Are you ready to find out who won the ReSOlution of KINDness New Year’s Resolution contest?

My cat, Sophie, and I are ready to announce! The winner is…

A three way tie!!!!!!

Congratulations to Blair, Judi Hockabout, and Pan!

“A tie?” I bet your asking. Yes, indeed! Here’s why. After I read each person’s favorite kindness phrase and why it resonated with them, I realized some things. 

  • Kindness wears many coats. At any given moment, it can look different to different people.
  • Kindness radiates. It breaks through barriers. Even simple ones like categories, such as pets. Pan chose “Go ahead, stay in bed under the covers all day sweetie” from Week 3 and applied it to people as well. Love the outside the box thinking! 
  • 4 words can relate on so many levels.”You’re destined for greatness” from Week 1, reminded Judi of the story of the birth of her grandson and how it resonates with him. Love that connection!
  • Kindness and humor can go hand in hand. “Tuna party every day” from Week 3 is so funny and it warms my heart knowing that humor and cats are important to Blair.

If you will email me your mailing address, I will send your prizes. My email address is jessicaadam@unmeasuredjourneys.com. 

Thank you for participating! 



    KINDness Always Wins

    Are you ready to celebrate our New Year’s resolution success?

    We made it! The four SO KIND Wednesdays are behind us. Today is the day for the ReSOlution of KINDness contest.

    First of all, I want to offer my sincere thanks to each one of you not only for joining in, but for also making me laugh, offering perspectives on some things I hadn’t considered, and for making sure my first contest wasn’t a total flop!

    Here are the Contest Guidelines:

    • Please read through the following SO KIND Wednesday kindness phrases list. These are phrases that everyone commented every week in January.
    • Please choose the one you like the best, comment below and tell me why is resonates with you. Do you have a personal connection to it? A story to share?
    • Contest is open now, Wednesday February 3, 2016 to Friday February 5, 2016.
    • I will choose a winner based on how the kindness phrase helps or makes a difference.
    • The winner will be chosen and announced Saturday February 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm Central Standard Time.
    • The prize is a $25 gift card from Victoria Trading Company, a gift I’ll purchase from my favorite local store, Vintage Hollar, and 10 blank notecards with a photo of my grandparents’ barn on them.

    SO KIND Wednesday kindness phrase list:

    Week 1 Kindness phrases to say to children:

    1. You’re destined for greatness.
    2. Your star shines bright.
    3. True beauty in you.

    Week 2 Kindness phrases to say to friends:

    1. What can I do?
    2. I’ll pray for you.
    3. You are my inspiration.

    My link from Facebook wasn’t working that week, so these were commented on my Facebook page:

    1. I’ll babysit your kids.
    2. What can I do?
    3. Let me help you.
    4. What do you need?
    5. I brought you food.
    6. Go take a nap.
    7. LET ME HUG YOU!
    10. YOU CAN DO IT!
    19. I’m glad you’re mine.
    20. I am blessed daily.

    Week 3 Kindness phrases to say to pets:

    1. Tuna party every day.
    2. Your MEOW melts me.
    3. You are my cat.
    4. I am your human.
    5. You need a massage.
    6. Stay in bed under the covers all day, sweetie.
    7. Come cuddle, fluff butt.
    8. Food free for all.
    9. It’s a free treat.
    10. Do you want to play?

    Week 4 Kindness Changers/ Advice:

    1. Be still and know.
    2. What if I fall?
    3. What if you fly?
    4. Our 30-Day Challenge
    5. K.I.S.S.
    6. Happiness is a house.
    7. Goat that is house-broken.
    8. Holding the door for someone. Saying thank you to a cashier or server. Random acts of kindness to strangers.Pay it backward to pay it forward.
    9. Stay strong when it comes to giving tough kindness.
    10. Kindness should be the easiest thing in the world to give…And it costs nothing but time in most cases.
    11. Kindness can also be one of the hardest acts to give and also costs nothing.

    (Numbers 8-11 are excerpts from Pan’s comments. I hope you don’t mind, Pan.)

    Four weeks of kindness has already changed the world! Thank you for joining in!



    The Last SO KIND Wednesday 

    Did anyone happen to grab January as it was zooming by? Where did this month even go? 

    On the other hand, I am rejoicing!! That means I’ve almost made it through a month for a New Year’s resolution! Woo hoo! 

    For the last SO KIND Wednesday, I decided to go back to the root of things. The idea behind this came from a story I wrote called “Four Words”. In December I had an appointment with a specialist I’d never met. The appointment was made a month in advance and I was nervous pretty much that entire month. 

    The day I went to see him will be forever etched in my mind. It was one of those days that had the possibility of being life changing. And, it was. But, not necessarily in the way I was expecting. 

    Kindness changes things. :) Today lets think of how kindness has changed our lives. Feel free to use as many words as you like. Here are some ideas:

    • Has anyone ever said anything so kind to you it just stuck with you?
    • Have you ever said something kind to someone and they seemed to have a real connection to it?
    • If you could offer any advice on kindness, what would it be? 

    Thanks for joining in. I can’t wait to hear your kindness stories! 



    SO KIND Wednesday #3

    Do you have or have you ever had a special pet in your life? Do you talk to your pets? 

