You Matter.

December 12th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

I LOVE the news.  I really do.  I love the New York Times, Huffington Post, my Twitter timeline, even my Facebook newsfeed.  I’m one of those people who thinks it’s important to stay up to date with what’s going on in the world.  I enjoy reading interesting stories and talking about them amongst friends and coworkers.  Sometimes though, the news can be really depressing and if I read too much of the negative stuff, I lose interest.  Personally, I’m drawn to stories about education, children/adolescents, bullying, mental health, and advocacy.  The thing is, however, I most enjoy stories about young people doing things in their communities to battle problems that are important to them.  I really don’t have any preference to what the issue at hand is, I just love seeing young people making sure THEIR voices are heard.  Ultimately, I wish the news highlighted more of this.

When I was trying to articulate into words what exactly I wanted My Kindness Counts to be about, this concept was what I found most difficult to explain.  I wanted to create a little space online that could highlight all the GOOD young people were doing in their communities.  I think YOU matter and  I think that what you feel is important MATTERS.  While fighting for your passions or speaking up against things you don’t like can be daunting, it’s important.  I use (and love) Twitter so much because I can create my own news.  I can follow people like you who are doing AMAZING things in your communities.  If you are someone who is standing up for an issue you find important, send me an email and I’ll feature it here on My Kindness Counts.  Your act of kindness, no matter how big or small, can encourage others to do the same.

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love.

December 12th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in Inspiration - (0 Comments)


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follow your heart.

December 12th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in Inspiration | Thoughts - (0 Comments)

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Bullying.org Goes to Ottawa!

December 11th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in News - (0 Comments)

Do you guys know Bullying.org?  They are a great organization based out of Canada and according to their website, “Bullying.org’s purpose is to eliminate bullying in our society by supporting individuals and organizations to take positive actions against bullying through the sharing of resources, and to guide and champion them in creating non-violent solutions to the challenges and problems associated with bullying.” Pretty cool, eh? ;)

I received an email earlier from Bullying.org’s email list-serve and the policy-lover in me thought it’d be cool to share it.  The email said that the Bullying.org team were invited to make a presentation to the Senate Committee on Human Rights about the issue of cyberbullying tomorrow.  If you’ve done any bullying research or have read any journal articles on bullying and cyberbullying, Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Wendy Craig should be names that are familiar to you.  They are AMAZING and have done incredible work in the field of bullying.  They will also be giving presentations at the meeting tomorrow.

Pretty cool fun fact:  In college, I did an Independent Study on bullying and cyber bullying and as I was gathering my references, I came across a journal article by Dr. Pepler.  I emailed her a few questions and was ECSTATIC when she emailed me back moments later explaining her research in a little more detail and wishing me luck!

 

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Inspiration

December 11th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

Are you ever inspired by a picture or a quote?  Do you ever feel like that one image pulls at your heart-strings?  Many nights, before I fall asleep, I Google-Image around the Internet looking through pictures or quotes to fit the mood I’m in.  I don’t have a Tumblr or anything, so I rarely save the picture.  I actually spent time looking though my sister’s Tumblr tonight and felt inspired by many of the positive sayings and captivating images she had on her page.  I have been thinking a lot lately about trying to post more pictures on My Kindness Counts to keep it appealing to new people visiting.  Do you think this is a good idea?  Maybe I can create a new page you can access from the top menu bar (next to Home, About, etc…) where I can post images I find inspiring, positive, and uplifting, and if you’d like, you could send me something that means a lot to you and I can post that as well.  That’ll give me something to glance through on those nights I find myself searching the Internet, and I’ll feel happy knowing that others find them inspiring as well. :) Here’s my first image:

 

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Thanks, Claudia :)

December 4th, 2011 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts | Your Voices - (1 Comments)

Your site gives me hope… I’m a freshman in high school right now and I see how discouraging bullying can be to mine and my peers’ lives. I try to stop it when I see it happening but we need more people aware of how bad bullying really is. Thanks for sticking up for the underdog Jessica!! Will keep reading your site and showing others to support the cause.

~Never be bullied into silence~

- Claudia

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