Monday, August 8, 2011

Sticky Notes of Kindness


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I always try to go out of my way to talk to people. Everyone has a story to tell, and they need someone to listen. The bathrooms cleaners, gas station workers, my cute group of girls I teach at church... everyone. Last week, I r.e.a.l.l.y. got to talk to some fun people. People who looked relieved to have someone actually care about their life. Although everyone that I met was incredibly different from one another, they always had the same thing in common: They all had immense trials.


I remember a specific time that I was on the opposite side of the conversation. I walked into a gas station, eyes red from countless tears, and I just wanted to fill up my tank. My wallet was who knows where, and I didn't want to talk to anyone. So I didnt. The lady behind the counter kept smiling at me, and as I handed her just a few dollars, she told me to hang in there. As my gas meter started to reach the end of the money I had given her, it didn't stop. The lady at the register had put extra money in for me to get more gas.


We never know how much of an impact the small things that we do have on others. Everyone around us has a story, and deserve to be treated with kindness. This week, we're going to show our kindness a little bit differently, and see how many people we can make smile.


Our challenge is to place sticky notes with words of encouragement in random public places. Can you imagine walking into a public bathroom after a long day, and seeing a note on the mirror that says, "Don't Worry. You are Beautiful" ? I think I would smile for a whole week. The notes can say anything positive on them. When you post the note, take a picture of it. Then on Friday, put the pictures on your blog, tumbler, or facebook, and link them back here. I want to see how many people we can affect with our kindness this week.


Let's help eachother brainstorm. What will you write on your first sticky note?

52 comments:

cajunlicious said...

Following you from Kelly's blog, love what you are doing!
- Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

Changing Lanes said...

love this! i'm in. :)

Ashlyn said...

i am SO doing this.
you are so AWESOME for even thinking of this :]

you are amazing just the way you are :] -- is what my first sticky note would say!

& too be honest i need to see a random sticky note right this very moment to help me get through the day!

Christy Peffly said...

"The God of the world, the God that created the sun, moon and the stars created YOU too. He loves you."

Brooklyn McKenna said...

I love this idea! I love to leave and recieve notes from my family, but I never thought to do it in random places! I will definitely be participating.

Bree said...

You are amazing!! Thanks for being a light in my life! Great idea! :)

Lindsay said...

Check out operation beautiful for some inspiration

Marjorie said...

Love this idea! I actually used pink and blue sticky notes to tell my hubby we're expecting a baby :)

Tara said...

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all of the difference." Winnie the Pooh

www.jametara.blogspot.com

gratefulmama said...

Beautiful post! I am so excited to participate and leave random notes. The gas station story gave me chills and hope. I wish I could go find the girl for you and give her a hug of appreciation!

Holly said...

This is SO awesome!! I love that you are doing this, and I'm totally going to take part in it :) I think I will put something similar to your first picture on mine, because it's very true. I'm SO excited for this!!!!!

Ash said...

when I was in college, there actually was a day where random sticky notes were posted all over campus. They said little things like "smile" or "be happy to be here" and I LOVED it. It was so inspiring and heartwarming that something so small could have such a huge impact!
PS LOVE the new design :)

Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} said...

Interesting. This really is a good idea. I remember going through one of the hardest times in my life thus far, and logging onto FB, just to read a status update from a friend that said, "There is nothing that will happen today that you and God can't do together." It was like a weight lifting. I sighed and said, "Yes, Lord, there is nothing that will happen today that you and I can't do together."

MJ said...

Just like http://operationbeautiful.com/ :)

ashley.warner said...

ohhh i like this idea!
thanks for sharing!

ps. if you're interested, i'm hosting a $15 iTunes giftcard GIVEAWAY on my blog...

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Jim and Kensley said...

I'm loving this. How much fun would it be to randomly find one! I use to do this sometimes when I checked out books from the library. I think the last time I had a library book was in like 6th grade though! It's been so long!!

Sierra said...

i love this idea!! it's like getting a good fortune at a chinese restaurant but better! love it!!