    We do. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if most of us share our words with our animals, not only as a way of communicating, but also as a way of showing kindness and appreciation towards them.  

    I thought I’d lighten things up this week and ask for four word kindness phrases for our pets. Pets can be a broad range here, including cats, dogs, hamsters, cows, horses, whatever animal you have loved in your past or take care of now. 

    As a twist of fun, let’s add the element of humor. Feel free to include what you imagine your pet wants you to say. :) Like “Here’s your favorite food”. “Lay on my pillow”. “Sit on my paper”. Just for fun! 

    Next week will be the last SO KIND Wednesday and the contest will be on February 3.

    Thanks for joining in! 



    SO KIND Wednesday #2

    How are you doing today? Are you having a good week? 

    Today is the 2nd Wednesday in the ReSOlution of KINDness. Today I thought we could talk about supporting friends/ family. 

    I’ve been thinking about my friends and family a lot lately. With my health scare a few months ago, they stepped up and have been so supportive. I am just in awe. 

    One friend loaded all her little kiddos up, bought me some flowers, and drove 40 miles ONE WAY to deliver them, and I wasn’t even home! What a surprise when I got home and found those flowers and sweet card. 

    Another friend got a list of my dietary restrictions, contacted a friend of hers with similar restrictions who gave her recipes I could eat, and had her sister make me holiday treats. 

    Other friends have helped out when I had appointments to get to. 

    My parents drove 5 hours to see me when they heard I was in the hospital in September. 

    Other friends and family members have been supportive with listening ears and kind words. 

    The common thread here is support. So, I thought friends and family would be a great theme for today. Are there any four word kindness phrases your friends or family have said to you? Or can you think of any that we could say to our friends/ family? 

    Seems like people face challenges and triumphs every day. A four word kindness phrase could really be a small gift to someone, in let’s say, a text or a phone call if circumstances permit us from seeing them at that moment. 

    Here’s some I came up with:

    • I’ve got your back.
    • You can do this. 
    • You’re a rock star. 
    • You make me smile. 
    • I’m glad we’re friends. 
    • Let’s eat, I’ll treat. 
    • Got you a gift! :) 
    • We’ll get through this.
    • I have total faith.
    • Let’s talk over tea.
    • Call anytime you want.
    • I think you’re great!

    I’m excited to hear yours!


    SO KIND Wednesday #1

    Are you ready to come up with some four word kindness phrases?

    I’m so excited because today is the first Wednesday of the ReSOlution of KINDness. Each Wednesday in January will be a SO KIND Wednesday. I thought we could brainstorm four word kindness phrases each week and then end with a contest on February 3, 2016.

    You may be wondering why I chose kindness as a New Year’s resolution. Here’s why: 

    • Being kind is pretty easy. 
    • It’s cheap, you can be kind without spending anything. 
    • There’s a chance to possibly change someone’s life. 

    Recently, a doctor changed mine, when he uttered four kind words. That experience prompted a story I wrote called “Four Words” and gave me the idea for this. Funny how things sort of fall together sometimes. 

    Today’s four word kindness phrase theme is: children. 

    1. Let’s think about all the children in our lives: our kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbor kids, friend’s kids.
    2. Now, let’s think of some four word kindness phrases that we could say.
    3. Feel free to comment the ones you come up with. We’ll use everyone’s comments as a basis for the contest on February 3. 

    A friend already stunned me with one that she thought of and I thought it’d be a great one to start with:

    I believe in you. :) 

    Thanks for joining in!


    ReSOlution of KINDness

    Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, what kinds of things do you choose, and are you able to keep them?

    Me? I’ve made my fair share, but honestly, I don’t stick with them very well or very long. I seem to follow the demeanor of a butterfly that just sorts of flits around on the breeze.

    I’ve been thinking that maybe if we did a resolution together, it would increase my chance of resolution success. Kindness seems to be a great thing to work on, so I came up with an idea that ties into my story, “Four Words“.

    When that doctor uttered those four words, ” I care about you,” it  really changed things for me. It sort upped my confidence in the medical profession, after having dealt with a not so nice nurse at another office the week before. It’s pretty awesome how four kind words have the ability to help or to make a difference in someone’s life.

    So, how does this ReSOlution of KINDness work? Every Wednesday for the month of January will be a “SO KIND Wednesday”. I’ll pick a theme and we can brainstorm four word kindness phrases for that day. For example, say the theme is: four words of kindness we could say to our parents. Then, we would simply list them out, like “You’re an awesome dad.”

    On February 3, 2016, we’ll celebrate a month of New Year’s Resolution success by having a “My Favorite Four Word Kindness Phrase” Contest. All you’ll need to do is comment your most favorite four word kindness phrase of January’s SO KIND Wednesdays, and tell me why it resonated with you. I will pick a winner out of all the comments submitted.

    The prize will be a $25.00 gift card to Victoria Trading Company (a great company that has vintage style items), a gift that I will purchase at my new favorite store, Vintage Hollar, which I wrote about in my story, “When Those Hats Came Full Circle”, and 10 blank note cards with my grandparent’s Iowa barn on them.

    I do hope you will join in on the fun. I’m excited to hear what your four word kindness phrases will be.