From 2011 to 2016 I was pleased to be able to have done 365days where I did a kind deed every day(& 366days in the leap year)!
In 2017 I am doing it again...my aim is to inspire others into action by showing them how simple it is to do kind acts for others. I do this by doing a kind act a day. I do this by sharing my story and some ideas for living a kinder life. Kinder for others, kinder for ourselves, kinder for the planet. Welcome to 365days of kindness!
Here is the first day for Sustainable September - a kindness idea for the environment, to implement tomorrow.
Monday - 1 September – Take
the train or ride your bike, rather than drive your car, to work. There
are so many benefits to both you and the environment. “Public
transport is at least twice as energy efficient as private cars; a
full bus produces 377 times less carbon monoxide than a full car.
Each full standard bus can take more than 50 cars off the road while
a full train can take more than 600 cars off the road.” Read more
benefits of public transport here.
Sydney Trains has an excellent way of describing it here.
One of the benefits of walking from the train to work, for me, is
actually this beautiful view.
I hope you enjoy what I have in-store for us all this month, as I have lots of ideas.
So this September I wanted to do
something a little different. So I thought I would participate in
something called Sustainable September. Originally it was created in 2003
for a bunch of not-for-profit groups and churches in Perth, WA. It no longer runs like it once did but I thought I would do a version
of this myself to help us with a different type of kindness.
Kindness for this planet. Kindness for
the Environment. Kindness for future generations.
So for the month of September, I will
be posting a blog a day, to inspire you to care of this beautiful
planet of ours in simple and easy ways. And maybe even a few bigger
If anyone is looking for more ways to
become more sustainable I want to introduce you to the work of a
fellow blogger. I met her a few weeks back at an Eco-conference &
I was just taken with her blog. Its a practical guide to becoming
more sustainable. Little things like reusing water, or having plastic
free lunch boxes for her kids in school. Small Steps for Sustainability started in 2010 and continues in fits and starts and is awesome. Did I mention it was awesome? Well it is! The above link is to the start of her blog, however there has been 4 years of posts now, but I always like to start from the beginning! :)
If you are interested in taking on
Sustainable September then join me here for environmentally kind
ideas. I will be giving you the ideas a day in advance... so if you want to you can prepare for things in advance. And if you have any ideas, you can either message me on the Facebook page or leave a message below.
Hope this finds you all well,
PS. this next bit was a bit of fun from my bestfriend that I just had to include.
I LOVE YOU DAENA!!!!! (heheheh...my best
friend wrote that...whilst I was out of the room for a minute, and she thinks I would have deleted it! But I didn't! Mwhahahahahah! ).
You probably haven’t heard from me
for a while, and if you are wondering how I am going, well here we
go. I am going as well as can be expected...
Last week was the 6th month
anniversary of my fathers death, which also co-coincided with what
would have been my mum and dads 37th Wedding Anniversary.
In the weeks to come we are looking at all the things we need to do
to create a place to have my dads ashes put.
6 months ago, we got a phone
call from my dads nursing home telling us he had passed away in his
sleep! We stood vigil around his body, my sister
making the trek down the hill to be with
us in the wee hours of the morning! I can't believe it has been 6
months! It feels like both days and years since we waited with dad for
the funeral home to take him away from the place he had called home for 7
I miss dad so very much! I miss going to tell him about
all the good stuff I've done, and talking with him about all the
struggles and heartbreak too! He was a fighter & had such an amazing
sense of humour! He was stubborn, generous, outrageous and kind!
To my mum, who would have last week celebrated her 37th wedding anniversary
with my father too, I love you! So very much! You are so strong even
when you have been so broken yourself! You are so loved!!!
sister & brother in law, thank you for standing beside us through
it all when you had so many of your own burdens to bare!
my niece and nephew... Thank you for the smiles, & tears and the
reminders that we need to take things a little less seriously! I love
To my friends both near and far... To my Samwise Gamgee, for helping me, your Frodo, carry that ring to Mordor!
Thank you to all of you who helped me get through these last few
months! From food drops, dinner outings, care packages, flowers, cards,
hugs, kisses, love and amazing kindness! Thank you for holding me
together when I felt like I was just pieces of glitter on the wind... To
now being a few bigger fragments of my former self! I thank you from
the bottom of my heart!
And sadly but finally to those who
have spoken to us about "getting over it" or "moving on", I need to
say... grieving doesn't work like that!!! We have been broken, shattered
by both the illness dad underwent and also his death, then to deal with
mums cancer and other things, some small, whilst some were tectonic.
