Friday, December 21, 2012

Kindness Gone Viral

For the past week, after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I have struggled to find words.  The post that I had originally planned to publish last Friday suddenly seemed so trivial... As a result, I avoided writing anything at all.

Then, yesterday I read about Ann Curry's #26Acts of Kindness.  

Moments later, I read an email from a woman who was interested in purchasing the original or a print of my "Take What You Need" heart.  Well, the original is now at home in Scotland, but I am happy to say that prints are free to anyone that wants one
(More details further down...)

I believe wholeheartedly in the power of kindness.  I believe that all acts of compassion, both big and small can make a difference... In just the space of a few minutes, my mission was clear and the voice that I thought was missing had returned.

(download your free copy here)

In honor of Ann Curry's #26 Acts, and as a tribute to the precious lives lost in Newtown, I have added a kindness page on my blog where you will be able to find links to downloadable and printable kindness art including the "Take What You Need" poster above.  It is my hope that these posters make their way to bulletin boards, lamp posts, and utility polls around the world.

p.s. You'll also find a link to my free downloadable and printable kindness cards!
(Another great way to spread good will.)

"If you do good, you feel good."
-Ann Curry

Wishing you a holiday season (and beyond...) that feels good!


Monday, December 10, 2012

What I've Learned...

Today's post is inspired by a few questions for #reverb12:

#3: What do you really wish for?
#4: How will you celebrate YOU?
#6: What did you learn?

(I'm going to answer them in reverse order.)

2012 taught me not to take a single moment for granted.  A series of very serious family health emergencies that started in 2011 (and lasted up until last month), made it abundantly clear that life is very precious.  I have tried to become more actively aware of how I am spending my time, prioritizing, and focusing my energy on the things that are most important to me.

I think that paying attention, and really, truly living (rather than just existing), is the best way I can possibly celebrate myself.  I'm slowing down, taking notice, and enjoying the little things so much more now.

I have set many goals of things I hope to accomplish in the coming year, but the things that I really wish for are the health, happiness, and strength that are required to follow though on those intentions and aspirations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Hmmm... I'm not really sure where or how to start this post, which is actually remarkably appropriate...

December usually finds me a frenzied, scattered mess, and this year is no different.  So, when Kat from I Saw You Dancing suggested that I might participate in the December challenge, #reverb12, I was initially apprehensive...  But, after reading the description of this kinder, gentler challenge, I decided that it is exactly what I need right now.  (Thanks, Kat!)

Here is what #reverb is all about (in Kat's words):

* celebrating the successes of 2012
* honouring the challenges of 2012
*planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013

It sounds fabulous to me!
So, for the month of December, 
(Well, what's left of December... I'm a "frenzied, scattered mess", remember?)
my posting will be based on some of the prompts provided by Kat.

Sound like fun?  It's not too late, you can play too!


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