These decorated shoeboxes are filled with gifts for women living in shelters.
I have always believed that “There by the Grace of God, go I.”
When I was newly divorced, mother of a three year old and a struggling actor, I was always worried that I’d lose everything.
I was one of the lucky ones.
I had work.
I had help.
I had the support of my family.
This time of the year always reminds me that we need to support each other and to reach out to help where we can.
One of those shoe boxes has the gifts I bought in it.
I hope it helps even a little bit, I hope it reminds someone that they aren’t alone.
Thank you @tipsnailbar for collecting these gifts for the @shoeboxproject
When I see these shoeboxes I see people helping people and it makes my heart smile.
Casually communicating with Chevy. I need to work on my goat voice. Practice practice practice 😆
It fills my heart with joy to see this!! Miss Rodeo America 2018 Keri Sheffield is an amazing young woman who is going to do big things with her year. Thank you for continuing to carry on a motto and legacy that is so special to me and @juliebaugherleatherdesign - Kindness Matters! 💕
Ready for the day! Miss Rodeo America 2018, @kerisheff, is off and running! I asked Keri what the ‘KM’ stands for on her chaps and she said “Kindness matters”! 👍💕😌
“I was raised in a good home with wonderful parents. I knew abortion was wrong but when I got pregnant in college just weeks before graduation, I was an emotional wreck.
I made the worst decision of my life and chose to have an abortion.
Afterwards, I felt so guilty and ashamed. Five years later I received Jesus as my Savior and that was the start of my healing journey.
Now I work with post abortive women and men through Deeper Still post abortive retreats.
I am also privileged to be a volunteer nurse meeting with clients at our local pregnancy resource center.
God is so good – He can bring healing, hope and joy.”
There are about two-and-a-half weeks left of 2017. That sentence will leave some people feeling hopeful and excited and some people feeling freaked the F out.
I find that the speed of life tends to increase as we head toward the end of the year, and I sometimes get this macro version of the Sunday night blues as December winds down. (Though I must say I dramatically decreased this by upping my Vitamin D levels!)
There are these anxious thoughts I start to get:
Did I make the most of my year?
Did I do all of the things I wanted to?
Did I make my life meaningful this year?
Did I grow enough this year?
Is my Christmas shopping even close to done? Have I even started yet?
Is this holiday season feeling special enough?
Did I spend enough time with all of the people who mean the most to me?
Am I going to wrap gifts this year with enough crafty ingenuity?
Is my house clean enough to start a fresh new year?
(Yep, that last one sneaks in there. Somehow I feel like when the clock strikes midnight on the first of the year, my desk should be paper-free and my clothes should be organized by color. Lord knows where this came from.)
If you’re like me and you get a little anxiety/bummer energy at the end of the year, read on because this one’s for you, my dear.
Read the full post about how to make the end of the year more sane at the link in my profile.
Are you feeling any end of the year anxiety like me? Tell me about it in the comments!
Sometimes being an Empath can be a challenge. Some people think you're a blessing, while others , well....But I'm on the right path, my friend sent me this and it made me so happy! A confirmation for me. #friends#kindnessmatters#blessing
@Regrann from @belinda_vegan - After a dairy cow is no longer able to produce the quantity of milk wanted by the farmer she is sent to slaughter. Often her bones are so brittle from her continuous impregnation and confinement. She is what the industry considers a "downer", unable to walk to her own slaughter.
Slaughterhouse workers will spray water into their face and nose, causing them to be unable to breathe. They will also employed other methods such as using electrical prod to their face and anus, beating them with pipes, and using pitchforks, to try to get them to walk to their death.
@Regranned from @speed_vegan @the_vegan_goddess - All sentient beings deserve respect, dignity, and compassion. ALL of them. And there will NEVER be a "right way" to take advantage of innocent beings, wheather they are human or nonhuman. ⤵
• Be fair • Be vegan • Educate others •
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➡️ ADAPTT.org ⬅️ 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸
➡ Seaspiracy on YouTube ⬅🔸🔸
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#FoodForthought ... dairy & all animal use IS #motherhood denied/infanticide (abuse)🖓😡 #breastfeeding#bonding denied | #deep#justsaying#truth#quotes#vegansofig#vegetarian#pescatarian GO#vegan#animallovers | #dogs / #cats = #cow ect... they all feel | Ditch (all animal derived products) #milk#cheese (all dairy/lactose), #eggs = violence /animal cruelty /slaughter | 'humane meat' = OXYMORON | ahimsa = #veganism ... it is #justice for all. #animalsofig#equality#compassion#momlove#iloveyou#helpless#bff#kindnessmatters
Hi guys! It’s @alistorm from #HISMorningCrew ! Today I went to a going away party for this sweet man Mr. Don. He works at the reception desk at the swimming pool we visit every Tuesday. He and my son Sammy formed a bond right away. Even though we see Mr. Don every week he never remembers my name— and I’m ok with that. 😂 Because he makes my son feel like a million bucks. It’s a wonderful feeling when another adult pours love and kindness into your child, isn’t it? We’re sure going to miss Mr. Don! 😢 #thankfulthursday#goodbyesarehard#goodbyeparty#kindnessmatters
If you have not done so already, please join us now and be part of the 12 days to ‘Pay it Forward’ honoring Addie’s joyous spirit by doing meaningful things for others.
