It took a few months in for Los Angeles to experience the cool weather we have been longing for, minus the rainfall. So Fall has been a living in warm layers, countless cups of coffee (with pumpkin syrup & coconut milk creamer), old films & fireplaces, wistful dreams and a autumnal motivation to pursue and chase your dreams.
I think theres a certain alchemy to dreams. Perhaps I have written about this before but I believe in pursuing and creating whatever we wish to create. Motivation (can) take effort, invest time in what you believe in and no when to walk away. The concept of failure seems like a ghastly or debilitating concept instead of letting it show us different lessons or perceptions. The road(s) we take can change along the way. To go about a different path or look back doesn’t distort our growth, it can reveal more about what we genuinely want, or no longer need.
Anyways, the season of winter is almost near. Use more blankets, burn more natural candles, laugh over cups of warmed coffee, invest in more conversations, smile at strangers. Sometimes the world can be dark or uneasy but there is strength in kindness, power in living, & wisdom in education.
Here is February’s list, Be Kind to Others. Something we should do on a daily basis, innately and unconsciously. Kindness is not about giving back to a specific group of people (or creatures), its about realizing there is a world beyond ourselves, our perceptions; ultimately our actions & interactions affect one another. But most importantly be kind to yourself first & foremost.
You don’t have to do this alone, you make a project out of it, invite your friends &/or family, start a group, spread random acts of kindness and you can even share your journeys. Don’t limit it to a month! Lists are to stimulate and help come up with more ideas!
Here are some links that can help you out
Learn about Operation Beautiful & Contribute
No-Kill Animal Shelter Locator
Locate a Recycling Facility
Locate a Salvation Army in your area
Locate a Food Bank
Reach Out & Read
Locate a Public Garden near you
Million Trees LA Trees for the Future
International Ocean/Coastal Clean-Up locator
Love With Box is an organic/healthy subscription box that donates a meal to a hungry child in the USA
Learn about the Kind Campaign
Random Acts of Kindness has great ideas & you can be a RAKtivist
Even more acts of kindness & one you can try with children