Just about a year and a half ago, I started #projectgoodness, a community dedicated to noticing and adding to the goodness that surrounds us always. I wanted to invite everyone to engage in a practice that changed my life, the practice of actively taking note of the goodness in myself, those around me, and my environment. The idea behind #projectgoodness is that its about your attention and where you put it. Sure there are all kinds of things happening in and around us, things we sometimes can’t control, but our attention is ours and we can point it (like an arrow!) towards what lifts us up. Towards goodness. So far hundreds of goodness packs, and thousands of stickers, have been sent out. It is through your support, words of encouragement, and passion for noticing and adding to the goodness that surrounds us always, that I continue to be inspired, and continue to look forward to sharing in all that is to come with you.
Sometimes the easiest way is the best way
This is something I've lived through creating a website and designing the #projectgoodness stickers. At the start, I thought making my own website would be too hard, being that I had no idea where to even begin! I then found Weebly, which was easy to use and super user friendly. It was and continues to be a work in progress, and for me having it exist (in real life, and not just in my mind) is the BEST! As for the stickers, I prolonged making them for a some time due to my nonexistent Illustrator skills. After some time of them being an idea I, impulsively, opened pages and played around with some fonts and shapes. I sent in my design to a stickermule, and bam! The first generation of goodness stickers were born. Sure the sticker could of been made through taking "harder" approach, but for me, having them exist, like withgoodness.com, was the BEST!
It was and continues to be a work in progress, and for me having it exist (in real life, and not just in my mind) is the BEST!
Doubt has no place in trying to make "it" happen:
That was something I kept reminding myself. Doubt cannot be invited to the meetings/brainstorming sessions. Sure there are ways the doubt can support the main idea, and help in pinpoitning possible problems and solutions, but for me, I found that with doubt came discouraging thoughts, that didn’t serve me or the project. In the words of my dad, “you have to think a little unrealistically, in order to make it happen.”
In the words of my dad, “you have to think a little unrealistically, in order to make it happen.”
A little encouragement goes a long way
On days where I needed it most, I found encouragement left by others (in my inbox, on a street corner, as a comment or post on instagram) as being the thing that lifted me up, and pushed me forward. I try to be an encourager, because over the past few years that I've been paying attention to it (goodness), I've found that the encouragement of others, effected me and my days in such a positive way. By practicing encouraging others, you never know whose day you might make! And the ripple effect that it might have!
On days where I needed it most, I found encouragement left by others (on a street corner, in my inbox, as a comment or post on instagram) as being the thing that lifteded me up, and pushed me forward.
Since starting to document the goodness that surrounds us always, I have come to notice more goodness in me and those around me. It has totally changed the way I go about my day, and increased the gratitude and overall positive regard towards all things.
Its about your attention and where you put it
Becoming aware of the goodness in yourself, those you care about, and in your surroundings with help train your brain to focus, and see, goodness in most people/situations/environments. Focusing on that goodness will make life’s ups more enjoyable and life’s downs more bearable.
Having the dream is the first step
I used to think that the dream didn’t count, and that one I acted on it, then I was on my way. I now see having the dream, as being on the way to making it come true.