Hello Loves! I hope November has started out great and positive for you. I have been participating in the November Be Thankful and Kind Challenge and wanted to update ya’ll on how my experiences have been so far.
Day 1: Take a picture of something you’re thankful for
This day was easy! I am so blessed to have a supporting family, an encouraging boyfriend, the best friends a girl could dream of having, the cutest dogs on the planet, a job I look forward to, two dance teams that I love more than the girls will ever know, and the overwhelming amount of opportunities that have been presented in my life. I have made it a point to wake up and say “thank you,” every morning.
Day 2: Give a stranger a compliment
I feel like I do this on a daily basis but I made it a point to give more compliments. A simple “I love your outfit. You look beautiful in that top. Your hair looks great today.” can go a long way with someone. You light a small fire in someone and it is then that they are more likely to pass on the positive energy.
Day 3: Speak to someone new
I always have the chance to do this since I work at a high school and see new students walk by every day. I have the amazing opportunity to run the school’s detention periods (yes, a little sarcasm) and although this isn’t the most exciting part of my day, I do get the opportunity to meet someone new. Instead of typing in the name and having the student take their seat, I had a short conversation with each student about the reason they were there and solutions to how they could prevent coming again. It was so simple but proactive.
Day 4: Write down a positive thought and hang it up
One of my fellow friends and coworkers that is participating in this challenge went above and beyond and has her students in her classes involved with the challenge too. (My heart was seriously so happy when I found this out!) She printed off cute pieces of paper that all the students would write their positive note on. She shared with me and I had my varsity dance team join in. It was honestly really cool to watch the positivity spread.
Day 5: Pay for someone’s coffee/meal/groceries
I enjoyed Shipley Donuts in the morning and paid for the car behind me. The total for both orders was under 10 dollars so it wasn’t a huge deal but hopefully it made the person smile.
Day 6: Complete a random act of kindness
Besides holding the door and complimenting someone, I did not go out of my way to really fulfill this challenge. I will fill ya’ll in once I do.
Day 7: Go social media free
I failed. Completely. I never realized how routine it was for me to wake up and immediately open my phone to some sort of social media. I did it without even thinking about it. I am interested to try it again another day and really focus on it. I went on a church retreat years back and went phone less for three days straight and absolutely loved it. So, I know I can do it!
Day 8: Email/text someone a positive message
I chose to text my sister. It’s so funny how much we argued growing up and how close we are now. I cherish the relationship we have now and was excited to let her know!
(Tomorrow) Day 9: Refrain from saying the negative comment
Did I put this for the day after the election on purpose? Maybe, maybe not! Who knows?!
Keep spreading the kindness and positivity!