If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about #thekindesschallenge. I am challenging myself, and anyone who would like to join, to do something kind for yourself or others each day of the month. I came up with the idea after hitting December 1st and realizing it is not only the holidays but also my birthday month. I usually am so pumped and excited to celebrate all these wonderful moments, but for some reason this year I wasn’t feeling it. It made me so sad!
This year has been filled with personal challenges, I guess it makes sense I am just not as eager as other years to party. I kept thinking more and more about the holidays and how this is my absolute favorite time of the year and I don’t want to waste away the season. So I decided, why not just be kind to myself every day until I feel like celebrating. It felt manageable and actually really relieving.
That day I went to lunch with a girlfriend in the West Village and ended up at our favorite hotel in the meatpacking district. We spent 8 hours talking. We talked about life, we talked about relationships, we talked about work. It was the kindest thing I could have done for my mental and emotional health. The next day I posted a photo from that day and mentioned the challenge. Since then, I’ve posted each day what I have been doing to be kind. It feels really out of my comfort zone to document each day of the kindness challenge, but I kept thinking maybe this could help someone else going through the same holiday blues. It also is keeping me accountable to follow through and do something each day.
Kindness may look like putting the phone down and be present in the moment, all the way to indulging in a spa day. It could be buying toys and donating them to shelters for kids to enjoy. Or finding extra jackets you’ll never wear again and donate it to the clothing drive. It could even be as simple as saying “I love you” in the mirror before leaving for work. I have found that even within the few days I’ve been doing this challenge, taking time to be kind creates this internal shift. A shift towards gratitude, a shift of happiness and positivity, a shift of “okay this is possible!”. So will you try this challenge with me? Let me know below so I can follow along and use the #thekindnessproject.