5 Easy Ways To Be Kind

For some people, being a good person and spreading positivity comes at a high cost. People will say there’s no purpose in being a decent human being if others won’t return the favor. That’s just not the truth.

Spreading kindness doesn’t always mean you get something afterwards. The purpose is to (as cliché as it sounds) make the world a better place. Being negative and not being kind doesn’t make anything better in any situation. So today, I’ve put together a short list of things I feel everyone can do in order to throw some kindness into another person’s day without much effort.

Compliments

Receiving a compliment on a bad day is always really nice to hear. So, give compliments to your loved ones and strangers just because! There’s no real reason behind this other than making someone else feel good about themselves. Compliment their hair, outfit, smile, attitude, anything really. It’s guaranteed to make a difference in someone else’s mood.

Saying Thank You 

Keep it simple and sweet by showing gratitude. Most of the time, others aren’t expecting a “Thank You” but it’s a phrase everyone likes to hear said. It’s a common courtesy gesture that I don’t think people use enough. So say it and say it like you mean it!

Love 

The people around you won’t be there forever so make sure to show love whenever you can. This can be done physically or emotionally and doesn’t cost you a dime. Say “I Love You” today to the individuals who matter most.

Listen

Lending an ear to someone can be the biggest act of kindness for a person in need. It shows that you care and are interested in hearing what they have to say. Good or bad, show support and be that shoulder to lean on. To show your listening show social cues like nodding your head and responding often. This can be more helpful than you think!

Give Your Time 

Giving your time and appreciation is also very effortless. Choose to spend your time with people who make you happy and people who need it the most. Try volunteering for your community or connect with new friends and old family members. Relating to what I said above, tomorrow is never promised and we’re not sure what the future can bring. Make everyday count and spread your positivity upon others.

February Goals + Life Update

This post will be a little on the unconventional side because February is almost over! Can you believe it?! It feels like we’ve just started 2017 and to think we’re approaching the third month of the year?! Crazy!

You’d assume I’d have thought of this blog post idea before the month began but unfortunately that’s not the case. Although I still had goals this month, I suppose I forgot to write them down, put them on paper, or in this case attach them online. On the bright side of things, I’d still like to share my goals from this month with all of you, as well as how I’ve lived up to my personal expectations throughout these last few weeks.

Right off the bat, I’d like to say this month has not been easy. It has been full of curve balls and days where I just did not want to get out of bed. Despite a less enthusiastic attitude, I managed to pull myself together and get what I needed to get done.

Being A Better Partner

My fiancé (spoiler alert: now husband) was off at military training for pretty much all of February. If you didn’t know, my fiancé will be deploying in March and the months leading up to this has not and will continue to not be smooth. But we’re working on it. It was difficult to get a taste of what our new normal will be like and frankly very eye-opening.

To get to my point, February was my month to learn strength. I consistently reminded myself why it was so important to collect my thoughts and stay positive. As a fiancé and now wife, I felt almost obligated to hold our relationship together and not let anything break our bond. Why? Because a soldier can’t be a soldier without the backing of his family and I was determined to make sure my soon-to-be hubby felt secure and supported throughout those difficult weeks. With that said, there’s no doubt I felt lonely and most days I was by myself but that goal of staying in touch with one another, calling nightly, and keeping busy always kept me hopeful.

Continuing A Healthy Lifestyle

With those rough evenings ahead, it was a goal of mine to consistently stay active. I’ve been going through spurts of energy and the outdoors has been a perfect outlet to let some of that go. Illinois weather in February tends to be gloomy and cold but lately it’s been the exact opposite. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of my days off walking the pups or running throughout my neighborhood.

In addition, I made an effort this month to monitor my calorie intake, work load, and physical activity. Although I haven’t managed to see any appearance based results, I’ve definitely noticed a difference in attitude and mood. I’m able to keep up with my day now and not get tired as easily as I would have the last month. It’s neat to realize my body is changing in a good way.

Grow My Social Media 

At the beginning of this month I really wanted to make sure I was paying attention to other social media sites aside from Instagram. Instagram has always been my go-to creative outlet and I’ve been fortunate enough to establish a strong following on that platform. However, I’m realizing now that if I essentially want to build a brand, I need to allow myself to branch out on other applications.

Since making this decision, I’ve set daily goals for the amount of times I should be tweeting a day, pinning a day, etc. Honestly, I’ve really began to love these other sites just as much as I do Insta! Even better, Twitter and Pinterest give me another way to connect with my followers on a more personal level. The most recent change I’ve made is creating at least four new boards a week or one every other day. It keeps things consistent for my audience and lets me explore creative options.

To conclude, February is coming to an end and March is upon us. What are your goals for next month? Be sure to comment below or share with me on other sites what you’re most excited for this Spring. As always, my socials are linked below as well as on the home page. Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

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