🌲When you can’t hug a tree, wear one!🌲It’s going to be hard letting go of these aurora borealis inspired toques. They were a rewarding and challenging knit called Alaska on Ravelry.
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Me: Hey babe, do know if my car has gas in it?
Awwwww....he went out and filled up my gas tank for me😍😍😍😍 What random acts of kindness do you enjoy doing for others or having done for you?
Yesterday my daughter had a great opportunity to expand her skill with an amazing team of young ladies. She had an amazing time which I am beyond grateful for. When I asked about the other teams there she mentioned that a few young ladies from another team called them losers. Now my daughter, god bless her, shrugged it off. I gave her all of the "motherly type" explanations I could think of and knowing that they are children and it's something kids may do, I let it go at that. But I couldn't help but say a prayer for those who may not be able to brush it off as easily as my daughter as well as those that were doing the name calling.
Not to say that my daughter will never say mean things... but she well understands that her ass will be handed to her if I ever witness or hear about it. But it made me think about why we find it do necessary to break each other down? Why is it so hard at this age (or for some at any age) to cheer each other on? I am so thankful that I am learning to surround myself with an amazing group that lifts each other up. And I only pray that my children, in time, continue to learn the importance of that!
Repost from @antibullyingalliance . This week is anti bullying week. This post is very personal to me, and I have only really spoken to my husband about this, but I want to share to help make people aware of just how deeply bullying can affect people. I was bullied at school, not in a physical way thankfully, but name calling and whispers behind my back, particularly when I got to GCSE and 6th form, I shared a lot of classes with one girl who would constantly make fun of me. She would say what a huge nose I had and what horrible teeth I had. But it’s not just been confined to school. I have had a random people point and laugh at me in the street or say horrible things about my teeth. I am aware they’re awful, I have no idea why my dentist didn’t fix them as a child. Of course I’d love to get them fixed, I can’t bear to look in the mirror sometimes because I feel so hideous. I did have a consultation about getting them fixed, but unfortunately I don’t have a spare £3k laying around to have them fixed.All those hurtful names have stuck with me over the years, I now have incredibly low self esteem, it’s why you will rarely see pictures of me on here as I hate the way I look. I feel sad sometimes that I am looking at pictures of me and my daughter and instead of looking at a lovely moment between a mother and daughter I’m focussing on how horrible I look. We need to be kind to one another, we need to teach our children to be kind, we need to help anyone we see being bullied. If you know of anyone who is being bullied or you think is struggling then speak to them, get them to seek help. It’s a horrible thing to experience and it breaks my heart to think of little children being picked on. I get scared for Emily and what she may experience when she goes to school. I pray that she is ok and that no one ever bullies her, but also that she is kind enough to help any friend who she sees being bullied. The world would be so much nicer if we could all just be kind to one another. .
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This week is anti-bullying week (and so every week should be) to show support for the campaign, the kids can wear odd socks to school. I grabbed the most colourful pair which just so happened to be superhero socks. Lola shouted out “I feel powerful... ready to fight against evil.” Referring to the socks but rightly so. Bullying is a horrible act. It’s evil for no reason. Unnecessary and causes nothing but pain. It’s something we’ve had to deal with together as a family quite a lot over the years. It doesn’t just affect the one person its happening to, it has an impact on their loved ones as well. Just be kind.
There’s two things I didn’t realise before having children
1. How BLIND I was to the how big and DIVERSE the world is and how individual these little people are, and how much the journey following the birth of your first child is totally unknown.
2. Just how LOUD I would need to and FREELY advocate for my children - ALWAYS.
There is a whole other world out there. Regardless of your situation, everyone has a different story to tell. Different experiences. Different accomplishments. Different challenges.
I’m quite often asked if things will get ‘better’ or easier for the kids as the years go on. The truth is, probably not. I don’t know. It won’t be the same, it will just be different.
But their journey could be a lot easier if we all just practised a little kindness and understanding.
Just. Be. Kind - Always.
Meanwhile, we will #justkeepswimming 💚
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315/365: This one is another paradox with the answer being both yes and no but for different reasons. For me, no, as all I need you to do is be a kind person, I can care less about what you look like or how you present yourself. Just. Be. Kind. The other answer is always "yes" as Western society demands perfection and rigidity to fluid "standards" so more things can be sold to you if you're not making it which is very stupid. Just be kind everyone. No one is perfect.
