It’s cool to be kind

Hello!  How’s your week been?  Good I hope.  Stick around for a bit, because I want to make it even better.

Earlier this week I shared a post about kindness.  It got me thinking about what I can do to spread a little of that around because I feel like all of a sudden, there ain’t much being shared.

Seems you all felt the same.  I was so blown away by your response to that post.  Unfortunately many of you think kindness is on a permanent holiday these days too.

Part of me thought it was nice to know I wasn’t the only one alone in my thoughts but let’s be real: we’re talking about situations where people are just being rude and quite frankly the less of those stories the better, especially when you’re on the receiving end right?

Today I’m starting a photo project on my social media with one key purpose: to let you know that it’s cool to be kind.

I’ve bought some simple props, rounded up some willing hand models and will be scouting the best coloured walls to share with you some regular injections of kindness.  Kindness in the form of inspiring quotes, some with themes, others random.  If you’ve got a few fave words of motivation that you want me to create, then please let me know.  I’m on a mission to share some happy!

Photography brings me so much joy as does colour and words so I’m combining the three to pay it forward.  My hope is that people see it, particularly the ones that need it most {hello shouty lady at the supermarket!}, and they pay it forward too.  And, who knows, in an ideal world, people might stop shouting. Because, there’s too much of that going on in the world already #amiright?

For me, and many others I think, social media is a form of both inspiration and escapism.  I know it’s not really “real”, but things are good in this part of the world.  And I’m not advocating that you spend all day engrossed behind your screen but I am wanting to bridge the disconnect that seems to occur between social media and real life.

Real life is dominated by shouty supermarket ladies, people rushing, people ignoring, people shoving, people flipping the bird when you’re driving and inevitably passing on their bad vibes to everyone else.  Ask yourself this: if you paid it forward by passing on kindness instead of rudeness or aggression, what do you think those on the receiving end would do?   It’s cool to be kind peeps.

It all started with this quick little photo shoot, which I shared for World Compliment Day on March 1, and it got me thinking, wouldn’t it be nice to share something like that more than once a year?  Wouldn’t it be nice to read nice things when you need it most?

So, you need a little pick-me-up or want to share a little happy with someone, you can find them on my Instagram and Facebook as well as under #sayhellowords.

Now, if you live in Perth there is a likely chance that you’ll see me doing this little project. I mean, standing against a coloured wall with a silver clipboard and a phone is likely to get a few looks right?  PLEASE come and say hello!  It will most likely result in you hand modeling for me! How fun would that be?!

So, are you in?  Will you help me share a little kindness?   Tell me your fave quote, and colour and I’ll make it happen.  And feel free to share the happy with your networks so they can find their daily dose of kindness too.

Let me know by leaving a comment here, or over on Facebook or Instagram.  I’d love to say hello!






13 thoughts on “It’s cool to be kind

  1. What a gorgeous idea πŸ™‚ Maybe we could share more stories of people being kind to us, so that the good stories outweigh the bad ones – maybe it could inspire some grumpy bums out there – bit of positive reinforcement haha xx

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  2. What a fantastic initiative Jo! I agree the world use more kindness. I love the well known quote “Throw kindness around like confetti” – I think that would call for a spotty wall! Looking forward to following along πŸ™‚

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  3. Great initiative. I like to keep my FB wall positive. I don’t get involved with political discussions and so on. I try to encourage playfulness with all those funny videos on the web. Today for example: ” Make someone laugh …… do a cartwheel!”. Too long for your board, but you get the idea.

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  4. Oooo! I hope I see you, though I’m usually indoors during the day! One of my favourites…”You’re Amazing, remember that”.

    And I love to pay it forward…I’ve paid for a ladies groceries once because her card wasn’t working and she was getting stressed. Plus I paid for an elderly man’s coffee and cake one Saturday. He was so appreciative and I only wished I had the time to sit and keep him company too but I had kids to pick up.

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      1. I’ve just realised my wordpress app has notifications! 😜😜 If it’s not too late I love Orange or red 😊😊 And I’d be happy to buy your coffee any time πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


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