How deliberate acts of kindness can change the world

“Today I’m gonna try and change the world. Gonna take it one day at a time. I’ve made my resolution. I’ve opened up my eyes.” -Today I’m Gonna Try and Change the World (Johnny Reid) If you’ve been following my facebook page, you know that I spent the month of November doing 40 deliberate acts of kindness in honour of my 40th birthday. I’d had an amazing year since my last birthday, and was feeling very grateful, so I began thinking about what I really wanted as a present (i.e. a way to celebrate my birthday that felt like a gift to me – without actually acquiring more “stuff” that I don’t need). All that kept entering my head was to give back. I had read an article about Robyn Bomar and how she’d done 38 acts of kindness on her 38th birthday. I knew I was not organized enough to do 40 in one day, so I decided to do 40 in one month. You might be asking, why bother giving back? What was my plan? And what did I hope to achieve?  The point was to try and make the world a better place. I know it sounds cliché, but I just had this desire to do something! Maybe I can’t change the world, but I can for sure start with me. I can change how I show up in the world and interact with others. My plan was to do the 40 acts of kindness and invite people to join me (in doing whatever acts of kindness felt right for them). My hope was that through our...

On love: start with yourself first, and don’t settle!

“You’ve been here forever, so clear in my mind. I just don’t know where you are. I know I’ll find you, but girl ’til I do, this is my love song for you.” -Drift Off to Dream (Travis Tritt) Yesterday as I was driving to Calgary (heading down to hear Oprah speak!), I had my iPod on shuffle, and the song “Drift Off to Dream” came on. I hadn’t heard this song since the early 90’s probably, and I was actually surprised it was on there. Anyway…I became a bit emotional listening to the lyrics. It just really resonated with me. I guess because I know my “big love” is out there somewhere, and I am finally ready to meet him! I’ve been single for a while now. I was married for 8 years, and well, now I’m not. (That’s the super short version.) We were both good people. No one did anything wrong. It just wasn’t meant to be more than it was, and I’m ok with that. I know I learned what I needed to from that relationship. I have dated a few people here and there since then, but I just haven’t met the right guy yet. I will admit my dating life post divorce has had some hilarious moments (I am able to say that now looking back.) I had a lot of, shall I call them, “unique” experiences. Honestly, my mother even said I should write a book. I tried online dating. I tried being set up by friends. I tried dating people I’d known for years. I tried dating a guy I met...

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