November Happenings

November Happenings | Madefor

Welcome to the Monthly Madefor Happenings newsletter, your source for last month’s low-down and not-to-miss happenings coming up in November.


A Thought From Our Co-Founder Pat…       

Hi, I’m Pat, co-founder of Madefor.

On my first deployment to Iraq, I lived with Jonas. Anyone that worked with Jonas, at some point, fell victim to one of his practical jokes, and I was no exception.

We usually worked at night and slept during the day. One day, I went to relieve myself in a water bottle that I kept next to my bed—this was common practice so we could stay in our dark trailer and avoid the midday sun. For whatever reason, my feet were getting wet, really wet. The more I fumbled in the dark, the wetter everything got.

That’s when I heard Jonas, failing to contain his laughter. It seems he thought it would be funny to punch holes in the bottom of my water bottle.

I’m still plotting my revenge. :)

I miss all of my time in uniform—the good and the bad, the laughter and even the wet feet.

To any veteran out there that’s struggling with the transition, life, whatever, let me tell you you’re not alone—there are 19 million of us and we’ll always be stronger when we are together, supporting one another. 

Today, I’m excited to announce that Madefor is now available free of charge to any U.S. active duty military, veteran, or military dependent.

Thank you for your service and all the ways that you continue to serve the good in each other and the world around you.



P.S. - We will share more information on this initiative next week on Veteran’s Day. Be on the lookout! 



Live Basecamp Conversation Recap


Learn How to Better Balance Your Emotions with Neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett


“You run a model of your world, and that includes how you perceive and react to others. YOU make it meaningful.” 

~Lisa Feldman Barrett

Madefor Co Founder, Pat spoke with neuroscientist, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, one of the world’s leading experts on emotions during our October Live Basecamp Conversation. Dr. Feldman shared some powerful and surprising insights about how emotions are really formed, how they affect our well-being, and how we can manage our emotions to better our lives and the lives of those around us.  

Some highlights from this insightful conversation included:

  • There’s no such thing as reading body language. Body movement isn’t a language. There are no physical signals with an inherently universal meaning. What we project and perceive is unique to each of us.
  • Emotions have a price called metabolic expense. Everything we do either is a deposit or a withdrawal from our “body budget.” We also can be a credit or debit to someone else’s body budget as well! 
  • You have the power to better balance your body budget. Learn some ways to get your body budget back in balance or thrive in abundance with easy strategies designed for even the busiest person. 

This is a conversation not to miss! Watch the entire conversation with Pat and Dr. Barrett here or read the full recap.



Learn how to manage your emotions this holiday season

Join our November Text Challenge - starts November 8th!

November’s 7-day text challenge is in partnership with our October Live Basecamp Conversation guest, Lisa Feldman Barrett. We'll be sending daily texts with action steps to help you manage your emotions around the holidays.


Text EMOTION to (310) 347–4586 to opt into this month’s text challenge. 



You Matter More Than You Think! 

Mark your calendar for this November’s Live Basecamp Conversation!

Dr. Vanessa Bohns will be joining Madefor Co-Founder Pat on November 18th at 4pm PT for our live monthly conversation.

A renowned social psychologist and author, she will discuss her original research on the following:

  • why we underestimate our ability to influence
  • how we can engage the full potential of our words, actions, and presence to bring out the best in the world around us 

RSVP here!


More about Dr. Vanessa Bohns

Dr. Vanessa Bohns is a social psychologist, an award-winning researcher and teacher, and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and NPR’s Hidden Brain. Her first book, You Have More Influence Than You Think, was just published in September of this year. 

Praise for her book: 

“You will wonder, after reading this marvelous new book by Dr. Vanessa Bohns, how you overlooked the power you have to make another person’s day, or life, better, and you will know how to use that power wisely.” - Angela Duckworth

“This is one of the most enticing and entertaining books I’ve ever read on persuasion. Dr. Vanessa Bohns is not only an expert in social psychology—she’s also an excellent communicator. She makes a convincing case that we all matter more than we realize.” - Adam Grant

We look forward to seeing you there!  


🍬🧠 For Your Consideration: A Few Extra Treats for Your Brain This Month

➡️ Prepare for daylight savings time with 3 Sleep Tips – Ergh…it's daylight savings time again. That little hour difference can leave you days of feeling wonky and zombified. The good news is a few small adjustments made in your sleep routine before it hits can make a big difference. Check out more about it here.

➡️ You aren't at the mercy of your emotions - For the past 25 years, neuroscientist and psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett has mapped facial expressions, scanned brains and analyzed hundreds of physiology studies to understand what emotions really are. She shares the results of her exhaustive research – and explains how we may have more control over our emotions than we think. Watch the full TED Talk with our October Basecamp guest here.