Today's album, the "Blue Album" by Weezer, presents itself as a fun mix of pop and punk and is still their best album in my opinion. It also features the song "Buddy Holly" which features the refrain "I don't care about what they say about us anyway / I don't care 'bout that" and also one of the best music videos ever made.
We had a fun family day today! Madame Tussaud’s wax museum, the sea life aquarium and the important places Bass Pro Shop and IKEA!! 😍
#ikea was our last stop so the boys were definitely not feeling their best (that’s a polite way of saying they hit meltdown 🤯🤣) After our second trip to the bathroom; because you know the first one didn’t have to pee the first time we were there 🙄, we were headed to the exit to meet Tim at the car. A lady with 2 carts was heading toward the exit. IKEA carts are crazy and go every which way so it was clearly a struggle. The boys looked at me and I said “go ahead offer to help” we could have rushed by her it had been a really long day but instead slowed down and helped her out I mean we were headed toward the exit anyway. She kept thanking them and telling us how sweet and we walked her all the way to her car because it was parked right near us. 💕 I’d like to think she went home with a smile and will remember my two little rambunctious redheads that had been trying to climb in beds and touching EVERYTHING moments before but slowed down to help her and show kindness. 💕 I also hope that my boys never realize that people are so appreciative and grateful when they help because it’s rare. I hope they always choose kindness 💕 •
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“Momma, let’s say ‘I love you’ in the shadows tonight.” ❤️
I am pinching myself I've had a fire in my belly for over the last ten years since what I can only describe as having my awakening.
The thing is the penny drops, and that's just what happened to me.
As any parent or family member, you start to get a deeper understanding that there is no better feeling than that of being of service to others in whatever best ways and means work for you.
My goal in life is to leave this planet being better than when I arrived, and as I make the final steps toward my 2020 vision yes I said it 2020 to have an official month for the Kindness Matters 30-day challenge.
I am on the cusp of embedding my kindness matters vision into the heart of lots of communities globally
I am not in a position yet ;-) to share with you the full details, what I can do though is give you a taster of my "Kindness Kids" footage from when I was filmed in the summer to demonstrate the impact the Kindness Matters 30-day challenge is having on young people.
To watch the full footage visit www.kindnessmatters.co.uk and hit the YouTube logo in the top right-hand corner of our website.
I want to say thank you to all the many people who have supported me over the years and most of all the young people, families, schools and communities because without you we would all not be the kindness we want to see in the world.
Thank you for your kindness
I’m filled with gratitude this remembrance day for the lives lost fighting for freedom that has allowed my babies to have the lives they have. ✨But I feel compelled to change my focus on gratitude to kindness. ✨Don’t get me wrong. I’m thankful for the veterans who have fought wars and spend everyday protecting our safety. The part that’s missing is our safety at home. ✨It’s time we all focus on being kind to EVERYONE. To the person who everyone else is mean to, to the person who just lost everything in a fire or a hurricane, to the veteran who is haunted by their nightmares and kind to the people around us that we don’t see eye to eye with. ✨Let’s see how far kindness can go to CHANGING LIVES right around us! ✨I’m challenging my family to one random act of kindness a day until Thanksgiving. Will you join us?!
Not my normal kind of post but we can’t all live the fake amazing social media life.......The last 3 weeks have broke me a little and it’s a slippery slope! Not sleeping meant I’ve been too tired for the gym, I’ve been too disorganised to eat healthy & in turn that makes me feel pretty shit about myself......I’ve cried a lot....some tears definitely liquid fury!! But taking time to reflect I’ve realised that my past doesn’t define me, I shouldn’t be so afraid of failure, after all I’ve done alright!! The way others treat me speaks volumes about them not me! So positive pants are on & I’m ready for week ahead, I’m not out of the woods yet but I can see the trees!! #pma#dontbeafraidtofail#iwontbreak#justbekind#nobodysperfect#leavethepastinthepast#dietstartstomorrow
Self care Sunday 🖤 started my day with a walk at my fave place! After a less than ideal few weeks I’m so keen to start this week fresh and fabulous! Meal plan done, groceries ordered, fresh sheets 🖤 the boys are heading out on their MTB’s, which means quality time with my lil beauty. What are YOU doing for YOU today? #justbekind#bekind#selfcare#newweek#befabulous
I’m here🖤 because I’ve been there.
This time of year is particularly hard for me, for my own personal reasons.. but I also know it can be hard for others. The weather is dull and dreary and that often reflects onto ourselves and our self care, motivation, and all around health.
