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Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference

by Matthew Emerzian, Kelly Bozza

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52 Mondays, 52 Activities, 52 Ways to Make a Life-Enhancing Difference.

Mondayused to bethe least favorite day of the week. Monday was the day that endedthe weekend; the day you had to go back to work; and the day you started a diet or decided to quit smoking…again. Not anymore! Authors Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza do a total makeover


52 Mondays, 52 Activities, 52 Ways to Make a Life-Enhancing Difference.

Mondayused to bethe least favorite day of the week. Monday was the day that endedthe weekend; the day you had to go back to work; and the day you started a diet or decided to quit smoking…again. Not anymore! Authors Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza do a total makeover onthe bad image of Mondays and make that day mean something amazing, something incredible, something unbelievable. Every Monday Matters does this by taking 52 Mondays, providing 52creative but doableactivities, giving 52 down-to-earth ways to make a difference, one for each Monday of the year. It's a perfect way to have a positive impact, get others involved, and make a difference in your life and the lives of others.

  • Includes fifteen-minute bonus DVD providing two celebrity segments, a word from the authors, and codes to unlock special features of the EMM official website: EveryMondayMatters.com.
  • Book is made from 95% recycled paper.

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"Mondays," opined one grim sage, "are the potholes in the road of life." Authors Emerzian and Bozza disagree and offer 52 creative, life-enhancing activities to give the first workday of the week a much-overdue makeover. Every Monday Matters includes a bonus DVD to inspire and incite people who want to have a positive impact on their world.

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Every Monday Matters

52 ways to make a difference

By Matthew Emerzian, Kelly Bozza, Jonathan W. Brown

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2007 Every Monday Matters LLC
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4185-3650-3


monday 01

what matters most


The average person spends:

- 100 hours a year commuting to work compared to 80 hours of vacation time.

- 91 hours a week at work for dual-career couples with kids.

- 1.8 hours a day doing household activities.

- 2.6 hours a day watching television.

- 8.6 hours a day sleeping.


1. Stop and think ... fan make a list of what matters most to you.

2. Create a list of how you currently spend your time each week

3. Organize your list of weekly activities and identify activities that ore required and those that ore optional and waste time.

4. Take steps to rearrange your schedule or reduce the optional activities so that you can spend time doing what matters most.

5. Don't waste time.


What really matters most to you?

Your relationships with family, friends, and children? Helping others? Passions? Faith? Security? Health? At the end of each year, don't you want to look back and see that you made a difference? That you matter? Today is the start of a new year. Start it off by making a difference in you, in your life, and in the lives of those you love. This is your opportunity. Time spent on what matters most is never a waste of time.

monday 02

turn off your tv


- 99% of oil homes have at least one TV—45% have three or more.

- 56% of all 8- lo 16-year-olds have a TV in their bedroom.

- A person watches TV an average of 40 days per year.

- Children spend 1,023 hours a year watching TV compared to 900 hours in school.

- 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000 murders, will be seen on TV by children before their 18th birthday.

- Roughly 70% of all TV shows include sexual content, with an average of five sexual scenes per hour.

- On average, 38.5 minutes per week of meaningful conversation happens between a parent and their child.


1. Turn off your TV today.

2. Designate certain TV-free times throughout the week to reduce viewing hours.

3. Remove TVs from bedrooms, kitchen, etc.

4. Make a list of activities to do besides watching TV—activities like reading, biking, swimming, walking, gardening, or socializing with friends. Then start doing them.

5. Avoid using TV as a reward—this only increases its power.

6. Be more selective about programming and choose history, travel, cooking, home repair/design, and other educational themes.


70% of people say that no matter how hard they try, they never seem to hove enough time to do everything they need to do. Are you part of that 70%? If you give up TV for just one day a week, you can exercise for the recommended weekly amount necessary for healthy living, read over 20 books a year, or spend more time with your loved ones.Instead of watching reruns of FRIENDS go make some.

monday 03

have amber alerts sent to you


AMBER stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" and was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, then brutally murdered.

- 76% of abducted children who are murdered are dead within 3 hours of the abduction and 88.5% are dead within 24 hours.

- 336 children hove been reunited with their families because of AMBER Alerts.

- 70% of people with cell phones are eligible to receive Wireless AMBER Alerts as text messages.

- 100% of computers can have the AMBER Alert ticker downloaded onto them

- AMBER Alerts are active in All 50 states.


1. Pay attention to AMBER Alert signs on the freeway or on TV.

2. Sign up to receive AMBER Alert text messaging on your cell phone.

3. Download the AMBER Alert ticker onto your computer.

4. If you see or receive an AMBER Alert signal, don't take it lightly. The perpetrator might be closer than you think.


Protecting children from abduction and locating those who have been abducted is the twofold purpose of AMBER Alerts. They increase the number of people who can help locate an abducted child or deter predators, and they have caused perpetrators to release the abducted child after hearing or seeing the AMBER Alert. Remember, those first three hours are everything to that child and his or her family. Your eyes and action could mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Let's help to reunite them.

monday 04

Prepare For An EMERGENCY


- 800 tornadoes ore reported annually.

