Slow Living

A Kindness Project

So it occurred to me recently that I still don’t quite get it.

I’m not grasping quite how important it is to be kind to ourselves.

I know that I require time to just be, that quiet space is better space and that my introverted ways are OK, because thats me and I’m to just roll wth it, but yet I still put myself at the bottom of the pile and think I’ll get along just grand with little sleep & little self care. This though is far from the truth, and the older I get the more I start realising that it really is ok to say No, I can’t do that today, or to make that nourishing meal rather than eat toast for dinner or go out for that walk, drink that cuppa in silence or run that bath and lock the bathroom door!

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With this in mind, I thought it would be a perfect time to bring this up in conversation and link it to a hashtag project I started last year over on Instagram. A touch of kind was started as a way to show random acts of kindness to people and help support small independent makers. You can read about it here if you would like to know more. Kindness though should be spread to ourselves too. Like more times to drink tea…ok, so I always want more times to drink tea, but not while I’m doing work, or eating breakfast standing up, or bathing the kids. To sit down, quietly and enjoy my cuppa, in peace. To wrapping myself in that extra blanket and reading the book I’ve been trying to finish since last year. To write. I’m really enjoying writing at the moment. To take an hour on an evening and write…because I want to, not because I have to. These are the little things that for me, help me function that little bit better and help prevent the burnout I’ve been feeling peering its dirty head at me of late.

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By sharing our stories and images over on Instagram using the #atouchofkind we can build up a community of like minded folk. Chat to people who ‘get’ us and keep up the momentum of random acts of kindness, not only to others but to ourselves.

The lovely Kat over at Blue Jay of Happiness  wrote a great blog post recently about self Care, back to basics. Its full of tips and advice on the things we can do to help add a little more care into our daily lives. She also started a hashtag project called a month of kind…a perfect way to remind us to look after ourselves too!

If you’re looking for a little visual inspiration pop over and look at some of lovely ways people have being showing Kindness at #atouchofkind I’m forever inspired by the people in my phone!

ji.captureal
@ji.captureal #atouchofkind
ceramicmagpie
@ceramicmagpie #atouchofkind
sugerplumbakeskingston
@sugarplumbakeskingston #atouchofkind

 

Ditsybird
@Ditsybird #atouchofkind

I can’t wait to see the kindness continue to spread and I’m thinking it would be a nice idea to do a monthly round up of some of my favourite images and stories from the project. What do you think?

Please help spread the word about A Kindness Project. The more that know the more we can build up our community, which I believe can only be a good thing!

Love Victoria

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