I don’t know about y’all, but 2020 felt like a year of tidal waves crashing in. Knocking me over, getting back up, and getting knocked over again. It felt like a year of events, some of them a long time coming. And so far, 2021 is looking a lot of the same.
Ideally, I would’ve been writing about our experiences and sharing them, throughout the year. However, I’ve learned over the years that I focus best when I’m able to focus on one pressing thing at a time. Therefore, writing has been mostly on the back burner.
And while 2020 felt like monthly tidal waves crashing in, years prior, I felt like I could hardly keep my head above water. Even with a year holding so much devastation, it also brought growth, and respite.
Now that we are finding our rhythm, I’d love to start sharing our journey with you.
Starting from “the beginning”.
Did you know that alligators bark?
A few weeks ago, we went with my hubby’s Granny to the zoo. I don’t know if we were being too loud, or there was a zoo keeper nearby bringing food. . . But this guy let out a low, loud growl/bark. I jumped, and screamed just as loud. And then laughed at the realization that I never new alligators even made a sound, let alone a growl/bark.
Never in all of my life have I seen snow like this in Texas. Power outages, limited water supplies. And the grocery stores look like early pandemic days. Strangest thing ever.
Also- we have experienced cold winter at least once a month since September.
It’s safe to say, this Texas gal has had enough Winter to last a decade. Bring on the 100+ degree weather!
I don’t know if it’s the funk of these last couple of weeks or what. . . But, I’ve been having a hard time trying to finish this series. Maybe because I haven’t been super cheerful. Sometimes, it can be a lot harder to write about something, when you’re feeling the total opposite. But, you know what, that’s exactly why I need to push forward, and wrap this up, as planned-ish. Haha.
I’m a big believer that talking about our struggles, and sharing how we overcome those are some of the best ways to shine light to those who need it.
And, whether or not I’m feeling particularly cheerful. . . the world still needs kindness. We all still need to keep spreading kindness, despite how we are feeling at any given moment. With that being said, let’s continue:
Day 16: Remember to show yourself kindness. I know we’ve done this before. And. . . It’s so so so important that you are showing yourself love and kindness first, and foremost. Without knowing how to do that, and show up for yourself, it’s going to be extremely hard to pass that along to others. Being kind to yourself is something to do on a daily, and regular basis. Do something, today, to show yourself kindness. Are you speaking to yourself negatively?! Turn that around to positive self talk?! Are you being hard on yourself about something?! Take a deep breath, and let it go.
Day 17: Show your community kindness. What is something your community needs?! Is there a road you drive by that is filled with liter?! Get you a trash grabber, some gloves, and a trash bag. Go clean up the side of that road. Of course, take safety precautions, and do your research! In some ways, meeting needs for those in your community may look different, right now. . .But, again, do your research, think about the skills and resources you have, and go show some kindness to your community.
Day 18: Clean up after yourself. Going out to a restaurant?! Tidy your table before you leave to make it easier for the wait staff to clean up after you!
Day 19: Send a friend flowers, and a thoughtful note.
Day 20: Send a struggling friend a care package filled with some of her favorite things.
Day 21: Do something to support a friend’s business.
Kindness is contagious. Spread it like wildfire. Expect nothing in return.