Kindness Challenge: Final Reflection

  This entry is admittedly overdue. Last week, we were supposed to summarize how we felt about this challenge, and what we've learned.  I first started this challenge to really change my reactions and thought processes.  I wanted kindness to be my first reaction. I wanted to be a good example to my son and … Continue reading Kindness Challenge: Final Reflection

Kindness Challenge Week 7: Grateful for Kindness

This week's challenge was about looking / noticing the kind things and finding a way to express your gratitude for them. If there was ever a week that I needed kindness, this was it.  Work was beyond stressful. This is a season that is normally high stress and long hours. However, this time was especially difficult. Even … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 7: Grateful for Kindness

Kindness Challenge Week 6: Kindness without Expectation 

This week's challenge asks that you choose kindness without expecting anything in return. I have actually been doing this for a while. My father taught me this lesson at a very young age.  He told me that to being kind includes doing or acting in a manner where you don't naturally expect anything in return. … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 6: Kindness without Expectation 

Kindness Challenge Week 5: Choosing Kindness

This week's challenge asked that we choose kindness in situations where we might otherwise have a different reaction. For me, I have a difficulty in being "kind" in stressful situations or when my feelings or decisions are being challenged.   I was in situations this week where I made some really bad mistakes. The natural … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 5: Choosing Kindness

Kindness Challenge Week 4: Kindness Role Models

This week's challenge involved focusing on kindness role models. In the most difficult moments of our lives, the kindness from others is of utmost importance.  While there are so many kind people in my life, I really wanted to focus on one person. I met "Elle" while we were both in the thick of Postpartum … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 4: Kindness Role Models

Kindness Challenge Week 3: Self-Acceptance

Truly, I am my own worst enemy. I do not accept compliments. I do not acknowledge my own achievements. I am self-depreciating. I am hardest on myself when I do not meet my own high standards.  For this week's challenge, I had to give myself a reprieve. It's time to stop being so negative about myself and start … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 3: Self-Acceptance

Kindness Challenge Week 2: Self-Compassion

The second week of the Kindness Challenge focuses on self-compassion. Again, this is another area where I am challenged. It is so easy for to feel compassion towards others, and attempt to get them to see the better side of things.  However, I do not show myself the same consideration. I love giving gifts to … Continue reading Kindness Challenge Week 2: Self-Compassion

Kindness Challenge: Week 1

The theme for Week 1 is self-love. I admit, I never had much of it for myself.  I've only recently discovered the impact that various experiences have had on me; things that cultivated a series of self-doubt, low self-esteem and a pessimistic outlook. Instead of saying "I Can!" or even "I'll try", I had already … Continue reading Kindness Challenge: Week 1