Kind to Yourself

As important as it is to be kind to others, it is equally important to be kind to yourself.

This week is finals week for us college students and we are not okay. At least I know I’m not. I am running on less than 2 hours of sleep and I still have so much to do.

This week especially I remember to practice patience and kindness with others, but I continuously forget to practice that with myself. I become easily frustrated and discouraged with my studies, I push myself until I cannot go anymore. And after talking to other students and even teachers on my campus, I have realized that I am not the only one who feels this way.

So I decided to use this blog post as an opportunity to remind people the importance of showing kindness to themselves. So I walked around my campus and asked people to finish the sentence “I like my…” with a trait that they like about themselves. My goal was to make people remember to be kind to themselves, and bring a smile to their face during a stressful time.

Now, after I was done making some smiles on campus I needed to go home and make some smiles of my own. So, I made a video to walk you through my night of my favorite things. Everyone’s happiness comes in different forms, and what makes me happy may not be what makes you happy. Never stop searching for things or people that make you smile.

One thing that I did not include in my video is the importance of music. Music can change my mood in a heartbeat. Here is my Sunshine playlist filled with songs that brighten my day!

How to be kind at Mardi Gras 101

Through all the crazy that is Mardi Gras season here is a few tips on how to stay kind to those around you.

1.) Be aware of the kids around you. If someone on the float throws a bear to a kid, don’t be the person that reaches above and takes it from them.

2.) Thank the float-riders!! If they throw you something make sure you give them a nice wave. As excited as you are to catch something, they are just as excited to throw it to you. Think of it like a gift. You would never receive a gift from someone without thanking them.

3.) Don’t steal someones spot by pushing them out of the way. That is just ugly.

4.) Don’t post people’s embarrassing drunken moments all over social media. That can be someones mom, grandpa, boss, etc. and you do not want to hurt their reputation. If you wouldn’t want it posted of you, don’t do it to them.

5.) Pro-Tip from my Grandmother: Know how to point people in the direction of the nearest port-a-potty.

Sticky Note Smiles #protip

For all of those who loved the sticky note smiles project, here is a quick way to make it a little easier.

Unlike most girls my age I have almost illegible handwriting, so it made this sticky note project a little harder for me. To help me to continue to do one of my favorite act of kindness, I got a pre-made sticky note book. The one I have is called “Positive Posts” by Papier De Maison.

I like to carry the book in my purse, to make it easy to add a few notes when I am out running errands.