Happy beginning of March, Lovelies!
As you might know, I have skipped a couple of months, but I do believe in the importance of making a positive difference in other people’s lives, so here is your brand new Kind Hearted Challenge!
What is the Kind Hearted Challenge about?
It is really simple… First of all, it is not a challenge per se, but more an invitation to take a moment and think about doing kind things around you. You don’t have to participate every month, and if you join in, you have all month to complete your mission.
I think that spreading the word out is the best way to get at least a couple of people to think “You know what? That’s really easy, I think I’ll give it a try!” There are so many free, easy acts of kindness that we can do in our everyday life… Things to make other people around us happier. Things that can be a day-shifter without us even knowing… This challenge is just a dare to you all, to make a positive difference, even with the littlest things!
So on the first day of the month, I’ll post your new mission. (should you accept it!) I promise they will be free (or very, very cheap!), easy to do and not too time consuming. You can do it just once, or several times…
Why a Kind Hearted Challenge?
Because we never know who needs a little extra kindness in their life. And if we can’t change the world as individuals, we can help make it a little better in our close surounding.
It doesn’t take much to make someone’s day better, and I’d like to create a circle of people who make the effort of spreading a little extra kindness around them. I’d really love to prove that it is possible to make a difference, as small as it might be!
And you know what? I believe in Karma, or something like that… What goes around, comes around, and I am convinced that we’ll all benefit from being kinder. It can only be rewarding in the end!
How can I play along?
Easy, you read the challenge below. You put a smile on someone’s face by doing it, and then, you’re done!
You can keep it to yourself, write a post about it and link it to this page, or you can leave a comment to tell us about your completed challenge!
And if you really really like the Kind Hearted Challenge, you can share this post on your own blog, to hopefully bring more and more people to perform free acts of kindness all around the world!
Oh, and if you have an idea, for a future challenge, please contact me via my contact page! I’d love to feature your challenge, if it meets the only two condition of being easy to achieve, and being cheap enough for anyone to join in!
Just a little note, to explain this month’s challenge…
During my trip to Australia, one of the highlights was an activity that Chéri had found via Airbnb.
Our Big Kitchen is a community kitchen located in Bondi, that gathers food donations and welcomes volunteers to cook homemade meals that are then distributed to people in need. Anyone can join in for a couple of hours, and contribute to help others while having fun and meeting amazing strangers.
As George, our host, explained to us with much emotion, it is great that people help each other when disasters happen (like this year’s bushfires, in Australia). But, there are people in need all year long, and for these people, a simple meal can make a huge difference.
That day, we made vegetable curry and cookies. Nothing fancy, but there was a lot of love put in the making, and I definately felt the magic in that kitchen.
Chef George, our kind hearted host.
Together, we prepared over a hundred servings of what smelled like an amazing curry!
It felt amazingly good to be part of such a kind and giving experience. I’m not talking about it to look like a good person… (God knows most of you are better people than I am.) I just hope that our little afternoon at Our Big Kitchen will make at least one person realize that volunteering isn’t about giving countless hours. Sometimes, it is just a day, or even just an afternoon… The feelgood feeling is the same. Helping is helping.
And now… The most important thing! (drum roll!!) Your March Kind Hearted Challenge is the following:
Sometime this month, take the time to think about a charity or an organization that could use your kind hearted help. You can’t get out of your home, or don’t feel comfortable around people? Google ”Online volunteering”, there’s a lot you can do from your living room (seriously, you’ll be surprised)!
I’d like to thank Candace, who inspired me this challenge in part, with the lovely cards she sent me, a while back. The image above is a detail of one of them, and makes me smile every time I look at it. If you don’t know Candace, you can visit her blog, Revenge of Eve.