Monday, January 30, 2017

Do You Love Showing Kindness to Others? Join the Encouragement Movement.


Encouragement is a common word, maybe you use it on a regular basis, but have you ever stopped to truly define it?

Merriam Webster’s online dictionary says,   

Encouragement is "the ACT of Giving HOPE or CONFIDENCE."

Think about that for a moment.  You, through encouragement, have the POWER to give someone hope or confidence!


How often do you encourage others?


In your mind, maybe you are thinking of that time your friend told you that she was having a hard time, and you encouraged her to keep going...Or maybe when your child’s teacher did something that made a difference for your child, you emailed him to thank him.  If you’re like me, you remember these moments because you felt good about them.  You felt good that you could bring "Hope or Confidence” to someone.
 

So, why don’t we encourage others more?


We often think, “when someone needs encouraging, I will.”  The problem is, we don’t always know when someone needs encouragement, and even when we do, we aren’t quite sure how TO encourage them.  That’s why we need to be intentional about encouraging others — we need to make a Commitment.  Maybe we start slow...try to encourage someone once a month, or once a week...or maybe we make it our mission to encourage someone once a day or multiple times a day.  It really doesn’t matter what time frame you set because what I have noticed in my own life is once we start encouraging others, it becomes easier.  Once we FEEL how awesome it feels, we can’t wait to do it again.  Once we start looking for ways to encourage one, we starting seeing ways to encourage others.


Encouragement Movement


So, I want to start a movement!  Maybe that sounds crazy, but it’s true. 

I want to inspire you (and myself) to regularly encourage others, and the way I want to do that is by bringing you CREATIVE ideas for encouraging others and little reminders of just how easy it can be to encourage someone, and I want you to play along.  I want you to send me your ideas for creative ways to spread a little Hope…Confidence…Love.  In the future, I will talk more about building a community of encouragers, but for now, just reach out on social media or by email to tell me all of the fun ways you have encouraged others.  Plus, sign up for the monthly encouragement newsletter which will inspire you to encourage the people around you. {You can sign up at the bottom of this post.}

How this affects www.HomeMadeville.com.

It really doesn’t, other than it gives us a bit more focus.

Encouragement comes in many forms:

Planning Parties
Creating a Home
Giving Gifts
Making Meals
Finding Fun Activities
Organizing Your Life & Space

And all of the other things that you can find here at HomeMadeville - "Your Place for HomeMade Inspiration."

Are you tired of negativity?


Come to HomeMadeville and find simple ways to give hope, confidence, and encouragement to everyone around you — friends, family, coworkers, community leaders, neighbors, the person you meet in the grocery store — because EVERYONE needs to be encouraged.

Niki

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