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Speak Kindly! Always!

Today, a reminder to ‘Speak Kindly’! Always! Even if you don’t agree with the person’s idea, opinion, their political beliefs or their cause. We can disagree in a kind and open way, with a respectful tone of voice and non-argumentative posture. Whether you are at home or at work, on the frontlines or the leader of the organization, calling people names, inferring cultural stereotypes and using words to harm is never okay. Our words influence…

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Be Kind to Yourself – Don’t Compare Yourself to Others!

When I was growing up, I came to an important realization: there was always going to be someone ‘better’ than me. At anything. And everything. So there was no need to waste my time and energy trying to ‘be the best’, worrying when I wasn’t, and comparing myself to others. All I needed was to do MY best, in the kindest way possible. Reflecting back, I can see the unbelievable value of that realization on…

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What’s Your Definition of Kindness?

How do you define kindness? When I looked it up in the dictionary, it says kindness is ‘the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.’ When I ask people what kindness is, they often describe an act of kindness like holding the door for someone or paying for someone’s coffee in line. In order to create a kinder world, in which we treat all others as we’d like to be treated ourselves, we need to…

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Don’t Give Up!

Do you know why I post about stuff that doesn’t work out the way I planned? Or that I struggle with? Like my tiny container garden not growing anything last year…and all the time I spend picking out seams I’ve sewn incorrectly…and the two years – and many different attempts – it took to get Women in Lean – Our Table going?! Because most things don’t work out the way you think they are going…

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Back Yard Kids Summer Kindness Event – Social Distance Style!

Foundation Director Alefiyah Tawawalla hosted a Backyard Kindness Event! Here what she had to say about it! “Children are advocates for a kind future. Today a few children and parents from my neighborhood socially distancing ourselves in the backyard painted Love and Kindness rocks and plaques. Each child painted one for their home and the others to be distributed to the neighbors on their street. The kids put one painted Love and Kindness treasure in…

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Introducing…The Love and Kindness Project UK Instagram Account!

Guess what? A very kind friend of The Love and Kindness Project Foundation, Lili Boynova, has created a United Kingdom (UK) Instagram account for us! Lili’s content is fun, original…and very kind! And, Lili’s efforts are funded by a Love and Kindness Project Foundation micro-grant! Check out – and follow lovekindnessprojectuk on Instagram here!

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COVID-19 Pop Up Kindness Stand…in my Driveway!

There is always a way! All you need is a little creativity!! I’ve been thinking about how to have a Pop-Up Kindness Stand during these tough times! So I picked up some sidewalk chalk last week. Today, it was beautiful and sunny…with no wind! So I drew my mural, then left safely bagged Love and Kindness buttons, bracelets and stickers at the bottom of my driveway! My original idea was to just leave them there…

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Friendship Day Kindness Event at May Watts Elementary School!

I had a fabulous and fun day celebrating Friendship Day with the kindergarten and first graders at May Watts Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois. We read Big Karma and Little Kosmo Help Each Other, and then I answered question about being an author. We all talked about how we could be kinder, and help out at school and at home! Some great ideas: 1. If someone is sitting or eating alone, go sit with them!…

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Bethany Lutheran Family Literacy Night!

On January 31st, we were excited to be asked to give an Author Talk and read Big Karma and Little Kosmo Help Each Other at Bethany Lutheran Church and School in Naperville, Illinois. The event had a fun pirate theme, and between sixty and seventy children and their parents learned about how and why I wrote Big Karma and Little Kosmo Help Each Other, talked about kindness and helping and drew pictures of how they…

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Visit with ‘The Unconditional Hug’!

There are many ways to spread kindness in the world! Each of us has to create our own way! It was wonderful to spend time with Kevin Milligan of The Unconditional Hug! Kevin gives out hugs to everyone – and anyone! – as a way to connect and spread kindness in the world! And he was kind enough to put a “Plant Kindness – Grow Love” sticker on his sign! Kindness is free…and as easy…

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