Tuesday, January 7, 2014

12 Months of Kindness 2014

Happy New Year to all of you.  I hope this post finds you well and ready to tackle another year!  January is an excellent time to plan out your year of 12 Months of Kindness Project (but you can start at any time during the year - the most important thing is that you plan it!)

We have found that being kind and acting on that kindness is an inspirational way to keep our family's perspective grounded in gratitude throughout the year.  It is so easy to get swallowed up by the busyness and running that comes with having a family, responsibilities, work, and all the things that come with being an adult.
some of our very own acts of kindness through the years
So, we set out each new year with a plan in mind for (at least) 12 acts of kindness; one for each month.  A little reminder to be grateful for all that we have and give back to those who could use a little boost.  At some point in our lives, we have also benefitted from another person's patience, generosity, or kindness too.  As one of our favorite mantras and as Grace Noll Crowell sang, "Because I have been given much, I too must give."

If your family is interested in making a commitment to 12 months of giving - we'd love to hear about it and your plans!  Comment below or email us at:  12mokp@gmail.com

Check out my pinboard dedicated to acts of kindness for inspiration or use your family's own interests and local groups to help map out the next 12 months of rooting your family in kindness and gratitude!

For this year, I've created a new worksheet if you want - grab it from the Documents tab above. After making your 12 Months of Kindness Project plan - post it somewhere your whole family will see it.  We post ours on the fridge as a reminder that we have Kindness Goals to work towards each month!

You can read more about how our family is planning to complete our 12 Months of Kindness Project this year at our family blog:  http://studerteam.blogspot.com/2014/01/12-months-of-kindness-2014.html

Good Luck and I can't wait to hear from you about how your family is being kind each month this year!