A New Year's Resolution MUST

A New Year's Resolution MUST

Okay... I know you're all thinking, "Really? We just got through Christmas and you're going to talk about New Year's Resolutions?!?"... I know it's soon but I really really wanted to share with you something I did during December that I think everyone needs to do at least once or twice a year, so give me 5 minutes and I promise it will be worth your time :)

Normally I find the Instagram adds annoying, and kind of freaky how they know what I was just thinking about 20 minutes beforehand. But last month I found a link to Harper and Willow 25 Days of Kindness Cards. I was curious and they sucked me in so I checked it out. The description from the website is "This project is so special to me as it exemplifies the importance of kindness. Each card has a unique phrase so that you can share with the ones you love most and the strangers you encounter everyday." I was hooked. Whipped out the credit card and placed that order faster than the add popped up on my feed.

Those of you that know me or have read some of my articles know that my favorite quote is "Do small things with great love" by the AMAZING Mother Teresa. And these 25 Days of Kindness cards were right up my alley! I think I checked my email three times a day to see if there was an update on the shipment & delivery date I was so excited. So as I'm sure you guessed, I got right to it the day they came.

Small things with great love... that's exactly what these cards are all about. Each one had a different saying on it like "You are special to me," "You look ______ today!" "Time spent with you is time well spent." Little sayings like that, all different... small little affirmations that can make someone's day. I am a firm believer that you never know what someone is going through. So the smallest act of kindness, like a smile or holding the door can mean the world to someone and holds the potential to completely change their day.

I made a list of all the different cards and set out to decide the best cards for each person. But it was harder than I thought and soon realized that I would need waaaay more than 25 cards to reach and thank all of the incredible people in my life. Each card was so unique that it truly caused me to stop and really reflect on the importance and impact of each person in my life, an activity that was much needed.

With each card, I put in a little square of paper with a kindness quote and the day out of 25, with the hopes of spreading a little sprinkle of kindness with every card.

Now, I by no means am saying that the only way you can do this is with the 25 cards that I bought from Harper and Willow, but I really really encourage you to try a similar activity this new year of 2019. Take the time to reflect on the impact the people around you have on your life, on the person you are today, and the person you will be tomorrow. And let them know! Take the time to thank them, or to remind them how much they mean to you or how much you love them. Write a letter, send a text, take a picture or make a phone call. Do it once at the beginning of the year and maybe again at the end? Or another time in the middle?

No matter what you do, let those around you know how much you love them and remember how much you are loved. Spread kindness and do "small acts with great love."

Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

-Gab

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A New Years Resolution Must PART 2

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**If you haven't read, A New Years Resolution Must, I wouldd take a peek at that real quick before you get too into this because it will make MUCH more sense :)

Quick thought before I get to the main point of my article:

I really really enjoyed the 25 Days of Kindness Cards and I definitely want to do something similar again in some way shape or form. I have not decided yet but in scrolling through some of the older articles I've written, I remembered what I wrote this past year for Lent. In 10 Things To Give Up For Lent Other Than That Favorite Candy Bar, I talked about writing letters to different people. My original plan was to write 40 letters, one for each day of Lent. It failed miserably. 40 is a lot! But I definitely think approaching that in the same way I wrote the 25 Days of Kindness Cards will be a better way to spend some time in reflection, not just during Lent, but during any point of the year. You don't just have to write a letter. You can just send the little quotes of kindness. Leave them in random people's mailboxes or slip them under a door or leave them on a bus seat or a park bench. You never know who'll need it.

NOT THAT LENT IS ANYTIME SOON... I don't want to rush the seasons. Just a thought or two to get you thinking if you were considering taking on something like this. Or maybe to get you thinking :)

Okay, now to the real point:

In keeping with the theme of my last article-spreading little bits of kindness all over-I wanted to share with everyone the 18 different kindness quotes that I put in each of the 25 Days of Kindness Cards. Like I said in the little blerb before, you don't even have to write a letter. Print these out and spread them out in your dorm building, across campus, or any other place you can think of. Save them and text a different one to a different person each day. Maybe these will be the few that get you going on your small acts of kindness journey!

How do we change the world? "One random act of kindness at a time"

Surprising Effects Of Kindness

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You will never regret being kind

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May every word that is ever spoken by our mouths or typed by our fingers be words that lift up and never words that tear down

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Be good to people. You will be remembered more for your kindness than any level of success you could possibly attain. 

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Kindness begins with me

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Kindness is like snow-It beautifies everything it covers. 

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Do small things with great love.  (Couldn't not put this one in there :) ) 

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Kindness is not an act. It is a lifestyle. 

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Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life. 

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One kind word can change someone's entire day

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Kindness is free. Sprinkle that stuff everywhere. 

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Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. 

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 

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Be silly. Be honest. BE KIND. 

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Be the reason someone smiles today. 

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A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions. And the roots spring up and make new trees.

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You never know what light you might spark in others just through your kindness and your example. 

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I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay... small acts of kindness and love. 

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Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

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Choose kind over cool. 

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