Jan 30, 2018 - Blog    Comments Off on Week Five: Donate to Oscar’s DIPG Fund

Week Five: Donate to Oscar’s DIPG Fund

This week’s act of kindness is brought to you with great sadness.  Many of you will be familiar with Yav from Makeupmonster.ie.  Yav is a great blogger and an incredibly brave woman and mother.  The news her family has recently received is utterly devastating.  This week’s act of kindness is to:

Support Oscar’s DIPG Fund


I cannot stop thinking about Yav, Lar and Oscar.  I want to share a link to their story in their own words:


An event, Le Cheile, has also been organised to fundraise for Oscar, please follow The Beautiful Truth and The Pharmer’s Journal for more information.

Please donate to support Oscar and his wonderful Mam and Dad.… Read the rest

Jan 25, 2018 - Blog    Comments Off on Week Three: Donate a Sleeping Bag

Week Three: Donate a Sleeping Bag

Welcome to week 3 of 52 weeks of kindness.  I hope the last two weeks have been going well and once again I’d love to hear how you have been getting on.  This week’s act of kindness is very simple:

Donate a sleeping bag to a homeless service

This can be done from your phone and you will be able to donate through various services.  On average a sleeping bag costs about €12 via donation.  This is not a lot of money and although a sleeping bag is a very small item, it might just make someone’s night a little bit easier. 

Of course, you can donate more, you can set up a monthly donation to a homeless service.  You can buy and donate food to services that feed the homeless. You can buy warm clothes, socks, toiletries etc. for the homeless.  It is up to you.  Donating a sleeping bag might be a good place to start. 

Some services which could benefit of donations are:

The Capuchin Day Centre             www.capuchindaycentre.ie/

The Simon Community                  https://www.simon.ie/

Focus Ireland                                     https://www.focusireland.ie/

Inner City Helping Homeless        https://www.ichh.ie/

Peter McVerry Trust                       https://www.pmvtrust.ie/

Homelessness is a national crisis.  Although we can’t all solve the problem tomorrow, we can play our part in helping.  Let’s not look away; let’s show kindness and help instead.

Jan 9, 2018 - Blog    Comments Off on Week Two: Practice Empathy

Week Two: Practice Empathy

Last week saw the start of my 52 Weeks of Kindness series.  I’m thrilled at the response and that we have a chance together to make 2018 a year of kindness.

This week’s challenge or tip is to practice empathy.

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Empathy is about understanding. We may not have the exact experience of what another is facing and in some ways we may not get it at all but by practicing empathy we can truly listen and understand how the issue impacts another.  We can understand that for them it is difficult or distressing.  By practicing empathy we put our own judgement and preconceived notions aside and truly find understanding with another.   This level of deep understanding has kindness rooted at its core. Empathy allows us a strong connection with another being and allows us to enter their world and share their view.  It is a bond and it is a gift.

By beginning to practice empathy we can also become more aware of our own feelings and our own judgments leading us to be kinder individuals.

Empathy is free; it isn’t hard to do and we can all practice small elements of it in our daily lives.… Read the rest

Jan 2, 2018 - Blog    Comments Off on Week One: Donate Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Week One: Donate Unwanted Christmas Gifts

Happy New Year!  I have been in a bit of a blogging slump over the last few months but I feel that I have a found a new project which I’m very passionate about and can’t wait to share with all of you.  I’m so thrilled to say that today I’m launching 52 Weeks of Kindness.  Each week in 2018 I will be suggesting an act of kindness to follow through on.  There is no such thing as too much kindness and I’m quite sure we could all do with showing more and receiving more.  The tiniest act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone and we should all want to be part of that.  I’m hoping that both bloggers and readers will join in and I would love any suggestions you might have.

My week one act of kindness is to donate unwanted Christmas presents.

There are plenty of worthy charities in need of unwanted or extra gifts.  Presents can be donated to the Pro Cathedral which will be given to individuals in need next Christmas by Crosscare.  Gifts can be donated to refuges, children’s groups, hospitals and many other deserving organisations.  Did you get another pair of pyjamas or a dressing gown that you don’t want? They would be very welcome in a homeless shelter.  Maybe you got  a dress that isn’t for you which could be put to better use in a refuge.  Perhaps your little one got an extra toy which would be played … Read the rest