide you through all this change? What will help you navigate this great unknown?

We’ve found a simple, yet profound thing that orients us through the twists and turns of life. We call it a Compass Statement (Others, like the good folks at Church Resource Ministries, call this a True North Statement). If you’ve ever held a compass, you know that it’s an orienteering tool, designed to keep you on the right trajectory towards your ultimate destination.

But here’s the thing. A compass is worthless without finding true north. The coordinates only make sense when you find true north first, and then calibrate from there. This same principle applies to our lives. If God is who Scripture claims Him to be, who are you in light of this? If He is our True North, how does that orient us amid such major life changes?

The one indispensable thing you need to thrive in the unknown is a Compass Statement. It’s a simple, 1-2 sentence statement of why you are here on this earth. It captures the essence of your being, and does so in a way that is timeless. In other words, circumstances or situations won’t change it. Rather, when life throws a curveball, your Compass Statement will help orient you to rise above the chaos.

Take some time to ponder your Compass Statement. Write it down. Try it on for awhile. Dust it off when life feels uncertain. 

 

 

 

#adulting | The 5 steps to landing your first real job.

The hardest job of your career to land is the first one. The competition is fierce, and it’s so hard to get that foot in the door. Never fear, we here at FathomBlog have the 5 key steps to land your first ‘real’ job.

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Now, keep in mind that each of these steps has many sub-steps. We’ll give each step its own post to do it justice, so look at this as an introduction to landing a great job. We’ve spent years and countless hours helping twenty-somethings launch their careers. Here’s what we know to be the essential list of steps to take.

  1. Build your resume right. You won’t even get a look without having a decent resume. Most H.R. departments and hiring supervisors spend 30-60 seconds looking at your resume before deciding whether to cut you or keep you till the next round. Your content and formatting make all the difference. More on this in a later post, but in general:
    • Keep it to one page
    • Make it fit industry standards
    • Tailor the content to the job description
    • Quantify your experience (be specific with the results of your work).
    • Have a more seasoned veteran in your field give you feedback.
    • Proofread it. Proofread it again. Have someone else proofread it. Seriously, proofread it.
  2. Conduct a social media audit on yourself. . . NOW. The majority of employers research candidates’ social media presence. More than half that do say they’ve found things on social media profiles that have caused them not to hire applicants. Look at everything you post online (Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) and look at it through the lens of a potential employer. Change your privacy settings accordingly. Oh, and get a LinkedIN account (we’ll have an entire post devoted to this). It’s not just boring Facebook for the middle-aged.
  3. Network, network, network. It’s cute that you made the honor roll. But you need to know that 80% of all jobs (yes, 80%) are found through networking. You have to network, face to face and on the phone. And networking takes time. Serious time. Plan accordingly and embrace the grind. All it takes is the one, right lead to land you that job.
  4. Professionalize your wardrobe. Now, I’m sure that 70s style Goodwill suit killed at the last themed party…but it’s not suitable (see what I did there) for interviewing. You need to invest in a professional suit (blue or grey for men, pantsuit for women) if working in a professional environment. You likely won’t need to wear it everyday…but your interview dress needs to be above your work dress. Spend a little bit of money and get a suit that fits you well.
  5. Practice your interviews. Think about it. If you were an athlete, how much practice went into a game? If you were in theatre or musical performance, how important were the rehearsals? The same principle applies to the interview. Practice first. Simulate the environment as much as possible. When it’s time for the real deal, you’ll perform much better.

Commit to doing these 5 steps well, and you’ll put yourself in excellent position to launch your career.

If you’re struggling to find that first job, honestly ask yourself: Have I tended well to these steps? 

The One Missing Ingredient from Discovering Your Calling

And it’s not more information…

Understanding calling can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing. So. Much. Pressure. Maybe you bought some books. Maybe you’ve found the end of the internet trying to research all your options. Maybe you took a course. Maybe, a la Moses, you’re waiting for that bush by your front door to start on fire and audibly tell your life plan.  But so often, there’s one thing missing…

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Understanding God.

Yep. Not a better understanding of your strengths, or gifts, or passions. But God. You see, exploring a calling assumes that there is a caller. There’s someone or something speaking truth into your life in a way that guides you. Someone that gives you purpose and meaning.

Too often we are quick to skip over who is is that is calling us in order to get to the details. We want to know the calling without knowing the caller.

You want to better understand your calling(s) in life? Figure out who is calling you and what they are all about. If you believe (as I do) that God is the one who calls us, then you have to FATHOM:

Who is God?

Consider the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 12 (verses 1-2), possibly one of the most cited passages in the Bible:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Do you see it? The caller-calling connection is right here. Our ability to understand God’s will is a direct result not of our intelligence, or are passion for a cause. It’s a result of our offering ourselves to God and being transformed. When we do this, THEN we will know God’s will. By offering ourselves to God, we listen, we seek to know the Caller before the Calling. This doesn’t mean that the details of your future are meaningless. They are important. But when they flow from a healthy understanding of who God is, the details will make more sense.

How do you know your calling? Good question.

Who is God? An even better question.

How does God’s character impact your understanding of His call upon your life?