Stephanie said...

I love it. I used to leave special notes for waiters to give them encouragement. I think my 1st one will say, "There's never been a more beautiful you."

Cassie said...

I am soo doing this! I have plenty of sticky notes. I love the "dont worry, your beautiful one."

K_stets said...

Love this! Check out http://operationbeautiful.com/ it's a lady that has been using post-it notes in places. Really cool idea!

Suzzie V said...

this is such a fun challenge! Love it!

Whitney & Devin said...

I am in love with this idea! I'm totally doing it... right now!!!

www.devinandwhitney.blogspot.com

Emily said...

I love this idea and will definitely be doing this!

There's nothing like seeing an unexpected note to brighten your day!


www.keepthefaithgoing.blogspot.com

Victoria said...

this is such a fantastic idea! i'm doing it!
Unlock YOUR World :]

Major Gal said...

what a lovely idea. i can't wait to do this.

FAB said...

What a wonderful idea! I love it!

Ashley said...

I think this is such a wonderful idea. I would love to start leaving sticky notes with positive quotes on them. What an inspiration you are.

Bay Park Dream said...

This is an incredibly beautiful idea! I'm in!

~Tammy
www.bayparkdream.blogspot.com

Katie said...

Wonderful idea! I think I'm going to have to get out of the house this week just to do this ;)


http://batsinthebelfry-katie.blogspot.com/

Mandy said...

What a perfect idea. You are so, so inspiring! I hope you know that! :)

M loves D

Katie Johnson said...

I've been following for awhile, but just got connected back from Eat Yourself Skinny.. I love reading your blog! It's sooo inspiring :)

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

I'm sure my teacher co-workers would love this if a sticky note was posted in the faculty bathroom :)

The Little Flapper said...

What an amazing movement! :)

Faith said...

i absolutely love this idea! wow, so moving!

Katie said...

I love it! I've had the quote "Everything is happening perfectly" on my mirror for years and years. It makes a difference!

Emily said...

Great sticky notes, I just bought a pillow and wall hangings for my dorm room that are full of inspirational quotes and posted about them today :) And I love your new blog design!

xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

Ann said...

I'm following you from Kelly's Blog...and THRILLED to have found you. What a beautiful blog and your work is incredible!

Abby said...

what a lovely story, and what a kind woman!

little said...

that is a great idea. so joining in!

love, little.

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Alexis Kaye said...

Awh I'm sorry you're having a tough time sweetie! what a great story! I saw someone else do this. They posted notes on the mirrors of my dance class about being beautiful. They have somekind of website. It made my day :)

Jess said...

Love these quotes! And loving the challenge!

Kate said...

I LOVE this! It is so true that even the words of a complete stranger can make your day. So if the words of a complete stranger can do this to us, just imagine if we were always uplifting and positive to those in our lives. Oh the possibilities :)

tahnie said...

Ashley,

I am absolutely IN LOVE with this idea! So excited to spread joy.

Have a happy day!

xo.
Tahnie

Caitlin C. said...

This is an insanely amazing idea... I love it!!!

Brittany Marie Trevino said...

love the idea. you are so pretty and love your style too! I actually just posted my first note today! :) It's really amazing at what a little act of kindness/positivity CAN DO for a stranger!..

littlequeen114@hotmail.com

Kitty and Britty said...

Love this!! New follower here from AZ! I have inspiring art work and quotes all over my house...I can't get enough...I love what you are doing!!!

Amanda said...

I love these quotes!

InMyOwnStyle said...

A little kindness goes a long way - love this post and what you are doing here. I plan to carry sticky notes in my purse and will be joining in. I love to make people smile and feel good about themselves.

My best- Diane

So Ouisie said...

Thank you for your inspiration!

Kim said...

This is an awesome idea, thanks!!! I will be participating it's a great and simple way to share love hope and cheer.

Thanks again :)

Kim said...

I left my first post-it note at my daughters preschool, thanks for the great idea :)

http://kim-lifeasweknowit.blogspot.com/2011/08/shine-project-ii.html