On the fifth day of pay it forward, Addie taught us to be brave and that fear is just a four-letter word. Encourage someone to step out of his or her comfort zone and conquer something big. Be there for someone during a tough time even thought you don’t know what to say.
On the sixth day of pay it forward, Addie taught us to live out loud and dance at Disneyland parades. Share your joyous moments with people you love and brighten their day. Sometimes that’s all people need to lift their spirit when days get tough.
On the seventh day of pay it forward, Addie taught us to keep on going no matter how difficult things get. Next time you complete a physical event, make it in memory of someone special and push through the pain. Inspiration can produce super human results.
On the eighth day of pay it forward, Addie taught us not to take a moment for granted. Next time you see a beautiful sunset with light shining down through the clouds, tell or call someone you love and share the moment. Capture it, then put down your phone and appreciate what is there in front of you before it fades away.
On the ninth day of pay it forward, Addie taught us that children and family are more precious than gold. However, nobody can make it each day alone. Next time you see a mom (or dad) struggling (say on a airplane or in the grocery store with a few kids) offer a helping hand, or simply hold the door open for them. A small gesture goes a long way! We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
When it’s one of your best friend’s birthdays and you reflect on all the incredible adventures you’ve all had together in your lives..... like the time you celebrated your 40th birthdays on the Amalfi Coast! 🥂🍾 🇮🇹 I’m so grateful for these women, who I met as girls. 💙
From swapping sandwiches in the playground when we were 7; to writing love letters to our high school crushes; celebrating birthdays, weddings and childbirth together; supporting each other through motherhood, miscarriages, divorces and the loss of parents. Living in different towns, states & on opposite sides of the world 🌍..... Our friendship has endured.
It’s not always been easy😕. We’ve had our struggles, our fights, tears, anguish & anger. But we’ve fought through and it’s been worth it. 👊🏼❤️ Sometimes it’s taken time, weeks, months, even years.... But we’ve always found our way back together 💞💞 Have you had struggles where you’ve thought it easier to walk away than stay and work through it? It’s not easy to go the distance. It’s not easy to dig deep and confront your demons, your weakness, to challenge and be challenged.
But there are those things that are worth the effort. ✨✨
Good friends are those precious gems that are with fighting for 💎. If you’ve lost touch with a friend.....If you long to reconnect but have reservations and worries about what to say and what will happen..... I encourage you to JUST DO IT! Pick up the phone 📲 and speak from the heart ♥️. Life is too damn short to live with regret. CONNECT TODAY!
I’m sending loving, encouraging, courageous vibes to you ✨✨💋
Today is the beginning of the 12 days of #kindness ! We are tasking you to do one kind thing a day for the next 12 days to help make the holidays a little kinder! Here is our list of suggestions, but don't be afraid to get creative! What will you do to help spread kindness this season?
Every new idea is considered both genius and nuts, splitting people into two categories. Only success can differentiate the two notions. Be successful and you'll be considered genius!
A big thank you to all those who came to celebrate the arrival of the Christmas season at our office. It was a pleasure to share some of the work that's being done around the world and to share the evening with some of our friends from @amorministries, @compassionit, @onehope, @nibblechocolate, and @mothererth
Happy Mail has been delivered! Thank you @sarajanesays for this lovely post and photograph. It makes me so happy that I cheered someone up when they needed it! Do you want to receive happy mail from me? If so, please follow Reclaimed Rose + privately message me your name and mailing address. Once a month I choose one person from my list and send them a lil’ somethin’ somethin’. 🍋
PS: If you already were put on the list, you don’t have to re-send me your info.
This quote by Mike Krzyzewski echoes how a lot of us feel. We all want to feel like we "are doing something for the greater good," and one way we can is by serving those around us. #sharekindness#bekind#kindnessmatters
Careen got his license!!!!
Let us take a second and tell you a little bit about this guy and why today is such a big deal....
His license had been suspended and he had almost $1,000 in fines to pay off in order to get it back. He worked hard to save his money and paid off all his fines. He worked over 40 hours a week and went to apprenticeship school two nights a week with no vehicle. Then he had to pay over $300 in reinstatement fees for his license. Then he paid to take his written and driving tests and passed them and finally was able to pay for his license.
This process wasn’t easy. One person would tell him he had the correct paperwork and then the next would tell him he had to go back to the courthouse and get something else. This repeated itself several times. He would have to ride the bus each time it happened. He still had to go to work and school, so the process drug out longer than expected. He got frustrated, but never gave up. He was patient and showed incredible persistence. He was determined and today he accomplished his goal!
We’re so proud of him and all the effort he put into this process. He’s had the cards stacked against him much of his life. And he’s made some bad decisions along the way. But he is determined to stay on the right track. He’s determined to do something different and we’re thankful we get to see his story unfold!
Years ago people said he was a thug and wouldn’t amount to much. But there’s so much more to him. He’s so much more than the labels that got put on him. He’s so much more than his circumstances and past decisions. He’s hard working, patient, and kind. He has a future. He’s a man made in God’s image. We have to move beyond labels and see what’s deep inside people. We have to see their worth and dignity. We never know what can happen!