These things breaking us into smaller fragments of ourselves, to the
point we thought we would end up dust in the wind! The fact we are still
in small fragments at all is a celebration! We haven't been ground
down, blown away, given up, or lost who we are! But to become a single
person again is going to take days, months and years! Every day we miss
dad & that won't stop! Not now, not in 10 years, not in 50 years! So
please, please don't expect any of us to "get over it" or "move on"!
Life is not that simple or that black and white! Please be patient!
What I most want to say is that I love my dad! I am who I am because of
him. He lives on in the hearts of those who knew him! I just can't
believe it's been over 6 months! Rest peacefully dad I miss you!
Mum, my strong, strong mum, is recovering from the cancer. 5
months ago she was operated on. And for someone who has no cancer any
more, it is amazing how many non-deadly complications there can be. I
think I have to say we have almost had them all. I remember before
mum had her surgery that the physios said to us that they will
continue to care for her for 2 years after the surgery. I remember
thinking … 2 years is a bloody long time... why would we need to be
here for that long? But it turns out that they treat cancer patients
for that long, because people need help for that long. Like mum
needs the help. People have made comments that make me cringe, like
“because she doesn’t have the cancer any more, means she should
be okay now”. I'd like to think it was that simple... but its not.
The doctor recently explained it to me, and my mum, that it was like
having two amputations. The body reacts so violently when you loose
and arm or a leg... and as it turns out... two breasts. Mum has been so courageous through it all. I am so proud of her for her strength. It is true what they say about women ... "You don't know how strong a woman is until you put her in hot water". The best
thing that has come out of mum having had cancer is that almost every
female friend over the age of 45 has booked in and gone for a
mammogram since mums surgery. Which is amazing! If you are a woman
over 45 or if you find a lump in your breast (this can be guys too)
head to the doctor and get a mammogram or ultrasound.
Mentally I have fought to find the
good things, that I know are there. I see my friends and family
struggling with so many issues of their own. I just wish I could
wrap them all in cotton wool, give them the resources they need and give them the biggest cuddle in the world. Or
take away the problems they have like some sort of Kindness Fairy.
Sadly the world doesn’t work like that... and if I did start
wrapping my friends in cotton wool and taking them away from the things that hurt them... apart from being considered a lunatic... its
not very good for those people, my friends. We all need to push past our own
issues, and deal with them in their own way, and in doing so grow stronger as a
result. Still my heart bleeds for those who are doing it tough at the
moment. I send you my love and my hope that things will get better in
I keep my gratitude journals going. 10
things every day that I am grateful for. Sometimes that is harder than others... but there is ALWAYS something to be grateful.
Keeping my gratitude journal going means I also have a continual physical record of all my Kindnesses too. I haven't stopped even through all the craziness in my life. Even though I have mainly stopped blogging in that time, and it has been only with my sisters help that I have kept up the Facebook page. Thanks Vandra! :)
I have to focus on the positive things at the moment (so I don't get too down)...Which kind of leads me to my next
thing. Some awesome news this month was that I got a job. Its only a
little job for a short amount of time but its very important to me
because it gets me out of the house, (leaving mum in the safe
hands of others) and doing something for the greater community.
I have recently started work at the
Social Justice Unit for the Uniting Church. Our little unit has,
since I have been there, been a part of organising and running a
conference on Eco-issues, sustainability and how those who believe in
God are called to look after his creation; they have offered homes to
children of Asylum Seekers who are living in detention (along with
other church groups) (Read more here); and also made statements and stands on
Sustainable resources not Uranium (Read more here).
I like to think that all of this work
is another form of kindness. Kindness for those that cannot protect
themselves (i.e.. Mother earth/Gaia/Gods creation & the human
beings who most need our care). I, personally, like to start with
sorting things out in our own countries before trying to tackle those
in the wider world. It brings me back to one of my dads favourite
musicals, Godspell, “How can you pick a speck of saw dust
from your brothers eye, when all the time there is a great plank in
I, personally, have really struggled
with the way that the current Australian government is treating
the humans & the land in its care. Focusing on money, not kindness.
No government is perfect, don't get me wrong, but this particular
government seems to be doing more harm than good. So I want to do
more kindness to compensate. Of course I don’t have the same money
or resource’s the government in Australia has, but I have been
looking at ways that the average human can make a difference. I think I might have found a few ways.
Do you think there is any way that us,
mere mortals, can make a difference in our own communities for the
better? If so, how? If not, why not?
Okay... I bet this wasn’t quite what
you were expecting when you started reading... politics. I know
politics is always controversial. I don’t like politics much
myself, but we can't escape it.
I stand for Kindness. I stand for it every day. And I only want
kindness for everyone. I know... it seems like the impossible dream.
But someone has to dream it right? So it may as well be me! If you
share a similar dream, I would love to hear about it.