In a world filled with immense negativity, it’s always refreshing to come out of the day with a positive attitude and knowing that you’ve somehow made a difference – either your life or someone else’s. That’s all the more reason why I’ve teamed up with KIND for World Kindness Day to help spread a little kindness and also share how I plan to leave a KIND legacy in my own life.
Not only is KIND committed to ensuring their snack line is healthy and tasty for their consumers (one of their mottos is “if you can’t pronounce the ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body”), they are fully committed to fostering and. nurturing the communities around them and to make the world KINDer. Hence why they started the KIND Movement.
How I KIND
Now in my 30’s with two kids of my own, it’s only recently that I realized that the kinder I am to myself and my body, the kinder I am to the loved ones around me. We recently moved out to the suburbs, but still work in the city (and the kids go to school in the city), so the daily commute kills us. It’s completely random whether there’s a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam or whether we zip through the freeway at record times. On a typical weekday, I’m drained and by the end of the week, not even five cups of coffee could save me. So, recently, I’ve made a commitment to myself that I will go to bed at least an hour earlier and try to not hit the snooze button when my alarm goes off in the morning (I find that makes me even more tired/groggy – does that happen to you too?). Trust me, I’m a much happier/kinder person when I’ve gotten my beauty sleep 🙂 I’m also more tolerant and compassionate towards my kids – two qualities that are very important for me to pass on to them.
I’m also trying to be more conscious about my relationship with my step-daughter. She’s almost 18 and finishing up her last year at high school. The dynamics are definitely different and, because I’ve helped raise her full-time since she was around 8 years old and she lives with us, it’s been a struggle between my boundaries and hers. The respect goes both ways and I’m still very much learning how to juggle to balance. After all, we kind of go through this whole parenting thing blindly, don’t we?
And who can forget about hubby?! We make a conscious effort to spend at least an hour together every evening – even if it means cuddling up on the couch and watching our favourite Netflix shows. I recall my step-daughter commenting on this after I was telling her that I need to start going to bed earlier and all she saw was that we just sat on the couch and watched TV every night. Little does she know why!
While I struggle with time management in my personal life, I’ve made a solid commitment to myself to watch what I eat and to start working on my fitness again. It’s time to tone up my body and get rid of my “mama butt”, as my kids call it, haha! To be continued…
It’s very important for me to raise my kids with empathy, manners and awareness of others. That could be simply holding a door open for the person behind them, saying “please”, “thank you” and “excuse me”, doing chores around the house (that includes laundry, cleaning their room and picking up toys, and taking out the garbage). Smiling. Acknowledgement. No electronic devices (our decision in the past couple years and it’s been working for us – no judgment otherwise). I just want them to grow up to be a KIND person.
We’ve partnered with KIND to spread some KINDness on World KINDness Day (November 13th). Share with us how you plan to spread KINDness today and everyday, and you could win a KIND prize pack. The giveaway is open to Canadian residents 18+ years. Head over to my Instagram page (@theswanksocial) to enter!
Disclosure: All opinions and views in this post remain my own and do not reflect those of KIND Snacks and/or their affiliates. We received a KINDness starter kit in exchange for this post.