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Lizzie Velasquez is probably the best motivational speaker I’ve ever listened to. To be honest, she seems like the healthiest person ever! She is comfortable in her own skin, she accepts her condition, she does not let her medical condition define her, she inspired others through her life story, and she inspired me. What truly captivated me with this video is her parents. They were fully aware of Lizze’s condition, but they love her no matter what, they treated her and raised her as if there’s nothing wrong with her.

- There’s a few lessons I’ve learned through this video:

2. Treat others how you want to be treated.

3. Have LOTS of self-confident and DO NOT let others define who you are.

4. Know your root, how you were raised, how you got to where you are, be respectful and show gratitude.

5. True beauty isn’t what’s on the outside.

I think she is absolutely beautiful and amazing. If you want to know more about her, this is the link to Lizzie’s profile. http://lizziebeautiful.tumblr.com/

Happy Monday!

Flower power

Over spring break I was in the car with my mom on a busy street in Brooklyn sitting at a stop light. In Brooklyn portal vendors sell goods on on busy intersections to make money on the side; on this particular street a man with a bouquet of flowers was weaving in and out of cars at the red light. I’ve seen him and other people doing the same job and I always admired their roses and other arrangements in passing. I didn’t have enough money to buy a bouquet, but I decided to give him two dollars anyway. When I stuck my hand out the window to give him the money I told him “I don’t want the flowers, but I want you to have the money!” He gave me a big smile and said thank you. A car behind us caught his attention and he rushed over to them. As we were driving away I couldn’t help but think that the flowers I wanted are going to bloom nicely for someone else.

Acts Of Kindness

Nothing restores my faith in humanity more than seeing random acts of kindness, especially amongst all the ignorance, racism, greed, immorality and inhumanity that we see plaguing our television screens every single day. In fact, national news should make more of an effort to show these random acts of kindness that go unrecognised every single day. These deeds don’t just deserve to be recognised, but they serve as role models and reminders that good deeds don’t go unnoticed and unappreciated.

This blog has been inspired by my soul searching over the past few weeks, during which I have tried to find the missing link in my life, i.e what makes me truly happy. Whilst buying that totes amazing handbag you have wanted for months will make you smile temporarily, there are many other things you could be doing with your time and money that will not only make you smile, but will warm the hearts of others, allow you to build on character and also show you some amazing life lessons…

So to give you that extra push of motivation and as a constant reminder for myself, I have chosen a few random acts of kindness I have found over the past week to show for you… Enjoy xx 

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This is my absolute favourite! Nothing makes us angrier than unwanted noise when we are trying to get some rest but it’s important to remember that at some stage in our lives we may be those parents with the screaming uncontrollable babies/kidlets. 

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& lastly always remember to be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle (Plato) 

Pay it Forward 

xx Alana 

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Hello there!

This is my first post and in honor of that, I am posting a short incredible video from The Ellen show. Just watch the video and you’ll understand why. It is absolutely amazing to see younger kids practice acts of kindness. This is how kids should be taught and raised.

Take away lesson: Dress nice and be nice!

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Giving $200 tips to restaurant servers 

Random Acts of Kindness - Day 262

September 3, 2013:

Sometimes it’s not the act but the attitude or expectations (or lack thereof) which can be the kindness. I had not seen my great-niece for 7 months except for a couple of video calls (and, during those, all I can think is how this little girl must think I’m some type of Max Headroom). She’ll be 23 months in a few days, so she’s too young to be able to remember people she does not see on a fairly frequent basis. 

So when I went to visit my niece and her daughter this day I figured that L would be quite shy around me, and that I’d basically be a stranger to her. Which turned out to be the case. That was fine. I did my best not to push it with her, and let her warm up to me (she was giving me hugs around my calves by the end of our visit, so I did okay). But my niece seemed truly surprised (and relieved) by how I took this in stride and didn’t have high expectations coming in. Apparently others in their life (and I don’t know who) get upset when L does not immediately recognize them. Therefore, quite inadvertently, I made things easier for my niece by my lowered expectations. Since during my years as an aunt, my primary goal has been to be as helpful as possible to my nieces and nephews, I suppose mission accomplished this once!

Random Acts of Kindness - Day 187

June 20, 2013:

I took one of my lengthy countryside hikes out in Surrey. When I used to do these, I never gave much thought to the “rules” of such outings, but, after having been back in the US, I realize that by obeying these rules I have been doing kindnesses to those whose land I pass through and to the citizenry in general.

In England countryside walks for the most part are on public footpaths and bridleways that pass through what is otherwise private land. These paths are also enjoyed by hundreds, if not thousands, every year, as is the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Many of these paths take us through fields that are being farmed or used as pastures for horses, cows, sheep, etc. So it is a big rule not to do anything to disturb this land. Such as sticking, as best as possible, to the visible path (there are times deviations must be done such as when a large tree or branch has fallen and is blocking the path, or a herd of cows is standing in the way in the path <g>). Not littering. Making sure gates are closed properly behind you (so as to ensure animals don’t escape and other animals are not able to get in). Going quietly through areas so as not to startle livestock. And numerous other subtle things to watch out for depending on the circumstances.

I also have another habit when I take these walks. If I come upon an old church which is open to the public (I’m talking truly old - this trek I went into a church dating back to Norman times), I locate the donation box and drop a pound coin in it. I’m not Christian, but these are historical buildings, oftentimes containing pieces of art or monuments that have been treasured for centuries. That money goes toward making sure the structure remains sound and preserving its contents. It’s history, and I will always support the preservation of any such historical building.

Random Acts of Kindness - Day 177

June 10, 2013:

A high school junior started volunteering yesterday in the clerk’s office where I volunteer while she’s on summer break. The people there gave her filing to do, but did not really take the time to show her where things were, or discuss the common kinds of problems that can prop up (they truly just don’t have the time). I saw her getting a bit lost in the stacks at one point, and went up to introduce myself, and told her to feel free to ask me questions if she had any. For the rest of the day, whenever she came over to me with a question, I answered her cheerfully and with a smile, showing her where to find something as need be (and even giving her a tour of the file locations in the beginning - they are spread out, have been shifted around a few times just while I have been there, and so befuddle even those who permanently work there at times).

The people in the clerk’s office are very nice, but they see volunteers and temps come and go at a breathtaking pace. Plus their workload never lets up. So if this is another way I can help out, why not?

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