Thursday, August 22, 2013

beauty between the cracks

This sunflower is just growing between the cracks of a sidewalk right in the middle of Chicago. It's a thing of beauty that stands alone. A little concrete wasn't going to stop this sunflower from reaching its full potential. It found its way up to the light no matter what. The beauty of the sunflower, your beauty, can always find a way between the cracks. You can't let anything stop you from growing… just like this sunflower.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

back to school

How is it already time to go back to school? This summer has gone by way too fast and I just want it to last forever! Thank goodness I don't have to go back to school, I just have to face the end of all the summer time fun, but my sister who is a teacher is already back at school. To make her first day extra special I sent her a back to school gift inspired by this diy project.

Not only was this a fun project to put together it was also a thrifty project. The kraft notebooks were from Target for $1, the printables were free from the red thread blog, I reused some twine from another project but you could use any kind of string or ribbon you have lying around, and the quote pencils from Earmark were under ten bucks but to be extra thrifty just use regular #2 pencils. This is a great gift for less than $5 a notebook but creating some happy for your sister is priceless!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

what do you stand for?

I saw this sign on my way home from work today. It's interesting that a couple weeks ago on my way to work I saw this awesome sign. I'm wondering what the sign is with all these signs?

What do I stand for? I stand for love. I stand for compassion. I stand for kindness. I stand for happiness. But I think the best answer is from the person who wrote "because I grow tired of sitting".

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

high kindness

While perusing the blogosphere this morning I came across George Saunders convocation speech at Syracuse University and I had to share. Take ten minutes, sit by yourself, read this moving speech, let the tears come if they do (they did for me) and then "try to be kinder".

Yes, it's not easy and I know I'm guilty of "failures of kindness" but how I want to strive for "high kindness" every day. My favorite part of the speech is below...

"What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder."

Thanks to Sho & Tell for posting.

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