- The average path of a twister is 660 feet wide and op to 50 miles long.

- 39 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.

- 46% of disaster deaths occur duo to floods.

- Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood

- A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 mph.

- September 11, 2001, will always be a reminder of he reality of terrorist attacks and the damage hey can cause.


1. Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of on emergency

2. Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.

3. Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.

4. Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of basic items such as: fresh water, food, first aid, towelettes, garbage bags, a flashlight with extra batteries, local maps, a whistle, dust masks, tools, a can opener, and cash. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months.


Disasters are never planned, but they will happen. They are inevitable. Being prepared is the only thing you can do. Having proper supplies and a well-thought-out plan can make all the difference in your survival. Readiness will also reduce fear, anxiety, and potential losses.


monday 05



- Annual cost for chronic conditions and diseases is big money: $117 billion for obesity $66 billion for high blood pressure $432 billion for heart disease and strokes $50 billion for weight-loss aids, diet foods, supplements, and weight-loss medications. yet obesity is still increasing.

- 79% likelihood exists that an overweight child will become an overweight.

- 75% of adults don't eat the recommended daily 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables.

- Snack consumption by children has increased 300% from 20 years ago.

- 400,000 people die annually from poor eating habits and laziness.


1. If you suffer from or have a family history of any of the aforementioned chronic conditions or diseases, consult your family physician for dietary counseling.

2. Although every individual is unique in his or her dietary needs, here are some ideas to help:

- Eat fewer foods with refined grains and sugars; reduce your intake of fatty foods; and eat smaller portions.

- Eat more dark green vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, low-fat milk products, and lean meats

- Eat slowly so that you will feel full before you've overeaten.

- Don't reward yourself or children with food.

- Develop a routine and oat at similar times each day.

- Drink plenty of water.

- Limit snacking.

3. Eat to live; don't live to eat.


You deserve to be in good health. For most, diabetes, hypertension, and other obesity-related chronic diseases are preventable by simply eating healthily and exercising. You will feel bettor than ever both mentally and physically—the only way to really live. If you don't want to do it for yourself or your wallet, do it for those who love you.

Just start ... one day at a time.

monday 06

get rid of junk mail


- Junk-mail deliveries surpass the number of U.S. Postal Service 1st-class mail.

- Even though 44% of all junk mall is discarded without being opened, people will still spend 8 months of their lives opening junk mail.

- Only 2% of junk mail gets a response.

- 100 million trees are needed to produce the annual supply of bulk mail—that's the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Pork every four months.

- Over $350 million taxpayer dollars are spent annually to dispose of junk mail that does not get recycled.

- 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct-mail advertisements end up in landfills annually.

- The average person receives only 1.5 personal letters each week compared to 10.8 pieces of junk mail.

- Paper will take up 48% of our landfills by 2010.


1. Write "Please do not rent or sell my name" next to your name whenever you enter a contest, make a purchase or donation, join a buyer's club, order a product by mail, subscribe to a magazine, or return a warranty card.

2. Call the customer service number of the company or organization that is sending you unwonted mail and ask to be removed from their list.

3. Remove your name from several national mailing lists through the Direct Marketing Association's Mail Preference Service. You can register online or by mail.

4. Contact major consumer credit bureaus to have your name removed from mailing lists used for credit offers.


500 pieces of junk moil per person per year ... what a waste. By decreasing your junk mail,you'll save trees, save waste, decrease pollution, save time,and save the mail carrier's back because he or she won't hove to delivermail that you don't read anyway.


Excerpted from Every Monday Matters by Matthew Emerzian, Kelly Bozza, Jonathan W. Brown. Copyright © 2007 Every Monday Matters LLC. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson.
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Meet the Author

Matthew Emerzian has worked in entertainment management and public relations in Los Angeles, providing expertise in strategic planning, marketing, and implementing successful PR campaigns. He directs a team of people who pick up street litter, organize blood drives, visit homeless shelters, and many other socially-minded activities. Matthew is also co-creator of 40 Days of Love™, aninspirational card company. Matthew has a BA in Communications from UCLA and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management. Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Kelly Bozza is an active board member supporting foster youth, a lifetime member of a major hospital's fundraising group, a mentor to children and teens, and a longtime blood donor. Kelly has worked with financial institutions by providing expertise in strategic planning, sales management, marketing and leadership development. She is also co-creator of 40 Days of Love™. Kelly earned her BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from CS University Long Beach. Hometown: Corona Del Mar, California

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