So keeping in mind that this can be a weird time for all of us, I’m thinking of you. I’m praying for you. And just like any other time of year, I’m here for you. Yes, YOU! The you who is reading this and needs it more than they realized. If you need a hand, a sound board or even some hope, I’m your girl. Reach out, speak up, because YOU deserve it.
I love you, I see you, and I hear you ✨🖤 #noshameinmymentalhealthgame#justbekind
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Just imagine having 1000's of like-minded individuals who wake up each day and set a positive intention to put more KINDNESS into the world on top of being open to the many possibilities of doing RAOK "random acts of kindness" How good would that be?
What about having an official month of September to do the Kindness Matters 30-day challenge whereby families, communities, Schools and any Tom, Dick or Harry ;-) would participate in putting more kindness into the world for 30 days! How good would that be?
Well, I have good news for you that's just what is happening and believe you me there is a Tsunami of Kindness rippling across our communities and it is all thanks to YOU, yes YOU!
Here is an example of how and why it is happening each day, week and month. Its because I am meeting like-minded fellow Kindness Ambassadors who GET IT, they get it that spreading kindness matters. Allow me to introduce you to @hi.misaki from the USA.
This beautiful human being is another amazing lady who has purchased my book and joined my Facebook private Kindness Matters community to do her bit for humanity. It warms my heart with all the messages I get, and I do my best to respond (personally) to them all which is always a challenge.
So a big shout out Misaki and all of our fellow Kindness Matters tribe as we move forward in being the kindness we want to see in the world.
One last note its World Kindness day on Tuesday the 13th, please do your best to be mindful on this day to ramp up your RAOK.
Thank you for your Kindness
There are 8 worldly preoccupations, also called samsaric dharmas. These 8 are where all of our actions are governed, until we have become enlightened. Two of them are hope for fame and fear of our own insignificance. I think about this a lot in the pull towards creating an image on social media, especially as a teacher who isn’t teaching any public classes. I’ve been here before, when I learned I would become a mom, I was overwhelmed with excitement then questioned my own identity as my role shifted, I felt Liz was now insignificant and trapped by my role of mom. With continued work I find my way. I realize that everything is the same, we all experience these things when we someone new is hired that feels threatening, a new algorithm is placed on our social media channels, or when we lose everything and have to start again. I have done this traveling thing a few times and working in a transient city means that the audience is always moving and changing. When I come back, I have to start all over again. This has been the best practice for humility and selflessness. I didn’t always come from a place of teaching that was solely concerned about the alleviation of suffering for all sentient beings. This isn’t something we are naturally wired to do or consider as selfish egotistical humans. This is why the practice is so important, we must find true teachers, feel their wisdom and experience the fruits of our practice. When it dawns on us how hard we need to work to be seen as someone special, our fear of insignificance is only magnified. You are already here, you are already there, be in this moment. .
Just be kind. It’s a simple message but one we often forget. & now this motto is going worldwide, all thanks to a group of kids from Plainfield. If you want to purchase a sign/T-shirt, click the link In my bio! #JustBeKind#Kindness#Indy#Plainfield
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Sometimes, in all the negativity on the internet - there is a glimmer of goodness. For me, one of those glimmers is the gorgeous Claire from @thekmartlover!
We've come together for the most amazing collab - it is stylish and so very meaningful. Our brand new #justbekind tees are a powerful message for a broken world. As if a stylish tee is not cool enough, we're donating $5 from every tee sold to @bullyzero - an organization who is on the front line sharing this very important message 💕
My favourite part of the last 7 days (aside from the amazing fact that we already have more than $700+ to donate to @bullyzero...) is seeing all the gorgeous pictures streaming in of so many of you rocking your new tees.
Each one is cut, pressed and packed by me at home in my little studio! With tiny sets of feet running in and out along with lots of 'ooohs,' 'ahhhhs,' and 'mama - why you gots so many tops for?' 🤣
Thanks @ti.s_afforable_styling for this pic. You literally made my day!
#justbekind ( #📷 @ti.s_affordable_styling )
One of them cheeses it with a rhinestone “Hello” to ring in the new school year. One of them has mastered the middle school, obligatory half smile. One of them is still in his Zippy sleepsack snoozing... It’s been a summer for the books, here’s to a new school year filled with growing our brains and our hearts! #justbekind 💙💛